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School Librarians Are School Leaders: with Lucy Podmore

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Lucy Podmore. She works in a high school library in San Antonio, Texas and also has middle school library experience. Click here to listen now!

Here are some librarian influencer tips Lucy shared:

  • Don’t be afraid to try new things when you are starting out. If it doesn’t work out, then choose not to continue with it. It’s OK.

  • She worked hard in the beginning to be welcoming and build relationships. This was done to help reshape how the teachers viewed the librarian role.

  • Work with a sense of urgency, but be patient with yourself.

  • Take care of yourself this summer. You can’t pour from an empty well. Give yourself a rest from screen time.

  • This article was mentioned in our conversation: Making This Summer about YOU: Self-Care for School Librarians by Rachel Grover on 6/2/2021.

Lucy thinks that the pandemic helped showcase that the library is the heart of the school.

  • Lucy worked hard to let people know she was there to help them. But, she also wanted to be careful and not overwhelm them.

  • She used Instagram Live to help connect with the students. This put the library in a position to be the source students could go to for information.

  • Consider your audience and choose tools that will reach them. For example: Twitter - Central Office, Instagram - high school students, etc.

  • Find ways to help your administrator and others keep your library program in the front of their mind.

  • School librarians are school leaders - use that position to build a strong community.

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