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  1. Deer Creek Elem Library & Crowley Public Library Begin Exciting Pilot With Wandoo Reader!!

    November 24, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    At Deer Creek Elementary in Crowley ISD,  we are excited to be chosen by Wandoo Reader to pilot the program with Crowley Public Library!  We have always had a good relationship with the Public Library.  In 2013, we were able to partner with them when we were chosen to host the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile.  But now, we are taking our collaboration to the next level with Wandoo Reader.  We are very fortunate to be working with Lindsey Hill @theLindseyHill from Evanced Solutions in this historic effort.  As you can see from our Kickoff photos, everyone is having a blast! The event was held at the Crowley Public Library from 3-6 pm on a day which the Library was normally closed.  CPL Director Cristina Winner @seeawinner offered the Library in this way to target the Wandoo Reader Audience.   This worked very well.  As bright-eyed elementary students came into the library, they were greeted by a very cute robot & a several wonderful centers with the Robot theme.  All the students easily began reading books of their choice and acquiring parts to build their robot at the Wandoo Reader site.  They also were able to make robot vests, masks & finger puppets to remember their experience thanks to Glenda Jordan of the Crowley Public Library.  She is pictured offering a student a bag of “Nuts & Bolts”(i.e. pretzels and m&m’s) as a robot treat.  Finally, students were able to have a photo op with the cool robot.  Some of them even hugged the robot!  Parents were able to create their child an account in Wandoo Reader and sign up for a Crowley Public Library card, as well. This was a win-win event all around.  Thanks to Library Director, Cristina Winner, for being willing to try something new and different for the sake of the kids.   Also, I am especially appreciative of the Crowley Public Library Staff: Glenda, Teresa, Sandy, Carmela & Drew for all they ways they enfolded the students into the reading community.  Last but not least, I must commend Lindsey Hill & Evanced Solutions for Wandoo Reader.  This is an #awesome student interest-driven program with immediate rewards.  If you have not seen it, check it out here at  wandooreader.com   The Wandoo Reader event has brought a new level of collaboration, trust and united effort between Crowley ISD Libraries & the Crowley Public Library.  Be looking for more posts about our historic partnership journey in the weeks to come!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan

     

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  2. Today’s Super Powered Librarian!

    October 6, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

    “It’s a bird, it’s a plane….” No, it’s a Super Powered Librarian flying to your rescue!

    Today’s Librarians are like SuperHeroes because of the nature of their ever-changing job description.  A Super Powered Librarian must be an expert in Library Science, Instruction, Technology, Personnel & Materials Management and much more.   We do it all – everyday for our students, patrons and communities.  Here are some reasons, I believe, that we put on our capes every day:

    1) We are Crusaders – Super Powered Librarians are champions for students by providing them and all stakeholders the best possible resources, reading materials and experiences.  We remain relevant by advocating for our programs in a constantly shifting environment, making connections to student learning.

    2) We are Leaders – Super Powered Librarians lead the way by changing and evolving to meet the needs of their students & community, realizing that affecting learning is paramount.

    3) We are Adventurers – Super Powered Librarians take risks and step up to the plate by implementing new programs and ideas, even when they may be unsure of the outcome.

    4) We are Flexible – Super Powered Librarians are made of elastic!  We stretch and stretch to meet the needs of all our students, school and community.

    5) We are Lifelong Learners “To Infinity & Beyond”- Super Powered Librarians Love Learning and instill that love in their students.  We spend countless hours outside the school setting planning and networking with other educators and colleagues via Twitter and other Social Media Platforms.

    Today’s Super Powered Librarian does not wear a bun (only when it’s really hot) on his/her head and sit around eating bon-bons.  Today’s Super Powered Librarians are SuperTechSavvy, SuperLeaders, SuperManagers and SuperBookPeople!  Find one at your nearest Library soon – just watch out for the cape!SuperHero Librarian Jan


  3. Congratulations to a Published Media Specialist!

    September 3, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

     

    “Herein lies our hope for the future of our nation: to teach the next generation what we are at risk of losing.” — Oletta Branstiter

    Congratulations are in order for one of our Media Specialists who was recently honored by thepursuitofhappiness.com.   Her story inspired them and was included on their blog.  Click the following link to find out more and…..

    Get Inspired!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan

     

     

     

     


  4. Catching Up On This #Amazing Year!

    May 24, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

    Just so you know, we are newbies at this blogging thing 🙂  Our blog is very new and we are learning the ins and outs through the University of  Hard Knocks along with the Trial & Error Method.  So, as you know with so much going on, it’s easy to get behind in your blogging and posting. We could either not bother with going back and just start fresh next year, or get busy and post some #amazing things that happened in our District this year.  Of course we decided to tell our Library stories.  It doesn’t matter if it happened today or a few months ago, it happened!  And that is what we want to encourage you to do – tell your Library Story.  I first heard this from an awesome Librarian @nancyjolambert.  If you are not following her, stop what you are doing and follow her on Twitter now!  Our stories need to be shared because they happened.  Let’s share our stories together!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan


  5. A middle school visit

    April 23, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    I visited one of our middle schools a week or so ago.  I was excited to see what was happening there.  Two classes were working in the library.  One had a presentation going on.  Students were interacting with the presenter who had a power point to emphasize the topic. 

    Another class worked at the computers.  Their teacher was guiding them through writing a paper for their classwork.

    Other students were in the library reading, using extra computers, and checking out books.

    The media specialist showed me a project that his student helpers were working on. The students were assisted by the media specialist and the school instructional technology teacher.   They have set up a webpage using My Big Campus and WordPress for the students to enjoy. It has links to sites for music, manga, news, science and sports.  The students are using an app called Tellegami to create avatars for their site.

    It was delightfully busy, with noise, but not disruptive.  All were doing what they needed to do!  I left with a smile on my face!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Carol


  6. Exciting Overdrive Bookmobile Visit This Year!!!

    April 3, 2014 by 2TechSavvyLibrarians

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    Awesome NCHS Students touring the Overdrive Bookmobile!

    We were so excited to have the famous Overdrive Bookmobile stop in our District not one day but two!  We were able to allow students from both our High Schools to tour the Bookmobile and experience our Digital Library.  Because we were able to partner with our local public library, another Overdrive user, this was a win-win deal all the way around.  For more information about our events, check out this blogpost we submitted for Overdrive Libraries:  http://tinyurl.com/mb7sqbp THANKS OVERDRIVE!!!!

    TechSavvyLibrarian Jan

     


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