I want to: Fulbright Specialist Program

I’ve been thinking a lot about my long-term goals recently.  Actually, I’m always thinking about my the next coolest, most awesome thing I want to do.  Working at WIS has really made me crave international experience but I love DC and can’t imagine wanting to leave.

Enter the Fulbright Specialist Program for librarians.  This seems like the perfect way to connect with schools and organizations abroad to do short term (2-6 weeks) of work in an area of specialization.  I can see myself applying in a few years as a School Librarian or Children and Young Adult Librarianship specialist.  I already have lots of contacts in the international school world through ECIS and former colleagues.  I’d love to spend some time bringing a YA collection up-to-date or re-imagining a traditional library space into a digital commons in Spain or Singapore or Nairobi.

How cool would that be?!


Pleasure Reading and the IB Prescribed Authors List

As mentioned, I need to take  a break from teen novels.  I’ve had enough of “beautiful” boys and vampire-werewolf-angel triangles.  I joined a book club last Spring but have only finished one book in 5 months.  My brain is unused to slower pacing, descriptive setting, sentences that float.

I should have finished A Sense of an Ending, or Open City, or Mortality but always end up reading something I can book talk.  So I’m hoping to split the difference with the new IB English Prescribed Authors List.  I’ve been creating a Resource List in Destiny to share all of the books by these authors we already own and also create a collection development list.  I’m hoping to read (or re-read) these books to get back to literature and put them in kids hands.

How?  I’d like to work more closely with the 9th & 10th grade English teachers to book talk these titles.  The will be a part of the History students 20th century novels winter break reading list.  I should create a Diploma Program summer reading list of recommended titles.  And I should pull a truck and create an electronic resource (maybe via Goodreads?) for students interested in doing their Extended Essay in English.

The list is divided into 4 sections: drama; poetry; novels and short stories; and non-fiction prose.  I wonder why certain authors (Michael Ondaatje) are on more than one, while others (Truman Capote) are restricted to a single genre.  How are these decisions made?  And how should this effect what we collect?