On Thursday, May 17th, over 70 administrators and librarians gathered to engage in collaborative conversations about the Future Ready Libraries movement.
The day began with a keynote/mini-workshop delivered by Mark Ray, a 20-year teacher-librarian and instructional technology facilitator, current Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver Public Schools in Washington State, and Future Ready Librarians Lead. Mark lead the group through a series of interactive, hands-on activities, in district and cross-district groups, designed to drive at a holistic understanding of the Future Ready Libraries Framework.
Librarians and administrators, within district teams, closed the morning by identifying top priorities and challenges by group, and brainstorming intersections and common ground for the work of implementing Future Ready initiatives; see participants' opinions on what the top priority should be to prepare students below. To see all the results of the group survey, visit:
For the remainder of the day, librarians continued the work of the morning by examining each component of the Future Ready Framework in depth, creating “Future Ready” pathways for the key priority areas identified during the morning session. They also drafted SMART goals with the additional consideration of FRETS: Friends, Resources, Expertise, Time, and Space.
Librarians left with insight into their administrators’ over-arching priorities, and initial plans to move their library programs forward in alignment to these shared goals and the Future Ready Framework.