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School Libraries & Products Designed for Libraries


Since my first love was children’s literature and children’s services, my focus was not only on public library settings but also on any library where children "were." I took coursework in all children’s and youth areas and that included literature courses, public library children and youth services and reference, resources and facilities for all levels of school librarianship.


Throughout the years I focused more on management issues for school librarians rather than the literature (my love for Richard Peck notwithstanding) and authored the "Make ’em Smile" School Library Journal (SLJ) cover article as well as one of my favorite SLJ articles "The New Tools of the Trade: 48 Essential Net Resources for Librarians." I participated in joint use initiatives for a facility for higher education students and special needs middle school students and chaired the design of standards for Texas school librarians. My publications are for all types of libraries (customer service, management) and I also had the opportunity to work with ALSC leadership on the design of frontline scripts for advocacy and customer service.

 

 

 


School Library

I employ many school librarians to assist us in staffing our community college reference desks and value not only the in-depth knowledge of the population but the service commitment and information literacy expertise they bring to the institution.


So - as I have said in my other type of library statements - although our types of libraries vary greatly, there are many similarities among types of libraries. One of the strongest links for me exists in the research and teaching in solo librarianship which I believe speaks to school librarians as well as special librarians.


Products
These resources represent selections from the master list of my resources/work products. A large number of these were designed for academic and public environments but many of these can be used for other types of libraries and library settings. School librarians - as solo librarians/in their libraries by themselves should be able to use the smaller or one-person library environment content. In addition, LLAMA columns and articles as well as ALA-APA articles were written with all types of libraries and information environments in mind.


Appendices Additions for Online Content. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. These appendices are 20+ free pages from R & L to supplement Library Management for the Digital Age .


The Application Form. TXLA. 2011 to the present. Helpful Handouts are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.


The Art of the Job Description. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


A Book by It’s Cover. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Crafting Your Cover Letter. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA's placement center activities.


Culture Keepers VI: Preserving the Past; Sustaining the Future. A companion piece to "Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Academic and Research Librarians: An ACRL White Paper." ACRL. 2007.


Evaluation Instruments: More Than the Forms. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2008. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Frontline Advocacy Train the Trainer Materials. ALA. 2008. "Frontline" is an ALA webpage designed to consolidate advocacy content for librarians in the field for the purpose of training library employees, stakeholders and supporters. Content by Todaro includes: In-Person, Virtual, and/or Digital Delivery of Frontline Advocacy: Designing Training to Meet Today's Training Needs (word document linked from the "Frontline Advocacy page" and 52 Ways to Make a Difference - Library Advocacy throughout the Year).


Identifying and Conveying Transferable Skills. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Leading People You Don’t Manage. LLAMA. 2011. This 19 page handout was designed to supplement a LLAMA middle management webinar series.


A Practical Guide for Personnel Management. TSLAC. 1993. A 60 page handout designed to supplement a series of personnel workshops for the state agency.


Preparing For Your Application Process. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.


Professional Associations...Moving Past Membership into Involvement. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth Toolkit: A Realistic, Concrete Approach. TLA. 2013. This toolkit applies the values’ content available for libraries to the practice of librarianship.


"A Rose By Any Other Name." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2006. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Thinking Outside the Hiring "Box." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


To Supplement or Not To Supplement: Post-Interviewing. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.


Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Ten Days of Work. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


TLA Chairs/Leader Training. TLA. 2013. This handout serves as a training document for TLA committee chairs at the TLA midyear meeting / Annual Assembly.


The Truth is Out There (LLAMA Columns). PDF’s of these columns can be found by accessing ALA’s LLAMA Publications page and choosing under "Browse the author" limiter on the right side of the page.

  • "2 + 2" Vol 20, No 4 (2006)
  • "911? 511? 411? 311? ...?" Vol 25, No 1 (2011)
  • "As We Go to Press and into 2006 . . . What’s on My Mind?" Vol 20, No 2 (2006)
  • "Community College Library Fundraising" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
  • "Harry Potter and the Mediocre Manager" Vol 19, No 1 (2005)
  • "Higher Ground" Vol 19, No 2 (2005)
  • "I Mean it" Vol 21, No 1 (2007)
  • "Is That My Garbage Can?" Vol 22, No 1 (2008)
  • "I’ve Looked at Life . . . " Vol 20, No 3 (2006)
  • "Juvenile Fish Transporter" Vol 22, No 4 (2008)
  • "Mentoring Advice from an Expert" Vol 25, No 3 (2011)
  • "No More ’Extra! Extra!’ But ’Read All about It!’" Vol 23, No 4 (2009)
  • "Philosophy!" Vol 24, No 4 (2010)
  • "Pimp My Library" Vol 21, No 4 (2007)
  • "Six Feet from a Spider" Vol 22, No 2 (2008)
  • "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" Vol 19, No 4 (2005)
  • "Aisle or Window? Smoking or NonSmoking? Leadership or Management?" Vol 23, No 2 (2009)
  • "Two Mothers" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
  • "What Goes Around . . ." Vol 19, No 3 (2005)
  • "What’s New? What’s Next? Or ... What’s Not?" Vol 24, No 2 (2010)

School Library Data: I've Called You All Here Today To...? Webinar. 2009. This webinar focuses on using school data from TLA’s voter opinion survey to market school library programs and improve communications with local PTAs, support groups, and administrators. The webinar provides hands-on and replicable strategies for convincing others to speak out for school libraries. The link includes access to the webinar, a handout and a PowerPoint presentation. In addition, "School Library Data: I've called you all here today to ...", a Texas Library Journal article, is included. Webinar Recording: Presentation audio: mp3 (5.3 MB) | Flash version of the ppt with audio

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