Wednesday, June 16, 2021

It's Week 3 Of The Future Ready Librarian Book Club! Find Out Our Plans For The Week Here, Friends.

Hi, friends.  We hope you are enjoying your week and that the summer is being kind to you and your family.

Did you expand your thinking around mentorship, leadership, community and partnerships last week while we read and reflected on Chapter 1, Digital Age Mentors?  Did you set new goals and connect to any? I know we sure did! 

Thank you for adding to the discussions within our Google Slides as you answered the questions and commented on the different Facebook posts.  It was also great seeing many of us interacting on Twitter and Instagram using #LeadingLibs and #FutureReadyLibs too. Let’s keep those conversations going as we grow together throughout the summer.

This week we are reading Chapter 2, Know Your Culture.  In this chapter, we will focus on the unique community that constitutes every school.  We recognize that not every strategy in this book will work in every location; librarians influence their communities in a variety of ways. However, by focusing on the culture of the school and greater communities, we can give students greater opportunities and experiences. 

After you read Chapter 2, please complete these three items: 

1. Use the #LeadingLibs Challenges on page 47-48 to challenge yourself as you create a culture within your library and school community .

Let’s share our ideas on this Flipgrid with password FRLbookclub

In your video response on the Flipgrid, share your challenge and what you are doing to create a culture within your library and school community. 

For example, this summer Shannon is creating a new space in her library for collaboration and connecting with teachers.  She ordered a few new book shelves and is cataloging the books she has to use with teachers and students in lessons and projects (STEAM, PBL, SEL, research, etc…) with Follett’s Classroom Manager. She plans to use this as a place to lay out books, technology, STEM tools and other resources to bring life to the collaboration she does with teachers and others on a daily basis.  She knows this is something her community needs and it will definitely lead to new opportunities with her preschool to 12th grade school district.  She is still coming up with a name and branding….Let her know if you have any ideas.  :) 

At the same time, Bill is working with librarians in his district to create a culture of collaboration with virtual teachers and students who will be fully online next year. While we’ve been teaching virtually all year, creating a culture that will embrace that and where librarians and teachers have the same types of relationships that they do face to face can be daunting. To foster this, Bill is helping his librarians define the roles of both groups and create opportunities to bring them together as they consider how they work with their students.

After you have added your video, make sure you listen to others.  You can add comments too. 

2. We have added the Week 3 slide discussion questions behind your introduction slide at  It contains the 3 discussion questions from page 48. 

  • How does your space promote inquiry, creativity, collaboration and community?

  • Do you have spaces for students to create digital products documenting their learning? 

  • What types of instruction do you use to promote critical thinking?

You can leave comments on others slides too.  Let’s make this an active conversation. 

3  Share your thoughts throughout the week in the Future Ready Librarian Facebook Group We can use this as a place to continue the conversation, ask questions, and share.  

Reach out if you have any questions.  We are always happy to help as we grow together and lead from the library,

Shannon, Bill and the Future Ready team

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