My Story: PA Librarians

In 2009, Karen Hornberger, Rebecca Kelly, and Mary Schwander, three School Library Media Specialists in Bucks County, PA, started the PA Librarians wiki to share their incredible knowledge of digital resources with their peers. We asked Rebecca to tell us more about it:

The field of library science is changing so rapidly. In order to stay relevant, we librarians realized that we needed to stay on the forefront of this change — adopting and forming it — in order to meet students’ needs in our schools. Two years ago, three Pennsylvania librarians decided to form a union where we shared the digital resources we were using in our libraries with others. Inspired to share our work (and learn from each other), we decided to use Wikispaces as the format to house our information. It is such a user-friendly resource that allowed us to work independently, but still house together, sharing information that we wished to showcase as part of our presentations. We’ve presented multiple times at the county, state and national level — sharing our wiki with many individuals. Since then, our resource has continued to grow (actually going international!) and we continue to encourage others to use and add to our resource at palibrarians.wikispaces.com.

Wikispaces has given us the forum to share, and we have appreciated how your resource has allowed the three of us to grow professionally, while also affording us the ability to share our work with others. It has been a fantastic experience — one that will only grow as more educators take part in our work.

Thank you Wikispaces for offering us such an incredible resource to teachers!

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One Comment

  1. ChrisGraham
    Posted September 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    This is a great way for librarians to meet the needs of students.

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