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AzLA Professional Development

Oct 13, 2021, 2:45:00 PMOct 13

Please join the AzLA Professional Development Committee for the November webinar.

This webinar is free to all librarians and library workers. Feel free to share it with your library colleagues.

Can't attend the live webinar? Register and you'll be sent a follow-up email with a link to the recorded webinar to watch at your convenience.

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Program Description:

Interactive Library Projects During the Pandemic: A High School Experience: As the world started to function differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools started altering plans to educate children in the virtual mode, something almost inexistent in many schools. In her second year as a teacher-librarian in an urban high school in Phoenix, Arizona, Monica Lourenco believes that there is a need to eliminate the old idea that libraries are dormant places. Libraries are places with many resources and materials. It is essential to bring the community to the libraries, getting the students to the libraries, asking what they want to see and read, their favorite book formats, and the kind of services that would be interesting for them instead of perpetuating the same programs and materials. How can we do that if we cannot be physically present during the pandemic? Monica designed four initiatives to keep the school library experience alive for the students and teachers as they followed social and physical distancing rules. The projects included curbside pickup services, Silent Book Club, Library Live, and Outdoor Library. Join Monica as she shares a definition of each program and pictures of the result. Monica Lourenco started her career in education by teaching preschool students in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As an adult, she moved to the United States, obtained her doctoral degree in Education, and taught students with special needs (K - 12) for seventeen years. Monica's passion for books, information, and literature inspired her to pursue her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona. 

Re-Inventing the School Library: There have been many changes, and the school librarian’s role will continue to change in the upcoming years. How do we, as school librarians, rebound and reinvent our libraries into something vital to the school community as a whole? Join Erica Urban as she shares how to be a resilient and inventive school librarian. After serving as an administrative technician and library professional for the students and staff at G. Frank Davidson Elementary School during the week, she helps the Avondale residents at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library on the weekends. Erica earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona.

Lauren Clementino

AzLA Professional Development Chair

Reference Supervisor

Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library


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