Professional organizations

Why is AASL going back to a middle school mindset?

Ok, to be fair, it might have been a high school mindset when the Social Media Recognition Task Force came up with the Social Media Superstar program. When I started seeing tweets and comments about it my first thoughts were that it was interesting that AASL, which has (IMVHO) spectacularly failed to use social media… Continue reading Why is AASL going back to a middle school mindset?

Professional organizations, School Libraries

What’s missing in this job description?

NAIS has a very little-used elist for librarians (I guess we prefer AISL's list, or local lists, or something run by ALA?).  Last week they asked for librarian's help creating the perfect Director of Libraries job description, I'm guessing to go along with their Guidelines of Professional Practice for librarians. Leaving aside the problematic use… Continue reading What’s missing in this job description?

Conferences, Professional organizations, Techno Geekiness

#YALSA and the badging program – #ALAMW14

Linda Braun made it clear - this is a work in progress: testers are needed.  Just go to So what do we need to know beyond that?  Badges are a serious learning process, more about the learning than about the badge.  These are tied in to YALSA's Core Competencies, with the idea that they… Continue reading #YALSA and the badging program – #ALAMW14

Ethics, Musings, Professional organizations

I’m looking through you… or maybe not

"Transparency" is one of those terms that's tossed around a whole lot these days, particularly when it comes to governance.  There's a lot to be said for it, and most of all when a governing body makes some sort of change.  As Karen says in her brilliant take on ALA's new Code of Conduct, some… Continue reading I’m looking through you… or maybe not

Professional organizations, School Libraries

A tale of two divisions

There's a lot of talk about replacing qualified librarians with volunteers or paraprofessional staff.  In part this is due to budget cuts, in part it's due to a lack of understanding about what libraries can and should be, and in part it's just silliness.  Silliness that affects people's lives and livelihoods, but silliness nonetheless.  It's… Continue reading A tale of two divisions