The 2009 AASL National Conference Committee was so pleased with the Bloggers' Cafe (http://aaslbloggerscafe.wikispaces.com/
) that we would like to bring the idea to ALA Annual in D.C. When you look at the wiki keep in mind that all of these sessions and the teaching around the topics were offered on a volunteer basis. Many librarians are intimidated by technology tools and this space created a risk free comfortable environment.
The success of this flexible collaborative space really embodied the idea of the Learning Commons. Exploration is underway to review the possibility of AASL securing a public space to host the commons at ALA Annual 2010. If you have seen the YALSA gaming station this is the type of space we have in mind. Here are a few specifications:
Vision: To create a dynamic learning environment for the entire library profession led by 21st Century Teacher-Librarians
* demonstrate model school library space
* introduce technology and provide hands-on mentoring
* meet immediate interests and needs not addressed by concurrent sessions
* free conference wide access to AASL talent
* outreach to ALA audience to promote AASL standards and membership
* located in a highly visible area, preferably near registration and/or high traffic areas
* wi-fi and power equipped
* flexible seating arrangement
* projector and screen
* plasma screen to promote ongoing sessions
other notes:opportunity to get sponsors to provide furnishings, wifi, laptops etc and AASL members to serve as Teacher-Librarian staff. The NMSA has this to offer: http://www.nmsa.org/annual/21stCenturyClassroom/tabid/1778/Default....
What is needed is a well crafted vision and related goals. Please contribute to this effort -TODAY! This will need to be forwarded by Friday.
Also available here: http://schoollibrarywebsites.wikispaces.com/Learning+Commons