The 2009 AASL National Conference Committee was so pleased with the Bloggers' Cafe that we would like to bring the idea to ALA Annual in D.C. When you look at the wiki keep in mind that all of these sessions and the teaching around the topics were offered on a volunteer basis. Many librarians are intimidated by technology tools and this space created a risk free comfortable environment.

The success of this flexible collaborative space really embodied the idea of the Learning Commons. Exploration is underway to review the possibility of AASL securing a public space to host the commons at ALA Annual 2010. If you have seen the YALSA gaming station this is the type of space we have in mind.

What is needed is your contribution to crafting a vision and goals for this space. Here are a few specifications:

Vision: To create a dynamic learning environment for the entire library profession led by 21st Century Teacher-Librarians


  • demonstrate model school library space
  • introduce technology and provide hands-on mentoring
  • meet immediate interests and needs not addressed by concurrent sessions
  • free conference wide access to AASL talent
  • outreach to ALA audience to promote AASL standards and membership

  • located in a highly visible area, preferably near registration and/or high traffic areas
  • wi-fi and power equipped
  • flexible seating arrangement
  • projector and screen
  • plasma screen to promote ongoing sessions

other notes:opportunity to get sponsors to provide furnishings, wifi, laptops etc and AASL members to serve as Teacher-Librarian staff. The NMSA has this to offer:

Lisa Perez - Since the ALA and ISTE 2010 Conferences conflict again this year, our group can do much to develop communications between librarians who attend both conferences. ISTE's SIGMS will likely be hosting a "21st Century Media Center Playground" on one of the days. We also will have a slate of other activities that will feature Web 2.0 back channels and we have requested videostreaming of several events. We will communicate our entire schedule in one clear matrix to make it easy to "plug in" with others at any time. I think it would be a great move on the part of this group to merge plans for SIGMS at ISTE 2010 with those at ALA and any Learning Commons and communicate that matrix jointly since we all benefit greatly from both conferences.

Buffy Hamilton: I wondered if we could expand the possibilities for innovation by including another partner within ALA, such as the Learning Roundtable ( I have several friends/colleagues in this group whom I think could be instrumental additions to our team, and I’m happy to inquire if they would be interested in joining us.