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Should we add themed discussions on #tlchat?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Janethelibrarian Jan 17, 2011.

What book changed your life as a librarian?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by bj neary Jan 18, 2010.

Huge discussion is happening re librarians and social media and change. Your thoughts?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by guybrarian Oct 27, 2009.


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Josie Whitehead replied to Joyce Valenza's discussion What's new in your September?
"I used to visit the children in my local schools weekly over 4 years.  I know exactly the topics which they like and that which excites them.  I also know what teachers need for the children in their classrooms and since I regularly get…"
Oct 10, 2020

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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 — 3 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

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At 7:47am on August 8, 2013, Sakkaravarthi said…

for your invitation for volunteer.. I am interested to help you to this website


At 3:43am on January 27, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Joyce,


I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit.

We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen
Teacher Librarian at McLain HS
Lakewood, CO

At 10:33pm on January 4, 2011, Al Smith said…
Love your work...looking forward to more for 2011. happy new year!
At 12:46am on December 7, 2009, Attaullah Khan said…
Thank you very much for inviting mw to join the teacher/librarian network. Hope you wil rember me in sharing information ablout librarianship through this network. Thanks again.
Attaullah Khan
At 1:28pm on September 20, 2009, Mary Fran Daley said…
Thanks for your message! Sorry I didn't reply sooner. My inboxes runneth over. I look forward to seeing you at NJASL. Have a great September!
At 9:11pm on July 19, 2009, gwyneth jones said…
Please feel free to share anything i've done! i'd be terribly flattered! the orig posting was on my library media center blog here along with an iMovie another friend did!
and i'd love to join you in Charlotte tech team for another smackdown! i'm presenting but i'm hopeful not at the same time! :-) thanks! you've been an inspiration to me since AASL Pittsburgh!..cheers!
At 7:32pm on July 19, 2009, gwyneth jones said…
I really enjoyed the Smackdown at NECC! i was the one who shared the Twilight Blabberize...and because of you i started (yet another) blog!
and coined the phrase WWJD...what would joyce do! [grins] see you at AASL!
At 12:08pm on June 18, 2009, Elisabeth LeBris said…
Joyce, thanks for letting us host our RA group. I am learning so much from your site already. As the mom of a college freshman guy I love the return your books posters you made!!
At 9:22pm on June 16, 2009, Marie Slim said…
Hi Joyce!

I won't be at NECC and I'm registered at ALA but can't go. Are you needing any help at AASL in November? I'd love to help you out!

-Marie Slim
At 12:42am on June 15, 2009, Addy Pöppelreiter said…
May I use your photos this last week of the term? The ones about 'return the books or else!' I love them!

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