The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Valarie Trice. Valarie is the Media Specialist at the Dooly County K-8 Academy in Georgia. Click here to listen now!
Here are some key ideas Valarie shared:
Do your research to learn about the role of media specialist in your district, especially if you start the job before you're certified.
Remember literacy touches every content area in your building.
Reach out and find a mentor as you’re getting started.
Build a network of people you can rely on.
Meet with your admin team to ask what their expectations are for your role
Are there things the admin want you to continue or things to change?
Meet with your teachers and ask what worked to support them previously.
Valarie focuses on building relationships with students and teachers:
Stay connected in person and online.
Keep your website and social media updated for all of your audience, even parents! Take advantage of the pandemic online momentum.
Make your media center a warm and inviting place. Be kid-friendly!
Develop your collection to make it interesting and relatable to your students.
Valarie has a Leadership Committee - teachers and students that discusses ideas and books for the media center
She uses curriculum maps to help her connect with classroom learning
You can connect with Valarie Trice at:
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