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Seeking Your Feedback

Some of you may have read the well-written editorial recently published by Washington State Teacher of the Year, who is a school librarian.  If not, I urge you to take a moment to ready it.

If things shake out like they normally do, this will get shared amongst school librarians and we will echo his sentiments, but more than likely, we end up sharing these sentiments with our peers. My question to you all is this. How can we share what’s in this article with NON-librarians? Any thoughts? If so, post your comments and/or share with me.  I’d love to hear from you. 
Becky Russell


The ALA Conference here in New Orleans is great! I’ve spent hours in meetings representing the CASL Community and it has reminded me of how important it is to stay connected with one another.  Sorry to have missed the CASL Kick-Off to TIE.  I hope you had a fabulous time networking, collaborating and visiting.  It is so important to stay connected because in our profession where (with a few exceptions) we are on our own in a building, the connections we have to each other are so important!  So I encourage you to come and connect at the CAL Conference.  Registration is open and there are great sessions for school librarians!

Yvonne Miller

CASL, President

Authors seeking your input for a book they’re writing…

Authors are seeking input for “Dear Library School Student …” book.  Please respond by June 24 if possible…

We’re writing a book (for Libraries Unlimited) of career advice aimed primarily at library school students.  We hope that the book may help students better prepare while they’re in school so that they can improve their chances of finding a job after graduation.  We’d appreciate your insights so that we can provide students a broader picture of what the working world is really like, and what employers look for when evaluating a pile of resumes.  If you have time to answer one or more of the following questions, we’d really appreciate it!   We would like to quote various information professionals in the book, so we may include your comments or contact you to follow up on your answers.  Thank you so much for your input!

— Priscilla Shontz & Rich Murray

1.      Hiring Process:  We would like to learn more about the hiring processes in various types of work environments.  Students ask us regularly about this.  Would you share briefly what the job search process is like at your organization?  (We would especially like to hear about environments other than academic libraries.)  For example, is hiring done by a manager, an HR professional, or other?  Are applications received in paper or online format?  Do you typically interview applicants on the phone before interviewing in person?  How long does a typical interview last?  How long does the entire job search process typically last (that is, how long would a candidate typically wait to hear about his application)?  What advice might you give someone writing a resume for your type of work environment?  Are cover letters and references given much weight?  Are online portfolios, video resumes, etc. helpful?  How much weight is given to the school the candidate attended, or the degrees he holds?

2.      Sample Resume/Cover Letter:  Would you be willing to share a sample resume or cover letter (changing names/specific info) for an entry-level job in your type of organization?

3.      Resume, Cover Letter, Interview Mistakes: Can you give us an illustration of a mistake that someone made in a resume, cover letter, interview or job search situation – obviously not including any specifics?  Or tell us about a potential job search pitfall that a typical job searcher might not think about?

4.      Interview:  What are some common interview questions in your workplace?  What might be some tricky interview questions?  What advice might you give someone interviewing for an entry-level position at your workplace?

5.      Added value:  What makes a candidate – particularly a recent grad who may be competing with experienced professionals — stand out?

6.      General advice:  If a MLS student asked you “what’s the most important thing I can do while I’m in school to prepare for my first job search,” what would you tell him or her?

Priscilla K. Shontz
Editor, LIScareer
Library Career Consultant

Job Posting for Lookout Mountain Youth Services

Lookout Mountain Academy at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden, CO is seeking a Language Arts Teacher/Teacher-Librarian with a passion for serving at-risk youth!

– Must have valid Colorado Teaching License with appropriate endorsements that allow teaching secondary Language Arts.
– Willingness to be a member of the Rite of Passage team supporting the educational goals and objectives of Lookout Academy
– Strong organizational skills
– Understanding of the behavior, emotional, and cognitive needs of middle and high school students
– Knowledge of education and learning
– Knowledge of instructional practices and pedagogy.
– Ability to manage a classroom
– Willingness to work in a collaborative working environment

– Endorsement in Special Education or a willingness to obtain a Special Education Generalist or Specialist Endorsement.
– Endorsement in Teacher Librarian


Language Arts Teacher:
– Responsible for all instruction, curriculum, tools, and levels of completion in compliance with city, county, state and federal law, licensing agency and Rite of Passage rules and regulations
– Identify Special Education students in each class
– Establish and delivery an appropriate level of language arts instruction
– Prepare educational course outlines, objectives and materials according to curriculum guidelines
– Support the educational goals and objectives of Lookout Academy

– Instill a love of reading in students and create lifelong readers; encourage use of library resources and services
– Develop and maintain an up-to-date reading collection that anticipates and responds to the curricular and recreational needs of the school community
– Maintain computerized library catalog & circulation system
– Process incoming materials; repair and/or withdraw materials, as needed
– Provide instruction in use of library resources, information literacy principles, and other aspects of 21st century learning
– Preserve discipline in the library by supporting positive behaviors and addressing problem behaviors according to agency rules.
– Collaborate with staff to ensure library support of curriculum needs

For more information, please contact Kim Wilton at 303-273-2636 or kwilton@riteofpassage.com


The Vision of Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center is “to teach, to learn, to share, to model, to understand, to be understood, to succeed and to promote positive change.” Lookout accomplishes this through its five community values: safety, respect, ownership, helping others and problem solving. Lookout’s program is grounded in the principles of Restorative Community Justice and is inter-woven throughout our agency.

Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center (LMYSC) in Golden, Colorado is an intensive, secure treatment program for 152 male juvenile offenders who have been committed to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Corrections. The youth served at Lookout present with complex needs, including between 70-75% with a mental health diagnosis other than Conduct Disorder. The prominent diagnoses are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Approximately 50% of the youth residing in the program have a substance abuse diagnosis. Many of the youth have special education needs.


Rite of Passage is a leading national provider of programs and opportunities for troubled and at-risk youth from social services, welfare agencies and juvenile courts. For over 25 years, we have developed and operated a continuum of programs based on the needs of youth and our placing agencies. At Rite of Passage, we believe that changing behavior first requires an atmosphere of trust and safety and that all student needs are met. This is why Rite of Passage’s facilities are licensed, accredited and meet the highest standards and requirements of our industry. Meeting the students’ needs and ensuring their health, safety, and welfare is a key to our success.

Camden Tadhg
Acquisitions & Youth Institutions Consultant
Institutional Library Development
Colorado State Library
Colorado Department of Education
201 E Colfax Ave, Room 309
Denver, CO 80203-1799

Phone: 303-866-6727
Fax: 303-866-6940

Librarians for sanity

Important Advocacy Statement

The SIGMS (special interest group for media specialists) at ISTE has just issued a great advocacy statement – “The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies”. This document can be used to provide information on the important role that school librarians play in promoting the use of educational technologies in their schools and the need for libraries to have adequate available technologies. Please share this statement with administrators and other library stakeholders. See the document at http://sigms.iste.wikispaces.net/advocacy. – From Dave Sanger

Common Core

Today the State Board of Education adopted the national Common Core Standards.  Where will library programs and librarians find their place in these standards?  I see two obvious connections for us to make.  First the standards  for reading state “Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.”  Providing this type of literature for students and teachers has always been a part of our core mission.  The second place is in the infusion of media and technology.  The standards state, “Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards.”  What do you think?

More information on the Common Core is available at: http://corestandards.org/about-the-standards