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Not So Distant Future

The “internet librarian”

September 22, 2007 · 6 Comments · il2007, Web 2.0

ilibrarian.jpg  I’m gearing up for a conference in late October, Internet Librarian and particularly Internet Schools West.

It’s one of my favorite “librariany” conferences, and the first one I blogged from last year as a new blogger, which was such a cool experience (and challenging since the beautiful Asilomar lodge didn’t have internet access in the rooms!) 

Part of what I like about this conference is that it’s small and intimate, and that long before other conferences included very many internet “strands,” this conference was pulling together trends in the academic, corporate, and school worlds all into one conference that is always cutting edge.

This year there looks to be a lot of focus on “gaming” and libraries, as well as a focus on how libraries are responding to web 2.0 and how that affects our services.

I’ve learned to create my own “mashup” at the conference of events from the school library sessions and the corporate/academic library sessions(like David King’s cool one last year on videoblogging and flickr), that always challenge me.  

I’m presenting a session this year on how librarians can help support administrators with web 2.0 tools.  

I feel that some of the obstacles school districts face in integrating web 2.0 tools is the fear factor, but often the fear is caused by the unknown.   Administrators are busy, and have so many varied responsibilities, so I think librarians and tech staff can play a significant role in helping their administrators stay on top of, understand, or utilize web 2.0 tools.   And I think getting the information out there for administrators helps them make better decisions regarding technology and helps them better support the campus when technology issues arise.

There has been quite a bit of debate in the blogosphere(great discussion here) about whether or not administrators have a duty to be technologically literate, and I don’t have the answer to that question, although I do think it has reached a point where that literacy is very important to a campus moving forward.   

And so this is my small attempt to share tools with librarians that particularly may help their administrators who may or may not have an awareness of how web 2.0 tools can help them do their jobs, more effectively, more efficiently, and with more transparency for their district.   There are so many excellent models out there to draw upon of administrators using these tools, but as I found when I spoke about this at the TASSP conference here this summer, some administrators haven’t “stumbled upon” them just yet.

This conference falls right at the end of K12 Online, so October promises to be a month filled with much personal learning for me, which is truly energizing.  One reason I set up my blog last year around this time was that I was learning more than I could possibly share via any other means, and the blog was a vehicle for not only sharing, but storing things I had learned.

I’ve been collecting examples of administrative tools and blogs and links on del.icio.us (of course Tim Lauer’s, Chris Lehmann’s, Kim Moritz’s, Kelly Christopherson’s, LeaderTalk, etc.)  for several months, but if you have any you’d especially like to recommend, please share!

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6 Comments

  • diane

    Carolyn,

    I also read Dr. Jan’s blog
    http://www.drjansblog.typepad.com/dr_jans_blog/
    for the administrative point of view.

    One question: why do some bloggers – like Doug Johnson
    http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2007/9/16/the-responsibility-for-effective-staff-developmen.html
    insist that teacher/librarians need to be responsible for their own PD, particularly in the tech sector, while administrators appear to be “excused” from this responsibility?

  • Doug Johnson

    Hi Diane,

    I didn’t think I excused administrators. Instead of teacher, it might be better to use the term “professional educator.” In fact, a superintendent and I wrote one of the earliest sets of tech competencies for administrators. See:

    http://www.doug-johnson.com/dougwri/rubrics-for-leadership.html

    All the best and sorry for the confusion,

    Doug

  • » School Administrators Who Blog Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts

    [...] Carolyn Foote from the blog Not So Distant Future is asking the blogoshere to point her to school administrators who blog. Since I just did some of this back in June 2007, I will point her to that link, but also add some more that have been added to my own bloglines account since that conference. [...]

  • technotuesday

    I listed some on a post in my blog today. I didn’t dare list all the hyperlinks here b/c I was afraid your blog filter might think it was spam. They are:
    -Dave Sherman’s Princpal and Interest
    -Melinda Miller’s Willard East Blog
    -Random Thoughts of an Admin Lifer
    -Bob Maynard’s The Principal’s Office: Life from THIS side of the desk
    -Mr. Moses

    Come on over to TechnoTuesday to see the links and visit these to see if they fit the target of what you are showcasing.

  • Marie Coleman

    Carolyn,
    I’ll brag on my principal, Jeanette Johnson – though a relatively new blogger, she has embraced the web 2.0 tools I’m constantly feeding her! :)
    Her blog is From The Principal’s Desk:
    http://principalblogs.typepad.com/jeanettejohnson/
    Marie

  • Brad

    Hi-
    I am an administrator who blogs. I must confess that, for ease and efficiency, I have stayed basically around sites like ning for my online discussions, but I do have a blog and when find time to write, I update. I also read quite a ot of blogs- one of my favorites is LeaderTalk which is just for administrators. I would love the time during the day to update the blog constantly, but I am just not afforded it. I find that it is a very useful tool for anyone who is interested in being a lifelong learner.

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