Management of School Libraries

Week 14 Synthesis

Professional Growth

It is important to always continue learning and discover ways to be better at our jobs as librarians. This week we discussed several sources that help professional development. There are listservs like LM_NET, webinars from Booklist, Follett and infopeople, publications like School Library Journal, and dicussion forums like that from the Learning Revolution Project. Through these sources, and more, you can stay on top of emerging technology and new trends in school libraries.

Prepping for a Job Interview

Job interviews can stressful and nerve wracking. Being prepared can make the interview experience enjoyable and successful. While every interview is different, below are some ways our class discussed to have a successful interview.

1: Research the school you are interviewing for - What is their mission? What is the school culture like? Perhaps, you can even visit the library's website. This research will show you are taking the interview seriously.

2: Know who is interviewing you. It will usually be the principal. The superintendent and a librarian may also be present.

3: Be prepared with two or three thoughtful questions to ask the interviewers. (Their purchasing philosophy and criteria, their management style, about the school and community, etc.)

4: Arrive with copies of your resume and a portfolio of your work.

5: Show your passion.

6: Be confident.

7: Be honest.

"Tell us about yourself"

There are many ways to answer this interview question. You could talk about your education, your past work experience, why you want to become a librarian, your personal life and hobbies, etc. Whatever you decide to say, it is important to share your story and show your passion.

Response to Ric!

This week, we viewed a Google Hangout with Ric Hasenyager, the director of library services for the New York City Department of Education. The discussion focused on job interviews. Below are the things our class took away from the discussion.

1: Dress appropriately, but be sure to show your personality. Don't hide who you are.

2: When creating a portfolio of your work, make sure it includes students' work, not simply work you created for your class assignments. Furthermore, be sure to be prepared to discuss what worked and what didn't.

3: Show your passion.

4: Don't talk negatively about former co-workers and supervisors.

5: "You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you." Be sure you are a good fit for the school.

6: The relationship with your principal is key.

7: Ric mentioned that, based on the interviewee's responses, he can determine what age level he or she would be successful working with.

I feel we all found the discussion very helpful and informative.

Have a little book-face fun!

Book-face is a fun, creative way to get students to interact with books, increase library use and circulation, and introduce students to new books they may not have discovered otherwise.

How does it work?

Students choose a book and incorporate the cover into a selfie.

How can we use book-face?

1: "Create a makerspace area with different covers for students to play with." Jennifer Babbitt

2: "Have a rotating display of students with their own recreations." Stephanie Burns

3: "Have a contest where you pick the top ones and the school votes and assigns different awards to the top winners: Most Creative, Most Realistic, Silliest, etc." Stephanie Burns

4: "Art teachers or photography teachers could use bookface as an assignment for students" Jennifer Ryan

5: "Add some bookface images on the media center website." Nellianne Parr

Who's in your PLN?

Our Personal Learning Networks (PLN) helps us remember that we are not alone. There is always someone to collaborate with, learn from, and bounce ideas off of. Our class seemed to develop most of our PLNs through social media, such as Twitter, blogs, and Pinterest.