I will never forget how I felt when I began my first job and realized that I had no idea what to teach my students. The librarian who I replaced left me absolutely nothing to work with. Her office was completely empty, there were no sample lesson plans or curriculum maps, not even a few old worksheets. Virginia also does not have any kind of curriculum specifically for library skills. And I’ll be the first to admit that the library program I graduated from did a rather poor job of preparing me. So I spent that first year feeling completely lost and overwhelmed. It took me a few years but I finally came up with a plan. By that time I had studied the curriculum for all grade levels and subjects. I knew what was being taught in the classroom and what areas our students typically struggled with. I