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:
Twitter/Insta like Jennifer LaGarde
Zaretta Hammond, culturally responsive teaching
follow authors on Insta like Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
You can follow Librarian Influencer Katie Nedved at:
School Library Website- https://sites.google.com/view/helalibrary/home
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