13 ways to turn talk into action

In a FB discussion yesterday, a number of us (Buffy Hamilton, Diane Cordell, Beth Friese)  were interacting in a post about the frustrations of collaboration–  feeling the lack of an understanding  between ourselves as librarians and the teachers we work and plan with(a lack on both sides), a wondering about what the balance is with our instructional role, and exploring the contrast between what library schools teach librarians about collaboration and teaching as a integral part of their roles and what new educators (or even […]

How do we respond?

On her blog, TechnoTuesday, Cathy Nelson shared a dilemma many librarians (and tech staff) face. How do we keep from getting demoralized when we are truly attempting to raise the caliber of an assignment and teachers feel they are too busy or too concerned with an upcoming standardized test or just reluctant about accepting our feedback? Part of the problem, I think is that we aren’t partners with teachers in these sorts of situations.  Much too often, it feels as though we(both tech and library […]

Solar, wind, or electric: Harnessing the energy

This morning and yesterday morning both I had the honor of attending the Flat Classroom Conference in Qatar and the Educon 2.1 conference in Philadelphia, both remotely.   What was funny was that I felt such a sense of community in the chat rooms talking to students and to other wired educators, sometimes more of a sense of community than I feel where I work, even though we were half a world apart, and many of us had never met in person.   The sense of community […]

Continuing the conversations

The end of the school year always feels like a mixed bag–excitement at the thought of relaxation and summertime, but wistfulness and sadness at saying farewell to the year, with students and friends leaving, and with things left undone, potential unfulfilled.   But usually it feels over.  Like things are packed up–put away, set aside, and then next year, we have a completely fresh start, almost like starting over. But this year, a group of us are working on something that feels like it has the potential to provide […]

Collective blogs

Some of my twitter acquaintances have started a new blog, The Mommy Gig.   And as I was reading it, I was thinking about other “group” blogs like LeaderTalk for administrators, or like Students 2.0. I like the idea of using a group blog for students in a class as well.   It’s a way to feature different writers, have a variety of voices, and keep students coming back to read what their peers wrote as well. Have any of you used group blogs like this, with […]

Sometimes a seed. . .

Sometimes it just takes the seed of an idea to inspire others. Last night I was checking in on Twitter, feeling a little discouraged, and fellow librarian Jenny Luca just happened to tweet that her students’ live Project Global Cooling concert was just starting their broadcast from Australia. This was a concert they organized for free, donated their time to on a weekend, and broadcast around the world for free via Ustream. If you’re not familiar, Project Global Cooling was the seed of an idea […]

Do our systems support our goals?

In their book Innovation, Curtis Carlson and William Wilmot talk about the difficulty many organizations have with adapting to change. They point out, “A fundamental reason for this failure…to keep up is that they are, by definition, built to fight the last war. . . . They have well-defined organizations and processes designed to achieve those earlier objectives, but these very organizations and processes now resist the changes needed to exploit the new opportunities.” (p. 36) One of the important components for innovation that they define is the […]

Five things

I’ve been thinking a lot about a session at  TCEA’s Library Sig group meeting, where Barbara Jansen and her former principal Marla McGee did an excellent presentation about ‘five things librarians would want their principals to know about their programs’.  (See Dr. Mary Ann Bell’s excellent summary of the session).   Barbara emphasized the importance of identifying what your ‘five most important things’ about your program are, and then not only telling your principal, but “showing them.’ Ok, this gets to one of those complex trackbacks, but worth it. A recent thread […]

Coming back home

In his post last week, “Changing Ourselves, Changing Our Culture,” Will Richardson finds irony in the fact that “teachers are connecting more and more outside their spaces but, it appears at least, not so much inside their own districts and communities.” I’ve found that to be true for myself until recently. I’ve had only a small core of people that I felt I could connect back in with when I returned to my own campus, or attended a local conference. But recently I’ve found a […]

No longer on an island

What is the value of being networked? Yesterday during my Hill Country Librarian Presentation on “How to be a Networked Librarian,” I threw that question out to my twitter network. The responses from my network were so varied and tremendous, that I wanted to share them as a resource when we talk about the power of being part of a learning network. Thanks tweets! John Maklary’s comment that he is no longer an island is such a significant one. We are no longer islands, nor […]