On September 15th, 42 school librarians from 5 counties gave up a precious Saturday morning to come to Duke’s Perkins Library and talk to each other. The School Librarian Retreat was inspired by the Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit put on by ECU’s Joyner Library every winter.
The retreat was designed to give the school librarians a chance to discuss common themes and problems they face in their own libraries and to share ideas with each other. By all accounts it was a rousing success. Connections were made, ideas shared, and there were many empathetic nods as problems were discussed and solutions were suggested.
The planning team for this event included Ms. Dottie Black, the PepsiCo K-12 Technology Mentor Coordinator, Ms. Alesia Stevenson, the founder of the ECU conference, Dr. Pauletta Bracy from NCCU SLIS, Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell from UNC SILS, Ms. Jennifer Umbarger and Ms. Barbara Berry, Professional School Librarians from Durham Public Schools.