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The Legacy of Librarianship Continues Because of Best Practices: with Barbara Paciotti

Updated: Nov 5, 2019

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Barbara Paciotti. Barbara is from the Dallas Metroplex area of Texas who entered the school library world through a back door of sorts. She helped open a technology-focused school in the early years of technology’s boom.

You can find her podcast interview on my podcast page, your favorite podcast player, or by visiting this link

In this podcast, Barbara shares many lessons she’s learned as she has journeyed down the road in her librarian experience.

  • She had a wonderful mentor teacher in the building with her. It helped her build connections with others in the building.

  • Try to get one teacher on your side and they will help spread the word about how great it is to partner with you in learning.

  • She created a library curriculum matrix, a grid of all the courses and units done at the school. Then she determined how she could fit library skills/concepts into this matrix.

  • You have a limited time with the students at the secondary level. So, teach exactly what the teacher needs you to cover during that time period.

Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Barbara shared:

Barbara has some advice for new librarians:

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • The students who pass through your doors are the most important reason you are where you are.

  • Focus on your strengths. Know other’s strengths also so you can go to them for their input.

  • Integrate library skills into curricula.

  • Barbara’s recommended resources for new librarians:

  • Fundamentals of School Library Media Management: A How-To-Do-It Manual (How-To-Do-It Manuals) ISBN-13: 978-1555706562

My chat with Barbara was very insightful as she shared her history in school librarianship. She has so many best practices to share with us today. Barbara shared an inspirational quote, “The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.” by Louis L'Amour in The Walking Drum

You can follow Librarian Influencer Barbara Paciotti at:

Twitter: @barupatx


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