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Katherine Powell
Hello and first let me apologize for being tardy in getting this first post in. I had to finish up issuing texts at summer school and drive a daughter to horse camp. I am now all by myself for the week and plan to catch up on the readings and postings. 


Let's see, now that that's out, let me introduce myself, I am Katherine Powell, a teacher librarian at Poway High School, in San Diego, CA.  I have been at this school for 6 years.  I have had the privilege to work in many types of libraries so far in my career and have enjoyed them all. 

I think I am particularly well suited to high schools as I like to read YA literature and fool around with new technologies.  Right now I am reading
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, and Blindness by Jose Saramago.  I am listening to the L.A. Meyer Bloody Jack Faber series read by Katherine Kellgren.  Her rendition makes it come alive and I can hardly wait to take to the road (traffic seems almost a blessing). 
Underappreciated?  Underutilized?  My students and staff seem to find all the nooks and crannies of both my library and my website. I know this for various reasons one by the odd finds in the stacks, last week an empty box of condoms in the 600s.  Another by the complaints about web problems; I received a desperate text at 2:00 a.m. the Monday of finals' week notifying me that "GALE is not working and when do I expect it to be up"? 

But there are definitely things that could be better utilized. As far as print, the story collection is separate from the other fiction and does not circulate as well.  Also, we subscribe to about 20 magazines and they too do not get much use.  This past year we stopped our subscription to print newspapers as they were very rarely touched.  The cost for the newspaper print subscription kept rising and the papers themselves seemed to be shrinking.

As for internet resources, our district subscribes to
World Book online for all of schools.  I have tried to push it as a credible starting point for research but most students use other starting points such as Wikipedia or a Google search.

Looking forward to a productive month!

Last updated 7/9/2011
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