Guest Blogger

And We Will Help – Creating Libraries and Advocating for Librarianship

About a year has gone by since my last post. I was planning to write a three-part series about the amazing reading culture in Germany, however, since that time, I completed a six-figure renovation on a high school library, and moved on to an elementary school, the oldest in our school district. It has a gem of a library, waiting patiently to be loved back to life. I am putting in a new TV studio, am using new Apps with students (I received one App Educator certification and am heading toward another) and I am going through the entire library space, sorting, saving and organizing. My students are blossoming, and I am reinventing myself, once again.

Bookshelf passageways at Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
A surprise at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – bookshelf passageways!

What does this have to do with helping and libraries? In order to make a difference, we engage in professional development to ensure our leadership roles in innovation and learning. We build transferable skills, and create a powerful pause—one that helps patrons understand discernment. Mix that with best practice—digital citizenship, information literacy, supporting life-long learning and the love of reading, and we create libraries that meet patrons’ changing needs while advocating for our profession.

Over the last year, I’ve been back to Germany and France. I learned more about–or visited–libraries in both locations—a public library in the Stuttgart area of Germany, and on a dinner/boat ride on the Seine in Paris, I learned more about the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In Vienna, Austria, we went to the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – in a word—stunning! The enthusiastic conversations about each library, in three different countries, were almost identical—that librarians provide constant, consistent and professional service. We all know this. We all know that no matter what changes, the country, the technology, or the space; we will help.

(Photo courtesy of Brenda M. Hahn, MLS)


guest blogger Brenda Hahn
Courtesy photo from Guest Blogger

Our guest blogger today is Brenda Hahn. Brenda’s permanent home is in Florida, where she and her family live. As a Teacher/Librarian, her experiences include, U.S. public schools, public libraries and both U.S. and International IB schools. Brenda’s vivid imagination keeps her library full of fun and applicable 21st Century life-long learning skills. She can be reached at, or follow Brenda on Twitter, at: @bmhwriter.

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