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Professional Development

Posted by sarahelliott on September 21, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) annual conference in Padova, Italy.  This was an amazing experience for me, and I felt that it gave a much needed boost to my TL-spirit. Not that I have been doubting my desire or ability to be a TL, rather, I guess I had started to feel the pressures of being the only TL in my school and the only TL that I knew in Norway!

Before the conference started I took part in a workshop on Guided Inquiry with Carol Kuhlthau and also Guided Inquiry and Web 2.0 with Ross Todd. Wow! It was just fantastic. Ross Todd was particularly inspiring and I loved some of the web 2.0 tools that he demonstrated to us. I shared many of those ideas with my husband as soon as I could get onto the phone to him and he in turn is preparing to share some of the great ideas about the use of wordle with the rest of the staff in a meeting this week.

At the conference I listened to many talks and attended seminars given by leaders in the world of teacher librarianship. Notably, James Henri, James Herring, Carol Kuhlthau, Jennifer Branch and so the list goes one! Hearing those people speak passionately about student learning and the role of the school library and librarian was inspiring.

I learned a lot from my experience in Italy, but not only from the lectures, seminars and workshops but also by meeting many other international teacher librarians. That was one of the best parts about being there, meeting lovely people with similar interests to mine and equally passionate about their job as I am! Being able to talk over frustrations and ideas together was very beneficial. Feeling part of a group was very special and important. Connecting with the teacher-librarian community can help us in building our information literate school communities. Knowledge sharing certainly leads to knowledge building. Conversing is definitely one method for developing and refining ideas.

An incredibly worthwhile experience, now I am dreaming of IASL 2010 in Australia! – if only! 🙂

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