School librarians generally work in isolation, trying to do many things for many people and, in many cases, have limited opportunities to look after their own learning needs. Katie Day (from The Librarian Edge) and I were chatting at many miles an hour about the limited opportunities there are in the South East Asian region to network with people in person doing the same job across many lands and learn from them. There are opportunities, just not too many of them, and they tend to be very localised. So we decided to create an opportunity that is regular, sustainable and possibly mobile.
We have developed the concept of the South East Asian School Librarian Connection. Starting with a small symposium of like minded people getting together to share their best practice we have developed a programme of alternate presentation opportunities where school librarians have the opportunity to share an idea or practice on a theme (hot topic) as a 3 minute, 10 minute or 20 minute snapshot. Time is made available at the end of the presentations to talk to the presenters individually and ask questions about the idea or practice, or just to talk to each other about what they just learned (see here for more details on the format). This will allow everyone to be active in their own learning. Katie and I were disenchanted with the rush of big conferences along with the lack of time to make real connections. We wanted to create an experience that led to deeper learning and connections.
We are in the final stages of preparation and are quite excited about how it is all unfolding. We are open for expressions of interest for people willing to share and registration will be open soon. Have a look at the website School Librarian Connection. If you are in the South East Asian region, do consider sharing one element from your every day practice. It may not be a big deal to you, but it may just be what others are needing to know right now.
School Librarian Connection. Sharing for learning, come and be in the room.