Collaboration Fosters Empowerment: with Cari White

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Texas librarian Cari White. Cari is the phenomenal creator and administrator of the Learning Librarians Facebook group, with over 17,000 librarians from around the world. Cari is also working on developing a library curriculum! And last week she started a new position as an elementary librarian with Judson ISD. Click here to listen now!


Here are some librarian influencer tips Cari shared:

  • Get to know your library vendors. They can help you learn to do things like analyze your collection.

  • Find a mentor as soon as possible. It will save you a lot of time on your learning curve as a new librarian.

  • Join Cari’s Facebook group and learn from over 17,000 librarians around the world.

  • Collaborate with other librarians and teachers on your campus. Amazing things can happen!

Tips on Using Learning Centers in Your Library:

  • Cari started using learning centers as a way to manage her students during their time in the library.

  • At the elementary level, students visited the centers after they checked out their books.

  • Centers allow for movement, collaboration, and even problem-solving. Library centers engage students in active learning.

  • At the high school level, students can visit the library centers using passes from their teachers. They might do something like create a beaded lanyard for their ID card.

  • Cari wrote a book called The Centered School Library which was published by Demco in 2012.

  • Set up some digital centers on your library webpage.

You can follow Librarian Influencer Cari White at:

Are you interested in a FREE copy of Cari’s book? Register here and we’ll do a raffle style drawing on December 11th. Register here!


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