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Independent Schools Roundtable Professional Development Day

On March 5th, the NCSLMA Independent Schools Roundtable held a professional development day at St. David’s School in Raleigh.  Joanna Gerakios and I were invited to attend.  The day started with a guided tour of the new James B. Hunt Library at NC State located on the Centennial Campus.  We saw the 50 foot tall Bookbot in action and toured the five floors of specialty rooms and open spaces that are geared towards collaborative learning, computer gaming, music recording, makerspaces, visualization, creativity and study.  It was an exciting tour.

We then went to St. David’s for a meet and greet session, lunch and a presentation on Flipping the Media Center by Carol Gehringer and Laura Warmke from Grace Christian School.  After the presentation we moved to the library to rotate between four roundtable discussion groups on One-to-One Initiatives; eBooks, Databases& Digital Periodicals; Library Facilities, Renovations& Learning Commons; and Collaboration, Social Media, LibGuides & Author Visits.It was a great opportunity for finding out what works and doesn’t work from others who have tried some new ideas.

If you are in an Independent School, please look for the next roundtable session, it was a worthwhile sharing experience of professional ideas. Not to mention a fun day of meeting and spending time with fellow librarians.  A special thank you to librarians Peggy Swearingen, Katherine Robbins and Betty Morgan from St. David’s for a very enjoyable day.  If you would like further information about The Independent Schools Roundtable group contact Mark Kmidowski at mkmidowski@cannonschool.org

--  Joann Absi

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