The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Michigan librarian Kelly Hincks. Kelly works at a private elementary school outside of Detroit where she works with PK-3rd graders. Click here to listen now!
Here are some librarian thoughts Kelly shared:
Realize you are in a unique position to understand the history of the child as a learner.
You can bridge gaps and make connections from one year to the next.
Slow down, listen and be observant so you will notice opportunities for connection and collaboration.
Kelly started a sparkle notebook to help her find the joy in what she does everyday.
Everyday she stops and writes down one thing that happened that was awesome. She now has anecdotal data that she can use with her annual report.
It also helps her with her follow-up. She goes back to ask, questions, reflect, or even thank those with whom she collaborated or worked on a project with. If a teacher is part of her sparkle for the day she makes sure to let them know! (Love this!)
Kelly also shared about Book Love: Ways to Influence a School’s Reading Culture:
Kelly’s MAME48 workshop was about how reading and discussions around books have been infused into all aspects of her school. She was kind enough to share the slides from her presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ca9x7FBv6vxb8WCxmSS3pUs2zaf333AIe3k1KY7W8U0/edit?usp=sharing
Kelly identifies a school's reading culture as choice, access, and positivity. Listen as she shares her fabulous ideas related to each of these!
Kelly refers to Jennifer Lagarde’s blogpost: Six Tips for Building Book Displays That Matter https://www.librarygirl.net/post/six-tips-for-building-book-displays-that-matter
Kelly encourages everyone to build their “backable circle”. After reading a book called Backable by Suneel Guptam, Kelly understood the idea of a backable circle.
Backable has been Kelly’s guide for developing advocacy. The basic concept is that you need 4 kinds of people around you. Gupta calls them the 4Cs: collaborator, coach, cheerleader and cheddar. Kelly provides an in depth description of these roles during her podcast interview.
You can connect with Kelly Hincks at:
AASL Knowledge Quest: https://knowledgequest.aasl.org/author/khincks/
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