Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Write Stuff

by Kathy Kaldenberg, retired Librarian

When I see that one of Iowa’s own Teacher Librarians has published in a vetted source, I want to shout from the rooftop, “Hey, look at this awesomeness!”

I want their colleagues to share it on SLIK-12, tweet about it, post it on Facebook and blog it up.

I want their administrators to pass the article around at a staff meeting.

I want it to be read and to be noted.

And I want you to be inspired.

Because YOU can do this, too. And it important that you do...


1. For the CRED. 
Seriously, administrators WILL want to brag on you and what you are doing for the students and their organization. And it looks great on a resume.

2. To remember what’s it like to be a student
Writing an article for an editor is hard work. You will need to do some research, properly credit your sources and check the grammar. All those things that stress out your students and make them cranky. 
3. For the intellectual challenge
Publish or perish” isn’t really a thing in the K-12 library world, but the opportunities to stretch yourself and share your ideas are real. You don’t have to write to prove you are an asset to your school community, but it is almost guaranteed that you will feel a sense of accomplishment for doing so.

There are many publications just waiting for you and your well articulated ideas!

District Administrator (pair up with your superintendent or principal)

Feel like you aren’t ready for national exposure? Try writing for a blog! Pick your favorite and offer to do a guest post.

Too many words? Try 140 characters. Share with Twitter.

A note from the author:

In 2011, the local newspaper did a little blurb about the library and how we were using technology. I posted the link to the AASL email list and shortly after received a note from one of the editors about Teacher Librarian about doing an article. It was such an interesting experience, I found myself wishing that every teacher would give it a try.

When I saw a recent tweet that the IASL publications chair, Chelsea Sims, had recently had an article published, I requested permission to write something about the value of sharing via professional journals. She graciously agreed to post this even though I am officially retired.