How to Create a Professional Development Library


Professional Development LibraryHow to Create a Professional Development Library

We all know how expensive professional development resources can be especially in the therapy world. Textbooks can be pricey along with individual research articles. For school based therapists, why not create a collaborative PD “library”.   

Try to create a real collection where all the therapists in your district bring in their resources.   Store them all on a book shelf with a simple check out system.   Set a time limit on how long an item can be checked out i.e. two weeks or four weeks.   Make sure everyone writes their names clearly on the resource material.   When borrowing an item write down your name, the title and the date you borrowed it on an index card.   Slip it in a box and read away.   Return the item within the designated time frame.

Another option is to create a virtual library. Create a list of what resources everyone owns. When someone wants to borrow an item, contact the owner and make a borrow request.  The owner of the resource knows exactly who has it then and can keep track of it.   Remember to still add a due date so no one has the resource for too long or forgets to return it.

Lastly, keep a running wish list.  Are there certain titles you have found that you would love to buy but are too expensive?  Write it down to remind yourself in the future where you can find the title.

Not only can this system work for a professional development library it can also work for games and activities.  Organize a list of all therapy games and activities (especially the higher priced items or larger items).  Therapists can check out different games and activities to keep therapy sessions fresh and fun.

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Professional Development Library