Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Blog Interaction with Joyce Valenza - Mon. Oct 29 to Wed. Oct 31, 2007

Dr. Joyce Valenza from Springfield Township High School is a School Library Media Specialist who is a strong advocate of the 'Library 2.0' movement. The evolution of her Virtual Library resources reflects her philosophy. More recently she's moved toward learning spaces that incorporate learner participation and active involvement such as blogs and wikis.

Learn more about Joyce by exploring the information and resources found at http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/valenza.html

You might begin a conversation with her about specific details related to her vision for today's teacher librarians or her ideas and insights for school libraries and technology.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blog Interaction with Hella Rumschlag - Thurs. Oct. 18 to Wed. Oct. 20, 2007

Hella Rumschlag is in her second year as the media specialist and technology coordinator at Mohawk Trails Elementary School in Carmel, IN. This is also the second time she has joined this class as an expert practitioner in the field. Start by reading the archived discussions with her from last year (Nov. 2006).

Learn more about Hella at http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/rumschlag.html.

Mohawk Trails Library Mediea Center http://www.ccs.k12.in.us/mte/MediaCenter/...htm

Hella's extensive background makes her an excellent resource for discussion on career change, combined responsibilties for technology and library media, and other topics directly related to schools and learning.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blog Interaction with Teresa Garreth - Mon. Oct. 15 to Wed. Oct. 17, 2007

Joining the class for the first time is media specialist at New Chrysler High School, New Castle Community Schools: Teresa Garreth. Teresa is another outstanding Indiana teacher librarian, a well-rounded leader in our profession.

Learn more about Teresa and her professional interests and expertise at http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/garreth.html

Visit her media center's website at http://www.nccsc.k12.in.us/hsmedia/

To begin the conversation, you might blog-discuss with Teresa about professional leadership and development, technology integration and the SLM program, or collection development. I'm sure that Teresa is willing to discuss any relevant idea and issue related to school library media.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Blog Interaction with Chris Somers - Wed. Oct. 11 to Sat. Oct. 13, 2007

Chris Somers is the media specialist at Indian Creek Middle School in Trafalgar, Indiana. This is the second time that she has taken time from her schedule to interact and share her experiences and insights with this class; be sure to visit the discussions with students archived here in November 2005.

Learn more about Chris and her professional interests and expertise at:
Chris Somers http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/somers.html.

You can also visit her school's and media center websites:
Indian Creek Middle School http://www.nhj.k12.in.us/icms/
Media Center website

She has been very successful in securing grants for her school and collaborating with teachers. She is another Indiana teacher librarian who is integrally involved in classrooms and student learning and who is always looking for new and interesting opportunities.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Blog Interaction with Alice Yucht - Mon. Oct. 8 to Wed. Oct. 10, 2007

We are privileged to have as our 'virtual guest': Alice Yucht - - a truly remarkable library professional with varied experiences, loads of expertise, and her truly, unique ways of expression. And while she no longer works as a full-time librarian, she continues to write, speak, teach, and contribute new ideas to the field.

Learn a little more about Alice at these websites:
Alice Yucht http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/yucht.html
Alice in InfoLand (blogsite) http://www.aliceinfo.org/

I doubt if there is any concept directly related to libraries and school libraries that Alice could not respond to with solid, practical suggestions . . . but this is not a contest - - rather it's a rare opportunity to discuss real issues with an expert.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blog Interaction with Leslie Preddy - Thur. Oct. 4 to Sat. Oct. 6, 2007

Leslie Preddy is the library media specialist at Perry Meridian Middle School, Indianapolis. Leslie is an outstanding Indiana and national leader in our field. She is an enthusiastic teacher librarian with a long list of participation, accomplishment, and some well-deserved recognition.

Learn more about Leslie:
Introduction at eduScapes http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/preddy.html

Instructional Media Center Website: http://pmms.msdpt.k12.in.us/imc/index.htm
Leslie Preddy: Reading, Thinking, Learning, Living . . . http://www.lesliepreddy.com/

Leslie is a frequent presentor at state, regional, and national conferences. Look for her on the program of this Fall's AASL Conference and the ILF / IAME Conference.

This is another opportunity to discuss real issues, concerns, and experiences with a library media professional.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Blog Interaction with Janette Fluharty - Mon. Oct. 1 to Wed. Oct. 3, 2007

Janette Fluharty is the first SLMS joining class members for this semester's blog discussions (She was the final virtual guest during last year's class). This year is Janette's third year as library media specialist at Avon Intermediate School East, Avon, IN.

Visit her school's
media center pages at http://media-center.avon-east.schoolfusion.us/

Learn more about Janette's experience and interests at http://eduscapes.com/sms/overview/fluharty.html

Janette has again generously agreed to share her insights and practical ideas about her school library program and any other topics related to school library media.