Post-PD Summary: Librarians’ Lunch & TeachUp 2015 @ UWC East

Last Saturday, March 14, there was a morning and an afternoon opportunity for professional development.

The inaugural TeachUp event, held at UWCSEA East, included two sessions by librarians.

TeachUp 2015link to shared folder of resources
— Kim Beeman (Shrewsbury Int’l School, Bangkok) & Karen BlumbergDIY PD
— Katie Day & Barb Reid – Best Value eBooks + eTexts

Then we had our Librarian’s Leisurely Lunch, a smaller group, with three sessions — or focused conversations.

— Kim Beeman & Karen Blumberg – Digital Literacies
— Angie Erickson (UWC Dover MS Literacy Coach) & Katie Day – The Best of the Best: Discovering Children’s and YA Literature
— Linda Twitchett & Yvonne Barrett – Information Literacy at AIS

Kim and Karen on stage….

Yvonne and Linda on stage….

We all enjoyed the chance to talk over food and wine — and we’d like to have something similar next year.  To be discussed at the upcoming AGM/meeting — at Tanglin, Senior Library, 4:00 for 4:30 start on Monday, April 27th.

FYI:  Angie and I ended our talk by inviting people to contribute to a new Google+ Community called “Reading Constellations” — which you are all welcome to join.

We’re interested in crowd-sourcing pairs or small bundles of books that you like to recommend to students – for whatever oblique connection.  E.g., I just posted re “Liar” by Justine Larbastier and “We were Liars” by E. Lockhart under the heading “Lies and terrible family secrets,” and Angie recommends pairing “To Kill a Mockingbird” with “Jasper Jones” by Craig Silvey under the heading “Discrimination and crime and coming-of-age”.

I think of these constellations as micro-lists, where titles linked by a common Subject Heading are like macro-lists, and the kinds of lists our library systems let us create (e.g., Resource Lists in Destiny) are mini-lists. 

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