Pay Attention to How Your Students Are Searching: Jennifer Ritzie

Librarian Influencer of the Week is Jennifer Ritzie is a first-year K-4 librarian in Keller, Texas who is finishing up her library degree from the University of North Texas. Click here to listen in now!

In this podcast, Jennifer does a wonderful job describing her first year in the school library.

  • She was surprised at all of the “background work” a librarian does that is not visible to others and how many hats a librarian actually wears.

  • Be flexible and don’t shy away from trying things.

  • She sees that her influence as a librarian is a lot larger than when she was just in a classroom.

Here are some Librarian Influencer strategies Jennifer shared:

  • She is working on recategorizing her non-fiction collection.

  • Place picture books in bins facing forward for the younger students to browse easier. The books could be placed in bins based on popular categories like unicorns or could still be alphabetical by the author’s last name.

  • She inherited a partially genrefied librarian and is working to complete the process. She said that the majority of her students browse vs using the OPAC since they are so young (K-4). So the genre categories help them find what they are looking for.

  • Circulation has increased a lot since she created these categories.

My chat with Jennifer was fun as I listened to her describe her first year in the school library.


You can follow Librarian Influencer Jennifer Ritzie at:

Twitter: @JenniferGail

Instagram: RitzieReads


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Laura Sheneman, EdD, MLS

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