We are graduate students from San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. As part of our coursework for LIBR 281-12, Seminar in Contemporary Issues: Transformative Learning and Technology Literacies, under the direction of our professor, Michael Stephens, we have used this blog to create and adapt a Library 2.0 professional development project tailored to the needs of the library staff of The American School in Japan. We are also lucky enough to have one of the students in this class on staff there, so this has been a unique hybrid experience! This is the second iteration of this project at SLIS and we are excited to be a part of it!
Based on the Learning 2.0: 23 Things model developed for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System by Helene Blowers, our adaptation has incorporated some new tools specifically chosen for their potential value for ASIJ’s classrooms and libraries.
Maria: This is my final course at SJSU SLIS before I attempt my capstone course, the e-portfolio, in the spring. I’ve been mainly following the Teacher Librarian track, but have professional experience in public libraries in Adult, Youth and Teen services. Ever since I did research on multimodal literacies for my Research Methods’ class, I’ve been very interested in the promise of integrating technology, information literacy, and education. I’m very excited to learn alongside you during our Learning 2.0 journey!
Ruth: By happy circumstance, my coursework in SJSU’s SLIS has lead me on a winding path back home to you: my colleagues and friends! Four years ago, when I was just embarking on this master’s program and still working in ASIJ’s ES Library, ASIJ’s technology and library gurus offered 12 Things. It was a transformational experience for me. I started my first blog, tweeted my first tweet, floated up to the cloud and goofed around with Google. The main Thing is I still do those Things….every day! I am proud to be part of a team that brings another round of Things to ASIJ.
Grant: I, too, am hoping for this to be my last course before I graduate in the spring. Right now I am working at an after-school program in Seattle and am interning at a small, private, K-5 school library. The school where I intern is very technologically savvy and is always trying to stay on top of new and innovative tools. I have had fun (and learned a ton) in creating our program and I wish you all the best!
Rebecca: I’ve been working for the past five years as a Youth Services Librarian at a medium-sized public library. We’ve integrated more and more technology into the job, so I always feel like a learner. I still have a few classes to go before I finish my MLIS at San Jose State, so I will be a formal learner for a while, and I know it won’t stop after that! I hope these modules prove useful to everyone, and thanks for participating in our program.