Twitter is great for a lot of things. For me, it’s an amazing professional resource. The educational community on Twitter is vast and knowledgeable. Why wouldn’t you want to take […]
Strap in, guys, because this will be a long post. When I was working on my internship, the librarian I was working with gave me what I think it generally […]
I’m calling this post “first thoughts” because I’m writing it the day after the conference. I’m doing that because a lot of the ideas are fresh. It also means that […]
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Austin, TX at YALSA’s YA Lit Symposium. It was so much fun. We had some amazing discussions, and I went away with a lot of resources and a lot on my mind. One of the best panels we went to was called “Whose Reality Gets Written?” The panel was meant to focus on what’s actually being written; which stories are overrepresented, which are underrepresented. I felt like we barely got into the discussion. I could have stayed in that session for another hour with no problem, especially if it were a little more open to responses from the audience. I, like most others, did some conference multitasking by listening and scanning the hashtag feed at the same time. A few comments and reactions to the panel floored me.
We live in a digital world. College students are expected to know how to use technology appropriately to complete assignments, and businesses have transitioned to digital tools that are more efficient. More often than not, job applications are filled out online rather than in print. Many companies look for e-portfolios that display why applicants are qualified for the positions for which they’ve applied. To navigate this digital world, students need a certain set of skills. Part of helping students develop those skills is integrating technology into their education in a meaningful way.
Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to be around school librarians. The Alabama School Library Association conference was just what I needed to remind me that school librarians are total rock stars, and I can’t wait for the day when I can call myself one. If there’s one thing I found invaluable during my LIS education, it was writing reflections. I had to write them for my internships, and they really helped me pick up all the pieces of what I was learning and put them together in a way that made sense to me. It’s something I will do my best to continue right here, especially when I’m working in a library. There are three major ideas that were my takeaways from today’s conference. Of course, there are a thousand other things I learned and took away from today, but these are three things I felt were recurring themes of the day.