One of the things I am most grateful for as a new librarian is the helpfulness and generosity of my colleagues across the state in terms of offering advice. As the book fair approaches, I've wanted to get a heads up on some of the important logistical aspects of organizing and scheduling a successful fair. So I reached out to my professional network, otherwise known as the Massachusetts School Library Association.
MSLA is comprised of school librarians from across the state of Massachusetts, and in addition to sponsoring a yearly conference (which I sadly had to miss this year), the primary service it offers is an email listserv to communicate with other members. All I needed to do was send out an email describing my situation (working two days a week, running this without the help of the Parent Council), how big my school is, and what questions I had. Since I sent the email out four days ago, I've gotten literally a dozen responses from librarians (some of whom I know, some of who are perfect strangers) answering questions, offering advice and insight, and inviting me to get in touch with them for any follow-up advice.
Personally, I find this invaluable as a newbie trying to find my way, but I've also witnessed time and again how the listserv helps even experienced librarians. Joining the MSLA is one of the smartest things I've ever done for my own professional development, and I am both grateful for the help I've received and looking forward to sharing my experiences and expertise when the need arises.
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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