One of the best characteristics of this un-conference is that it is forcing me out of my comfort zone to approach new concepts/ideas in a fairly comfortable, non-threatening environment. For instance, posting to a blog is not something I’ve always wanted to do or am at ease doing! Also, I know it is high time I learn more about 21st century devices and ways to use them with students and staff. On another note, we are so fortunate to have NJASL & LibraryLinkNJ working together on this venture for the benefit of school librarians (without these organizations my high school library would shrivel). I am hoping many join us in openly sharing aspects of our job that involve delving into unfamiliar technologies, practices and policies. The learning curve in this profession can be exhausting–how many of us have seen things come and go?!? Personally I need to walk away with info. on fiction e-books, i-pads (e-book & best apps), e-readers, and samples of policies from districts that have taken the leap towards using technologies so widely used outside of school, but often forbidden within the walls of our institutions. Handhelds in school libraries is such a broad topic–brainstorm & post your goals, ideas and fears!
I know a potentially sunny Saturday in spring may be hard to part with, but please consider supporting the efforts of our state-wide organizations, invite a friend or colleague and join us for a day of learning and networking.