My Sweet Sixteen List of Things I Learned in Librarianship in 2009

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In response to Aaron Tay’s tweet on Monday, here is my top sweet sixteen list  of things I have learned, in no particular ranking or order, in 2009 (and am continuing to learn into 2010).

16. Rethinking collection and remixing my physical collection to better meet the needs of my students.  Please see my reflection blog post from earlier this year to learn more and how my PLN enhanced my thinking in this area.

15.  The power of gaming—this concept has only been on my radar the last few months, but I’m looking forward to incorporating gaming more into my library.   Many thanks to Christopher Harris/Bryan Mayer, Justin Hoenke, and Andy Woodworth for their help on this front.

14.  More emphasis on content creation by my students and how to make those creations part of our virtual collection (this will be a major focus for me in 2010).

13.  The power of using Skype and Elluminate for professional learning, networking, and learning (for me and my students!).

12.  Rethinking what we mean by reading and books, particularly the potential, promise, and perils of e-readers and future of digital reading.

11.  Continued growth, reflection, immersion, and application of a participatory librarianship paradigm/lens.   Deeply grateful to Dr. David Lankes for his continued work.

10.  Advocacy and marketing strategies (particularly Andy Woodworth, Bobbi Newman, Seth Godin) thanks to the wonderful people in my personal learning network and the SLJ Summit in October 2009.

9.  Transliteracy (thank you, Bobbi Newman)

8.  Interesting and cool mashups  for libraries and data as well as the ways libraries may stream information. (primarily through Aaron Tay)

7.  Mobile computing for libraries—ideas, inspiration, and future directions via my attending Internet Librarian 2009 and Alison Miller.

6. Getting Googleized: Hands on applications of using Google Sites, Google Docs, Google Reader, Google Chrome Google News, Google Alerts, Google Groups, Google Moderator, Google Wonder Wheel, and other cool Google apps for myself as well as my students in my library; many thanks to so many of you in my PLN who have informed my ideas and insights.  Special thanks also to Marianne Lenox for teaching me about bundles in Google Reader and tips for organizing my feeds.

5.  The power of using LibGuides for creating powerful and useful research pathfinders—thanks to Elisabeth Abarbanel for her inspiration and encouragement!

4.  The concepts about presentation zen–special thanks to Kim Cofino for providing really concrete tips and strategies to help me apply this to my own practice and now helping my students learn these concepts.

3. Rethinking authority, what constitutes authority, and how I apply those ideas to my information literacy instruction/research pathfinder construction with my teen students; there are too many people to name here who have influenced my thinking , but again—my personal learning network and social media connections have played an incredibly significant role.  See my authority and information literacy bookmarks (there is some overlap) for more ideas and inspiration.

2.  The importance of fear/failure as well as play (special thanks to Helene Blowers for introducing me to the joy of play)—I think both are essential to continued growth, lifelong learning, and effective practice.

1.  Continued and deeper thought on an inquiry stance to literacy and information literacy—I could write  a blog post in and of itself (and have already written a few), but again—my personal learning network and transactions with people and events at AASL 2009 are a tremendous resource for me.

While I am sure there are other ideas that may be escaping me right now, this list is representative of the “big ideas” that have profoundly influenced my practice this year.  Where can you see evidence of my learning?  Here are multiple spaces that are learning artifacts of my growth this year, growth that would not be possible without the wisdom of my wonderfully diverse and supportive PLN that challenges me to think deeply—thank you!

What have you learned in 2009?

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