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On dot connecting: sharing your whys, what ifs and innovations

Last week I presented about whys, why nots, what ifs and the nature of innovation. I crowd-sourced part of the presentation, asking some of the most creative colleagues I know if they could easily connect their whys to their innovations. It turns out that was not a challenge. First: What are your whys?  Simon Sinek […]

NCCE TL Summit

Those TLs in the great Northwest are shaking things up! Don’t miss the UStream broadcasts of some of the highlights of Wednesday’s TL Summit, part of this week’s Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Conference, in Portland. I am including a couple of my choices of most inspiring moments. Mike Eisenberg provocatively questions some of […]

AASL Vision Tour: A look back at our morning with Nancy Everhart!

I am delayed a bit in reporting back on our visit from AASL President Dr. Nancy Everhart on the Pennsylvania leg of her Vision Tour. Springfield Vision Tour from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo. It was a very special honor.  I was personally touched by the kind comments from those who spoke and sang and danced […]

2011: The year to be FIERCE

I checked the Urban Dictionary.  It lists three definitions for the word fierce. 1. term that gay men used in the late 1990s and early 2000s to describe absolutely everything that was of “exceptional quality”. 2. being bold, displaying chutzpah, especially relating to fashion, clothes, hair or makeup. Girl, work those heels! fierce! 3. term […]

Celebrating Castilleja and on library websites

Castilleja School Library won the 2010 Edublog award last week in the category of best librarian/library blog. I felt awful that I’d never before seen this exemplary blog, a blog that really is the library’s website.  (And by the way, don’t miss the also fabulous runners-up: Bright Ideas (yeah, Judith and the Victoria librarians!) and […]

A revised manifesto

Thank you all for the kind feedback you offered for my rant a few days back.  As I wrote that response, in the back of my mind I considered a few realities: 1. Some administrators have never seen a vibrant library program. 2. In tough times moving forward is more challenging. Not moving forward is […]