About me

I have been a school librarian since 1991. I won't tell you how long I have been teaching because that would give away my age. I worked at the elementary level for 12 years. I loved working with the little ones and telling stories, using puppets, singing songs, and getting the kids excited about books. However, there comes a time when we need to change to grow. Since 2003 I have been working with students at the middle and high level.

I am currently working at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Avondale, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. Taylor serves about 600 students in grades 6th - 12th. The school is small, but it is part of the Jefferson Parish school system and the only STEM school in the district. In 2010 Patrick Taylor was given the title of Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education. Louisiana has continued to rate the school an A. The school has continued to rank in the top five in the state and top three in the district over the last several years .

While at Taylor, I have won three separate grants from the Laura Bush foundation to stock the shelves with quality material. I also received a Beyond Words grant from Dollar General and the American Association of School Librarians. In 2007, I won a visit with author, Tiffany Trent, in a contest sponsored by The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of  the American Library Association. Also, the Young Adult Library Services Association selected Bookmarked, my high school library book group, to participate in the YA Galley program for 2010-2012 and 2013-2014. In March of 2011, the Louisiana Association of School Librarians named me the School Library Media Specialist of the year. In October of 2011, I received, along with English teacher Lisa Valence, the Gale TEAMS Award for Middle School. I was named the Region I Educator of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) in November 2011. In June of 2012, I received the Information Technology Pathfinder Award from the American Association of School Librarian (AASL), a division of American Library Association. In June of 2013, along with English teacher Lisa Valence, I received the Technology Innovation Award from the Special Interest Group Media Specialists (SIGMS) of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). I was named a 2014 Fund For Teachers' Fellow along with four teachers from Patrick Taylor Academy as members of a team. In the fall of 2014, I became an ambassador for Infogr.am. I received a nomination for a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award in 2014.  I was named a 2016 Local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for Louisiana. Since January 2012, I have been reviewing books, apps and digital resources for both School Library Connection and School Library Journal.

As you can see, I am very busy. I am passionate about reading young adult literature, and I love working in the library. If you are in the neighborhood, come visit us at Patrick Taylor Academy.

Links to content written by me or about me:

7 Online Tools to Make Custom Learning Games by Elizabeth Kahn WhooosReading the Blog March  21, 2017
10 News Sites to Find Paperless Current Events by Elizabeth Kahn WhooosReading the Blog September 6, 2016
Top 4 Content Curation Websites for Lesson Resources by Elizabeth Kahn WhooosReading the Blog March 7, 2016
Fun (And Effective!) Reading Websites That Engage Students by Elizabeth Kahn Learn2Earn The Blog January 8, 2016
Thinking Outside the (Search) Box – Part 2 by Amy Gillespie Knowledge Quest September 10, 2015
Advocacy Success Stories: Grassroots Advocacy by Elizabeth Kahn
     AASL Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs June 25, 2015
LGBTQ and College Bound by Lauren Barack. www.SLJ.com June 3, 2015
Using Infogram in the Classroom, Infogram Blog, February 11. 2015
Web 2.0 How-to for Educators by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum 2014
Tips for Creating a Mock BOB, SLJ's Battle of the Kids Books, February 12, 2014
Librarian/Teacher Projects on New Orleans' Ninth Ward, Energy Conservation Honored at ISTE, The Digital Shift from School Library Journal, June 26, 2013
EBSCO Awards Seven Librarians Scholarships to Attend 2013 ALA Annual Meeting, American Libraries, April 2, 2013
SLJTeen Talks to James Patterson, by Elizabeth Kahn, SLJTeen, February 6, 2013
Tech-Savvy School Librarians Empower their Students by Steve Zalusky, atyourlibrary.org, June 13, 2012
Tech-Savvy School Librarians win AASL's Pathfinder Award, School Library Journal Extra Helping, May 15, 2012
Mays and Kahn win AASL Information Technology Pathfinder AwardAmerican Libraries, April 10, 2012
Collaboration is the Key to Successful Research, by Elizabeth Kahn and Lisa ValenceLibrary Media Connection, March/April 2012
What Middle School Students are Reading, by Elizabeth Kahn SLJ Extra Helping, December 20, 2011
AASL Member Spotlight, Hotlinks, Vol. 10, Issue 9, December 2011


Presentations:

Louisiana Library Association 2017
March 8, 2017 Lafayette
"Research Process: Directing and Managing Student Work in Middle and High School"
SLJ Teem Live 2016
August 10, 2016, Online Conference
"College and Career Readiness for the Underserved"
Louisiana Library Association 2016
March 9, 2016, Baton Rouge, LA
"Have you Made the Digital Shift?"
Archibishop Shaw High School Faculty PD
October 19, 2015 Marrero, LA
"Research Process: Directing and Managing Student Work"
LASL Fall Summit October 10, 2015, Lafayette, LA
LACUE 2015
"Where Reading and the Web Collide"
Louisiana Library Association 2014
March 28, 2014, Lafayette, LA
"Be Armed and Ready for the Next Evolution in Educational Technology "
(I will modify LACUE 2013 presentation and present it alone)
Open here for link to wiki with resources
LACUE 2013
December 3, 2013, New Orleans, LA
"Be Armed and Ready for the Next Evolution in Educational Technology "
with Kelly Maher, Technology Lead Teacher
Catholic Library Association                                                                                                     
"Become a 21st Century School Librarian by Harnessing the Internet"
April 2, 2013, Houston, TX
Open here for link to wiki with resources
Open here for the Prezi that I used during the presentation

Louisiana Library Association 2013
"Become a 21st Century School Librarian: Learn How to Harness Digital Resources"
March 7, 2013, Baton Rouge, LA
LaLAMP Keynote Speech 2012
"define:Collaboration"
with Lisa Valence, ELA teacher
September 10 in New Orleans
September 11 in Baton Rouge
September 12 in Rayne
September 13 in Ruston
Open here for link to blog post, find audio of speech at end of post
Open here for link to wiki with resources
Louisiana Association of School Lirarians Mid-Winter 2012
March 2012, Alexandria, LA
"Collaboration is the Key to Successful Research"
with Lisa Valence, ELA teacher
LACUE 2011
"Preparing Students for the Future"
with Kelly Maher, Technology Lead Teacher and Lisa Valence, ELA teacher
November 2011
Open here for link to wiki with resources



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  4. I am a school library media specialist in Bay Shore, NY and I am working on a book for librarians using tech tools to address the standards. It is an extension of my article for School Library Monthly: http://www.schoollibrarymonthly.com/articles/Holzweiss2014-v30n4p13.html. Each chapter of my book will focus on a category, highlighting 1 or 2 tools. There will also be a list of additional tools to try, as well as "voices from the library" explaining briefly how librarians use these tools, with comments from their students and colleagues. Examples of work will also be included. What is unique about my book (which has already been accepted by ABC-CLIO, by the way!) is that I will list the CCSS, AASL, and ISTE standards for each category. So it will be a teacher-friendly, practical manual that for every new and veteran librarian will consult often.

    I would like you to consider sharing a story about your favorite web tool for my book. If you are interested, I would love to highlight your library program.

    Looking forward to working with you!

    Kristina A. Holzweiss
    http://bsmslibratory.weebly.com
    http://www.commoncoreconversation.com

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    1. Sorry, to take so long to get back to you. We were out on spring break. Sure, I would love to share some of the story of my library. Let me know what you are most interested in.

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