GMSN Library Media Teacher is Mary Poppins of Librarians!
Why Is She So Darn Good At What She Does? Read More To Find Out!
Circulation Desk at Geneva Middle School North
Main Study and Research Area
This area of the library houses nonfiction, computer stations and study tables.
Library Front Entrance
Top Five Cool Librarian Things I Saw or Learned About From Ms. Kimball.
5: Ms. Kimball's has an extensive professional training journal selection. Not only does she have the standard titles like Middle School Journal, but she also has other titles that include; AMLE, Phi Delta Kappan, Teacher Librarian, and School Library Journal. To increase readership, Ms. Kimball sends the staff lists of featured articles from the current journal issues and then she scans and emails copies of the articles to staff members at their request. She points out that this has improved readership.
4: Ms. Kimball is quick to respond to requests. Ms. Kimball tries to respond to all requests from teachers, staff or students within twenty-four hours. Even if the response is that she will need a little more time to find the information.
3: Ms. Kimball loves a good challenge. Ms. Kimball told me, and I have witnessed, how exciting it is for her to be challenged to find good information on tricky, controversial, or unusual subjects. Last week a student was hunting for a print source that provided information on why people yawn. Ms. Kimball was excited to go on the hunt with the student and was eager to share with me how she found the information in her reference collection. When asked about copyright issues, she is particularly careful to find triangulation in sources and she places her findings in the "teacher shared" folders (in the school intranet site) so that anyone interested can review her research.
2: Ms. Kimball is not afraid to borrow a good idea. When Ms. Kimball and I collaborate on campus-wide initiatives, like reading incentives or author visits, she listens to everyone's ideas, shares her own, is quick to compliment others on their clever ideas and is never afraid to ask to use them. She always gives credit where credit is do, but she is phenomenal at spotting a good idea and using it to improve her own program.
1: The greatest discovery I have found, based on my time with Ms. Kimball, is that she is an expert at listening and always asks the right questions. I don't know how she does it, but Ms. Kimball has a gift. This gift allows her to get to the heart of the matter. She is like the ultimate Twenty Questions game master! She asks a question and then refines it until both parties have honed in on their precise needs. This allows Ms. Kimball to work more efficiently and with greater success. Practically Perfect!