Professional Development

More information on my education and my technology background is available. I also have information about presentations I have given – and I’m always glad to discuss these topics at any time with anyone who’s interested!


I read a number of library-related blogs, and subscribe to a number of professionally related email lists. These include:

  • ISED : a list for independent school educators with a strong focus on technology issues.
  • MEMO : the Minnesota Educational Media Organization email list which serves school media professionals and technology educators.
  • New-Lib : a list for librarians new to the profession (and those interested in talking about related topics)
  • Fiction-L : a list for discussion of fiction and fiction resources.
  • PubLib : Focused on public librarians, but with great information on displays, reader engagement, technology, and policy questions.
I also attend meetings of the Independent Schools Media Association, a group of librarians and media specialists from Minnesota independent schools, and other meetings with librarians from similar schools in our area.

Additional professional development:

Library Technology Conference (March 2009)
Attended this great conference hosted at Macalester College in St. Paul – a wonderful chance to hear about integrations of technology and information resources.

More Things On A Stick (Spring 2009)
I am again participating in the Things On A Stick program put together by a number of Minnesota libraries. In this, participants work individually (but in a shared online community) on different Web 2.0 tasks, exploring how they might be useful in library settings. You can read my posts on these tasks here.

TIES conference (December 2008):
As in 2007, I attended and presented at the TIES conference, which focuses on technology in education. My presentations are discussed over here. I enjoyed Daniel Pink’s keynote, as well as a presentation on online networking education for students, and the use of games and other related technology in the classroom.

ISACS conference (October 2008)
This conference for independent schools in the central states (our accrediting body) was held in St. Paul in 2008, and the entire staff and faculty attended. The workshop I found most helpful was from Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls as various pieces fit nicely into my thoughts on education around online interactions and community.

Cataloging workshop (June 2008)
One of our local library consortia offered a cataloging workshop for librarians who wished to improve their skills. This focused on the details of MARC records, common practices among local libraries, and where to find resources for items that were complex to catalog.

23 Things on a Stick: Spring 2008
Participation in the 23 Things on a Stick Library 2.0 project run through the Minnesota library multi-type systems. This project asked participants to work through a set of tasks related to Web 2.0 technologies, and blog about them. You can see my comments on each Thing on my former blog under the label 23Things.

Nancy Pearl’s Doorways to Reading (March 2008)
I attended Nancy Pearl’s presentation on Doorways to Reading (her Reader’s Advisory approach – or how to help readers find things they want to read) at the College of St. Catherine. This 2 hour presentation discussed how some traditional reader’s advisory methods sometimes fall short, and why the four doorways (story, character, setting, and language) may work better to find books readers will be interested in.

TIES 2007:
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, I presented at the Technology in Education conference for K-12 schools. I also attended 3 other presentations (all of them focused on online safety and literacy education). My thoughts are discussed on my former blog.

Reader’s Advisory:
In the fall of 2006, I took an online course in Reader’s Advisory through the University of Wisconsin at Madison online library training office. Reader’s advisory is a large part of my current job, but it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to fit it into my MLIS coursework.

I found the course useful (although I wish we’d had time to go deeper, especially in genre reading), but also very helpful in seeing how an entirely online course works.


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