Author Archive for ‘Brenda Wong’

When I first joined the profession, I was interested in the debate of librarian as service professional amidst a world of doctors and lawyers. Doctors and lawyers are a closed group of professionals defined as high status with high salaries paying fees to a regulatory agency. Their skills are specialized and not everyone has the capacity […]

Sometimes the simplest tools solve the seemingly simple problems. Last week I was introduced to a visual feedback tool, Answer Garden, that displays the answers in elegant word cloud. You make a question then people answer it. The answers looks like a word cloud. If more people answer similarly then the words are bolder and bigger. It would […]

Some people spend their summer traveling, but I spent my vacation time reading and researching. I have been designated researcher for a group of friends going away on vacation. It is one of my strengths to research and summarize what I learned. Part of research is also preparing myself for the school year and deep research. […]

As the cliché goes, it is fun to spend other people’s money. Next week I will be going to Saskatoon for a massive book buying trip as directed by the school division. It is an annual practice for a library technician and a teacher representative from each school go on a purchasing spree in the fall. […]

Against YA?


Over at Slate they are trying their best to whip up controversy about sappy Young Adult novels. Ruth Graham thinks that ” …you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.” I am amused as I am both a librarian and immersing myself in YA and children’s literature. It’s plain wrong to broadly […]

Summer Reading


Working in a school library with fine late May weather, I am finding it hard to concentrate. I am anticipating the home stretch as we wind down the year. The kids and myself are antsy thinking ahead to summer…and summer reading, in my case. Luckily I don’t have an assigned summer reading list. But kids going […]

Author visit


The world of school libraries is different than corporate libraries. A lot of my time is spent considering how to engage students in leisure reading, and leading into teachable moments. This week our school hosted James Leck in an author visit.  For me I learned about the publishing process and found out both Chicken Soup for […]


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