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Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference


For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. 1. On Monday, I was honored to be invited to attend a little 5th birthday party featuring an extraordinary present.  The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings […]

LinkedIn: an underused K12 search tool?


For a variety of reasons, filters included, social search tools are underused in schools. We usually encourage use of our subscription databases and share effective strategies for leveraging search engines like Google, but in my experience, Twitter,, Pinterest and other tools also offer rich opportunities for learning, discovery, sharing and searching. While LinkedIn is […]

Free PD for TLs (an infographic)

There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find. For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well.  I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s […]

Knowledge Quest refreshed!

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I love SLJ ,of course. I am also a huge fan of AASL’s bimonthly journal, Knowledge Quest. It grows more relevant and inspirational with every issue. I keep a sticky-noted stack of them on my desk. Just yesterday, AASL announced the launch of Knowledge Quest‘s companion website, focused on integrating theory and practice. And it […]

Connected Librarian Day! (Updated!)


I am thrilled to be keynoting at Library 2.014 this year (October 8-9).  I’ll be talking about the importance of building social capital in our profession. I am doubly thrilled to be organizing our second Connected Librarian Day, as a pre-conference on Tuesday, October 7th.  (Please help spread the word by sharing our flyer!) Sponsored […]

How do you keep up? Part 5: Google+ Communities


In the past few posts about keeping up, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations, we looked at curation sites for current awareness, webinars hosted by practitioners and Pinterest as a new essential for making visual discoveries and organizing what you discover. Recently, Google+ Communities have found […]

How do you keep up? Part 3: A new season of Webinars (and live chat)


In the past couple of posts about keeping up with news and trends relevant to practice, we looked at harnessing social media in the form of portals for sharing slide presentations and curation sites for current awareness. Now let’s turn to the fabulous and nearly overwhelming array of webinar/conferency-type professional development available to you free […]

A tip to Barbara’s hats


I met Barbara Braxton when I was traveling in Australia a couple of years ago, but I’ve admired her voice for so many years. When I think about it, she may have been the first of the truly networked librarians. An ACTIVE member of LM_NET from the beginning, she continues to be both visible and active on […]

AASL: The unconference report


Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer. I wondered if AASL would consider the idea of a participant-driven unconference event. Sue said, why not? and that she’d check on it […]

Laura’s Digital Badge Professional Learning Platform


Laura Fleming, a new teacher librarian with a strong interest and expertise in interactive and transmedia storytelling, generously allowed me to share a post from her Worlds of Learning blog.   Eric Sheninger, Laura’s principal at New Milford High School, also shared this post in his A Principal’s Reflections blog.   Like many of us as teacher […]