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.


Podcast Interview: http://laurasheneman.libsyn.com/provide-solutions-to-what-your-administrator-is-trying-to-solve-with-connie-williams


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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Laura Sheneman, EdD, MLS

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