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It’s All About Choice, Baby! Flipping the Professional Development Model for Librarians

  • With Amy Bland and Nannette McMurtry
  • When 02/26/2015 | 3:30p - 4:30 PM, Mountain Time
  • Access the Classroom
  • Does the professional development you provide for your staff elicit more groans than cheers?
  • Would you rather offer PD that is useful and engaging?

After years of experimenting, we found a PD model that is more dynamic, offers more choices, and encourages leadership from within the group you are coaching, mentoring, etc. Using a combination of the flipped model and the workshop model, we created PD that puts our librarians in control of their own learning. Come learn how we did it and how to replicate it with your staff, in your own library or library district!

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About Amy Bland and Nannette McMurtry

Amy is the Technical Services Librarian in Boulder Valley School District. She earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Denver in 2008.

Amy has presented at the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) spring workshops, CAL, and the Google Apps for Education Colorado Summit. She is currently a cohort member of the CAL Leadership Institute (CALLI).

As someone who is feels strongly that effective communication starts with a user-centric focus, Amy has also taken on several other roles within BVSD’s IT Division, including web design, IT staff photographer, and IT communications team lead.
You can contact Amy at, or follow her on Twitter @BVSDLibraries

Nannette is an Educational Technology Specialist and Library Coordinator in Boulder Valley School District. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Education with specializations in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Leadership from Lamar University in Houston, TX. She is an award-winning educator both at the local and national levels, recognized for her implementation of technology in the secondary high school classroom.

Nannette has presented at both local and national conferences including CAL (Colorado Association of Librarians), ISTE, Rocky Mountain Google Apps Summit, Innovative Education Colorado Annual Conference, as well as hosting district conference days on iPads, Web 2.0 tools, Google Apps and best instructional practices with technology.
Nannette is a passionate learner and reader—she’s always looking for new technology to discover and try. But ultimately, her greatest joy comes from watching teachers and students experience the power of learning and collaborating through meaningful experiences with technology!

You can contact Nannette at or follow her on Twitter @edtechmusings