I started as the library media specialist at Padua Academy in August of 2016. I am in charge of all aspects of the Learning Commons, which serves over 600 students and approximately 70 faculty members. In addition to purchasing new titles for the collection, weeding, re-shelving, and sending out due date notifications, I also create lessons to teach students how to use databases, create correct citations, search more effectively, evaluate news sources, and more. I assist students with finding both print and online scholarly sources as well as creating a citation list in APA, Chicago, or MLA style--whichever is required by the teacher.
In addition to sponsoring both the Craft Club and the Student Library Advisory Board (S-LAB), I also plan events to increase usage. Some of my pasts events include reading challenges, a book drive, book talks, school-wide voting on favorite book characters, Teen Read Week activities, a scavenger hunt, and more. See here for posters I created to advertise these events.
I interact with the faculty daily to reserve the Learning Commons space for class visits, develop lessons to match their learning objectives, and stock the shelves with books that meet the needs of their projects. Students also come to the Learning Commons every day, whether it is to study, work on a group project, conduct research, or ask me for help finding a book.
In the summer of 2017, I redesigned the Learning Common's website. It went from being a single page of links to having multiple pages dedicated to citation styles, class projects, source evaluation, events, and more. It is now much more visually appealing and useful to students.
The Padua Learning Commons is regularly updated with new displays and information. Each day I highlight a Saint of the Day to promote Padua's Catholic identity and each week I choose an Author of the Week--both of these selections are shared on the Learning Common's website. I also update physical displays around themes or seasonal events. See here for some of my displays.
I also served as the editor for the fall 2016 issue of Suaviter Sed Fortiter, Padua's biannual magazine.
I am very excited for my future at Padua Academy and look forward to the challenges and opportunities the next school year will bring.