Category Archives: School Media Specialists

  1. Is This the Year of Asking for Help?

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    August 28, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    Welcome to the school year SY23. I am understaffed and overwhelmed. A third of my certified teachers left the building …
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  2. Relationships from the Hardest Year Ever

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    July 6, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    I called SY21, the #StrangestYearEver, and used this as the lens to look at everything. I wrote about my relationships …
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  3. EOY Report for the Hardest Year Ever

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    May 15, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    To cap off the #HardestYearEver, we need to create an end-of-year report. This year, our district’s teacher-librarians (a.k.a. school librarians, …
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  4. #WhyStudentsGoToSchoolLibrary

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    April 30, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    Why do students go to their school library? In all of the arguments about the access to and appropriateness of …
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  5. You Are Your School’s Pressure Release Valve

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    March 26, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    As we turn the corner into the new School Library Month (April), we need to understand the real importance of …
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  6. Wish List for a K-12 LMS Set Up

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    February 5, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    How do you want your Learning Management System (LMS) to be set up? This is different from the discussions of …
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  7. Pivoting on a Dime

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    January 15, 2022 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    The original schedule had teachers returning on Monday, January 3rd for a workday followed by students on Tuesday. The announcement …
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  8. Books Unite Us

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    September 30, 2021 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    I am extremely proud of my friends, colleagues, and students who have bounded into this annual #BannedBooksWeek with joy. And …
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  9. What does a Media Specialist Do When Everyone Is Online?

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    August 29, 2020 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    (Hint: Everything.) Tuesday was the 7th day of school and the first where I joined a teacher’s classroom to teach …
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  10. Recognizing Implicit Biases in Ourselves

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    July 10, 2020 by Dr. Robbie Barber

    This post is week 4 of 8 in the #8WeeksofSummer Blog Challenge for educators. The prompt is: “How do/will you address implicit …
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