Tell Your #whylib Story for School Library Month

 

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April is School Library Month, and this year’s theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library”.  This theme connects with Barbara Stripling’s campaign to sign the Declaration for the Right to School Libraries to show that school libraries really do change our lives.

Yesterday on Twitter, John Schu shared a thought about going to library school, and he had no idea the conversation that his tweet would open up.

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I responded by sharing a brief glimpse at how I didn’t get in to library school on my first attempt.  The conversation continued with more of our Twitter professional learning network sharing stories of perseverance, stories about professional background, and stories of how becoming a librarian changed their lives.

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When I woke up this morning, the list of tweets had grown and more people had commented on how much they were enjoying the conversation about individual people’s journeys to becoming a librarian.  I love this about Twitter.  I love how one little comment can spark a conversation among colleagues across the country because they find a connection with the comment.  This morning, we decided that a new hashtag had been born.  After some discussion, the talented Jennifer Reed suggested #whylib as our hashtag.

Even author, Deborah Freedman, jumped in on the conversation with her love of the librarians.

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We invite you to share your story in any way that you are moved:  a poem, a video, a blog post, a series of tweets, a picture collection, a song, etc.  Be sure to tag your story with #whylib and post on Twitter and other social media outlets.  Let’s share our journey to becoming a librarian and share how libraries have changed our lives.

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6 thoughts on “Tell Your #whylib Story for School Library Month

  1. […] conversation began on Twitter and blossomed into the Twitter hashtag #whylib, so I thought it would be fun to […]

  2. This is a GREAT idea! Love it! Love it! Love it!

  3. ajdickens says:

    love it, wrote it, posted it!

  4. […] I watched a stream of Twitter and then blog posts unfold a few weeks ago and thought it would be interesting to throw my experience of becoming a teacher librarian into the mix of voices. Here’s the original post that inspired me: https://barrowmediacenter.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/tell-your-whylib-story-for-school-library-month/ […]

  5. […] Are you a librarian? Read more about how #whylib started and contribute your own story! https://barrowmediacenter.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/tell-your-whylib-story-for-school-library-month/ […]

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