There is an echo chamber in libraryland. We all love libraries, we do this work because we love it (it certainly ain’t for the pay!) and we hang out with people who love and work in libraries too. We go out for drinks/professional development and it’s all rah rah libraries! We all know that civilized society needs libraries and that the services to which we dedicate most of our waking hours are absolutely essential to our communities. We go to ALA, PLA, CLA, BCLA etc. We preach to the choir.
It’s a paradigm. And what do we do with paradigms? At Little eLit, we bust ’em!
I’m going to start working with some people who also love children, technology and literacy. They are NOT librarians (gasp!).
Fran Simon, founder of Early Childhood Investigations and co-author of Digital Decision: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education has approached me about developing some professional development tools for early childhood education administrators. Karen Nemeth is the founder of Language Castle and author of a number of books and articles dealing with first and second language development (she is co-author of Digital Decisions with Fran). We’re embarking on a partnership to connect the early childhood education world with the library world in our approaches to technology for children.
So it looks like I’m going to go to some new conferences and make some new friends. NAEYC, here I come.