The Librarian Influencer of the Week Hillary M. Marshall has been a librarian for the past 18 years at all school levels. She’s currently working in the state of Washington at a high school library. She is also the Washington Library Association School Library Division Chair. Click here to listen now!
In this podcast, Hillary does a wonderful job describing her first year in the school library.
She suggests new librarians should focus on building relationships with their students, faculty, and other librarians in their community and outside their community.
She built relationships with her elementary students and taught them to take charge of organizing her shelves.
She participated in the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award.
Keep your passion and always remember who your patrons are.
Keep some balance in your life and not work all the time.
Here are some Librarian Influencer strategies Hillary shared:
Work to make the library the hub of the school.
Advocate to let others know what you do as a librarian.
She’s doing a book study using Being Indispensable: A School Librarian's Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader by Ruth Toor and Hilda K. Weisburg
Hillary also shared some Makerspace ideas.
She creates a monthly Makerspace challenge
Makerspace can cultivate curiosity
She is approaching curricular area contacts to help her integrate Makerspace content
Tie Makerspace to state standards and you should be able to get district support
Write grants to help fund your Makerspace
She borrows STEM kits from her public library
You can follow Librarian Influencer Hillary M. Marshall at:
Washougal High School Library webpage: https://sites.google.com/a/washougalsd.org/whs-library/
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