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Jeff Vogt
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  • Madera
  • United States
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I've been a Teacher Librarian for three years and feel it's the best job in the world. I might be one of the only former Library Media Teacher who worked in a library, in the media, and as a teacher.

I am in the unique position of building a library. Thankfully I have a lot of support.

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Budget cuts

Thanks to the Governator and his quest to balance the state budget (hey, he's only been in office four years to do this) California education seems to be in full swing panic mode. There's a list being put together in my district of proposed cuts. One of them of course being the elimination of the Teacher Librarian position. Our school board proposed to eliminate these four positions (yes, there are only four Teacher Librarians for a growing district that includes two high schools, three middle… Continue

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 10:34am

"Filthy" book

Recently a parent spoke at one of our districts board members ranting and raving about a "filthy" (her exact word) book that her child checked out at a middle school library. This parent did not contact the Teacher Librarian at the school nor did she contact the principal. She went straight to the board meeting and blindsited everyone involved. As a result our district has pulled this particular book and removed the Accelerated Reader quiz. I do not have the title in question "TTYL" but if I… Continue

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 6:45pm

Games in the library

Currently enrolled in school right now is the video game generation. Why not take advantage of this in the library by programing lessons on the computer that are like video games? I've been researching this recently along with my school site computer tech. We're exploring ways on how to incorporate a role playing game such as "Age of Empires" into Middle School Social Study standards. It does seem like this is possible but there are obstacles like expense, copyright issues, and time. Stil, I… Continue

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 3:49pm

Fantasy shopping

With out a doubt one of the top things I like about my job is ordering books. It's like fantasy shopping. I really like researching reviews and finding out what's hot in YA and other genres. Thankfully I am in the process of building a book collection for my library and finances have not been a major obstacle. I am pleased that so far my orders have payed off in increase circulation. The Meg Cabot collection took off better than I expected and I of course can't keep the many copies of "A Child… Continue

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 4:32pm

Book Talks

Video book talks is something I started this year at my middle school. My school is lucky to have enough technology to incorporate a broadcasting class that cast a daily broadcast. Using my background in television I took the initiative to learn iMovie and create my own book talks much in the style of a movie trailer.

I love the fact that I can use my Telivision/Film background in a way that encourages reading and markets the library. I wish I had more time to create my own video… Continue

Posted on January 28, 2008 at 2:01pm

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At 4:27am on February 2, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Jeff,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.

If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 2:00pm on January 28, 2008, Stefani Williams said…
Jeff, great videos! Thanks for posting!

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