Central Middle School, Baton Rouge, La
ME in Education Technology Leadership, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, 2012
2012 Edublog Awards: Runner Up for Best Library/Librarian Blog
Photo ©2014 Michael Pilla
Mighty Little Mentor
With a pink-on-black color scheme and an avatar depicting a smiling librarian energetically pumping her fist into the air, Tiffany Whitehead’s blog, Mighty Little Librarian, is a memorable online presence. More than that, however, the site embodies the middle school librarian’s foremost goal: to be a strong leader who contributes to the school library community.
“As librarians, we have to be at the front of the pack,” says Whitehead, a responsibility she wholly embraces, whether by putting together a committee to change her school district’s learning management system or supporting Common Core by classifying materials by genre instead of by Dewey call number, thus increasing student reading, especially of nonfiction.
Every step of the way, she’s leveraged her experiences to advise others, from blogging about “Ditching Dewey” and sharing practical applications on technology to serving as moderator of Follett’s online community to hosting chats on TL Chat, a virtual gathering space for teacher librarians. “Though she is relatively young and new to the profession, her professional voice…is heard and respected on a national and international level,” says Joyce Valenza, a leader in the field and School Library Journal’s NeverEnding Search blogger.
“The role of the school librarian requires us to be leaders, staying on top of new trends in technology,” says Whitehead. “We are better together.”