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Monday, January 2, 2012

To all of the Lifelong Learners in school library land - from your Membership VP

Hello All People Interested in School Libraries!

I'm Liz Dodds, and I am the Membership VP for CSLA. I am already learning a lot about how to do this job - keeping track of our members and making sure everyone understands what a valuable organization the California School Library Association is!

Our annual conference in November is a wonderful learning and networking experience.
We also host several events per year in the northern and southern halves of the state, where more learning and networking take place.

Please take a look at our calendar at http://csla.net and click on the Events Tab to see what has been planned with you in mind. Attend and invite a friend.

I'd like to especially reach out to the paraprofessionals in the school library world and make sure that you feel you're a vital part of this organization. Another group that we'd love to welcome is the private or independent school librarians - let's work together!

Leadership for Diversity is a committee under the auspices of MembershipIf you're interested in making sure the wonderful diversity of California is represented by those who are entering the school library field, and that once they enter they are informed and active in their schools, districts, and CSLA, then you may want to serve on this committee. Please let me know (liz.dodds@gmail.com) if you're interested. Sandy Schuckett will be the chairperson of the committee.

I am a teacher librarian at Bullard High School in Fresno. I have been a TL for 16 years - 3 in elementary, 6 in middle school, and 7 in high school. Before becoming a TL, I taught PE, German, and math. I love working in the library because of the technology, the collaboration, the research,and the constant change. I think there has never been a more exciting time to be a teacher librarian.  Ebooks and etextbooks make their appearance- how will we handle that? Students still need to be encouraged to read for pleasure, and everyone needs help with research! There's never a dull moment!

Here's some food for thought for you lifelong learner mover and shaker types:

1 comment:

  1. I love the platform metaphor. Progress always involves risks. I often worked under the idea that, "You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first" - Frederick B. Wilcox. In education however, and especially when working with others, it is important to have a safe place to stand while in transition.