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Provide Solutions for What Your Administrator Is Trying to Solve: with Connie Williams

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Connie Williams a retired school librarian from California. She has worked at libraries at multiple levels: elementary, intermediate, and high school!

In this podcast Connie recalls many lessons learned and shares her accomplishments during her time in the library.

Her first step was weeding the collection. A well-stocked library is very important.

- The physical changes she made let her patrons know a new librarian was in place and changes were coming.

- She learned it was best to “show, not tell” when trying to help people understand what she did as a librarian.

Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Connie shared:

- She tried to become a seamless part of how the campus worked.

- Join committees at the campus, district, and state level.

- Provide solutions for what your administrator is trying to solve.

- The district librarians met on their own before school to have a monthly networking meeting.

These are some professional resources Connie used to stay sharp as a librarian:

- The Right Question Institute

- Leslie Maniotes - Inquiry

- California Librarian ListServ CalLibK12 - You can find ListServs for every state at this blog post.

My chat with Connie was very inspirational! You can follow Librarian Influencer Connie Williams at: Primary Sources Starter Pack for teachers Blog:


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