Welcome to the Library! Hello from Dr. Cathy Collins, Library Media Specialist
Summer Fun in Maine!

Warm greetings as we start a new school year at SMS! I'm so excited to see old faces and greet new ones as I begin my 3rd year at SMS, 12th year with the Sharon Schools and 23rd year as a Library Media Specialist. Please send me a Schoology message or stop by and let me know about any books or digital resources you would like to see in our library. I look forward to chatting with you about your favorite Summer reads and getting to know you better! If you need help finding books, researching or organizing information, using technology tools or anything else, please do reach out. I'm here to help!

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Twitter @Dr_CathyCollins


SMS Library Mission

The Sharon School Library Program Mission is to teach 21st Century information literacy skills while being fully integrated into and supportive of the district curriculum, ISTE Standards and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action.

Student Book Reviews
SMS Library Newsletter: Fall Edition
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SweetSearch - A search engine for students

New Books
More About Dr. Collins
MSLA Awards Ceremony

For SMS Students: Meet Your Librarian!

"If someone else tells your story, it comes out crooked." Indigenous Elder

What is your story? Would you like to share it? Let's celebrate each other's stories in a book which will be printed and available at the SMS Library circulation desk. To participate, make a copy of this "All About Me" Google Doc, fill it out and send to:

Link to Dr. Collins Bio and Articles published in AASL's Knowledge Quest

Awards & Recognition: MSLA Super Librarian; AASL Intellectual Freedom Award; Fulbright/TGC Fellow; MSLA Web Seal of Excellence, 2014-2020; Reynolds Institute for High School Journalism Fellow; Ellen Berne Pathfinder Award for Innovative School Library Programming; Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching About China, Primary Source; MASCD Innovative Tech Grant; SEF Grants (multiple years); HUB Tech Makerspace Grant (scroll down for more info below!)

Professional Activities: ISTE Board of Directors 2020-2024; News Literacy Project Ambassador, 2021-2023; Past PD Chair & Board Member, MassCUE; Mass Library System Executive Board Member; Advocacy Chair, Executive Board, MSLA

Publications/Recent Presentations:

STEM Innovations and Global Competence ECA of US State Dept., IREX · Feb 22, 2022. View publication Spring 2022 online course addition to Teacher Suite- K12 professional development offerings. I served as the Lead Instructional Designer.

NLP Celebrating Change Makers; NLP (News Literacy Project) · Jun 9, 2022 Full program of NLP Changemakers Celebration including my remarks on the importance of Media Literacy education for all students

English Journal National Council of Teachers of English · Jul 1, 2016 Article co-written with ELA teacher, Lori Ayotte, about collaborative work in the area of visual literacy, digital literacy and technology integration.

"Searchlights and Sunglasses: Journalism in the Digital Age" Knight Foundation/Reynolds Journalism Institute · Sep 5, 2013

View publication Contributing author to "learning layer" of innovative teaching activities and lesson plans related to Eric Newton's essays on the changing state of journalism.

Literacy in the Digital Age ISTE · Sep 5, 2013 Contributing author... My chapter described a collaborative digital literacy project using the Web 2.0 tool, "Animoto."

Articles Written for ALA's Intellectual Freedom Blog

Work featured in School Library Journal's "Let Teens Take Charge of STEM Learning," 06/20

MA Credentials/Licenses: Supervisor/Director; Library Media Specialist; Instructional Technology Specialist; Digital Literacy & Computer Science