Teacher Librarians as Connectors: with Katie Nedved

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Vancouver, Washington teacher-librarian, Katie Nedved. As a teacher, she noticed that reading could change the trajectory of a student’s path. The transition to librarian came after a mentor encouraged her to consider that career path. Click here to listen to her interview now.


Here are some Librarian Influencer strategies Katie shared for early-career librarians:

  • As a librarian, you have so many more touchpoints than you did as a classroom teacher: teachers, administrators, families, community, etc.

  • Co-teaching keeps you on the move at school. There’s always something new to do.

  • Don’t let the work bury you. Put people first. The in-person connections really allow for you to build collaboration and have successful library programs.

  • Build your personal learning network (PLN). Don’t let the age of your students prescribe who you develop a PLN with. Best practices stretch across the students’ entire lifetime.

  • Reading can change the whole trajectory of learning for a child. We need to help students see themselves as readers and learners so they can have more opportunities as adults.

  • Her campus uses the Snap&Read extension to help students with reading & writing across multiple texts. The library promotes resources such as our research databases & Newsela where the reading level & language can be adjusted providing more access to more readers.

  • Create an inclusive environment. Her entire district is working through an equity audit to evaluate their collection & ensure every reader is represented.

  • Librarians are the helpers and connectors.

Katie recommends following:

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