Sunday, October 16, 2011

AASL 2011 Learning Commons

"Bloggers Cafe Joyce presenting" by msbrendadanderson

In November 2009, I participated in an exciting professional experience. Joyce Valenza invited a group of Teacher Librarians to join her in manning an area where informal exchanges of information could take place. We branded ourselves as the Geek Squad (now the Geek Tribe) and facilitated a participant-driven parallel "unconference" during the more formal AASL Charlotte Convention.

This year, at AASL 2011, we hope to offer the same type of opportunity via the Learning Commons, "a space where participants can gather to extend and sustain conversations from the conference experience as well as place where you can ignite new conversations for learning." Conference attendees are invited to sign up for a half-hour slot, during time which they can host a discussion, share resources and/or teach a new skill.

I've signed up for two sessions, "A Way of Knowing: The Power of Storytelling as a Connector in Libraries" on Thursday at 10:30 a.m (resources to come); and "Reimagining Libraries" on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. (reLibraries wiki).

The Learning Commons is the perfect venue for self-directed professional development. It's free and open to everyone at the conference. Consider the possibilities; join in the fun!

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Cathy Jo Nelson said...

trying to decide when and what!!! SO LOOKING FORWARD to hanging out with you again.

diane said...

This time I WILL plan my time better and I CERTAINLY will connect with special people like you!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you've discontinued usage of the Geek Squad name. It's something we Agents at Geek Squad take a great deal of pride in, and holds a lot of brand equity.

diane said...

Anonymous, we switched to Geek Tribe when Zazzle reminded me that "Geek Squad" is a recognized trademark. We meant no disrespect - we're proud of our reputation, as well!