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What book changed your life as a librarian?
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Huge discussion is happening re librarians and social media and change. Your thoughts?
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Please share your interests and time needs (and zones) in setting up connections with Skype or chat partners.
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High School TeacherLibrarians

A separate group to discuss 8/9-12 issues
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I thought it would be cool to group together many of the new voices we are hearing in the Ning. Hope you don't mind if from time to time older folks come in and mentor a bit!See More
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More things: Applying 2.0 tools

Inspired by Helene Blowers' Learning 2.0 and California's School Library Learning 2.0, let's use this space to explore new things to prepare ourselves for leadership in new information landscapes.See More
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Summer reading suggestion: reluctant 10th-12th grade boys

I need suggestions for a great (required) summer read for a class of mostly boy reluctant readers. Please share some ideas. The title must be available in paperback. We need to get this one missing piece of our list out soon.

The existing list is here:


Posted on May 27, 2009 at 7:35am — 4 Comments

New events feature!

I just added an events widget to the side right of our Ning. Please use it for announcements of events of interest to our community!

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 12:41pm — 2 Comments

David Loertscher in SL: Reinventing School Libraries

If you're like me, you are continually thinking about what's next, for our profession and for the learners we serve.

Every conversation I have ever had with the phenomenal David Loertscher (whom I consider a mentor), forces me to further consider and often to refine or rethink my vision.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet David in Second Life.

On behalf of ISTE's SIG-MS and AASL, Lisa Perez (aka Elaine Tulip) invites us all to attend Reinventing School… Continue

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 12:36pm — 2 Comments

Gearing up for September--best ideas?

I would love to hear what brilliant ideas you are planning for this coming school year. What 2.0 excitement is brewing? What new bulletin board ideas do you have? How will you be greeting and orienting your new learners? Please share any special, nifty ideas for the greater good.

Posted on August 27, 2007 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

2007 Quill Award Nominees

At BookExpo America, they announced this year's Quill nominees. It's the third year for these consumer-driven awards. The last two lists helped me plan my summer reading and helped me to discover new authors and titles to include on our high school shelves. Scroll down to the bottom of the list for youth titles.

Posted on June 3, 2007 at 7:26am

Create your own group here!

Cathy Nelson just pointed out that we could create groups within our Ning community. This is very cool. I played around by creating one for high school.

Please create any others that make sense to you (ala
How about one for independent schools, one for TLs from Arkansas or Alaska, one for the NECC conference, one for TLs without budgets, one for TLs with special super powers?


Posted on May 19, 2007 at 4:13pm — 5 Comments

And the winners are . . . (from my blog)

SEOmoz’s new Web 2.0 Awards were announced yesterday. Last year’s list led me to tools that became a regular part of my life online. There’s lots to explore. Some are already favorites. Some look like great fodder for pathfinders. Others present some cool potential for incorporating in learning activities.

Among the categories:


Posted on May 10, 2007 at 7:31am — 2 Comments

California's 23 things

I knew it was around, but I hadn't actually seen it. Doug Johnson just pointed me to the California School Library Association's School Library 2.0: The 23 Things. Great stuff for training and learning. Take a good look!!!! BTW, our Ning is one of those things.

Posted on May 9, 2007 at 5:02pm — 5 Comments

Senior bulletin board

Just wanted to share our very easy end-of-year display case idea. Our seniors look forward to this all year.

We put out boxes of index cards and art supplies. Each senior decorates a card with his or her plans for next year. They go crazy competing to create the very best index cards--school colors, mascots, all sorts of images. We cluster them. (For instance, all the Penn State cards go together. All the military cards go together.) This year we photocopied their 9th grade pics from…


Posted on May 1, 2007 at 2:15pm

Comment Wall (53 comments)

At 10:22am on April 8, 2007, Joyce Valenza said…
Welcome teacher librarians! Please share your news and ideas here!
At 1:33pm on April 9, 2007, Linda Picceri said…
I just joined the site. Don't know what to expect yet but here I am.
Linda P.
At 1:51pm on April 9, 2007, Christopher Harris said…

Cool beans getting a teacher librarian ning going. Come join in over on the Library 2.0 ning as well!
At 10:14am on April 11, 2007, Sandy Kelly said…
Hi all! Massachusetts School Library Association is gearing up for our fall conference, School Libraries in a 2.0 World, we are looking forward to having Chris come back to join us! :-) I have been following the LM_NET chatter about our jobs becoming obsolete and I guess I just get worn down by the people who appear to be negative but don't ever step up to the plate to write articles, get involved in our prof organizations, etc. to move forward what we do. I guess I'll get over it! ;-)
At 8:28am on April 16, 2007, Di Laycock said…
Hi Joyce,
I have to thank you for validating my decision not to make the bed anymore! I have your 'rules for 2.0 guerilla practice' stuck above my desk and whenever I feel guilty about what I haven't done, they remind me that what I am doing with Web2.0 is far more important!
At 7:58am on April 19, 2007, Bob Hassett said…
Joyce, hi. Just a note here to say thanks again for your intensely motivational talk at CIL. It lit so many fires for me it's going to be summer before I even start dealing with them all.
At 12:09pm on April 21, 2007, Emily Valenza said…
You're the best durn teacher librarian information technology guru ever. See you this week!
At 2:42pm on May 1, 2007, Nancy H. G. Smith said…
Wow! Cool Joyce! I see some friends out here.....ttyl!
At 11:55am on May 3, 2007, Yvonne Mattix said…
Thanks for keeping us up todate on what the latest ways to use technology. It all is changing soo rapidly.
At 8:47pm on May 3, 2007, Lesley Edwards said…
Hi Joyce, just read your inspirational year end report. Thanks for sharing. You've sparked many ideas for me to try next year. I love TeacherLibrarianNing. It's such a rich environment and I have learned so much in such a short time. Since joining I've started my own blog, got into and used it to pass bookmarks on to my staff, put up a web survey asking teachers for their 'best reads' of the year and I'm adapting your idea of an exit interview to survey Gr. 8's in Sept. and then again in June. Thanks!

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