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Welcome to 2021-22!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The last “Back-to-School” message I wrote to you was in 2019. In 2020 it seemed as though this theme denied the idea that many library media specialists worked throughout the summer navigating new approaches to learning, providing access, and meeting the diverse needs of students and staff during the pandemic. Now in 2021, it seems that “normal”, even a “new normal,” still evades us. Since we cannot wait for the perfect time to move forward, it is with heartfelt enthusiasm, honest recognition of challenges, and sincere energizing vibes I exclaim, “Welcome to the 2021-22 year!”As I know you are all working to create great library programs and have limited time, I will get right to the highlights:

  1. Virtual Networking Meetings will be happening again this year! Please help me find the best times to meet and share your ideas with me by filling out this Google Form by September 16, 2021.

  2. If you have not had an opportunity to take the ISTE U class, Exploring Future Ready Librarianship, you have one more chance. We have a few leftover scholarships from last year, and ISTE will honor them for the fall session beginning October 4, 2021. Fill out this form to get your code.

  3. We are looking for Library Planning Leaders to facilitate networking groups for library planning this year. To qualify, you must have completed the ISTE U course and most, if not all, of your library plan. Library Planning Leaders receive a stipend of $500 and a great opportunity to connect with other leaders in the field. Please fill out this application by September 30, 2021.

  4. As the first three items are all related to professional development, the high value placed on professional growth is apparent. If those items do not appeal to you, find other ways to network and keep yourself energized. Organizations, such as WEMTA, AASL, and ISTE have a wide variety of opportunities available, many of which are virtual. Also, check with your regional CESA for local library networking meeting dates.

  5. Take some time to check the status of your district library plan. If it is in implementation, make sure to incorporate the work into your schedule and professional goals this year, and make sure to track your progress. If the plan is still moving towards its first board approval, set a timeline to make the presentation. If you still need to start the work, make a plan to begin! Find resources to help in the School Library Planning WISELearn Group.

If you have questions about any or all of these items, please connect with me via email or phone. My priority is supporting you all in the process of building the best library programs possible for our Wisconsin students and schools. Wishing you all the best for 2021-22!

For questions about this information, contact Monica Treptow (608) 575-6065