The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Amy Andrews, a school librarian in New York. Click here to listen to her interview now.
In this podcast, Amy describes her first year in the school library.
She remembers working through the ideals she learned in graduate school vs the reality that she faced in the day to day on the job.
She describes the elementary library as a 10-month class that really lasts for 6 years, Kinder through 5th grade.
Amy shared her experience switching from a completely fixed to a majority flexible schedule.
She inherited a library with a flexible schedule her first year and didn’t realize how fortunate she was. Her next library position was in a fixed specials rotation.
A specialist was brought in to work with the school on a 6-day rotation cycle. 2 PEs, 2 FLES (foreign language), 1 Music, 1 Art, and Library was now by appointment only.
Draw teachers in by offering to help them in the areas they are not comfortable covering.
She uses the WIN (What I Need) period as a time students can exchange books in the library.
You can follow Librarian Influencer Amy Andrews at:
Facebook: Amy Andrews
COVID 19 Update from Amy:
Well, this school year is not what I thought it would be! I was supposed to have an author visit with Lauren Tarshis today! Anyway, I now know a lot more about Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, Screencastify, and Novel Effect than I did a month ago! I hope all are staying home and staying safe.
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