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Latest Newsletters from the Media Center

Through blood, sweat, tears (ok, not really, but it sounds dramatic), I have finally been able to get some newsletters done for my staff and students. I would love to embed them into my blog so you wouldn’t have to follow links and go through all of the extra steps, but (alas) it will not work in WordPress. Sorry. Smore.com does a great job. I, of course, wish it would work more seamlessly with My Big Campus and WordPress. The issue doesn’t seem to be with Smore.

Here is the link to my October 2014 Staff Newsletter

Here is the link to my October 2014 Student Newsletter

I am doing these newsletters for a few reasons.

1. It is part of my evaluation dealing with effective communication with staff and students (state-driven evaluation).

2. It is part of my evaluation with Individual Professional Development Goals (school-driven evaluation).

3. Most importantly…I just wanted to do this. The library has so many things to offer, but I haven’t really done a good job in getting that word across to the students and staff. This is just a small step, but hopefully it’s a step in the right direction.

Onward and Upward!!


Currently reading: Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

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Be quiet and talk!

George Bernard Shaw said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

Why is it so hard to communicate? In my 23 years in the public school system, I’ve found the biggest broken lines of communication are those between administration and staff. But why is that? Is it due to:

  • Fear of rejection
  • Fear of reproach
  • Fear of authority
  • Laziness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of engagement
  • Lack of accountability
  • Technology

The list could go on and on. I have witnessed people throwing a hissy fit due to something that could have been helped with just a simple phrase or two of communication.

I am ranting a bit because I have been place in the middle…again. A colleague asked me to talk to the principal instead of going there herself. I gently put the ball back in her court, but I really wanted to shout it from the rooftops that it’s simple math…THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS IS A STRAIGHT LINE! If you have a question or concern in this particular line of work, go directly to the person it involves. While this may be uncomfortable, there’s no sense putting it off. However, here’s the kicker…(yes, I have another quote for you)

The great Ernest Hemingway once said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

Conversations are a 2-way street. If you want to discuss something with a colleague or an administrator, don’t forget to listen.  (This one is hard for me, too. I’m a work-in-progress.)

Sooooo, what does this have to do with library work? Everything and nothing. Books are a wonderful tool for communication. However, sometimes we need to put the book down and go for it. Don’t ask someone else to communicate for you. Here’s one more quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” Amen.


Currently reading: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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