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Andy Plemmons is School Library Media Specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, Georgia. He is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and was named a finalist for School Library Journal’s 2014 School Librarian of the Year. What big change are you implementing that is helping your library transform? Today, more than ever, we need to share, interact, and collaborate beyond the walls of our schools to connect our learners with a global audience. I share our work on a daily basis through social media, but we also seek out opportunities for students to develop projects that allow a global audience to interact with us. One example is our Barrow Peace Prize project with 2nd graders where students participate in a Google Hangout with me to develop criteria for the prize. They write persuasive pieces about 5 people from history and record themselves via Flipgrid. We invite online voting from people around the world and have a celebratory Skype session with the developers of Flipgrid. One student even designed a peace prize medal to 3D print, which now hangs in the Flipgrid office with their other awards.  READ MORE
Carolyn Foote is district and high school librarian at Westlake High School at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She is a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and was named a White House Champion of Change. She blogs at Not So Distant Future and tweets @technolibrary.Carolyn is helping libraries transform by leading a 1:1 iPad program for students and teachers. READ MORE
Libraries Transform was officially launched on Thursday, October 29, by ALA President Sari Feldman who was here in Washington, D.C. to kick-off this national campaign to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. Her visit was amplified by street teams on Capitol Hill, the National Mall, Union Station, Penn Quarter, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle and Georgetown, among other popular D.C. neighborhoods, where the team handed out Starbucks gift cards after passers-by answered a quiz about their library experiences. Taking part in the tour with Sari were: Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, Cathleen Bourdon, ALA Associate Executive Director, Macey Morales, Deputy Director, ALA Public Awareness Office, Hallie Rich, Communications and External Relations Director, Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library, Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist for ALA’s Washington Office, and me. READ MORE
By Adeline CiannellaLibrary Director  When you read this, I will be on vacation with my husband. We are journeying not too far, though far enough to feel the restorative and transformative powers of change. Change of scenery, of pace, of energy and of routine. When we return, I know I will feel rejuvenated, which will bring greater vision and clarity to my work, my relationships and all I am involved in. We are fortunate to have this opportunity. READ MORE

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