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Displays, Displays, Displays

I use to be so good about posting photos of all my library displays! My first year working at a school library had me making just the displays for the elementary school. However, when I took over making displays for the elementary, middle, and high school … I didn’t have time to post pictures of them as frequently. >.< I’d stay after work getting them up and then head home to do homework. Long days! 🙂 I loved making all of these displays, so here is a .pdf with photos for all the K-12th grade library displays I made during the 2015-2016 school year. I am frequent user and I am often inspired by other library displays. I get really into making these and hope you like them! 🙂

I still need to make one of these documents for the 2014-2015 school year, but for now you can see those throughout the blog. 🙂




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Philosophy of International Librarianship

Hello fellow library friends,

I’m so close to graduating and currently finishing my final classes! I’m definitely excited, but also ready to finish. 🙂 I’m taking two classes, my final project class and a two-credit class on global librarianship. I didn’t really know what to expect in the two-credit class, but I am really enjoying it. I have never taken a class like it and just turned in my first assignment…. So fingers crossed! I’m proud of the work I turned in, but the assignment was really a first for me. I’ve always taken classes related to teen/children services in public and/or school libraries near me or in the United States. This first assignment required us to write a persona sketch for a community member in Guatemala. This is just one of many assignments leading up to a large group project for the class. I really enjoyed it, but did find it challenging to write about a culture I knew nothing about.  I learned a lot and did a ton of research! It was eye opening and I’m excited for the final project at the end of the class. The assignment also had us share our personal philosophy on international librarianship. My personal philosophy, which I submitted for the assignment, is below and I’d love your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree? Why?


– Dom

Part 2: Philosophy

            My personal philosophy for international librarianship is that librarians are information guides, intermediaries, teachers, students, and advocates for their community. The library is a place where new and emerging information technologies are combined with traditional community information resources (Freeman, 2005, p. 3). Libraries are places that continually foster a love of reading and the ethical exploration and preservation of information. I am a strong believer that we all have our own story and this provides us with individually unique outlooks and sets of gifts (Northwestern University ABCD Institute, n.d., p. 2). International librarianship is aiding in the creation of spaces where community members are able to share those gifts with one another.

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Week 1: Learning Journal Assignment

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Dominique Burns

INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan

Learning Journal Assignment Week 1

In LIBR 266 one of the assignments was to pretend buy books for the San Jose Public Library using Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Following the detailed instructions and requirements I flipped through countless pages of magazines and journals. These publications gave me numerous ideas and book suggestions, however the process took a while and felt very one-dimensional. I don’t want to take away from what I learned with the assignment, because I do now utilize these publications. I access them through the magazine application on my iPad. Nicole A. Cooke (2011) writes, “Librarians owe it to their clients and to themselves as competent professionals, to remain abreast of trends and developments in the field” (p. 2). I agree with Cooke (2011) and I think that because I work with high school students I have become prone to using online platforms more frequently in my job.

The students at the high school I work at have access to information 24/7 and in order to keep up professionally with their information needs I have started to utilize different online platforms. I use these online platforms to provide my students answers and to grow the high school’s library collection. I love the site when it comes to not only researching books, but also connecting with others. I can get book recommendations based off my own personal reads or my student’s interests. The site gives me immediate access to user made book lists and online book groups. I can add and connect with friends, other librarians, educators, authors, book reviewers, and general users on the site. I constantly get ideas for new programs, books, and even displays from other users. I’ve had more than one occasion where a student comes in to the library and asks for book recommendations. Since these students have access to information quickly, it is easy to lose them if I don’t have an answer. It sounds a little silly, but that is the world that many of our teen library patrons live in. allows me to type in any book title, author, and/or genre to search for book recommendations. It takes me seconds to pull up information and provide any answers I may not have.

What I like about the site is not just the quickness it provides me with information, but the wide professional learning network it gives me. The site offers users the opportunity to be a lurker, participant, or leader (Buchanan, Developing your PLN, 2015). I can be as active as I want on the site when it comes to “growing, cultivating, and sustaining” my “professional learning network (PLN)” (The Tenacious Teacher-Librarian Blog, 2015). I’m a fan of Goodreads and if you are familiar with the site I’d love to hear more opinions about using it as a resource for librarians. Do you like it? Do you think it works? How do you use the site?


 Buchanan, S. (2015). Developing your pln [Online Lecture].

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Cooke, N.A. (2011, May 31). Professional development 2.0 for librarians: Developing an online personal learning network (pln). World Library and Information Congress,1-13.

Goodreads (n.d.) Retrieved from

 The Tenacious Teacher-Librarian [Blog].

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My “April is Poetry Month” Display

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Book to Movie

I started taking the posters out of the teen magazines and giving them to the students. If the actor or actress played a character in movie that was originally a book I hang it up and label it. I put them up in the magazine area of the library to try and get our magazine readers more in to reading fictional books. 🙂


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Book March Madness Bracket Voting Week 2

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Happy Birthday!

HS Library Assistant brought donuts and I brought mochas to celebrate our boss’s birthday!


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A Day of Organization

I bought some inexpensive clips to hang up the bulletin board boarders. Saves on shelf space by hanging them up!

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Happy Wednesday!


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