School Librarians Need to be More DIY for Professional Learning

28 May

1. Most leading School Librarians learn by DIY – yes they have Social Networks they learn from, yes they attend formal PD, but much of what they learn is DIY – by getting online, getting the equipment, getting a book, getting help if they get stuck – mostly giving it a go. School Librarians should be proactively learning what they need to support their school community. Otherwise, teachers will learn it themselves and more people will be asking – why do we need teacher-librarians? If you don’t know how to teach people at least some Web 2.0, the question is why not? Most of these tools are very easy to use-just go to the website and give it a try.

If you think you are too busy, have a good look at how you are spending your time. It is not enough just to be a “helper.” More here:

Being busy and delivering value are different things. What are you busy doing? What should you be doing? Time management is crucial. It is important to constantly manage our time and set goals. More here:

Google has lots of sites if you google “best web 2.0 tools for schools” or search this site using “web 2.0” or

Inspired by Henry Jenkins post

2. Acer’s eReader scans any book to find the digital version
3. Find people to follow
4. Bad report for kindle as textbook
5. Oil spill
6. Susan Lester Reflects on Media 21
7. How to Choose an Online Bookstore Selling E-Books
8. DIY reading culture
9. Don’t Cripple With Compassion
10. The Unquiet Library: Annual Report 2009-10
11. Top 25 Books at The Unquiet Library: 2009-10 « The Unquiet Library:
12. People quitting their National Library Association in Britain

1 Comment

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


One response to “School Librarians Need to be More DIY for Professional Learning

  1. Suzie

    June 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I find it discouraging that so many of us wait for others to lead. DIY is time consuming, sometimes free and sometimes costly, depending on your preferred mode of education. Sadly the folks who read this are the ones who already engage in DIY PD.

    How do you reach people in your district who sit on their hands rather than engage in personal professional development. Is persistently sharing ideas via email, blogs and wikis helpful to you? What strategies work best for you?


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