Updated: Dec 22, 2020
The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Washington D.C. librarian Ellen Dodsworth. She has worked in a variety of library jobs including a cruise ship! Click here to listen now!
Here are some librarian influencer tips Ellen shared:
Be willing to step out of the purview lines of your job.
During the pandemic, Ellen has focused a lot on event planning since that was a key part of her role before.
She collaborates with teachers to build research modules in Canvas. These modules will carry over to the future when students return to school face-to-face.
Ellen strives to keep a sense of normalcy for her students who are 100% remote at this time.
She hosts virtual book clubs and even sends pizza out to the club members at their home.
Collaboration is a key part of Ellen’s role as a librarian. Here are some collaboration tips:
Work smarter, not harder. Share your programming with others in your district.
She collaborates with a teacher and the PTA president to create flyers and such for her school’s Instagram account.
Find community organizations that will support your library programming. They can help pay for things like book distributions to your students.
Hone your grant writing skills.
You can connect Librarian Influencer Ellen Dodsworth at:
School Instagram: @easternhs
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