Author Archives: Shelagh Straughan

These are a few of our favourite things….

A few years ago, I had a meeting in a recently-renovated public library: it was a fresh, warm and welcoming space. However, the staff led a tour that was focused what they didn’t like – it was disheartening. I will not … Continue reading

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New year’s resolutions

Inspired by the great advice in Christina’s recent post, and getting pretty excited about welcoming kids back on September 6th, I offer my new (school) year’s resolutions: The first comes out of one of the roles I play at TCS: … Continue reading

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I have seen the future….

…and it is filled with me having difficult conversations. While I get phone calls about donations from time to time, a recent reunion on campus allowed me to connect with a number of wonderful alumni who are downsizing and eager to find … Continue reading

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Props to Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. (T. Edison) We’ve all read plenty recently about how experiencing failure allows our students to build resiliency. A recent article referenced the idea of a “failure resume”, an … Continue reading

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Librarian as library user

While it’s no surprise that I view much of my school life (and personal, for that matter), through the lens of a librarian, I don’t want to forget that I am also a library user. Unfortunately, a library user who … Continue reading

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Paying a visit

At next month’s conference in LA, school library visits are sure to once again be a key part of the annual event. During the rest of the year, I know I am one of many who benefit from visiting other … Continue reading

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Hear here…

While I don’t think our setup is unique, there have been a number of questions about audiobook collections recently, so I thought we’d share our experience: I’d love to hear about any suggestions you have in the comments below. Here … Continue reading

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Season’s Readings to all

With credit to Clement C. Moore and Lisë Chlebanowski: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, not a book to be found Not a textbook, a paperback or tome, spiral bound. The stockings were hung from the chimney with care In hopes that … Continue reading

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

About this time last year, I wrote a post on “lessons learned by a change in location”. One year later, and as we prepare to move from our temporary location back into our old (but beautifully renovated) space on the … Continue reading

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I second that emotion

Over the summer, I was reminded of Carol Kulthau‘s work on the information search process, which focuses on the stages of information-seeking behaviour. While there is much in this to be explored, my current area of interest is the emotion … Continue reading

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