22 episodes

MNPS Library Services hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover: A Podcast for Future Ready Librarians. This podcast is tailored for school librarian and educators.

Our conversations will focus on changing the perception of school librarians, improving instructional practices, being a collaborative partner and essentially just great library talk.

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover: A Podcast for Future Ready Librarians Metro Nashville Public Schools Library Services

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MNPS Library Services hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover: A Podcast for Future Ready Librarians. This podcast is tailored for school librarian and educators.

Our conversations will focus on changing the perception of school librarians, improving instructional practices, being a collaborative partner and essentially just great library talk.

    Episode 2.12: Embrace the chaos of learning

    Episode 2.12: Embrace the chaos of learning

    Episode 2.12 features AASL president, Mary Keeling. Stephanie & Mary met almost five years ago through Lilead and Mary impressed everyone with her view of school libraries, advocacy work, and was just a wealth of knowledge. Let me tell you, you will get that knowledge today!

    Marry Keeling, MSLS, EdS, is Supervisor of Library Media Services in Newport News, VA. Prior to her work as an elementary school librarian, Mary worked in academic and museum libraries. She has served as president of her state school library association, chair of the AASL Supervisors Section, and on several AASL committees. She is an adjunct for Old Dominion University; has written and taught courses for AASL eCollab; and written for School Library Monthly, Knowledge Quest, and Library Media Connection.

    Mary is currently the AASL president. Mary can be reached at aaslpresident@ala.org or @AASLpresident.

    Music written and performed by Damian and Carson LeMaster.

    • 21 min
    Episode 2.11: Perception of a librarian is whatever you become

    Episode 2.11: Perception of a librarian is whatever you become

    Happy 2020! With the New Year starting, we are excited to share this episode featuring Heather West. Heather has worked for MNPS for 13 years, all at Glencliff Elementary where she also did her student teaching as an undergrad student at Vanderbilt. Heather’s teaching experience is in Kindergarten and first grade but she has found a love of all elementary grade levels in her role as librarian for the last 8 years. Heather is a mom to a 6 year old boy and has recently enjoyed introducing him to the Harry Potter series. Heather is an avid reader, mostly of the mystery genre and has to read every book recommended by Reese Witherspoon. When she isn’t working, reading, or doing mom duties she loves to cook & travel. You can connect with Heather via Twitter @Kidsinthestacks or by email at Heather.West@mnps.org

    In this episode we discuss her reluctance to do makerspaces (the story ends well though!), having a clerkless library, setting goals and how to find your passion in the New Year. There is so much good advice and quotes from Heather in this episode. She even shares her favorite quote by Steve Martin, “Be so good that they can’t ignore you.” Such a great listen to start the new year!

    MNPS benefits information: https://www.mnpshealth.org/

    Music written and performed by Damian and Carson LeMaster.

    • 24 min
    Episode 2.10: Step outside of our comfort zone

    Episode 2.10: Step outside of our comfort zone

    Episode 2.10 features Erika Long, librarian at Thurgood Marshall Middle School with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Erika is active in ALA, AASL, Tennessee Library Association (TLA) and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL). She has served on TLA’s Advisory Council and is currently President-Elect. She previously served AASL on Standards Crosswalk Task Force and as interim Regional Director, and is currently chair of the Presidential Initiative Task Force. She has twice been named an AASL Social Media Superstar finalist and was part of the ALA Presidential Initiative: Fight for School Libraries. She has previously blogged for The Horn Book and TASL Talks. You can connect with her on Twitter @erikaslong or email her at erika.long@mnps.org.

    ALA Video:
    https://youtu.be/bKwePnkjGgM

    Lego Education:
    https://education.lego.com/en-us

    Music written and performed by Damian and Carson LeMaster.

    • 25 min
    Episode 2.9: Everyone Can Code

    Episode 2.9: Everyone Can Code

    Episode 2.9: Everyone Can Code

    We are so excited to share this special sister edition of the podcast. Alyssa talks with her sister, Chelsey Guttery who is the Computer Technology Teacher at Lincoln Heights Middle School in Morristown, Tennessee and a Facilitator for Code.org. We chat about the importance of teaching coding and what it can do for a student’s future. Chelsey makes it clear that everyone can learn to code and teach coding- no experience necessary! Chelsey can be reached at chelseyguttery@gmail.com or on Twitter @mrsguttery

    Ozobots
    https://ozobot.com

    Code.org
    https://code.org

    Hour of Code
    https://hourofcode.com/us

    Coding with Ana and Elsa
    https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1

    Tennessee Digital Readiness Standards
    https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/stateboardofeducation/documents/standards/Computer%20Science%20Standards%20Draft%203.7.2018v1.5_MH_BC-1_VM_MH.pdf






    Music written and performed by Damian and Carson LeMaster.

    • 17 min
    Episode 2.8: Take action. Model new ideas

    Episode 2.8: Take action. Model new ideas

    Metro Nashville Public Schools Library Services department hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover: A Podcast for Future Ready Librarians. This podcast is tailored for school librarians and educators. Our conversations focus on changing the perception of school librarians, improving instructional practices, being a collaborative partner and essentially just great library talk.

    Our newest episode features Caitlin McLemore. Caitlin is currently the Middle and Upper School Librarian and Technology Specialist at Shorecrest Prepatory School in St Petersburg, FL. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Apple Teacher and Common Sense Educator. Caitlin was named an ISTE Emerging Leader in 2017 and an ISTE Outstanding Young Educator in 2018. Among all of her outstanding credentials and honors, Caitlin is also the co-author of the book "Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen Your Teaching Practice."

    In episode 2.8, Caitlin shares advice to disrupt the traditional ideas of what a library looks like. She encourages librarians to take action and model new ideas! You can follow her on Twitter @EdTechCaitlin.

    Music written and performed by Damian and Carson LeMaster.

    It is available through Sound Cloud, iTunes, Google Play & Spotify.
    Sound Cloud- https://soundcloud.com/mnps-library-services
    iTunes- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dont-judge-book-by-its-cover-podcast-for-future-ready/id1439335992?mt=2
    Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/show/3OTJ3lgsxomSyK7GqcGCDB

    • 18 min
    Episode 2.7: How can we build students knowledge together

    Episode 2.7: How can we build students knowledge together

    We are so excited to share our conversation with Molly Stovall Hegwood, Executive Director of English Learners for Metro Nashville Public Schools. We talk about how diverse Nashville is and what librarians can do to support all learners not only as they learn English, but also in their native language. It is important libraries and librarians are culturally responsive to all students. Curious about a student’s background? Just ask your students and build those relationships. Molly can be reached on Twitter @Molly_Stov or @MNPS_EL

    Buncee
    https://app.edu.buncee.com/

    Conexiòn Americas

    https://www.conexionamericas.org/

    Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

    https://www.tnimmigrant.org

    Islamic Center of Nashville
    http://www.icntn.org/

    Salahadeen Center of Nashville
    http://www.scntn.org

    Music written and performed by Damian and Carson LeMaster.

    • 24 min

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