School Library System

November 13, 2015

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A Note From Jen and Jane

More than 100 school librarians from across four School Library Systems came together on Friday, November 6th. Jennifer LaGarde, AKA Library Girl, provided a day of exciting learning:

  • McGuyver Librarianship
  • Becoming a Data Super Hero
  • How To Survive The Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!

Library Girl's presentation materials, including the PowerPoints, can be found at

Jennifer LaGarde, AKA Library Girl, Visits School Library Systems

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Becoming Data Super Heroes!

Librarians analyze library reports to determine what information and format is effective in communicating about learning that takes place in the library.

Surviving the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!

Library Girl shared "there are only two types of librarians... zombies and zombie fighters?" Yes, they exist... those librarians who may have forgotten their passion for student learning and success. "The thing that combats zombie librarianship... is being awesome."

Survival tips recommended by Library Girl:
  • Defy expectations. "Care more about growing readers than growing reading scores."
  • Kids first. Everything else second. "Kids deserve to be engaged in meaningful work."
  • Embrace change. Our students are creating primary sources - there is an MLA format for tweets.
  • Be a voice for your students (not stuff).
  • Prepare students for their world, not yours. "Technology must be used to engage kids on content creation." Our students already know how to consume information, must teach them how to create.

For more tips, visit Jennifer's website created for the November 6th presentation.

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Book Repair Basics

We have had several requests to hold a class on book repair basics. Our friends at CDLC as recommended the archived webinar found on the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services website at

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015
"Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Judged purely on artistic merit, it’s the only annual award of its kind".
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DPLA Webinar Recording

DPLA is pleased to share a recording of our November 3 webinar, "Using DPLA for Teaching and Learning."

View the webinar:

This webinar provides useful information on the value of DPLA as a tool for teaching and learning and describes current DPLA education projects, including the recently released primary source sets<>. Presenters include DPLA staff and members of the DPLA’s Education Advisory Committee<>.

For additional information about DPLA and education, visit

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Instructional Multimedia - Learn360 Update

From Learn360:

We are delighted to announce that Learn360 will be relaunching in January with a brand-new platform to provide users with the content, navigation, educator tools, speed, and performance that today's online experience demands. For a limited time—until December 18, 2015—you are invited to check out a beta preview to get familiar with the outstanding new interface and features.


(Please note that the content on the beta site does not necessarily
reflect the exact content in your specific collection.)

Username: learn360-beta
Password: beta

Administrators and users will be upgraded automatically to the new and improved Learn360. No action on your part is required—just plan on having an even more powerful resource for your classrooms to kick off 2016!

3D Printing @ Hudson High School Library