Ideas for setting professional goals for yourself:

Building Collaborative Partnerships:
  • Get on department/team/grade-level meeting agendas (weekly, biweekly, monthly) and join school-wide committees such as technology, professional development and curriculum.
  • Seek input from students on the learning process and collection purchases via a variety of Web 2.0 polling and survey tools.
The Role of Reading:
  • Acquire and promote current, high-quality, high-interest collections of books and other reading resources in multiple formats and share reading recommendations on your OPAC and/or website with Web 2.0 tools and add a reading review system to provide interactivity. (Reviews)(
  • Conduct promotional events at the local level and participate in summer reading programs in the district with public libraries.
  • Foster reading for various pursuits by inviting public and academic librarians to speak to students on a variety of topics.
  • Form book clubs for various interest groups such as teachers and students, males only, and genre-related.
  • Snap photos of students engaged in reading activities, enlarge and post in your library to encourage reading.
  • Organize "Brown Bag" lunch signups periodically in the library reading area with "Bring A Book" as the entrance pass.
  • Create opportunities to involve caregivers, parents and other family members in ready by advertising the idea in the school newsletter.
  • Model reading strategies in formal and informal instruction by assigning reading "roles" in small-group instruction.
Addressing Multiple Literacies:
  • Promote critical thinking by connecting learners with the world of information in multiple formats by teaching students how to evaluate websites.
  • Focus lessons on teaching the skills of argument analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, and cognitive process.
  • Stay on top of emerging technologies and formats by creating your own personal learning network and sharing your knowledge with your staff.
  • Add technology blogs to your personal learning network.
  • Take training in technology courses provided by T3.
  • Allow students to check in/out their own materials in order to integrate the use of state-of-the-art and emerging technologies.
  • Search for innovative methods to use current and emerging technologies to improve students' learning experiences.
  • Offer 15 minute after school technology "one-shots" for teachers to match technology formats to the right student products.
  • Send technology websites and links and articles to teachers weekly.
  • Encourage your school to select an information literacy model to guide research (Big 6/Super 3)
  • Create templates for students to use at each level of the information literacy model.
  • Write a grant to purchase student response systems (clickers) to use in the library.
Assessment in Teaching and Learning:
  • Create rubrics for use in your teaching for formative assessments.

Create print and electronic organizers to help students organize their thoughts and facts.
Collaboration with teachers to show them how to integrate new formats into their instruction.
Create learning nooks in your library space where students can practice using multiple formats during their free time, before, during and after school.

Parent Connections:
Share with parents information about resources their children might need.
Use your library website to roll out new information and make the site interactive by including social-media tools and Web 2.0 links.
Provide programming that addresses the needs of groups in your community.