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Make Yourself Indispensable with Renee Dyer

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Renee Dyer from Weslaco East High School in Weslaco, Texas. She has worked at libraries at multiple levels: elementary, intermediate, high school, and college! She was originally certified in Missouri and then moved to Texas where she took the Texas state certification test.

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In this podcast Renee recalls many lessons learned and shares her accomplishments during her early years in the library.

  • Opened a new school library her first year on the job! And Vice President Al Gore visited her at the library!

  • Her first book fair was one for the record books!

  • Opening a new school was great! She had a fabulous central office library director who supported her.

  • She found her own OWL - Older Wiser Librarian to turn to for guidance.

  • The library belongs to everyone!

Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Renee shared:

  • She looks for gaps where she can help out on campus.

  • She strives to make her admin’s job easier.

  • She makes herself indispensable.

  • She is focusing on team building and professional development.

These are some professional technology resources Renee uses to stay sharp as a librarian:

  • Maintain a professional learning community to feed has “librarian soul”

  • Region One ESC

  • Social Media

  • What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most ISBN-13: 978-1596671997

  • What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most ISBN-13: 978-1596672000

My chat with Renee was very inspiring and filled with words of wisdom from a veteran school librarian who is still seeking and learning every day.

You can follow Librarian Influencer Renee Dyer at:

Twitter: @wehslibrary


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