Thank you Sylvia for that introduction. In my five weeks of working with Sylvia, I have found that she is supportive, encouraging and a visionary in when discussing the future of school library media programs and their in role in schools. I am excited to be standing here and speaking to you, many of whom I worked closely with the past eight years of my tenure in MCPS. Before I go any further, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for showing up today. It demonstrates to me your commitment to school library media programs. I have already had many discussions with SLMP leadership staff, including, Kyra, Helen, Marjorie, Janet and our partners, Brenda and Margaret, on what our vision will be going forward. This morning, Kyra introduced to you the idea of “enchantment” and its place in school libraries. We feel strongly that we embrace the changes that have been thrust upon us and that we create a new perspective, in part, by adapting some Buffy Hamilton’s innovative ideas to our programs.
Cultivating a culture of learning is about having conversations, making plans, evaluating how it is going, and revising. If there is no conversation, then the administration in our building will have nothing to base their decisions and priorities. Here is a roadmap of how I envision School Library Media Programs achieving a state of enchantment among our stakeholders….in turn, inspiring you to create similar scenarios in your schools. This map is available online and I will be sharing the link with you later. I used a program called “Mindomo,” to articulate how I envision Guy Kawaski’sEnchantment come to life in SLMP through the 3 pillars of 1) Likeability, Trustworthiness, and 3) Creating a fantastic product or service.
Library Media Center programs Can Cultivate a Culture of Participatory Learning by Creating conversations & Connections. Your knowledge and expertise can create a learning environment that supports students, teachers and staff.Are your programs a silo in your school? Do you stand alone & separate from the rest of the staff and teachers or is your program interwoven through the fabric of learning in your school?
Let’s finish viewing Buffy Hamilton’s presentation on “Enchantment,” from the ISTE conference this past June.
Let’s examine the 3 pillars of enchantment more closely, beginning with likeability.Achieving Likeability can include:First Impressions: accepting others--everyone is better than you at something. What do you do with that knowledge?Pursue and project your passions. "The first step in finding shared passions is to pursue and project your own passions." ~Kawasaki p. 20This leads right into finding shared Passions within your stakeholders…who doesn’t like someone who is interested in them & their ideas?Create Win-Win outcomes in which everyone gains something.And, the final way to become likable is to adopt a yes attitude. More people will like you if you believe people are good until proven bad!Let me share with you some of the ways that SLMP hopes to achieve “likeability”:
SLMP and our partners will be communicating to all of you online. We are aggregating a variety of online tools to simplify your life and to maximize the power of our network. Here is screen shot of our blog where you see the Diigo Social Book Marking RSS feed. Out of view is a twitter feed, and widgets containing the book covers of the Black-Eyed Susan nominated books for this school year. You will be able to re-post our announcements to twitter and facebook. You will be able to subscribe to this page by using Google Reader, you Outlook RSS feed subscriber, iGoogle or any number of RSS subscription services. We want to model the tenant that visibility and transparency leads to enchantment and that enchantment transforms situations and relationships.
Our twitter feed will continue the conversation that we hope to have with all of you as well as others in our learning network that are outside of MCPS.
We are creating a variety of memberships with online tools that will make our communication with you easier and provide a way for you to give us feedback. If you have a camera or a phone with a built-in camera, please take pictures! There is a Flickr Group created for today’s PDD and if you upload your photos to the group, then we can all see. The title of our Flickr Group is: MCPSSLMPPDD 2011.
The 2nd pillar of Enchantment is “Trustworthiness”There are many ways to achieve trustworthiness, but what resonates with me is the idea toGain knowledge and competence--That combination; knowledge and competence, encourages people to trust you. Our emphasis on professional development and encouraging each of you to develop a professional growth plan supports this idea. Trustworthiness also encourages you to Position yourself, so that you can empower others and be the hub of learning in your school community.
The third pillar of “enchantment” is to create a fantastic product or service. Make them want to come into your world and then make that experience so wonderful that you have acquired a new library fan! I used to call them, “frequent flyers!” Those folks who believed in me, believed in my expertise and believed in leadership in integrating the information literacy skills into the content curriculum in order to maximize student learning.
School library media program had a theme for this past year as building capacity. The vehicle for accomplishing this goal was through professional development. We continue to encourage participation and growth through Curriculum & Instruction as well as in Leadership roles. I am compiling lists of library media staff who are involved in numerous leadership opportunities and will share out the results as soon as I compile them. I want to advertise to central office staff the number of leaders within our midst and how you are contributing to the learning landscape of MCPS.
SLMP began the 2010 with this professional development credo in mind as they executed our strategic plan. It is still our expectation that these tenants remain as a priority. Take a moment to review this slide as once again we will support you as you take responsibility for your own professional growth.At a minimum, take advantage of what is offered to you by MCPS. There is a lot to learn in our professional to stay current. It is an expectation that you continue to show up and participate in the August professional development day as well as all media specialists show up and participate in the October professional development day for your cluster. Beyond that, find something that is your passion and go for it!One way to contribute to a participatory learning culture is to embrace the Instruction Center. The elementary folks will have an advantage because the Elementary Integrated Curriculum (EIC) is now mandatory for K & 1, which means that more people are aware of that portion of the IC. But there is a lot of secondary content in the Instruction Center and we should be taking the lead in contributing content, resources, sample lessons to it in order to create a vibrant and dynamic learning community.
We feel we have begun to build SLMP’s capacity by unlocking the potential that we know is in all of you.There are some vehicles that are currently in place to provide opportunities for conversation and collaboration . In order to move school libraries forward to continue to change and be innovative, you can:Participate in any of the following to achieve the goal of unlocking potential:SLMP leadership advisory committeeSLMP Labor and Management Committee through SEIUProfessional OrganizationsActing as peer coaches for our supporting services staff and mentors for our professional staffGaining knowledge and competence through participation in professional development training and attendance in webinars and conferences, some of which are:MSETISTEALAMASLAASLSLJ SummitAnd others of interest to you…
We will continue our conversation on cultivating a culture of learning through enchantment in our October Professional Development meetings with the media specialists and then in the second half of the year, everyone can participate in an online book discussion on the book Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki. [Hold the book up]Guy’s book was the catalyst for the idea of school libraries to become a place of enchantment in order to leverage ourselves as being integral in the success of the school community.I invite you to join me in this journey. I have so many ideas that I need to need focus my priorities. I encourage you to follow our SLMP blog and we will be sending the URL out to you after today. Please participate in the conversation on our blog by commenting on our posts and to join me in beginning the conversation on how we can create library media programs that are the hub of every school and a place of enchantment.Thank You!
The last portion of this general session will be to introduce to you our Evaluation and Selection staff who are located in the Lincoln Center. The team is led by the coordinator of evaluation and selection, Marjorie Geldon. Marjorie has been instrumental in creating a successful transition and I want to thank her for her guidance and knowledge and tireless efforts. Marjorie will introduce you to her staff….
Marji Geldon, Coordinator of Evaluation and Selection will now come up to draw the winners of our annual Black Eyed Susan book giveaway. Once again, we want to thank Marji for supplying the books for us.
SLMP Professional Development DayAugust 18, 2011<br />Today’s conference is being “tweeted” using hashtag:<br />#slmp11<br />
Sylvia MorrisonDirector, Department of Instructional Programs<br />
Andrea ChristmanSupervisor, School Library Media Programs<br />
cultivate a love of learning through enchantment<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/native/840019621/sizes/l/in/photostream/<br />
SLMP Roadmap to Achieving Enchantment<br />http://www.mindomo.com/view.htm?m=f27f844f589d4c76a3590d513bf24483<br />