As We Go Forth...
A Message from Gay Patrick
As this school year ends, we must all focus on the next year and what opportunities it holds: new opportunities to show what librarians can do to contribute to the learning environment of their school, whether it is virtual or face-to-face or some hybrid, but either way THIS IS OUR TIME TO CONNECT. We must connect students, teachers, parents, and school community to the resources which are offered for their use as information specialists, librarians, teacher librarians or whatever we are to be called.
COVID-19 has had a great impact on our students, our staff, making the digital divide even greater. We are the agents of change who can help to keep that digital gap from widening even further apart or at least be sure our students have knowledge of what is offered to them. It is the practitioners in the field that must carry the responsibility of the work at the school level, seeing that their students and staff are knowledgeable. The support of Central Staff cannot be in the day-to-day role of supporting the learning at each of the campuses, but we do support what goes on there.
I am so proud of all the growth that I personally have witnessed through the virtual PLC’s, tweets, Facebook, Google+, and other social media accounts which showed their vibrant librarian shine and displayed the skills of their students. Special thanks go out to all who participated and learned! If nothing else this school year, each person learned that they alone are responsible for their learning. You were recognized again and again when your tweets were retweeted out by our upper administration and the school board members; when your accolades were written about in the newsletters. You and you alone are the captain of your information ship, the PR person, the advocate for our students and their reading and learning desires.
DASL Librarian of the Year
CONGRATULATIONS to Ireland Librarian, Deneice Hullett for being awarded a $200 Lone Star Día Grant for Children’s Day, Book Day, from First Book Marketplace! The funding is awarded to help librarians celebrate children and foster their joy in reading during their Día celebration that will happen in the fall. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Engenders inclusiveness and diversity.
Favorite Thing about At-Home Learning
I have enjoyed being able sit outside while working from home and having a helper 😁. ~ Jesse Salinas, LMS Dept. Technician
Interacting with the students remotely and I loved when they sent me pictures of their projects. ~ Edith Bender, Moreno Elem.
I have really enjoyed creating and collaborating with colleagues to make interactive choice boards. The boards usually have various activities for different types of learners. ~ Bonner Hernandez, Rosemont-Semos
Share wonderful resources and community information that will help students, staff, and our community. ~ Eileen Wright, San Jacinto Elem.
This was the most meaningful thing during online learning - our school parade for Dia del nino had signs on both sides of the car to read on SoraApp. My boyfriend made the signs and drove his car, with me and the dog waving out the window. ~ Bethe Lehman, Soto Elem.
I’ve been adding information about Sora, and other eBook resources to serve my students. My favorite thing was to create a video for one of my dual credit classes to show the resources available on “both sides of the street” (Mountain View College and Molina High School). ~ Karen Harris
I enjoyed reading aloud and creating reading videos for our scholars! Doing so helped me feel connected to our readers in some way. I enjoyed getting together with my team and our scholars in fun ways virtually! ~ Erica Campos, Solar Prep for Girls
Using Zoom to read to my students weekly. Challenging at first, but got it now. ~ Deborah Sims, Kleberg Elem.
I have enjoyed how Zoom has enabled librarians to have informal collaborations. ~ Dorothy Rhoads, Adams Elem.
I don’t like being at home 24/7 I miss being able to visit with people.. so if this is what retirement looks like I don’t think I will ever really retire… 😊 ~ Aida Gamez, LMS Dept. System Administrator
I would say that given the current situation and the way things are going we have definitely had to learn to: Improvise, Adapt & Overcome a whole new way of living, working and finding a happy medium! ~ Gloria Rivera, LMS Dept. Supervisor
I was reassured on how confident I felt in the way the district handled everything and what kind of resources they offered to people like me from home. ~ Vincent Cazares, LMS Dept. Shipping and Receiving
I have learned that Social Media is not a one-size-fits-all for my students. I know a good number of my library students are reading. But I find myself wondering about those that I have not been able to reach, such as my autistic and less-outgoing students. As a result, I have decided to up my SM game by reaching out to specific interest groups. For example, include posts or sections with topics I know my autistic boys will be interested in reading (such as a Wimpy Kid Corner with jokes or games). I hope to be able to see positive results in communication as well as check-outs from this change. ~ Pamela Taylor, Kennedy Curry MS
There are aspects of working from home that I like (like not getting up at 5:00-5:30), but I also miss so many intangible things, like seeing my students’ smiles, hearing their laughter, and seeing the joy in their faces when they discover a book they like or create or design something new in our makerspace. I miss their hugs. ~ Edith Bender, Moreno Elementary
My AHA moment is when I was assigned 220 students to my library center = Google Classroom. I did not know a thing about Google Classroom. It is strange that I created the library center in 2019. Little did I know that I would be running my library through this arena. I know students want to learn. They showed me by completing assignments that will not apply to a passing or failing grade. I want to believe that they know that one more adult does care about them even when we can not see each other. ~ Juanita Kay Truelove, Garcia MS
I learned how many gifted caring librarians we have and their willingness to share their work. I could adapt their product and didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Extremely grateful to all of them. ~ Dianne McCorcle, Arcadia Park
I plan to manage all of the training opportunities better. ~ DeNeene Henderson
I’ve discovered that I really enjoyed having coffee and a decent breakfast every morning while working from home. In order to continue doing that, I’ve added meal prepping breakfast with my returning back to the office schedule. ~ Vincent Cazares, LMS Dept. Shipping and Receiving
Created with images by Link Hoang - "Beach Table Da Nang" • Raphaël Biscaldi - "Summer has come" * "As We Go Forth" Gay Patrick * DASL Librarian of the Year Kimberly Wooten photo on Starks Vanguard webpage * Dynamic Librarians - Deneice Hullett; Anonymous Library Aide Tweet & Thank You email, Jennifer McLeod - Favorite Thing: Favorites graphic by Kimberly Wooten; Dog on computer photo by Jesse Salinas; Franklin Staff Book Club graphic by Rosenid Badia; Melissa Cunningham photo; LN Meeting photo by DeNeene Henderson; Sora App Parade Float photo by Bethe Lehman; Erica Campos with book photo; Bluebonnet Book Club meeting photo by Rebecca Lopez; Zoom Storytime Tweet by Maria Rodriguez-Carter; Zoom Storytime photo by Deneice Hullett; School's Out Bitmoji by Heather Hornor; World Bee Day graphic by Jennifer House * At-Home Learning: Pinkston HS Virtual Library by Deidra Ballard-Moore; Rose & Pencil photos by Adobe Spark (Tena Adkins) * Discovered: Purple Hair Bitmoji by Aida Gamez; Scraps Storytime photo & Happiness Poem by Robin Wootan Pattillo; Lipscomb Virtual Library slide by Maria Acevedo-Negron * Next Time: New York City School Library System graphic by DOE Dept. of Library Service; Bitmoji at Desk by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb; Uplist Tweet/Retweet by Lynn DeFord & Mary Martinez; Aida's Babies Photo by Aida Gamez