School libraries provide a vital function in the education of students, helping them to hone and practice important 21st century skills. We do this through multiple strategies. We collaborate with teachers to gain an opportunity to integrate these skills into the standards based curriculum, building learning opportunities that are exciting, relevant and engaging. We help students one on one and in small groups who come to our library seeking resources to meet assignment requirements, and sometimes, to answer important personal questions, but are not quite sure how to proceed finding the answers. We open windows to the world for these students, by sharing not only resources, but new technologies available through Web 2.0, and how to access primary sources and excellent, dependable resources through our online subscription databases. We teach them how to evaluate information to make sure it is accurate and reliable. We love our jobs – love the ever-changing nature of what we teach, and how we teach.
Does this describe you?
If it does, we hope you are sharing ideas and resources with your CASL Professional Learning Network (PLN), and engaging in conversations to help you grow as a professional. This is the essence of a personal learning network. It isn’t – can’t be – just about what you get. It has to be just as much about what you give.
Here are just a few places you might want to visit to start participating in a PLN:
CAL Conference – The culminating networking activity of the year – for unbeatable face-to-face networking and learning. This is your professional organization. Without every one of you contributing – as well as seeking information and learning from each other, the network becomes less vibrant. Plan to attend! I’ll see you there!
CASL Blog – here you are! How about leaving a comment or question?
Colorado Teacher-Librarian Ning – New! We need everyone to contribute content to make this a viable resource and PLN
Power Libraries Ning We invite you to check out the great stuff these Power Librarians are doing!
Joyce Valenza’s Teacher-Librarian Ning – visit the Colorado group!
Twitter – Follow some of these Colorado library Twitter-ers.
CASL List Serv – Go ahead – ask that question you’ve been dying to ask several hundred Colorado school librarians! Or share the project you are most proud of from the last year. Lets get some interaction here!
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