Friday, November 2, 2012

The Best Email I Ever Sent

I came back from the School Library Journal Leadership Summit refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired (more on that later) but I also came back with a slew of new books. 

I could have just added them to my Library collection, but I thought I'd get more bang for my books by sending out a simple email to my staff: What can the Library provide to make your Job easier?  

I linked the question to a Google form and told my teachers and staff that each respondent would get a free book for their classroom. 

Um. Responses. Lots. 

And they're not pie in the sky requests (although sometimes those are a fun challenge) and they're not responses I feared like "It's too noisy in the Library" - they were awesome requests for things that had never even crossed my mind. 

Totally worth giving away my books. 

The best email I ever sent.


  1. What were some of the requests? Intrigued by what they would say.

  2. Hi Stacey!

    So glad you asked!

    The requests included a list of art books in the Library, book talks FOR TEACHERS (um, never thought to do that) so they can recommend books to their students and learn more about the books in the Library, lists of recommended books by grade-level, lessons on when to use the right reference resources and why, lessons on reliable v. unreliable websites, Dewey Decimal review, dictionary skills for first graders, book talks on beginning chapter books, lists of new books when they arrive in the library and suggested ways to use them, books pulled for teachers based on their current lesson plans/units, Smartboard lessons on citing sources and note-taking, web quests, and read-alouds...

    See what I mean about that "to-do" list? It's so great to have a targeted to-do list though, instead of one that may or may not hit the mark.

  3. Wow, that's great! Sometimes people have so many good ideas but they don't think about expressing them.


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