Media Matters

March 25, 2015

CCS and Public Libraries Continue Partnership

Emery Ortiz (Director of Cabarrus County Public LIbraries, Patti Freeman (Instructional Technology Coordinator) and Jennifer Jenkins (Technology Staff Development Coordinator) meet yesterday to continue the discussion on a Partnership between public libraries and school media centers) Below is a list of the items that were among the discussion.

  • CCS schools will work with Ms. Ortiz to provide library access for all students. This will enable CCS students access to ALL digital resources that are available at the public library.
  • Students will have FREE access to 25,000 eBooks, 18,000 full text journals, magazines, newspapers, 400 videos, thousands of images and maps, and interactive tests and tools. This is just a small amount of resources that will be available FREE for all students and teachers. To see all that will be available please visit the following webiste.
  • Employees from the public library system will be sharing the available resources to CCS staff this summer during the Technology Camp on August 5th and August 6th.
  • Instructional Technology and the public libraries will also be working together on sharing staff developments that are needed by both,

CCS - SLMC to assist at Reading Summit

Christine Jalynski, School Library Media Coordinator at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School will provide her assistance during the following session below. This session will be a part of the Reading Summit that will be held this summer at Embassy Suites in Concord. Christine will also be helping with the organization and implementation of the Reading Summit.

School Librarians: Champions of Change

In a time when discussions about education are often dominated by standards, high-stakes testing, and budget cuts, our students (and teachers!) need a champion! Join Jennifer LaGarde (a.k.a. Library Girl) or John Schumacher (a.k.a. Mr. Schu) as they explore the value of school librarians as champions of change. Participants in this workshop should roll up their sleeves and get ready to dig into the role of librarians as champions of independent reading, connectors of the school family, and advocates for all students.

Grade Levels: 3–12
Audience: Library Media Specialists, Classroom Teachers
Best Supports: Library Media Specialists, Classroom Teachers

Summer Technology Camp

Wednesday, Aug. 5th, 9am

Cox Mill High School

Save the date
August 5th and August 6th

10 school librarians to follow on Twitter

1. Betsy Bird (@FuseEight)

The New York Public Library in New York, NY

As the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, Betsy Bird knows a thing or two about good books. In addition to writing the picture book Giant Dance Party, Betsy is a School Library Journal blogger. You can learn more about Betsy, read her book reviews or check out her interviews with authors on A Fuse #8 Production or by following her on Twitter.

2. Michelle Colte (@Michelle_Colte)

Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI

Michelle was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September. By integrating technology into instruction and advocating for community building within the library, Michelle stood out as a 21st century librarian. At her school in Hawaii, Michelle works hand-in-hand with teachers to emphasize the importance of playful learning, and strives to develop a sense of “ohana,” or family, in the library through school events.

3. Sherry Gick (@LibraryFanatic)

Rossville Consolidated Schools in Rossville, IN

Sherry is fanatic about all things reading and technology-related. As a Library & Instructional Technology Specialist in Rossville, IN, she shares her experiences on her blog “The Library Fanatic” and actively tweets about exciting books, conferences and tools that she encounters. Sherry works to give students a voice in their education and is always looking for new ways to make connections and share ideas.

4. Colleen Graves (@gravescolleen)

Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX

Colleen considers herself a maker, a teacher and a librarian. She was chosen as a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in September 2014 for her “Makerspace” initiative and her creative use of technology in the library. In a recent edu@scholastic guest blog post, Colleen explored how modern librarians can help teachers make global connections by connecting with authors, other classrooms, and even curricular experts or mentors.

5. Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes)

Dorr Elementary School in Dorr, MI

Travis Jonker has been an elementary school librarian since 2005 and a successful blogger since 2007. On his School Library Journal blog 100 Scope Notes, and on Twitter, Travis talks about all things children’s literature including reviews, news and more—perfect for fun, new ideas for the classroom and library.

6. Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller)

Van Meter Schools in Denver, CO

Shannon is a former teacher librarian and current teacher librarian educational consultant based in Colorado. Perhaps you have seen her blog, The Library Voice? Shannon was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and can often be found speaking and consulting around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media and education. She is a must-follow on Twitter!

7. Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa)

David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA

As a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist, Andy knows what it means to be a lifelong learner. He is passionate about professional collaboration, helping students experiment with new technologies and enriching classroom instruction with lessons and activities from his school’s media center program. Andy’s goal this year? To empower student voice.

8. John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads)

Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, IL

John Schumacher, also known as Mr. Schu, describes himself as a Library Media Specialist working diligently to put the right book in the hands of children. His blog “Watch. Connect. Read.” explores the world of children’s literature through book trailers and you can find even more book recommendations and literary insights by following Mr. Schu on Twitter!

9. Joyce Valenza (@joycevalenza)

Rutgers University from Abington, PA

You could say that Joyce is on a never-ending quest to learn about all things technology and learning. This School Library Journal blogger is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Communication and Information, where she helps shape the minds of new librarians. Fun fact: in 2011, Joyce’s Twitter chat #tlchat won an Edublogs Award.

10. Matthew Winner (@MatthewWinner)

Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Elkridge, MD

This elementary school teacher librarian is an avid gamer, a persistent reader and an author! Matthew was named a 2013 Library Journal Tech Leader Mover & Shaker and currently blogs at “The Busy Librarian” where he interviews authors, promotes innovation both in and beyond the library, and provides book recommendations to readers and fellow teacher librarians. Be sure to check it out!

Blog, On Our Minds, Scholastic's about books and the joy of reading, by Brittany Sullivan December 15th, 2014