Future Ready Librarians Challenge

The new Future Ready Librarians Challenge Series is an ongoing series of bite-sized professional learning activities to help you learn new tools and strategies, focus your leadership, and connect with fellow librarians to share ideas and solutions. With a variety of themes over the 2020-21 school year, you’ll be able to stay professionally grounded by connecting your librarianship to the Future Ready Framework and building your librarian learning network.

Challenges will include mini-activities such as completing a short survey, reflecting on your practice, or sharing questions or solutions. More importantly, you will not be completing the challenges on your own, but sharing with other librarians through social media, virtual meet-ups, and special events. Areas of focus will include:

  • Using the FRL Framework to identify areas of strength and growth,
  • Exploring effective partnerships with school and district leaders, and
  • Examining the FRL Framework in light of new student and educator needs due to the pandemic.

Bookmark this site to stay current with the regular updates and challenges as they are released. While the challenges will take place over the school year with some time-specific activities, all challenges and resources will be archived to allow you to explore the challenges on your own timeline either this year or in the future. Updates and challenges will also be posted on the FRL Facebook page and Twitter.

Future Ready Librarians Challenge 

Using the Future Ready Librarians Self-Reflection

The first Future Ready Librarians Challenge features the Future Ready Librarians Self-Reflection, a short and simple survey to help you assess your practice in relation to the Future Ready Librarians Framework. Over the next several weeks, you will reflect, record, and share professional strengths to better understand how you can lead, teach, and support students and fellow educators in your schools.

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Activity 1: What is your Future Ready reflection? 

Take 15 minutes to help plan your professional year! Designed for librarians by librarians, the Future Ready Librarians Self-Reflection allows you to better identify not only where your professional strengths are, but where your future growth and learning might be.


Activity 2: What's Your Superpower?

Now that you’ve taken the future Ready Librarians Self-Reflection, name your superpower! Examine your results to identify one area of strength that resonates with you and share it on Twitter!


Activity 3: What’s Your Kryptonite?

Got a growth mindset? Then embrace current professional weaknesses and accept them for what they are -- areas for growth, future strengths, or PD learning opportunities!


Activity 4: How can you use your powers for students and teachers?

How do you lead within and beyond the library? How can you use your superpowers to help students, colleagues, and families as they navigate learning and teaching in a pandemic era? Start with just One Small/Good Thing and share to inspire others. 

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The Future Ready Librarians strand is generously supported by Follett