Category Archives: Professional Development

#ReadYAlit discusses LGBTQ books for teens

LGBTQ Annotated Bibliography

I’m moderating #ReadYALit this Sunday at 8 pm CST where we’re discussing LGBTQ books for teens.

I don’t consider myself to be an expert in this genre- but know that’s important to add these titles to school library collections because I believe in the power of literature and connecting the right book with the right student (of any age)

Please join us to participate or to follow along live. Naomi Bates (@yabooksandmore) will post a storify of this chat here: http://yalovechat.wikispaces.com/

You can also sign-up to join be reminded through remind101 of this chat and all other #ReadYALit chats.

Q1 Why is it important to purchase/promote LGBTQ books in our schools/libraries?

Q2 What LGBTQ FICTION titles have your purchased/promoted?

Q3 What LGBTQ NON-FICTION titles have you purchased/promoted?

Q4 In what ways have your promoted LGBTQ books among teens?

Q5 When booktalking LGBTQ books, how do you feel about identifying LGBTQ characters or themes?

Q6 LGBTQ books continue to populate ALA’s Banned Books list. What can librarians do to prepare for/prevent a book challenge?

Q7 Any participants have any questions for the group?

Fight the Zombie Librarians

Get inspired. Catch Jennifer Lagarde’s (@librarygirl) Keynote from ISTE 2014.

It will motivate you and you will begin to ask yourself some important questions beginning with the first and most important one: Are you a zombie or a zombie fighter?

Zombie fighters always ask: Is this best for kids? Not, Is this what’s best for librarians.

It’s long, but definitely worth spending an hour on this summer!

You can follow me on Twitter @DianeMankowski

Twitter for Newbies- Like Me

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Find me on twitter @DianeMankowski


I am a twitter novice. I admit it.  I am already  sorry I waited so long to use Twitter to connect nationally and globally with librarians. Twitter may well be the BEST source of professional development for librarians and it’s free.

If you’re looking for how to get started, I’ve shared some twitter handles of a handful of leader librarians to start following, chat hashtags and a couple short articles to get you going!

My Top 10 Librarians to Follow
1.  Joyce Valenza @joycevalenza
2.  Tiffany Whitehead  @librarian_tiff
3.  Shannon Miller @shannonmmiller
5.  Jennifer LaGarde @jenniferlagarde aka Library Girl
6.  Stephanie Pennuchi @liberrygurl
7.  Buffy Hamilton @buffyhamilton
8.  Lynne White  @Spartanlynne
9.  K.C. Boyd @Boss_Librarian aka The Audacious Librarian
10. Linda Dougherty @ljdougherty

1:1 Instructional Tech Specialists (iPad)
Jenny Grabiec  @techgirljenny
Daniel Edwards @syded06

Chat Groups
Use the search option in twitter to view older posts!
#tlchat  – 3rd Monday of the Month 8-9 pm EST
#titletalk -Last Sunday of each month from 8-9 pm EST
#1to1ipadchat

Articles that won’t overwhelm you!
13 Great Twitter Chats that All Educators Should Check-Out

The Complete Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Education

Twitter for Beginners: Basic Guidelines

Instructional Get Started Videos