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					    First Impressions:
Making the Transition from Library
  Student to Teacher Librarian

                 Alexandra Stevens
                          Greenwich High School
                 Carolyn Shea
                          Westover Elementary
Making the Transition from
MLS/SMS student to LMS
Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search

• Use web sites wisely
  – CT REAP (
  – School Spring (
  – CEA (
  – CT Library Consortium (
  – Individual School/Town web sites

Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search

• Go to Job Fairs
  – CES
     • Fairfield County Professional Educator
       Recruitment Fair
  – SCSU
  – Fairfield University

Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search

• Network With Others
   – Other School Library Media Specialists
   – Join CASL (
   – Fellow Classmates
   – Friends & Family
• Volunteer at a school library
• Take advantage of internship opportunities

Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search

• Gather necessary materials
  – Many towns use AppliTrack for applications
     • Most information can be imported from one
       application to another
  – Up-to-date resume
     • Consider functional resume if this is a career

Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search
• Gather necessary materials
  – Reference letters (at least three)
  – Official transcripts (all college and graduate
    programs attended)
  – Certification (or letter from school indicating
    certification expected)
  – Cover letters
  – Essays
  – Sample lesson plans
Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search
• Certification – cannot teach without it
  – Need official transcripts
  – $200 money order, cashier’s check, or certified
    bank check
  – Application paperwork filled out by school
  – Cannot expedite but can hand deliver to
    Connecticut DOE

Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search
• Interviews
   – Panels of 5-10 teachers/administrators
   – Call-backs
   – Have 4-5 key points you want to make
   – Review District/school web sites and strategic
     plan beforehand
   – Network with anyone you know who is
     familiar with that school district
   – Find out hiring timeline before you leave
   – Follow-up with thank you note                    9
Making the Transition from Student to
LMS – The Job Search
• Demo Lesson
  – May be part of the interview process
  – Most times you will be told what to teach
  – Be prepared for technology glitches
  – Engage students in the lesson
     • Ask questions
     • Consider pair-and-share/group work

What Summer Vacation??
What Summer Vacation?

• Visit Media Center to get lay of the land
• If possible, meet with existing LMS to review
   – See Questionnaire
   – Another LMS in the District is the next best
• Meet your staff
• Attend training
What Summer Vacation?

• Read contract and sign-up for benefits
• Review school policies (e.g., AUP, Selection
  Policy, Student Hand Book, Program of Study)
• Review budget
• Set up Media Center
   – Cleaning, signage, moving books, decorating
• Review curriculum and start planning

Connecting with Students
Connecting with Students

•   Smile and have positive attitude
•   Learn student names and interests
•   Respect students and actively listen
•   Say “hello” in the halls and engage in

Connecting with Students

• Plan fun events
   – Book fairs
   – Student clubs (book clubs, mixed media clubs,
     anime clubs, etc.)
   – Author visits

Connecting with Students

• Attend school functions and fundraisers
  – Sporting events
  – Plays
  – Musical events
  – PTO/PTA meetings
  – Fundraisers

Connecting with Students

• Observe your students and provide needed
• Talk to other teachers (e.g., special education
  teachers) who know the students
   – They can explain their abilities and where
     accommodations and modifications are needed

Connecting with Students

• Be a role model for life-long learning
  – Telling students stories can help
  – Explain how you have dealt with particular
  – Talk to students about the books, magazines,
    and newspaper articles you are reading; places
    you have visited – make a connection

Collaborating with Teachers
Collaboration With Teachers (AS)

• Provide teachers with resources and information
  relevant to their subject matter and their
  professional development
• E-mail a monthly Media Center Newsletter to all
• Prepare brief, informative presentations for
  teachers and present them at faculty / department
Collaboration With Teachers (AS)

• Grow collaboration organically – reach out to
  individual teachers and encourage them to pass on
  the benefits of collaborating with the LMS
• Provide teacher training sessions (SmartBoard,
  Google Docs, Discovery Education, databases,
  resources for differentiation, etc.)
• Start a faculty book club
• Eat lunch with teachers

Media Center Management Tips
Media Center Management Tips

• Have class rules
   – No more than 5
   – The last one should be listen and follow
• Explain class rules and discipline plan in first
  class – try to find positive ways to phrase rules
• Reinforce often, as necessary

Media Center Management Tips

• Discipline plan for violations of class rules
   – Follow through and never threaten if you don’t
     intend to act
   – Students need to know what to expect from
     you, so be consistent
• Praising good behavior is often more effective

Media Center Management Tips

• Sample rules for Elementary School:
   – Raise hand before speaking
   – Walk and use inside voices
   – Be polite and respectful at all times
   – Treat Media Center, books, and computers like
   – Listen and follow directions

Media Center Management Tips

• Discipline plan for violations of class rules
  – Sample Elementary (1st stage): Verbal
    reminder; verbal warning; change seat;
    removal from class activity with assignment
  – Sample Elementary (2nd stage): Teacher’s
    choice of talking to classroom teacher, calling
    home, or sending to Principal

Media Center Management Tips

• Sample rules for Middle School and
  High School Media Center / class:
   – Raise hand before speaking while Media
     Specialist is teaching
   – No food in the Media Center
   – Don’t talk on cell phones in the Media Center
   – The Media Center is for academic work only

Media Center Management Tips

• Discipline plan for violations of rules
  – Sample High School (1st stage): Verbal warning
    or change seat; removal from Media Center or
  – Sample High School (2nd stage): Removal from
    Media Center / classroom; escorting to
    Assistant Principal and/or calling parents

Media Center Management Tips

• I do, we do, you do (all levels)
   – I model at the SMART Board
   – We do together (call up to SMART Board)
   – The student does alone; LMS walks around
     class and works with individual students
• SMART Board keeps students engaged and helps
  with classroom management

Media Center Management Tips

• Repeat directions more than once during lesson
   – Make as concise as possible (few words)
• Test for understanding
   – Make students repeat
• When possible, write directions down and hand
  out after lesson during “you do” phase

Connecting with the Community
Making Connections With Parents

• Make 1 to 2 presentations at PTO / PTA meetings
  each school year about literacy and the Media
• Organize parent volunteers to help reshelve books
  and prepare new books for the shelves (stamping,
  covering, etc.)
• Bring in parents who work in literary fields to
  talk to students about their careers
Making Connections With The Town

• Connect with the public library about the summer
  reading program and how you can support it
• Let public library know about your school’s
  summer reading program and how they can
  support it
• Reach out to the YA/Children’s librarians and get
  to know them
• Make the public librarians aware of big school
  projects                                        34
Making Connections With The Town

• Look for opportunities for joint projects
• Promote the public library within your school
• Encourage students and faculty to make use of
  the public library not just for materials use but
  also letting them know about special events being
  held at the public library

Good Luck!!

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