One of the first blogs I ever read was Joyce Valenza's NeverEndingSearch. Her school website provides valuable instructional resources; her wikis address hot topics like copyright/fair use, digital storytelling, and information fluency.
When I got the chance to attend one of Joyce's presentations in 2007, I was happy to discover that, in addition to being an accomplished writer, she is a dynamic, entertaining lecturer.
I received an unexpected invitation from Dr. Valenza to join a panel of librarians at NECC 2008
and plan to be on her team of volunteers at the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) conference in Charlotte, NC in November 2009.
I have learned so much from Joyce Valenza about the challenges and rewards of being a school librarian in the 21st century. It gives me great pleasure to send birthday greetings her way today.