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Hello, I am the Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle. I use my past experience in college and university libraries to help my current students in school libraries transition into college, career, and life. I am currently the lead Senior Class Adviser for the Capstone Project. I also served at the state level with the Tennessee Association of School Librarians executive board from 2009-2013 and was the TASL president in 2012. I am certified as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, have a BS in Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations, a BS in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Education and Information Systems and a Masters in Library and Information Science.

  • The movie was better

    Book to movie

    Is the book always better than the movie? My spouse prefers nonfiction reading. But when it comes to novels we have a little inside joke, where he says “I’ll wait for the movie.” As a librarian,  I want to reply… Read More ›

  • News or Not

    Fake News and K-12 Information Literacy: Following the November 2016 Presidential election, there was great concern about fake news on Facebook and in Google searches. And then, in what seemed to be perfect timing, a Stanford group released the study “Evaluating Information:… Read More ›

  • Jobs of the Future

    How school librarians can prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist: What If? I often wish that I could see into the future so that I could prepare students for the next great thing. However, my MLIS degree did… Read More ›

  • School Library Archives

    school archives Webb tennis photo

    School archives are important and useful for many schools Information professionals everywhere are focusing on 21st-century skills. We are developing new uses for our library facilities like makerspaces and learning commons. It is not surprising that the idea of giving… Read More ›

  • Curation and Pathfinders

    RESEARCH

    The Back-to-School Goal and the Conversation That Ensued At my school, we are having a long overdue conversation about types of  library materials and the organization of library materials (print versus electronic… Dewey or Don’t we, etc.). This conversation began… Read More ›

  • Back to School: PokémonGO, Olympics, Election

    In some areas of the country, school will start next week. For those of you who are starting soon, I wanted to cover some hot topics among teens and tweens so that you are ready to go “Back to School!”… Read More ›

  • ESSA Important to All Librarians

    ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) #essalibraries This past week I attended ALA’s annual conference in Orlando.  If you have ever attended an annual conference, you know that the biggest dilemma you will face is choosing which sessions to attend.  When… Read More ›

  • Summer screen time conundrum

    Summer Reading

    Screen Time versus Reading Challenge students to abandon their screen this summer for one hour of reading every day. Who knows, they might not be able to put the book aside after just one hour! We are about to begin… Read More ›

  • Survey the Students

    Survey Graphic

    Why Survey Students: Maybe you administer a student survey every year, or maybe you have never surveyed your students. With all of the evaluation systems required by programs like “Race To the Top,” etc. and with every state setting different guidelines for librarian evaluation,… Read More ›

  • The Organized Librarian Mind

    OrganizedMind

      Overwhelmed Librarian Mind As school librarians we are all in need of a 25th hour in our day.  School librarians are the librarians who “do it all.”  We are the reference desk, the collection development office, the computer lab… Read More ›