Connecticut Association of School Librarians Dinner

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on December 22, 2009

On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, the annual Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL) dinner for board members and distinguished guests was held on the Fairfield University campus. The event was hosted by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) and the Educational Technology – School Library Media Specialists (SLMS) Program of Fairfield University.

Many Fairfield alumni attended and reminisced about their days at Fairfield over dinner before delving into the business end of the meeting. Among the distinguished guests was Jennifer Cirino ’01, board webmaster. Cirino was a 2001 undergraduate alumna and a 2008 graduate alumna of Fairfield University’s SLMS program, as well as a former adjunct instructor for GSEAP and a current library multimedia specialist for Westport public schools.

When asked about her thoughts on how the programs at Fairfield University helped her in her career, Ms. Cirino stated that the networking ties she made through the University have helped her to “find a job, connect with other librarians, and keep current.” Cirino believes adamantly that her Fairfield University contacts pointed her in the right direction for her career.

Also among the guests for the night was Irene Kwidzinski, a member of the board and CASLgram Editor. She is a retiree who has such a passion for her work that she continues learning and striving to bring the growing community of School Librarians into the 21st century. When questioned on her feelings towards the networking that Fairfield University programs provide, she pointed out that librarians are usually isolated in a school, so “Social networking is important. You meet people, share ideas, contacts, and valuable resources. You really have to work together and collaborate.”

Kwidzinski described the various tools for social networking that both Fairfield and the growing world online provide, and the invaluable resources that are now at librarians’ fingertips.

The event was an informal gathering of members of the community which helped strengthen ties and form new ones. Fairfield University was honored to host our guests for this successful evening, and welcomes them to return to our campus in the future.

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