Professional development is a great way to stay current, grow and network. It’s so important to get out of the library and visit other school libraries for inspiration. HVLA is an excellent resource for this.
There are so many conferences to choose from! They run the gamut: from huge, in terms of scope and size (Hello, ALA Annual!), to intimate and focused (Hi, Friends Council on Education!) My personal strategy has been to dabble and try out as many as I can to see for myself.
Advocating for professional development funds and the time off takes time and effort, and reflects your dedication and passion for school librarianship.
Are there any conferences, courses, or workshops you would highly recommend? If so, do share in the comments.
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Professional Development Opportunities
ALA Annual Chicago, IL June 22 - 27, 2017
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Phoenix, AZ November 9 - 11, 2017 “Beyond the Horizon”
Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) Atlanta April 18-20, 2018
Association of Independent School Librarian’s Summer Institute Bronx, NY, June 27 - 29, 2017
Book Expo NY, NY June 3 -4, 2018
Friends Council on Education (Peer Network)
IBBY Regional Conference Seattle, WA - October 20-22, 2017 Radical Change Beyond Borders: The Transforming Power of Children's Literature in a Digital Age
International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Annual Conference, Long Beach, California August 4-8, 2017. "Learning Without Borders".
National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Chicago, IL June 26 - June 28, 2017
New York Library Association (NYLA) Rochester, NY, November 7-10, 2018
NYCSLS Fall Conference Queens, NY November 2017
NYAIS NEIT New Paltz, January 24-26, 2018
NYAIS Teaching with Technology NY, NY, April 25, 2017
SLJ Leadership Summit, Nashville, TN October 7-8, 2017 “Confronting Our Literacy Crisis”
YALSA Symposium Louisville, KY November 3 - 5, 2017
Maria Falgoust is the Librarian at the International School of Brooklyn, a Nursery–8th grade independent school in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY. ISB offers French and Spanish language immersion programs as well as an International Baccalaureate curriculum, which is reflected in their multilingual library collection. She serves as vice president of the Hudson Valley Library Association.