Saturday, June 25, 2011

Turning the page

Well, it's official, I am a high school librarian.  Time to start reflecting, what skills do I already have for this new space?  I know the AASL standards, know about AASL's lesson plan database, know about AASL's Common Core Crosswalks.  I know search strategies, information literacy, and reader's advisory.  I am frantically reading YA literature.  Still to learn, high school curriculum (Yikes!), high school humor, and my new staff (of over 100 people).   I know about databases, but need to learn the ins and outs of the databases used by the kids.  I know about our district's online campus, but need to learn how to use it with students.

I need some help!  Do you have a "go to" database/resource that you couldn't teach without?  I would love to know about it.  Is there one book that I simply must read before I start back to school?  Leisure reading or professional.  Do you have a sure fire way to introduce yourself to staff and/or students, and to get to know them as well?

If you look at my YA reading list you will notice I have no problem reading YA fantasy!  How about some help with the other genres?

I am a pioneer on a new frontier, and I could sure use some guides.  I would love to hear from you!