Connecticut Association of School Librarians

Hurricane Irene delayed school for most people in Connecticut.  That gave us some extra time to reassess and tweak our plans for the beginning of a new year.  What are your priorities this year?


Joyce Valenza is concentrating on how we can all better manage our information lives and the role of curation in research.  Read her blog on Web 3.0.  She is examining the best tools for curation and how we can use the power of the semantic web.  Joyce also updated her 9/11 links.


Gwyneth Jones has advised us to "share shamelessly" in her August 16th blog and has invited us to attend a free webinar in the TL Virtual Cafe "Back to School Special: 7 Web Savvy Starts to a New School Year."  She has also generously shared a PPT template that you can use to explain your program for a school night presentation.


Buffy Hamilton's latest blog is a must read We Have All Been Left Behind.  I have shared it with colleagues and they totally agree.  How will we stand up to Race to the Top?


Lisa Nielsen offers Back to School Do's and Don'ts in her list of What's Popular This Week on  her September 4th blog.  Lisa will be at the CECA/CASL joint conference October 24th.


For the second year, Michelle Luhtala is facilitating the Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program community sponsored by Follett in EdWeb.  These free webinars occur every second Wednesday at 4 p.m.


What am I doing?  Continual professional development is my priority.  I am participating in the AASL book discussion of The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, and you can too, or at least lurk.  AASL president, Carl Harvey is facilitating the discussion of a chapter each week.  Nicholas Carr is a keynote speaker at the national AASL conference "Turning the Page" in Minneapolis October 27-30.  I had a wonderful session with the ARC program this summer; congratulations graduates!  This year I am working with student teachers in the Fairfield University school library program. I am on the committee preparing for the CECA/CASL joint conference in Hartford October 23-24 which I hope all of you are planning to attend; there are great speakers and sessions.  Then, of course, there are the social network links that need attention.


I wish all of us a good start to the new academic year and continued success.  See you online or in person.



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