A characteristic of a librarian with a growth-mindset includes looking into the future to better meet the needs of the community. I have to anticipate change and be willing to try something new, even if it fails. If it does, I learn from the experience and try again.
After looking at the articles for this lesson, I feel overwhelmed. What was new last year is not new this year. There are so many trends and emerging initiatives to be aware of and implement. I had to take a step back from the articles for a few days to reflect on what I read and put emerging trends into categories that I plan to tackle:
Redesigning learning spaces
The library does have an effective makerspace, but other parts of my library need to be adjusted. I appreciated the articles that mentioned “unplugged spaces.” At times, students do need a place to relax and reflect; they don’t always need to be collaborative. The library does have collaborative spaces, but it needs a more reflective space. There is one corner of the library designated as a reading area, but that area can be improved. In that space, there are also 4 desktop computers used for the Destiny catalog. Next year, students in grades 3-6 will have access to 1:1 Chromebook devices and there is an ipad cart in the library, so students in K-2 will have access to mobile technology. I want to remove the catalog station and table in order to expand the book nook area with area rugs and more flexible seating. Our school implemented a daily social emotional learning time during with a program called Second Step Program. I hope this new area will be an extension of the program. Already, some students use the library during recess because the cafeteria and gym are too busy and crowded. I hope this space will provide more students with a reflective atmosphere.
Leadership and teacher-leadership
How can I be more of a leader to curate and share resources? Here are some ways I want to try:
- Our library automation system has a collaborative piece called Destiny Collections. I would like to add more resources to this platform, but invite teachers to collaborate with me, as well. I want to share more resources about media literacy, coding sites and more. My team began this process last year, but it took the backburner. I want to make this initiative a priority this spring so it will be ready for fall
- Be more active on Twitter to share resources and ideas. I go in spurts of using Twitter to share and connect; I use it more to lurk and gather ideas but that needs to change. Once I get into a habit, it will become natural
Redefining digital citizenship & flipped learning
Students in grades 3-6 will each have a Google Chromebook in 2018-19. Grade 4 has them now, and I have collaborated with the team to provide flipped learning digital-citizenship lessons for students to complete. However, it is not solely the librarian’s responsibility to teach digital citizenship lessons. Students will have these devices in every part of their day, and any teacher can teach these lessons. That is a gap to bridge, and we are beginning small now with hope to bring this to more grade levels soon. Also, students need the opportunity to connect in a global world, and I found the website ePals, where students can connect with students from a different part of the world; they can learn about other cultures and communicate in a safe, positive manner. My fifth and sixth-graders will complete this project after winter break, and I hope it goes well.