Hello there! I‘m Collette J., also known as Mrs. J in the Library.
I’m a teacher-librarian with over a decade of experience teaching information fluency and research skills to elementary students. My areas of expertise and professional learning include makerspaces for elementary schools, digital learning with library centers (including online and blended learning), and digital collection development (e.g. ebooks).
I believe teacher-librarians and library spaces should inspire and empower students to create, as well as read, research, and think critically. I teach with literature-based activities in K-2 classes and library centers in grades 3-5, in addition to teaching collaboratively with classroom teachers and managing my library’s physical and digital spaces.
I also create commercial products for library instruction and management in my online shop and in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Because every library and every school is different, all my products are editable so that my customers can modify them for their students’ needs. If you have any questions about one of my products, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions represented here are my own and are not the views and opinions of any business or organization.
History of Mrs. J in the Library
When I first started this blog in 2008, it was titled “A Wrinkle in Tech” and inspired by one of my all-time favorite books, “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. I used this space to document an online Web 2.0 class/workshop through the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, or PSLA. Though I never finished the workshop assignments, I kept the blog and the “A Wrinkle in Tech” name until 2018.
In 2012, I discovered the Teachers Pay Teachers online marketplace. At that time, there were very few materials for library instruction, so I started my own store and began creating high-quality, editable materials.
Today, this website is where I write about my experiences, publish reviews, and sell my products to inspire and help teacher-librarians, school library media specialists, and children’s librarians in public libraries.