Thank you for taking the time to consider me as a new addition to your school family. I am a soon-to-be graduate of the Georgia State University program for Library Media Technology. As a newcomer to the educational arena I bring a wealth of knowledge from my experience in the Marketing and Journalism fields, as well as a fresh perspective on how to reach students creatively using technology.
I have an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina College of Journalism and years of experience in program management. I have passed the Middle Grades English and Media Specialist GACE examinations and will be certified upon graduation in May 2010. I am also a rabid literacy advocate.
A student centered collection that is standards based and geared towards student interest is essential to a fully functional and effective school library. Through careful selection I am able to update, create and maintain a collection that services all segments of the school community: reluctant readers, high achievers, teachers, administration, parents and ESOL students.
In order to aid students in their quest to become lifelong learners they must be equipped with skills for the 21st century. These information literacy skills include learning how to interpret and analyze information in a variety of formats. The lessons they will learn in the media center will help them become independent consumers of information and as a result better learners.
The Big 6 (Series)//You Can Quote Me: Citations, Footnotes and Bibliographies//Powerful Presentations: Beginning Powerpoint//Wild World of Wikipedia: Navigating Online Research Tools//Really Rockin’ Resources
For Teachers Only
Copyright in the Classroom//Data Isn’t Just a Four Letter Word (Series)//Banishing Boring Book Reports: Bookjackets, Podcasting and More//Introduction to School 2.0: Integrating Technology to Make Lessons Easier and More Interesting
If a school library media program is to be effective it must be dedicated to the promotion of literacy through collaboration; collaboration with teachers and collaboration with administrators.
With innovative programs that are focused on this aim a school culture will emerge that makes learning fun and achievement a cause for celebration.
Online Book Clubs- Dangerous Book Club for Girls!, Fantasy Factory (geared toward boys)
Blog Book Reviews
Morning Mind Mash- Early morning English homework help
After School Specials- Multi-media mini-lessons given after school for motivated students
Battle of the Books- Annual reading competition among homeroom classes
Wide Open House- Virtual tours of the media center for parents and community members
As Your Media Specialist I Will:
Collabroate with teachers to create innovative and educationally sound lessons
Ensure 24-hour access to the library’s catalog and supplementary educational materials
Provide resources for teachers that help them create lessons faster, easier and with more technology integration
Create a learning-centered space that is supported by a strong technological base
Assist students and teachers in their research and provide adequate instruction so that both can critically evaluate appropriate print and online resources
Promote resources and activities that create an interest in reading
Provide leadership to ensure that the school’s and library’s mission is met
Graphic Novel Pathfinder (Instructional) – Resources related to incorporation of Graphic Novels in the library and classroom with examples for K-12.
Krispy Kreme Pathfinder (6) – Georgia History resources to accompany the Krispy Kreme lesson.
Krispy Kreme Lesson Plan (6) – Persuasive Essay and Photo Story on Georgia History.
Grand Theft Intellect (6-8) – Review of plagiarism for young researchers.