You Might Just Make It After All (Technology Leadership) - AASL 2011


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This presentation was given at the American Association of School Librarians Conference on Sat, Oct 29 at 1pm. The topic is how school librarians can be technology leaders in their schools.

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You Might Just Make It After All (Technology Leadership) - AASL 2011

  1. 1. You Might Just Make It After All! A Road Map to Becoming Your School’s Technology Leader Lisa Perez AASL 2011
  2. 2. Who Is This Person? Network Library Coordinator Chicago Public Schools Dept of Libraries Volunteer Proud Geek Squad Member Wife & Mother Child of the 70s
  3. 3. AASL inMinneapolis??What do YOUthink of whenyou think aboutMinneapolis?
  4. 4. The Modern Career WomanLife gave her … and she made … Mary Richards
  5. 5. 30 years old and single !!! Had just broken off a two-year engagement Headed to the big city …. Minneapolis! Associate Producer of the 6:00 News @ WJM TV
  6. 6. MTMSquares Lou Grant Chuckles the Clown Phyllis Gruff, fatherly boss He died  Butt-in-ski Landlady Rhoda Murray Best Friend Friendly officemate Sue Ann Nivens “The Happy Georgette Ted Gordy Homemaker” Ted’s shy wife Incompetent Newsman Sane Sportscaster
  7. 7. I can take a nothingI can turn the day & suddenly Mary Richards make it all seemworld on with Successful Career Woman worthwhile!my smile! I can have the town. Why don’t I take it? I ‘m gonna make it after all !!!
  8. 8. School librarianship is at a crossroad. You can’t avoid change & survive ! Which road will you take?
  9. 9. Whyshould Ichange ?!?
  10. 10. Two major occupational groups--professional andrelated occupations and service occupations--are projected to provide more than half of the total employment growth during the 2008-18 period.
  11. 11. All but 3 of the top 30 fastest-growing detailedoccupations are found within professional and related occupations and service occupations.
  12. 12. Occupations that usually require a postsecondary degree or award are expected to account for nearlyhalf of all new jobs from 2008 to 2018 and one-third of total job openings..
  13. 13. 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey• By 2015 more business software will be made for smartphones and tablet computers thanfor traditional office systems• Within five years it will be more popular for companies to use programs offered online asservices than for firms to manage in-house computer networksFrom medicine to media and beyond, neededjob skills will include mastering softwareapplications on the booming array of mobilegadgets linked to the Internet “It is important for people to embrace technology; it is a key determent in all kinds of professions.” Mark Hanny, IBM VP With mobile devices ….“we are empowering professionals in all kinds of careers to get and leverage information they need to get their jobs done.” Mark Hanny, IBM VP
  14. 14. Six Hot Workplace Trends for 2011 The death ofBig business traditional Question: What doesleverages marketing this mean for me?social media techniqueseven more Digital portfolios replace Mobile is the new resumes desktopOnline work becomes a necessity: onlinecollaboration spaces, telecommuting,digital workrooms Skilled programmers in high demand
  15. 15. Kids need skills that preparethem for future employment! Critical thinking skills Research skills Technology skillsTrans-literacy skills Collaborative skills
  16. 16. http://projectinfolit.orgHow do • Report- April 4, 2011, Alison J. Head & Michael Eisenberg • 8353 survey respondents on 25 US college campusesstudents • Reporting on recent strategies employed to access news items and research to inform decision-making process • Search engine use prevalent, along with talking to family & friendsuse the • The process of filtering relevant and non-relevant search results was most challengingweb to “Ironically, students struggled with processing resultsconduct and finding the good, relevant stuff they need. These findings suggest when students are left to their own — apart from course work, grades, and professors’everyday expectations — they may lack the skills for selecting the most relevant results they need for solving informationresearch? problems in their daily lives.”
  17. 17. Do you know your role in implementing CCSS in your school?We support wide-ranging competenciesinliteracy, research, andtechnology-related
  18. 18. YOU need to be atechnology leader in your school!
  19. 19. It’s not about saving jobs, although that is certainly a result. Schools Without Libraries (Google Maps) How will our students in schools without libraries adequately prepare for their futures?
  20. 20. What are YOUR barriers to being a technology leader?
  21. 21. How can we overcome our barriers? DON’T Work over, und er, or around the barriers! Don’t give up!
  22. 22. How can youarrive atyourdestination… Mary Richards arrives at her destination and be YOUR SCHOOL’S technology leader?
  23. 23.  Set manageable, attainable learning goals NO TIME to Learn skills that are immediately applicable to your students’ learning learn new needs and your professional practices skills? Leverage serendipitous learning opportunities Allocate time in the quiet of your home to learn EXPECT TO BE FRUSTRATED EXPECT TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE EXPECT TO FAIL; EXPECT TO LEARN Be gentle with yourself, but not TOO gentle! PRIORITIZE!
  24. 24.  Start with what you can do & with what you do have  Use of technology breedsNo more support  Widely promote successfulLibraryBudget? uses of technology  Showcase uses in online environments  Use small grants to leverage future success, but don’t fund library technology solely with grants DON’T PASSIVELY ACCEPT CAST-OFF TECHNOLOGIES
  25. 25. • Utilize regular, Unsupportive monthly reports • Cite monthly & boss… cumulative data • Frame requests around student learning needs • Garner teacher support • Utilize long-range planning, such as the Unsupportive boss? Add AASL Planning Guide Lou Grant here • Integrate library goals with the school & district priorities…whose vision • Be responsive, adoesn’t include a 21st team-player • Assume leadershipcentury library? roles in the school
  26. 26. We haven’t been so nice to Mary! • Collaborate first with your most open colleagues • Appeal to what helps their students to succeed • Know technologies thoroughly • Don’t depend on students to carry the project; be a leader • Make things easy to collaborate with you • Build capacity by teaching “how” to integrate technology; don’t do everything for them Colleagues won’t • Showcase successfulplay nice with you? collaborations • Target leaders & influencers • Be a good partner; follow through & meet deadlines
  27. 27. Get the training you need Explore online learning options and webinars, such as those from AASL, ISTE, & the TL Virtual Café Look for classes in your community or school library Develop a mentor relationship with someone you admire Use screencasts from You Tube (at home, if blocked in your network) Take advantage of more formal learning options, such as special technology training programs; see this as a commitment to your professional growth Invest in graduate-level technology training, if appropriate to your needs
  28. 28. • Connect with people you know in real life & people you don’t know• Use tools such as Twitter (#tlchat), Google Reader, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or use built-in networking in sites such as SlideShare, Diigo, ScoopIt, & Scribd• Add & delete contacts, as needed• Use mobile interfaces• Follow people who your contacts follow
  29. 29. Let’s digress for amoment – Who is thiswoman?
  30. 30. Create your own“Wealmost professionalhad itALL!” improvement plan & move forward! No excuses! “Never mind! I’ll find someone like you!” “Don’t forget me, I beg!”
  31. 31. Make a commitment now to… • Set realistic professional learning goals • Find the online & face-to-face training you need • Use a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for support • Build collaborative alliances • Document & share successes • Don’t give up; many students are depending on you!
  32. 32. What are yourexperiences?What are yourchallenges?
  33. 33. Contact:Lisa PerezNetwork LibraryCoordinatorChicago Public SchoolsDept of