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 https://rightquestion.org/
- Jamie McKenzie http://fno.org/JM/aboutauthor.html
- Leslie Maniotes - Inquiry https://www.inquirypartners.com/leslie
- Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Schools-Librarians-Professional-Developers/dp/1610690419
- California Librarian ListServ CalLibK12 - http://www.calibk12.net/ You can find ListServs for every state at this blog post. https://www.laurasheneman.com/post/library-listservs-a-way-to-grow-your-pln
My chat with Connie was very inspirational! You can follow Librarian Influencer Connie Williams at: Primary Sources Starter Pack for teachers Blog: https://chwms.libguides.com/c.php?g=901158
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