I went to AASL for the first time in 2009. It was practically in my backyard and I had no excuse not to take advantage of such an opportunity. The first afternoon I attended the inaugural Exploratorium, a poster session for librarians from around the country to share their best ideas. I was hooked. Some of the ideas were amazingly simple and very much full of “why didn’t I think of that?!” Some were the culmination of years of work. All showed the passion librarians have for their students learning in their library programs.
Two years later I looked forward to the same event in Minneapolis. I left that one looking at my program, trying to find the page with contact information for committees. I wanted to be connected. I wanted to help.
Nine months ago I decided that nothing was stopping me from participating in this exchange of the best (and sometimes simplest) librarian ideas. I’ve built this blog around the idea that if I’m not willing to speak up and share my ideas then I can’t expect others to.
I sent two emails. The first was to Cari Young, author of The Centered School Library and blogger at LibraryLearners.com. It basically said, “This is crazy since I have never met you, but I’ve been implementing library centers and I’d like to share them at AASL. Would you like to participate?
Cari’s answer: “Yes!”
The next email was to Jessica Lodge, of Mrs. Lodge’s Library and the fantastic Shelver game. It said virtually the same thing. “I’ve never met you, and this is crazy, but would you like to present with Cari and I at AASL about library centers?”
AASL is in Jessica’s backyard this time around and she said, “Yes!”
We worked on our proposal by collaborating through a Google Doc, each bringing our expertise to the process. I had a feeling we had a winner, but we still waited two months for the official word that we would be presenting at the IDEAxCHANGE (the re-branded Exploratorium).
Our excitement has been building! We’ve spent time brainstorming about the best library centers to display, what to say, what to wear, what to give away and anticipating every moment!
Tomorrow is the day! If you are going to AASL please make a point to stop by the IDEAxCHANGE! Come say hi to Cari, Jess, and I and all of the other presenters at the IDEAxCHANGE. It’s going to be fabulous!
My post tomorrow will feature resources for Library Centers, so stay tuned