More conference reflections

Today, Christine Wilson from Braemar College shares her thoughts on the recent SLAV conference and a few new ideas to follow up.

The SLAV Conference  Communicate, collaborate, create: and think critically!  was held at the MCG on Friday 29 July.  What I took away from the day is firstly that the special guest presenter,  Joyce Valenza, is incredible.   Joyce is inspiring, motivating and a wonderful advocate for teacher librarianship and school libraries. Participating in the conference was for me a very affirming experience.  Thank you Joyce. 

My “to do” list from the conference is extensive.  Where to start?  Go back over my notes and Joyce’s wiki.  Act on the referrals to teaching staff about great online resources that Joyce informed us about.  The wiki that Joyce prepared for the conference is a goldmine. 

My next action is to update my library blog. I have to get some new widgets. Then  move on to  investigate using QR codes.  Of course I must brief  my colleagues on the conference  at our next faculty meeting.
One aspect I did enjoy was that attendees got to participate online via Twitter  #slavconf11 and backchannel  on TodaysMeet as well as contributing to the SLAV Ideas  Book. The SLAV Ideas Book allowed us to hear interesting things that other people are doing in their school libraries.  

Using my iPad I found it easy to follow what was happening in the room and online.  The technology worked beautifully.  This conference was a truly connected, collaborative and creative experience.  Well  done, SLAV.
 
Christine Wilson, Braemar College Learning Area Leader – MNIRC.

Any thoughts or great ideas from the day from any other participants – whether on site or watching the feed from miles away?

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