The Unquiet Library Staff

Buffy Hamilton

Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S., is a  high school librarian and teacher at The Unquiet Library in Canton, Georgia, with twenty years of experience as an educator as a high school English teacher, technology integration specialist, and librarian.   She is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for students and teachers.  Her interests include social media, 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.  You may contact her at buffy.hamilton@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

 

 

 

Jan Reed

21 Comments

21 thoughts on “The Unquiet Library Staff

  1. Jocelyn Gunter

    Hey Buff! I love your blog-I’m very impressed! Anyway, just wanted you to know I visited. I cannot wait to see it in person!

    Love,
    Jocelyn

  2. Thank you so much for including my book, Angel’s Choice, on your list of most popular books for this week. Librarians rock.

  3. Thank YOU for writing such great YA lit that our students love and enjoy! :-)

    Buffy Hamilton

  4. You all are the best. Thank you so much for ordering my new book!

  5. Beverly Williams

    Buffy, I am so glad I ran across you on Twitter. This site is truly amazing. It is obvious that you love what you do. Hopefully we can connect often. Call me at work if I can ever help you with any books for your school. It will take me several days to go through this site, but I’m anxious to do so this week! Very, very cool. Great job! Wow!

    Beverly Williams
    Scholastic Book Fairs
    bwilliams@scholasticbookfairs.com
    Twitter: btwilliams77

  6. Jill Hofmockel

    Hello, Unquiet Library. We’ve used you as a model for starting our own library blog this year. We’re very interested in asking you a few questions about your print management software. Do any of you have some time to answer?

    Jill

  7. Just discovered your blog, and it’s a great one! Wanted to let you and your students know that on Saturday, 2/14/09 at 1pm we will have Jefferson Bass signing his crime novels at our store. Jefferson Bass is a writing team made up of Dr. Bill Bass (he’s the founder of the real “Body Farm” in Tennessee) and a journalist/researcher by the name of John Jefferson. I heard Bill Bass speak in Tennessee a couple of years ago, and his work as a forensic anthropologist is fascinating, particularly if you have a strong stomach! Hope some of you can make it to the signing.

  8. Awesome! I love all aspects of your virtual library (blog, wiki and pagecast) and just shared them via the Canadian School Library Association Listserv. What you have done with your virtual and transparent library presence is inspiration for all teacher-librarians!

  9. Hi Donna! Thank you so much for your kind words! I also appreciate the shout out to the Canadian School Library Association Listserv! If you are on Twitter, please Tweet me @buffyjhamilton–I’d love to share ideas/collaborate!

    Again—thank you again for your words of praise and encouragement!

    Buffy Hamilton

  10. mkbarteau

    Fantastic. You have inspired me. I have experimented all day with Slide and WordPress. I can’t wait to introduce it to library.

  11. Christina Hosford

    Hi,

    My name is Christina Hosford and I’m a media student at UWG, and teach ESOL at Lithia Springs High School in Douglasville. I just stumbled onto your website while working on a project. Your site is too cool. I would love to come visit you for a day if at all possible. I am free Nov. 23 and 24. Please let me know if you are interested in having me join you for a day! Thank you!

  12. The Unquiet Library is a revolution in media/technology. The innovation that is generated from their authors is second to none. It’s been a pleasure to get to know and work w/ Buffy Hamilton who has become such a huge inspiration in the online community. Keep up the excellent work!!!

  13. Julie Hendricks

    There are so many reasons to appreciate what Buffy Hamilton does! I love the fact that she is so open to share, educate, collaborate with other school teacher librarians so openly!!! You’re the absolute BEST!!! When is School Library Journal going to put you on the front cover?

  14. Lisa

    Hello Buffy,

    I am a library media assistant student and have chosen to write a research paper on the pros and cons of blog technology. I am especially interested in how this Web 2.0 technology is used and maintained in high school libraries. While doing a search for high school library blogs I came across your site and I am overwhelmed by the amount of information available. When and how do you have the time to devote to such an amazing library blog? Do you manage the site by yourself or with the help of students? As part of my research I will follow the Unquiet Library Blog for a few weeks to get a feel for how things are updated and maintained. To think, just yesterday I thought all blogs were boring. Ha! Thank you for opening my eyes!

    Three very loud cheers to you!

    Regards,
    Lisa (future high school librarian)

  15. Anna Desmond

    Buffy, I admire your work but your library work and online cyber-savvy, but your actual library lacks some decor attractiveness, in my opinion! I think your walls are bare and the tops of your shelves nude! Where’s all the fantastic posters that are available for libraries now? and plants? and art work and pottery and models and gorgeous cultural objets which could be part of your real-life space’s appeal? Apart from the attractive soft furnishings, I think your space needs extra ‘oomph’.
    Just my take!
    Anna.

  16. Anna, I would encourage you to look at our photostream from the last 3 years—we actually have all those kinds of things (except for plants—I think that tends to be an adult preference, not a teen one). In fact, one of the comments we receive quite frequently is the fact we have so many books and special displays. I would encourage you to look through our photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/8166472@N03/; you should also see http://www.slideshare.net/buffyjhamilton/reflect-remix-reinterpret-reinvent-collection-for-todays-teens. You should also consider checking out our video stream http://www.youtube.com/user/theunquietlibrary#p/u as well as my blog at http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com to better inform your understanding of what exactly happens in our library program.

    At the end of the day, the students are the ones whose opinion matters most to me—we have been very responsive to their wishes in terms of services and atmosphere, including the decor you see. When you stop and think about it, it really is about what they, not us the adults, prefer in terms of the look and feel of the library.

    If things look bare in any recent photos, it is because we are required to take down items for the summer; we also return artwork to students if we do not have their permission to keep it.

    Best,
    Buffy

  17. Jess

    Thank you for the terrific info on the kindles. You are so willing to share!

  18. Myrna Fields

    I have been looking at library Twitter sites as I have begun setting one up for our high school library. You have a very nice one going, but I had a question for you. I have not seen any replies to any of your Tweets. Do you allow replies? I was just curious. If you don’t allow them, can you let me know why you set it up that way?

    Thanks!

  19. Hello!
    Would love to sit in on the conversation about participatory learning and libraries. I follow your blog and have introduced a successful Kindle program here. However, I feel that I would not the able to contribute much. Hesitate to join with only 7 spaces…….

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