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School Librarian's Purpose KQ article

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  My article for Knowledge Quest Journal of @aasl Sept/Oct 2022 - A School Librarian’s Purpose - A word of hope for current and future School Librarians, keep fighting the good fight because our children deserve school libraries staffed with school librarians @aasl_iss @ALALibrary pic.twitter.com/KS1nGRsiKV — Hannah Byrd Little (@HannahLittle) October 7, 2022  

TASL Conference 2022

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  “TASL Conference 2022” by @HannahLittle https://twitter.com/i/events/1570504716945182724

Beyond This Crisis

  😷 ⚡️ “Beyond This Crisis” by @HannahLittle https://twitter.com/i/events/1482013850274725888

What to keep from the Pandemic

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  ⚡️ “What to keep from the Pandemic” by @HannahLittle  https://twitter.com/i/events/1381390211599499266

The COVID-19 article series

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During the global pandemic, writing should have been an ideal task but I found that I had incredible writer's block.  Here are some articles documenting the time.  Avoiding Information Overload During COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders on 04/01/2020 Overcoming the abundance of beautiful and free information offers Beyond Video Conference Fatigue  - Craving In-Person Teaching and Learning Not the Disaster We Were Preparing For on 05/07/2020 We prepare for fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, but not a pandemic. Finding Collaborative Points from a Distance  on 06/08/2020 Turning learning on its head. Embedded 2020  on 08/03/2020 • Being an embedded librarian is not a new concept, but it has new meaning for me as a school librarian since the onset of distance learning and COVID-19. On the Eve of an Election  - Students will be bombarded this month by political ads and media commentary  Part 1: Polarization and Resistance to Fact-Checking Information  - What Is True? Another presidential elect
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My Four Favorite non-Fiction Reads this Year First Book   ​ Reframing Organizations by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal  The inspirational quote: "Mistakes are made when complexity is simplified. The trick is to question your prejudices."   There are occasions when problem-solving can be relatively straightforward, but when we’re facing more complex questions we do not need to oversimplify the complexity.  "Mistakes are made when complexity is simplified."  Individuals revert to prejudice rather than actually looking at the matter at hand.  Sometimes in the effort to make things consistent, we make rigid policies that hurt the efforts of personalized education and our enduring understanding at Webb of " Each person has unique gifts and capacities and a responsibility to develop them. " I am a forward-leaning person and I really like this quote from the founder of my school in a 1905 speech to the Southern Education Association about the
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"What skills do students really need for work? Speaking Skills Top Employer Wish Lists. But [most] Schools Don't Teach Them. Is school where students should learn to speak clearly, make a 60-second elevator speech, or hold a difficult conversation?"( EdWeek ) At my school, Webb in Bell Buckle, the answer is Yes! Emerging Voices public performance curriculum. Writing across the curriculum and public speaking are major emphases at The Webb School. Through our Emerging Voices Program, students learn to create original ideas, assemble a body of research, and communicate those ideas effectively through writing and public speaking. Students showcase their skills each year by performing declamations, orations, performance creations and senior paper presentations. These exhibitions are developed and completed under the mentorship of the students' advisors and other members of the community. Our goal is to create confident contributors in the classroom and beyond.