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You Are There to Make Their Life Easier: with Ellen Stolarski

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is Ellen Stolarski, a middle school librarian from Pennsylvania with 8 years of library experience. You can listen to her interview at

In this podcast, Ellen shares about some mentoring experience she had that helped her become a better librarian. She also describes the process of becoming a certified librarian in the state of Pennsylvania.

Here are a couple of Librarian Influencer strategies Ellen shared:

  • She remembers early on her feelings of professional loneliness. Figure out who can be your safe person on campus to vent to.

  • Use your state organization and social media to help you build connections.

  • Someone once recommended to her to focus on the teachers as her primary focus. They will be the ones to provide access to the students since she is on a flexible schedule.

  • She knows her principal’s vision and this helps her principal approach her to help on projects.

  • You are a resource and you are there to make their life easier.

  • Leverage your victories to help build other people’s trust in you.

  • Take leaps of faith! Get out and meet new librarians. Participate in a Twitter chat like #PALibChat.

You can follow Librarian Influencer Ellen Stolarski at:

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