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A school librarian on technology, book censorship and the power of libraries | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

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Association of Illinois School Library Educators, Deborah Will

We’re back! It’s 2023! And we have a brand-new episode featuring Deborah Will -- she’s a librarian and IMC coordinator at Zion-Benton Township High School. She’s also the president of the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE).

Surprisingly, Deborah is the first school librarian we’ve ever had on the show. We talked with her about the responsibility of school libraries, censorship; media literacy, technology -- and then just about reading and we finish with a few book recommendations.

If you’ve never listened to Teachers’ Lounge before, our show is based on an idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you or deserve a spotlight in your community. Every educator we have on this podcast, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the podcast! And please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

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Teachers' Lounge Podcast

SHOW NOTES

Educator in this episode: Deborah Will

Story featured in this episode:

Rockford community disappointed by school board's response to school violence protests

Music: Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.