Kendra Laine Perkins - Teacher Librarian, Life Long Inquirer & Explorer
Kendra Perkins is the Ambassador of China for the International Librarians Network. She is the Head Librarian & Extended Essay Co-Coordinator at a school library. She was elected to be Coordinator for the Shanghai Librarians Network (SLN), which is a community of almost 100 library professionals from more than 20 schools. She is currently completing the ALA accredited Masters in Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta. She loves to present her ideas, keep up with the latest technology trends & meet new people.
A Little Bit of My History
My first real job was working at a public library. In between that and my current job I have tried out many, many different jobs and volunteered at a variety of establishments in a few different countries. This includes being a flight attendant for a Middle Eastern airline (which allowed me to travel to over 80 countries), serving and bartending in a variety of restaurants, helping at a local animal shelter, selling cotton candy at a summer fair, marketing dishwasher soap, telemarketing (mind-numbingly horrible), teaching in university and private school settings, and many more unrelated but interesting part-time jobs that allowed me to pay for university and live.
Testimonials from Library Consultations
Chiara Abrile - librarian, Deledda international school, Genoa, Italy
This is currently my first year as Librarian and I’ve had the opportunity to have a training with Kendra.
Kendra fully understands the difficulties faced by the students in the production of the Extended Essays and she was very helpful , showing me sites and applications to help students in this difficult task.
Thanks to her knowledge, to her many advices and her friendly approach, I found solutions to many problems. Now I’m full of new energies and ideas that I can’t wait to put them into practice!
Teodora Atanasova - Librarian, United World College, Changshu, China
We are in the midst of setting up our library and it was incredibly helpful to be able to draw from Kendra’s experience and expertise. Kendra is extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and approachable and it was a true treat to be able to spend a whole day with her. By the end of her visit, we were full of new ideas as to how we can improve our library. I highly recommend Kendra. She will definitely help you make a difference in your library.
Fuli cui 崔福丽 - librarian, united world college, changshu, china
This is my first year to be a librarian. There are so many difficulties. I was so luck to meet Kendra. She is an expert and full of experiences. She took a whole day to answered every single question! She is a great helper!
Recent Presentations & Publications
Guest Contributor - IT Babble: Technology in the Classroom
April/May - Perkins, K. (2017, April). Book reviews: On the page: Book picks for kids and adults: The boy who harnessed the wind. Urban Family. Retrieved from http://www.urbanfamily.com/shanghai/magazine.html (page 47) or click here.
Beck, S. & Perkins, K. (2017). Research think tank presentation. JAWS FOBISIA conference hosted by Jonathan Guy at NLCS Jeju.
Feb/March - Perkins, K. (2017, February). Book reviews: On the page: Book picks for kids and adults: The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish. Urban Family. Retrieved from http://www.urbanfamily.com/shanghai/magazine.html (page 45) or click here.
February - EAST Librarians Knowledge Sharing Workshop 2017 - Attendee all four days including library tour of six libraries in Singapore
January - Perkins, K. (2017, January). Book reviews: On the page: Book picks for kids and adults: Winterfrost. Urban Family. Retrieved from http://www.urbanfamily.com/shanghai/magazine.html (page 43) or click here.
Guest Contributor - IT Babble: Technology in the Classroom
December - Live Webinar with over 1, 350 registrants from 79 different countries
Perkins, K. (December 15, 2016). Enhance Your Library: Save Time & Build a Smarter Collection. Follett Community. Retrieved from https://www.follettcommunity.com/p/bl/kw/kt=2&kw=Kendra%20Perkins
Interview - Carlyle, C. (2016). Information Professionals Go Global: Reflections On The International Librarians Network Peer Mentoring Program. Open Journal Systems, 22(1), Retrieved from http://worldlibraries.dom.edu/index.php/worldlib/article/view/565/498 or click here.
Perkins, K. (2016, December 5). Book reviews: On the page: Book reviews for kids and adults: Winterfrost. Urban Family. Retrieved from https://issuu.com/urbanfamilycn/docs/uf34-20161201 (page 43) or click here.
Oct/Nov - Perkins, K. (2016, October 18). Book reviews: On the page: True tales of childhood from sports legends. Urban Family. Retrieved from http://www.urbanfamily.com/shanghai/magazine.html (page 46) or click here.
October - Perkins, K. (2016, October 19). Digitizing your library: Easy & quick ideas. The Digital Shift 8th Annual Virtual Conference. The Library Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/tds2016-the-service-continuum/?utm_source=ljseventalerts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tds2016 (click View Archive at the bottom of the page, length of availability unknown) or click here to read about the presentation
August/Sept - Perkins, K. (2016, August 21). Book reviews: On the page: The misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker hero. Urban Family. Retrieved from http://www.urban-family.com/shanghai/magazine.html (page 47) or click here.
August - Perkins, K. (2016, August 15).Researching is fun!. Retrieved August 17, 2016, from RefME, https://www.refme.com/blog/2016/08/15/researching-is-fun/?post_date=20160815165813
July - Live Webinar
Perkins, K. (2016, July 12). Distract me not: Using technology to focus on the research process. Retrieved July 14, 2016, from The Partnership: The Provincial and Territorial Library Association of Canada, bit.ly/28RILxW or here.
June/July - Perkins, K. (2016, June). Little fish: A graphic novel for young adults. Urban Family. Retrieved from https://issuu.com/urbanfamilycn/docs/urban_family_-_june_july_2016 (page 45) or click here.
June - Perkins, K. (2016). Follett community: IB educators: Use summer as a way to prepare. Retrieved June 12, 2016, from https://www.follettcommunity.com/p/bl/ar/blogaid=281
May - Perkins, K. (2016, May 13). Readers for life: Book week A celebration of the written word. Retrieved June 8, 2016, from International Librarians Network, http://interlibnet.org/2016/05/13/readers-for-life-book-week-a-celebration-of-the-written-word
April/May - Perkins, K. (2016, April). Life on Mars: Realistic Fiction for Pre-teens. Urban Family. Retrieved from http://www.urban-family.com/view/840/urban-family-april-may-issue-out-now.html (page 47) or click here
April - School Librarian Connection - Contexts and Conversations at Keystone Academy in Beijing, China - Presented Creating a Library Centered School - Getting your whole library team involved in building a community across the school. Simple projects that can encourage collaboration, engage teachers and benefit students. Building Community - Action
Joint Presentation: "The Ingredients for a Successful Event : Cooked up by Librarians for Librarians" with
Stojana Popovska, Beijing International Bilingual Academy, Beijing. Events and Intiatives - Action. Editable resources shared: Chinese & English Checklist for Guest Visitors
Perkins, K. (2016, April 19). The CRAAP test: An easy & fun way to evaluate research sources. Retrieved April 24, 2016, from RefME, https://www.refme.com/blog/2016/04/19/the-craap-test-an-easy-fun-way-to-evaluate-research-sources/
For Spanish translation of The CRAAP test: An easy & fun way to evaluate research sources see Evaluación de sitios web by María García-Puente.
March - Librarian-A-Like for the IB Librarian at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) - Presented "RefME: The Best Reference Generator Around & It's Free"