I’ve been working on incorporating more singable stories to sing into my storytimes. So where did I go first for recommendations of books to use? The ALSC and PUBYAC listservs, of course! (I got over 50 responses to that particular query and have yet to have time to collate and post the list!)
When I see a great article that I think will be relevant to others working with children and technology, I’ll often tweet it (which will then post to my professional facebook page). If I have a question or comment of a slightly wordier/more personal nature, I’ll post it on my personal wall and tag anyone who might have something to say. If I need recommendations for good book apps, I’ll look at some of my colleagues’ Pinterest pages, and I post my own work regularly on my own WordPress blog.
Slideshare offers peeks at other’s presentations, and Spotify often informs me of other people’s storytime play lists. Conferences and leadership events are full of face-to-face connections and networking opportunities, and every time I lead or attend a workshop I come away with new ideas and inspirations (sometimes entirely unrelated to the content in the workshop).
Children’s librarians are a prone-to-sharing bunch (usually in the very best way) and as I list all these avenues for collaboration I marvel at the ways in which we can share ideas and inspiration with each other.
What’s your favourite way to network/share/collborate with your colleagues?