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I am in a brand new position for a special three year assignment. "21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist." I am tasked with carrying out the district 21st century learning plan, and work with a cadre of teachers in helping them develop best practices for teaching and learning in the 21st century.

Previously, I was the district library coordinator, after having worked in libraries and classrooms in Colorado & Germany, Elementary and Middle School Level.
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I'm Published! The Role of School Librarians Today

I was surprised a few months ago by an email from the editor from Ed Tech Magazine inviting me to write a column on the role of school librarians in today's schools. It illustrated for me excatly how inter-connected we have all become. How did he come to ask me for this? A mention in David Warlick's blog following an opportunity to talk with him at dinner, prior to an all-day workshop with teachers in my school district caught his eye. Also… Continue

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 9:50pm

A Day In The Life Of A “School District Library Media Coordinator”

7:30 am: Small committee meeting to evaluate 8th grade “technology” literacy assessment test pilot data. Yes, we understand that you can’t really adequately assess these skills in a multiple choice test. However, this is what our middle school principals want. Okay – for one year. After all, the data might be very interesting. We decided last month that information…


Posted on January 29, 2008 at 10:49pm — 1 Comment

School Year 07-08 - We're off and Running!

I don't know about the rest of you, but this has been the rockiest start to the school year I can remember. The new technologies our district has implemented will eventually (I hope!) make things better . We have a new Internet authentication system, and are struggling with the process of helping students log in - when so many have difficulties remembering their user name & password. The great fear is that students will stop trying to use the online catalog all together.

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Posted on September 3, 2007 at 7:30pm

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At 9:46am on February 3, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Nancy, 

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 1:14pm on March 17, 2008, Nance Nassar said…
Hi Nancy,
I'm slowly making progress. I'm on the CASL Ning also. I'm ready to Skype with the CASL Board Tuesday afternoon with a stereo headset and microphone - Su and I did a test run Saturday night.

The only thing that's not working is the RSS feed using Feedblitz for the CASL Blog information to come directly into my computer but I'll continue to work on it.
At 5:41pm on December 7, 2007, guybrarian said…
Yes Nancy- I did see that you posted my entry. Now, I'd better hurry up and write some more. Been enjoying working with lots o' teachers this week- voice thread, databases and persuasive essays, all that and more!
At 12:41pm on September 17, 2007, Carrie Andrew said…
Hi Nancy,
Thankfully we are only a two library district so the district job is not so bad. However, I am finding it challenging to stay focused on library programs with all the classes, being DAAC chair and implementing a mentoring program which includes mentoring 5 new teachers! It's getting easier as the school year settles in and routines come back. I am really excited by opportunities unfolding and the reactions of the kids as the new books arrive.
At 12:30pm on September 14, 2007, Shelley Walchak said…
I feel the same way - you are so knowledgeable and such a professional. Did you see our Call for Presentations email? We'd love to have you submit something. Best - Shelley
At 12:03pm on September 10, 2007, Shelley Walchak said…
Hi Nancy!
Just joined! Wanted to let you know that when I tried to connect via Nance's message, it wouldn't let me connect. I had to go back to your message to sign up. The error message indicated that the link couldn't be passed on through another message and used. Does that make sense?
At 3:21pm on September 5, 2007, Jody K. Howard said…
Hey, Nancy,
I am on now but am not sure what to do next! Ack! I hope this doesn't go out to the world!
At 2:45pm on August 29, 2007, Ronda Scroggins said…
Thanks for replying. I was on a task force that created our districts ET/IL standards a few years ago and it just went by the wayside. What do you hear about new/revised info lit standards coming (from ALA I believe)? Also, have you heard anything about the state library correlating the IL standards with the standards in each of the content subject areas? I wish they would hurry and do that. I think it would help what we do to finally "click" with the content teachers.
At 10:55am on August 21, 2007, Ronda Scroggins said…
Okay, my antenna went up. What software do you use to evaluate info lit?
At 9:19am on May 10, 2007, guybrarian said…
Welcome Coloradoan! It is nice to have another of us- I'm a Longmont'r!

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