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About Me:
My goal is to document effective 21st Century school library practices that make a difference in our profession!
I love traveling and my favorite past time is walking on the beach.
Current position and employment location
Director of EDU & Faculty Lead for School Library, Online Learning & Teacher Leadership for CU Denver
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New Times! Invite to our new school library community...

Happy Autumn!

I would like to invite you to our new Google Community: CU-Denver's Highly Effective School Librarian Program Community... This Ning will be phasing out over the next few months. 

I hope you will join us there so we can maintain a…


Posted on October 23, 2014 at 10:01am

Summer 2012 Literature Course: Read for more information

School Library MA students:


The online course INTE 5990 ST: Promoting Literature through the School Library should be taken this summer if you’ve already had LCRT 5790: Children’s Lit or LCRT 5201: Young Adult Lit.  INTE 5990 thus replaces the second literacy course in your plan of study.  You can find registration information for this course here <…


Posted on March 30, 2012 at 8:24am

If you haven't read this, do...

If you haven't read this, do! What great energy! Who are other teacher-librarians that inspire you?


:) Laura

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 6:58am

Widefield School Librarian Job Posting

Our district has a middle level (6-8) certified library position available.  We are currently looking for qualified candidates to interview.  Your program was recommended to us by others in our district who went through it.


If you know of someone who is interested, please have them make application via our online system, which can be located in the H.R. section of our website (  There are also links to our schools and information about our district that can be found…


Posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:29am

Job Announcement: Closes July 1, 2011

Lookout Mountain Academy at the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden, CO is seeking a Language Arts Teacher/Teacher-Librarian with a passion for serving at-risk youth!


- Must have valid Colorado Teaching License with appropriate endorsements that allow teaching secondary Language Arts.

- Willingness to be a member of the Rite of Passage team supporting the educational goals and objectives of Lookout Academy

- Strong…


Posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:04am

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At 8:20pm on June 1, 2009, Ryan Whitenack said…
There are some common threads there. I graduated from CSH (Chatfield in 97) my brother graduated from there also in 92. My other older brother graduated from CHS (Columbine in 93). I also had Mr. Hoemann. He taught me how to research...after I plagiarized a paper (through ignorance, not malice) in his junior level English class. Nice guy!
Thanks for the conference tonight. I didn't know what to think of the on-line set-up, but so far: kinda cool.
At 10:03am on June 20, 2008, Laura Summers said…
Hmm, when I was on your page, I had a "browse" button at the top of the pop-up box when I selected the photo icon, so we have a difference in what we are seeing on your page. I wonder if you need to update the java application that is part of the Ning system. This is just a guess -- I could be totally wrong. Are you working on a Mac or PC? This may be another possibility. Now, in terms of updating the java application, my computer asked if I trusted this site, etc. If you block this type of activity, you may not see the need for an update. I'm not sure. I'm also not sure how we update applications if we don't see the update message so I'll need to look into this issue. Stay tuned... it may take me awhile to figure this out since I need to get back to my presentation for Monday. :) Thanks for trying!!! That is what matters most! :)
At 9:55am on June 20, 2008, Charlotte Brooks said…
My edit box for adding photos doesn't give me a browse option, at least I can't figure it out. All I have, when I open the edit box, are the icons: B, I, U, S, the hyperlink symbol, the photo image and the document image. When I click on the last three, they ask for the http and don't give me any other options. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong... and I'm wondering if there could be an issue with my page?
At 9:43am on June 20, 2008, Charlotte Brooks said…
I have a quick question for you, when you have time. I've been trying for awhile to add additional photos to my ning page but can't seem to do it. In the edit box, when you try to add an image, it asks for an http address. So I actually published some photos on Flickr and then copied the address into the ning, but that didn't work. There doesn't seem to be any way to add photos as attachments from your documents either. I'm wondering if there's something wrong with my page, or if it's user error!
I love your idea of the on-line small group help sessions on specific topics. Let me know how others respond to that!
At 3:46pm on June 11, 2008, shireen kolarik said…
They sent me steps to leave a social network. But I want to keep my page that has this picture here and delete my old ones with the dark haired librarian in the stacks. Here is the link to the web page with the instructions.
Can you do it just on those two old pages and not on the new one. They haven't responded to my email yet about it but I figured since you created the site maybe you could get to my old pages. I can't get on them. I can only get on my new one.
At 3:34pm on June 9, 2008, shireen kolarik said…
Hi Laura. I have a question about deleting old Ning pages. I have three pages (I don't know why - I used to be an engineer and I guess redundancy is still in my soul:) and want to delete the older two but keep the newer one. When I sign on I get my new page but can't get to my older pages to remove them. Can you do this for me? I contacted Ning and they sent me how to do it but I have to be able to get on the older pages to do what they said.
Thanks for your help. Shireen Kolarik
At 10:37pm on June 17, 2007, Lisa Archuleta said…
Hi Laura,

In response to your questions about student access to the Internet, they can log online through the library or the computer lab while at school. Some are forced to go to the public library or they simply find a friend who has Internet at home if they need to use the Web for an assignment. When at school, I have to walk a lot of them through the steps to find what they are looking for. We all know the "Type in the topic in Google" mentality, but more often than not, when I want assignments done properly, I have to sit down and teach one-on-one. It is very obvious to distinguish students who have Internet access at home and those who don't. While students catch on pretty quickly, their ignorance in some areas of technology becomes obvious within a few minutes. Lucky for me, I tend to have technologically savvy students in my classes; I will often recruit them to teach others so that I can move the class along.



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