About Me

Welcome to my blog!  This space is where I  muse all things related to life as a modern librarian.

I’m currently a school librarian at Norcross High in the Gwinnett County Public School District.  Prior to coming to Norcross, I was the Learning Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio and a high school librarian and teacher at The Unquiet Library in Canton, Georgia.   I have over  twenty years of experience in public education as a high school English teacher, technology integration specialist, and librarian.   I’m passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for learners of all ages.   My interests include critical literacy, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, digital composition, personal learning environments, critical pedagogy, and social scholarship. I’m a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker who loves dogs, shopping, running, music, and poetry.  I blog in this space as well as for DMLcentral.

The content and opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the view of anyone except myself, nor are they endorsed by anyone except myself.    Please visit my professional portfolio at http://www.buffyjhamilton.wordpress.com .

37 thoughts on “About Me

  1. This is a great site. I want to find out how you were able to set it up. Your site is just what I want to express myself.

    Thanks
    Deb M.

  2. Hey,

    This is Rebecca Brooks from animoto.com. Your blog’s name seems awfully familiar, so perhaps we have spoken before (or maybe you just came up in my Google Alerts?). Either way, I thought you might be interested in our new “Animoto for Education” program. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!

    http://biz.animoto.com/education/overview.html

    Take care,
    Rebecca Brooks

  3. Dear Buffy,
    I so much appreciate what you do for education
    for books
    and what you do for me since we met in Georgia
    Thank you….
    I keep on writing and drawing my books and really do not know how to deal with the electronic media.Too much time.Too much brain power…. Vicki Thorn said I should ask you what you think about the Facebook page my czech publisher established for me….I cannot go there,I really do not want to deal with it…but it exists….
    Do you think it makes any sense?It can help anything and I do not mean just to sell my books but more like what you are doing for the world in general?
    Thank you for your advice
    Peter

  4. I have been having a wonderful time reading your site. It is one of my favorite feeds on my Google Reader. I just had a quick question for anyone out there and especially for you Buffy. I am in the process of re-acitvating my Elementary Ed. Certificate and I would love to find a good online Library Science Masters Program. I live in Northern Michigan and so far I have not been able to find any good programs within a reasonable driving distance. I am looking for a reasonably priced online degree program whose content is worth my time and money. Any help you can offer would be very much appreciated.
    Thank you and keep up the excellent work!

    • Becky,
      The University of Michigan has an Library & Information Studies program through the Department of Education. The University of North Texas has an online program that meets in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota (SWIM). They meet face2face for a few days at the beginning of the program and then the rest is online.

  5. Becky, U of I Urbana-Champaign has an online MLIS program that is very highly rated. I believe Rutgers and U. Washington also offer their programs online.
    Good luck!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your intelligent and insightful work in education! I feel inspired by your energy and inventiveness!

    I am currently working to implement more technology use in my sophomore English classes – especially the research paper project. I am very intrigued about the possibility of integrating all these tools in order to refresh the project and infuse it with 21st Century skills. I also teach a comprehensive communications class that I would love to update also. Thanks again for sharing!

  7. Hello,

    I love your site and will be piloting a Kindle Program next year. Thank you for all your resources. I had a quick question – how do you embed your slidehares into your blog? I was able to get the embed code from slideshare, but I don’t know where in mmy blog to put the code.

    • Good morning and thank you! When you click on “embed” in Slideshare, look then for a link that says “custom code”–it will generate a code just for WordPress.com users. Then go to the HTML in your blog post as you are drafting, paste in that code, and you are good to go!

  8. I am going to pilot a Kindle prgram in September – we just have three to start with but are hoping to acquire more. I’ve amended some of your forms and am using them, either giving credit to Kathy Parker or to you. Do you mind if I also use your process for checkingg them out? Your directions in your blog of the process are so detailed and easy to follow?

    • Please use any of the forms or materials you’d like! I can’t remember if I have the “bookmark” template up there (the one we use to “check out” the Kindle), but if it isn’t, let me know, and I can get it from my colleague Roxanne to share with you. I can’t wait to see where you go with your project! Best, Buffy

  9. I attended your presentation at the School Librarians Summer Workshop at Emporia State University in the summer of 2010. I am envious of your energy and ability to complete so many wonderful learning opportunities for students.

    I want to try your “book tasting” with lit circle groups of sophomores and juniors. Would you be willing to share the handouts that you use.

    Thanks,
    Sharyl Edmondson

    • Hi Sharyl!

      First, thank you for your gracious words of encouragement–they are truly appreciated!

      You are more than welcome to use the book tasting activity! If you go to the blog post and click on the slideshare of the document, you can download the handout. You can also email me directly at buffy.hamilton at cherokee.k12.ga.us if you’d like. Thank you!

      Best,
      Buffy

  10. Well hello Unquiet Librarian, let me tell you about how I came to be here writing a comment:
    I was an English teacher, and now I’m a University lecturer. I’m teaching preservice English (Language Arts) teachers, as well as Masters of Education students in a course on…Teacher Librarianship! And their second assignment is to make a group blog, and one of THOSE group blogs added yuor blog to their blogroll, which I clicked through to, and now you’re on my blogroll too.

    So, fellow English teacher come Librarian come teacher-of-teachers, a big G’day from Brisbane, Australia :) Glad to find you!

  11. Hi. Thanks for alll your information.

    I’m a 1975 University of Georgia grad (M.A. French and Romance Languages) who wound up as a public library reference librarian and administrator. I retire in February, but am sharing your link with all my still-youthful colleagues here at
    the Beaufort County (SC) Library.

    Happy 2012!

    • Dennis:

      It’s great to connect with a fellow UGA alum! I genuinely appreciate your kind note and vote of confidence—congratulations on your retirement and legacy of service to the library community—I’m sorry we haven’t had an opportunity to meet before now. Thank you again, and best wishes as you prepare to begin a new chapter in your life!

      Very best,
      Buffy

  12. Ms. Hamilton,
    In October, when School Libraries, What’s Now, What’s, What’s Yet to Come, was offered, I downloaded it to my IPAD. It seems it is unavailable now on any format. Our district was going to use it for a book study this semester. Could you possible help us with this?
    Susan Mitchell, Media Specialist
    Northwestern High School
    2503 W. Main Street
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
    803-981-1220
    shmitche@rhmail.org

  13. Hey Buffy!

    I have a question for you regarding your Kindles. I recently purchased a Kobo for our Library (as they are the most popular ereaders in Canada I’d say) and the Teacher-Librarians in our board have been talking about buying a group subscription to an ebook and audiobook vendor.

    We’ve looked at Follett Shelf and OverDrive – are there any others you’d recommend?

    If you could let me know via Facebook or send me an email, I would really appreciate it!

    Suzi

  14. Just stumbled upon your website and I love it. One question: How does a librarian not feel overwhelmed by all the new responsibilities and expectations of a 21st century school library media program? My question stems from the goals I have been charged with for the coming school year and my feelings of how in the world can I be it all: copyright and technology guru, data analyst, co-teach model developer, reading program innovator, program space designer, etc., etc.?

  15. I just discovered that I won’t be able to attend either of your sessions at the Texas Library Assn. conference in Fort Worth. Will you be sharing your presentations online?

  16. Ms. Hamilton,
    I am a former librarian who now works as a Title I Facilitator in a small district southeast of New Orleans. Our librarians, especially middle and high school, are really struggling to understand how their roles have changed as a result of Common Core. I would love to speak to you about possibly doing some professional development with our librarians. We only have 8 librarians, so I was hoping that maybe we could include one teacher from each school to encourage co-teaching. If you are interested, would you please send a contact number via email so that we could discuss this further. My email is kpetkovich@ppsb.org.
    Thanks,
    Kenny

  17. I am so glad to see you back at a school. I saw you at FAME in Florida in 2012 (I believe). You were about to go to Ohio. I would love to come and visit you at your school. I am at a 9th. grade center in Florida. I would love to come visit your Media Center during my Spring Break or another time if you allow.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s