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18 years as Coordinator of Library Services for Napa Valley USD and Napa Valley School Library Consortium; 2010-current CDE Recommended Literature Committee member; 8 years as an outside library consultant for Follett Library Resources; 6 years as a Napa County Library Commissioner; Current member of California Dept of Education’s Literature Committee; Napa TV Public Access board member; ALA, AASL, CLA (Californiia Library Association), CSLA (California School Library Association) and CUE (Computer Using Educators). Conference presentations include: United We Stand; School and Public Libraries Working Together (CLA 2016, CSLA 2017), It’s Not Your Mother’s Library 2012 and 2013 (CUE); Enhancing Online Resources through Library Partnerships (CUE 2010); Implementing School Library Consortium (CSLA 2008); Athletes as Readers and Leaders (2008 Association of American Publishers & CSLA Project). Contributor to School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come!

  • Through a District Lens

    District/county office of education supervising librarians positions have been drastically cut over the last few years. So it’s not surprising that there have been a flurry of posts about combining the district librarian position with a site teacher librarian position…. Read More ›

  • The CA State Library’s Gift to Students

    Once again it’s almost the end of the school year and time to pause and reflect on our pluses and minuses. We had a better year than anticipated, but like most districts we are experiencing more budget cuts along with declining enrollment…. Read More ›

  • NVUSD Libraries: OER Reflections

    It has been almost a year to the day since I wrote the blog “OER: One Size Does Not Fit All.” Little did I know at the time it would take an entire year to find the correct fit for … Read More ›

  • Student Rights

    During the past two weeks, we have all listened to the Parkland students as they voiced their anger, pain, and frustration. On the other side, we listened to those who said that these were just kids and the #NeverAgain movement would… Read More ›

  • Words

    Words have been in the news lately with headlines publicizing the 2017 words of the year. It seems as though everyone has something to say, and sometimes the words have become as skewed as our current society. All this wordy… Read More ›

  • Readability or Content?

    A few weeks ago the California Department of Education and members of the Recommended Literature Committee scheduled a phone conference to discuss the issue of reading levels and age appropriateness. We were concerned that younger students with high Lexile/AR levels… Read More ›

  • End of the Year… What Have We Done?

    Listening to John Lennon’s So This Is Christmas put me in a reflective state of mind. To paraphrase the lyrics, what have we really done? What better place to refresh my memory than my past KQ blog posts? As I read… Read More ›

  • Napa Fires: Reflections

    It was a week of fires, smoke, fear, and boredom. We prayed and watched as the fires spread over Napa Valley, Sonoma, and farther north. We held our breath as the entire town of Calistoga was evacuated…and were terrified that the… Read More ›

  • Libraries Are for Everyone

    Yesterday my office (Library Services) partnered with the Wellness Program to present A Health Wellness Training for LGBTQ Youth. The speaker, Charles Wibbelsman MD, is an expert on LGBTQ youth and a long-time family friend. He recently retired as chairman of the… Read More ›

  • Whiteness in Librarianship

    Lately I have been reading ALA Think Tank blogs about the lack of diversity in librarianship or, to put it more plainly, the fundamental whiteness of our profession. Not just skin-color white, but the whiteness that comes with power and privilege…. Read More ›