Customer Profile: Holly Frilot

Our second in a series of EasyBib customer profiles, I’d like to share an interview I had with the lovely Holly Frilot. I am discussing teaching methods and insights into student research with librarians across the country. If you’d like to be featured as part of our customer profiles, sign up here.

Holly started out as a classroom language arts teacher in 2002 at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, GA. At that time, technology was picking up momentum within the education field–“I used my classroom as a forum to explore blogs and online communication into a blended learning environment,” she said.

Through her teaching and use of technology in the classroom, Holly got involved with the library at CHHS. “I knew the things I really loved doing involved books and technology, so I ended up getting another degree in instructional technology,” she said. “While I was going back for my degree, I got really involved in the media center and it became a natural fit for me. I wanted to explore educational technology in a broader scope in a way that affects the entire school.” Holly earned her specialist degree in Instructional Technology (with a concentration in School Library Media) from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in December 2005.

Before interviewing Holly, I took a look at her library’s website and was very impressed. Great design, updated frequently, a GoodReads widget–it’s appealing and easy to explore (which is great for students). “I think that a lot of us are in the habit of looking for things online first, so it’s vitally important for libraries to have a good web presence,” she said. I could not agree more.

“When I started as a librarian we didn’t have a website, and I thought, ‘We really need a place that has all of our resources together in one place.’” With the support of the school administration, Holly built the library’s website using the Weebly platform. “I designed it with students in mind first, then teachers, and then administrators, which is why you see so many photos of students–I want it to be a space where students go.”

One of my favorite parts of our interview was Holly’s anecdote about the student READ posters at CHHS. It’s one of the most creative methods I’ve seen to promote library resources. This is the first one that Holly and her students made. Check it out:

So, what’s the story behind this? “About three years ago, I had a group of kids who were in the library killing some time. They asked me, ‘Miss Frilot, can we work on our breakdancing moves?'” So there they were, a group of students in the corner of the library, breakdancing with a giant bookcase in the background! It look many tries, but the end product seems well worth it. Since then, Holly estimates her and her students create over 100 READ posters every year.

“My goal is that all students see some kind of library promotion everyday, whether they come in the library or not.” With that many posters decorating the high school, it seems like Holly’s got it covered!

Emily Gover is the in-house librarian for EasyBib. Right now she is devouring Neil Gaiman’s M is for Magic with great excitement. What about you? You can find her on Twitter, @Emily_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.


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