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

Can't wait to meet incoming 6th graders and greet returning SMS Students! Hope everyone had a restful, enjoyable Summer! Looking for a good book to read before school starts? Check out SMS Summer Reading recommendations in our SMS Library Newsletter and linked here on our SMS Library website. Also, check out the Sharon Public Library teen/tween events calendar. As always, send me a Schoology message to let me know about any new books or digital resources you would like to see in our library this Fall. See you soon! Warmly, Dr. Collins

Twitter @Dr_CathyCollins


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Menu of Library Services

Online Tools for Teaching and Learning

New! AI Text Detectors

Professional Development Library-All books listed are available to borrow!

AASL Learning Standards

ISTE and AASL Learning Standards Crosswalk

Ten Criteria for Choosing Diverse Books for Your Classroom

Best African American History Resources

For Students and Staff:

NoodleTools NoodleTools is the platform we use to organize and support the research process, create citations, notecards and more!

Log-in with your school Google account to get started. NoodleTools can also be accessed through the waffle menu in Google Drive.

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
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: ccollins@sharonschools.net

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

Awards & Recognition: MSLA Virtual Influencer 23; MSLA Service Award 23; 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

Professional Activities: ISTE and ASCD Board of Directors 2020-2026; News Literacy Project Ambassador, 2021-2024; Past PD Chair & Board Member, MassCUE 2014-2019; Mass Library System Executive Board Member 2012-2015; Past Executive Board and Advocacy Chair, MSLA; ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable

Publications/Recent Presentations: (scroll down to view complete list...)

Rex Academy CS Podcast: Engagement and Equity in Computer Science June 2023

Brainwaves Video Anthology: Freedom to Learn May 2023

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. Lead Instructional Designer.

NLP Celebrating Change Makers; NLP (News Literacy Project) · Jun 9, 2022 Full program of NLP Changemakers Celebration including comments 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: 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

SMS Library Mission Statement
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The Sharon School Library Program Mission is to teach 21st Century digital literacy skills while being fully integrated into and supportive of the district curriculum, the ISTE Standards, and the AASL Standards.