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#AASL11 reflections: assessment/evaluation

Posted by lpearle on 4 November 2011

Having worked in several NYSAIS evaluation committees (and written on the evaluation for accreditation process, I was interested in what my public school peers were doing vis-a-vis the NYS School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) Rubric. NYSAIS has recently updated its process and libraries aren’t mentioned (why? this is a huge mistake, imvho) and looking at this assessment piece reminded me that there’s little difference between independent and public school programs in terms of what we do – it’s funding, testing mandates and curriculum that changes. So in lieu of specific NAIS-sponsored assessments (although we do have the Guidelines of Professional Practice for Librarians), it would be a good idea to borrow from this as we self-assess/self-evaluate.

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#AASL11 Reflections: overall impressions

Posted by lpearle on 4 November 2011

Having the opportunity to spend time taking with peers, learning from them during formal presentations as well as in informal conversations is always wonderful, and the AASL conference certainly provides that opportunity. The focus on school libraries is something of a dual-edged sword, however. Why? Because when you’re in a walled garden you don’t get to see what your non-school-librarian peers are doing. I’ve learned so much from my public and academic library peers that could – and should – be shared with school librarians, but even at “Big ALA” that tends not to happen. Just my thought, obviously, but one we might want to consider going forward.

The Learning Commons had a great unconference focus, but maybe next time we include a tech playground (vendor free) and focus more on those not already presenting? I wish more newbies had the opportunity to go to the LC sessions as they were happening, to increase the conversation and the learning there.

Why weren’t they there? Because for the first time I can remember, each session I attended was full. People sitting on the floor, trailing out the doors full. And from what I’ve heard, this was the rule. So many congratulations to the committee for good session choices!

Minneapolis was also a wonderful venue: very walkable, friendly and warmer than my hometown! I don’t know how walkable Hartford CT will be, but after Charlotte (2009), Minneapolis was a great decision. The lack of need for the buses to and from the Convention Center was so nice and “green” (if only we could get rid of the program books, or make them an “opt in” feature!). And – gasp! – Starbucks wasn’t on every corner. Instead I got to have Caribou Coffee and Dunn Brothers. YAY for local chains!!

Finally, Dorcas sums it up better than I ever could:

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