Thus far, I am pretty much organized in the day to day life of living in a new city--Living in Wellington is not much different than living in any pedestrian city only it's a lot nicer (just kidding but maybe not). I live in a location that is just couple of minutes from a library, grocery store, waterfront, restaurants, banks etc so these aspects of life are pretty simple.
But... I am not here to merely go shopping, sit by the harbor, or top up my Snapper bus card. I am part of a group of 8 grantees from the USA that have identified inquiry projects we want to conduct in this country. This means we have an area of interest in education that we want to find out more about. We are looking for similarities, differences, new ideas and familiar ideas that we can share along the way. We are self directed in our work, but have the guidance and assistance of our Victoria University advisors and anyone that we are introduced to or people that are already in our PLN.
To that end, tactical serendipity, a term coined by the change-maker @AngelaMaiers can be traced back to my two meetings with NZ library maven Paula Eskett - @librarypaula. Paula was in the role of amazing school librarian when CORE Education scooped her up to do a myriad of awesome things that allow her to spread her awesomeness across this great country in support of schools and library programs. Paula has intimate knowledge of the many wonderful things happening in school and community libraries across the country; she is offering her insights to me in the form of recommendations on potential contacts so that I can quickly identify the programs that match my project goals! I cannot believe I am lucky enough to have Paula share her brain with me!!!
Today I would like you learn a little more about Paula-she has outstanding ideas and works to make real change for people and communities! This is @librarypaula talking about reimagining the library space in schools. In a future post, I will be highlighting how Gemma Stewart @gemstew83 helps effect positive social change by raising awareness about the Māori language and culture.
Sue is a teacher and school librarian living in Atlanta, GA, USA. She was in NZ as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher from Feb-June 2016.