About Me

Hello and welcome!  For starters, here's my "official" biography.

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a Librarian Ambassador and Education Road Warrior!  As an Educator on Loan for the NC Department of Public Instruction, she travels across the land working with school librarians, classroom teachers, principals, superintendents - literally ANYONE who needs help building or making the most of a 21st century school library. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in English Education from the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and her graduate degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University. She is also a Nationally Board Certified School Librarian. Jennifer is the Social Media Special Committee Chair for the North Carolina School Library Media Association, was a founding member of NCSLMA's Young Adult Book Award and shares NCSLMA webmaster duties with another North Carolina librarian. With over 17 years experience in education as a classroom teacher, teacher librarian and district level leader, Jennifer has been nationally recognized for her contribution to school librarianship and education in general. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the "I Love My Librarian Award" by the American Library Association, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times. She was also named a 2011 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal.  And in 2013 she was selected as one of five teacher librarians (nationally) finalists for the first ever Bammy Award for outstanding service in the area of school librarianship.  Jennifer is the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.” -----

She also really doesn't enjoy talking about herself in the 3rd person. :)

Unofficially, I'm just a teacher whose classroom happens to have lot more books in it than most.  As I like to tell the groups I work with, school libraries saved my life, so... I'm making it my mission to do whatever I can to help librarians do their best work so that school libraries are around for a long time to come.

The Adventures of Library Girl is the spot where I ponder, share and rub my thoughts about libraries and student learning together until they catch fire or fizzle out.  The views I express here are entirely my own and are not intended to represent the views of my colleagues or employer.

Please feel free to contact me by a) leaving a comment b) sending me an email at jennifer-at-librarygirl-dot-net or c) following me on twitter @jenniferlagarde