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Circulating Ideas - 14 July 2021

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century. This newsletter dives deeper into those conversations.
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In elementary school, my school librarian helped me write a letter to James Howe, author of my then-favorite book, Bunnicula. As fun as that was, I had no idea that he would actually write me back! He wrote a note on a bookmark that I used for the longest time and eventually lost track of 😭.
In high school, my school librarian suggested I read Ender’s Game, and that was my favorite book for years after (it only stopped being my favorite due to issues with the author) and kicked my interest in science fiction into the stratosphere.
My high school librarian also helped me and a friend put together a video for a school assignment about the history of Batman 🤓 . We used THE COMPUTER to edit the VIDEOTAPE and it was AMAZING. THE FUTURE* HAD ARRIVED. My friends and I went on to make a dozen or so movies, kicked off by the horror film Day of the Washcloth. But that’s another story for another time.
I remember my high school librarian in particular helping me do some research for various papers over the years, and she made us take a test on the Dewey Decimal System!
School librarians are an important part of the educational lives of children, which makes it that much more important for them to have strong values. In the new episode of the show, I speak with Judi Moreillon, editor of Core Values in School Librarianship, about those values and why they’re key to the work of school librarians.
The podcast started its run with a school librarian, Buffy Hamilton, and I’m so pleased to be able to revisit this part of the profession from time to time. Enjoy.
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Episode 203
More About Judi Moreillon
Judi Moreillon wins the Scholastic Library Publishing Award
Local Opinion: Our opportunity to repair K-12 education
Please Don't Give Me a Hug!
Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy by Judi Moreillon
Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact by Judi Moreillon
Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact by Judi Moreillon
School Librarian Leadership | Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy
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I’ve had a number of school librarians on the show in the past!
182: Stacy Brown – Circulating Ideas
164: Cicely Lewis – Circulating Ideas
142: School Library Makerspaces – Circulating Ideas
137: School Librarian Panel – Circulating Ideas
17: Wendy Stephens – Circulating Ideas
1: Buffy Hamilton – Circulating Ideas
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