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Clinical assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of NC at Greensboro working with school library candidates. Former elementary, middle, and high school librarian in Virginia, Mississippi, and North Carolina.

  • Taking Your First Job: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    One of my students emailed me exuberantly announcing she had just accepted her first school library job that was beyond perfect: close to her home, in a fairly new school, with a supportive principal, in a grade-level she wanted. I… Read More ›

  • Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

    At school year’s end everyone is involved in assessment. Everything stops for student testing, including the library. School library classes are suspended and circulation is closed as school libraries are used as test centers and school librarians proctor and in… Read More ›

  • Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

    In North Carolina, school counselors no longer administer standardized tests. In July 2013, the NC General Assembly enacted legislation (Session Law 2013-360, G.S. 115C-316.1) that clearly excluded any coordination of standardized testing from the job description of school counselor. According… Read More ›

  • National Poetry Month is the Perfect Time for Advocacy

    In my curriculum class this month, several students have used poetry as the focus of collaborative lessons because April is National Poetry Month as well as an easy way to connect with the English/Language Arts classes.  Their lessons have preK-12… Read More ›

  • The Medium is the Message

    Important Message

    One of my students working as a provisionally licensed elementary school librarian recently complained that his principal had criticized him for allowing students to free read or read independently the last 10-15 minutes of one particular library class time. The… Read More ›

  • If School Libraries Had a Super Bowl

    football players

    I must confess that I am not a huge football fan.  I am amused when they play in the rain, the ball often squirting out of players’ hands in a muddy free-for-all.  I am fascinated to watch normally agile athletes… Read More ›

  • The Winter of Our Discontent

    One of my great pleasures in working with preservice teacher librarians is getting caught up in their new-found passion and zeal for the profession.  Their joy can be so infectious it always reaffirms why I loved working in a K-12… Read More ›

  • Yes, Virginia

    (Recently, The Charlotte Observer ran an article entitled, “Are School Librarians Going Way of the Milkman?”  The article reported that Principal Lauren Fowler at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary  had replaced her professional school librarian position  with a teaching assistant stating, “I think we get more…. Read More ›

  • School Librarian Dispositions: Serving Two Masters

    One of the assignments that sometimes gives my preservice school library students angst requires them to self-assess their dispositions for teaching.   Our teacher education program requires all licensure candidates to have satisfactory assessments (preferably three) of their teaching dispositions for… Read More ›

  • School Library: the Reality Show

    One of the things my preservice school librarians see during their practicums is exactly what professional life is like for a school librarian.  Sure, we discuss the work in our university classes but I don’t think it really hits home… Read More ›