Introducing Your New Librarian

Hello Hutch Staff!

I am excited to be joining you for the 2014-2015 school year as your new librarian! I received my MA in 2003 and have been working in libraries in Alaska ever since. I have been with the school district since 2009 first at Joy Elementary and then at North Pole Middle.

Although I'm sure it will take me a while to get my bearings at Hutch, I plan to hit the ground running at the beginning of the year. In order to get an idea of the needs and interests of the Hutch staff, please full out the survey below. It should take about 10 minutes to complete. This will help me prioritize and get to know your needs better.

Also, please check out the "Roles & Responsibilities of the School Librarian in the 21st Century" and "Research Process Infographic" at the bottom of this page for some insight into my personal perspective on the role of the library in today's schools.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to say hello, please contact me via one of the methods above. You are also encouraged to follow my Scoop.It page at, or by following me via Twitter. Both will get you occasionally links to articles and ideas on how to best utilize your library, librarian, and educational technology.

Thanks! I look forward to working with all of you.


Deborah Rinio

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The Role & Responsibilities of the School Librarian in the 21st Century

The school library / librarian should, at a minimum:

  • facilitate student engagement in the 4Cs - creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking;
  • help students develop a sense of digital citizenship;
  • provide a safe and welcoming space for students to learn and explore;
  • facilitate formalized student learning and informal student exploration;
  • ensure that the library space (physical and virtual) reflects library values and enables learning for all students;
  • collaborate with teachers to provide information literacy instruction for all students including all steps of the research process;
  • assess, evaluate, and improve upon the library program;
  • foster a love of reading;
  • curate a collection of materials that reflects the curriculum, needs, and interests of the entire school population; and
  • provide ongoing staff development.

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