Author Archives: Katie Archambault

Mental Illness in YA Fiction

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness (from http://www.nami.org). Two years ago, one of my students, Katherine, began … Continue reading

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Designing, Tinkering, Succeeding and Failing in the Upper School Maker Space

The very first post that I wrote for Independent Ideas was entitled Staging My Own Intervention and dealt with my overwhelming periodical “situation” (read 50+ years of journals, magazines, and a microfiche collection that would knock your socks off), stored … Continue reading

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The Secret to a Successful Faculty/Staff Book Club

One of my favorite ways to connect with the adult community I’m a part of is to organize a fun book club to read and discuss a few titles  per year. I have done this in both independent schools where … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Physical!

Olivia got it right when she encouraged us to get physical back in the 80’s. My assistant and I are taking her advice and applying it to our embedded librarian program and so far, the results are making us smile … Continue reading

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Design Thinking @ Your Library, a SI2016 Recap

Librarians are, by our very nature, selfless creatures. We think about our users constantly, in just about every area of our work. From collection development to research instruction, web design to furniture and paint colors. But do we really know … Continue reading

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The Best of 2016: A Collaborative Year in Review!

I would *really* love to plug the AISL Summer Institute that is taking place at my school in 8 days(!!), but between last minute plans for exactly that, grades and comments being due like now, end of year book donations, … Continue reading

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Personalizing the Library/Research Experience

I dare say that if we all shared our independent school mission statements,  a theme would emerge offering assurance of a deeply personalized educational experience. We tend to promise smaller class sizes, world class faculty, group and individual advisory programs, … Continue reading

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Barriers to Access

If it is possible for one’s PD cup to run over, mine is. In the past two weeks, I have been to two amazing conferences. First,  NEAISL at the lovely Milton Academy for a one day, action packed conference. Just … Continue reading

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Library of Things

It’s interesting to think about how successful programs from the Academic or Public Library world might be applied to the independent school library. There’s the Maker Movement, of course, we have green screens and A/V editing, but one thing that … Continue reading

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Embracing Fanfiction

When talking books with a group of seniors before winter break, one of the girls said, “My friends don’t think that I’m a reader, but I actually read all the time! It’s Fanfiction. They don’t think that counts, but it … Continue reading

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