Saturday, August 23, 2014

Professional Development for Librarians: looking ahead in this new academic year

Last weekend there was an International Baccalaureate (IBO) Continuum workshop on libraries held at Tanglin Trust School, led by Dianne McKenzie and Gary Green -- which several ISLN members attended.

You can see the IBO - Asia Pacific workshop planning calendar here -- to look for future ones.  NB:  my IB coordinator, Guy Roberts, says there will be a big regional IB job-alike on a Saturday in May at our campus, and we will definitely have a librarian strand.

Coming up soon, there is the annual Google Apps for Education Summit held at the Singapore American School.  This year it is on the weekend of September 6th and 7th.  See website here.  The cost is approximately S $375 and it's a wonderful chance to catch up on developments in the Google Apps world -- and general digital literacy.  Barb Reid and I are attending from UWCSEA East -- and I expect to see a few others there as well.

At the end of September, Barb and I are traveling to Queensland, Australia, for the first International Library Symposium, held in conjunction with SLAQ.

Learning 2.0 this year is being held October 2-4 at the New International School of Thailand (NIST) in Bangkok.  Doug Johnson of Blue Skunk blog is one of the presenters -- and libraries are one of his specialties.

On November 21-22 [!!!! moved a week later from originally announced Nov. 14-15] (a Fri/Sat) in Hong Kong there's the School Librarian Connection, a two-day collaborative initiative.  Participants can share their expertise on a hot topic in a variety of ways:  Mini presentation (20 min), Micro (10 min), Nano (3-5 min), or simply via a Digital Post (a link to a slideshow or video).  Anyone going over from Singapore should consider touring some international school libraries while there.

Also in Hong Kong, on December 11-13,  is the 7th annual 21st Century Learning Conference, which always has a good number of library and research-related workshop offerings.

On February 6-7, there will be the 3rd annual Librarians Knowledge Sharing Workshop (LKSW) in Bangkok, hosted by Kim Beeman at Shrewsbury International SchoolClick here to register your interest via a Google Form.  See last year's LKSW website here.

Added 24-Aug-14:  Watch for the regular Singapore Teach-Meets -- held at Lowercase, a cafe/bar Lasalle College of the Arts -- the next one is October 9th, 5:30-8pm.

If anyone knows of any regional PD that should be added to our blog page -- see REGIONAL PD here -- please let me know and I will add the details.

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