Keeping Current

Every year at about this time, I challenge my students in the Administration of Media Centers class to explore one avenue of keeping up with current trends in the profession.  In the past, these avenues were associations or professional journals, but now we interpret opportunities more broadly to incorporate almost any viable professional communication stream.

This requirement fits in with the competencies recommended by AASL for the preparation of school librarians.

It’s always interesting to see what the students come up with.  Here is this year’s list, in no particular order:

International Association of School Librarians

Georgia Association for Instructional Technology

American Library Association

American Association of School Librarians


Georgia Library Media Assocation Blog

Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk Blog

Children’s Book Council

Young Adult Library Services Association


ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

T.H.E. Journal

Georgia Library Media Association

International Reading Association

Teaching K-8

Horn Book

Reading is Fundamental

Teacher Librarian

International Board on Books for Young People

National Education Association

Technology & Learning

School Library Journal

Knowledge Quest

I always make a new discovery or two when my students do this – perhaps you will too!

Mary Ann Fitzgerald

University of Georgia

Posted on October 5, 2008, in Communications. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Mary Ann,

    I am flattered to be listed with such high company! Thank you.

    If find it a little humorous (and ironic) that after 20+ years of writing for professional print publications, many young librarians know me primarily for my 3-year-old blog.

    In changing time,


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