Use a section header for each of the topics, so there is a clear transition to the audience.
Independent School Presentation VAASL 13
BUILDING STRONG INDEPENDENT
SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAMS
C A R O LY N S T E N Z E L
C H AT H A M H A L L
VA A S L C O N F E R E N C E
NOVEMBER 7, 2013
RULES FOR PRESENTING
1 practical thing to take home
Out early for bathroom line and to get into
MY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL JOURNEY
Education courses in undergrad
2 years at a Henrico Co. elem school as Instructional
Grad school through Longwood (Go Audrey and
1 year as High School Library Assistant in Henrico
Student teaching and job search…
Rural Pittsylvania Co.
1st Year Librarian renovating a library
Starting over after 30 years of problems
No full time Librarian, no weeding, no YA, no fun, no
DIFFERENT BUT SIMILAR
We are each unique
K-12? K-8? 9-12?
Girls? Boys? Coed?
However, our ultimate goals are the same
Ensure that students are enthusiastic readers
and effective and ethical users of ideas and
Standards- Common Core? AASL? Your own
Evaluation/Assesment- who does it? How?
Advocating for libraries public and school
Fixed vs. Flex scheduling
Databases vs. Google
iPad program at Chatham Hall
We deal with very similar issues to any school
library but we each are able to approach them
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR LIBRARIES?
Strong relationships with
to stay up-to-date
Leadership in the
try to say
Join organizationsTake risks, do
Reach out to
We are the luckiest librarians at this conference in many ways
Smaller class sizes
With this comes great
There are many things we can
do that public school
colleagues can only dream of!
We need to use our freedom
Let’s not get complacent and
let our programs fall apart
WE ARE NOT ALONE
• Pajama professional development
• Connect to experts, colleagues from
around the world
• Connect to your patrons- share news,
• Twitter Chats- follow a certain topic #
• Twitter Chat Calendar
Too many emails?
Set up a Digest or
How Can Listservs Help?
• How to set up library on
• Book/Tech Recs
• Challenge support
• Fun things like Recipe Day and
Similar to a blog, but with many authorscollaborative community space
Independent School Educators Ning
Practicing librarians/well-known Educational
Top 100 Blogs for Librarians
Many options for subscribing
Defunct Google Reader
BazQux- what I use $9/year
Follow by email
Point of need professional development
Library 2.013- Archive of 3 days worth of
TL Virtual Caféhttp://tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces.com/TL+News
No matter where you are, you can find real
life library friends
The best thing I’ve done for PD has been
putting myself out there
Vacation library visits
I’ve emailed librarians in my area at different
schools to get together for dinner, library
Serving with VAASL- so many more contacts
(and a lot of fun!)
STAY IN TOUCH
1. Write down the following
on your paper
One goal for the year
2. Toss it in the air!
3. Pick up a paper from the
4. Contact your person
sometime next semester to
see how they are doing
with their goal
If you’d like to stay
in touch with other
please go to
I will put the
and send everyone
the link next week!
can be found online
Follow on Twitter @LibraryCH
Follow the Library Blog:
Dunn, Jeff. "100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers)." Edudemic, 10 July 2012. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
Hargadon, Steve. "Session and Keynote Recordings." Library 2.013. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
LaGarde, Jennifer. "Why Become A Connected Librarian?” The Adventures of Library Girl: N.p., 5 Oct. 2013. Web.
01 Nov. 2013.
LaGarde, Jennifer. "PLN Starter Kit – LiveBinder. N.p., 26 Aug. 2012. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
Lewis, Courtney, and Laura Pearle. "We Are Not Alone.” Independent School Libraries: Perspectives on
Excellence. Libraries Unlimited, n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.
Newman, Bobbi. "10 Ways Twitter Will Make You a Better Employee, Better at Your Job, and Benefit Your Library.”
Librarian by Day RSS. N.p., 15 Oct 2010. Web. 02 Nov. 2013.
Orlando, Demetri. Independent School Educators Network. N.p., 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.
Robertson, Nikki D. "GISL Developing Your PLN at an Exponential Rate with Twitter - Google Drive." GISL
Developing Your PLN at an Exponential Rate with Twitter - Google Drive. N.p., 26 Sept. 2013. Web. 01 Nov.
"TL Virtual Cafe - TL News Night October 21, 2013 Archive." TL Virtual Cafe. Tangient LLC, 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 05