Moderator Buffy Hamilton, School Librarian, Creekview High School, GA
Panelists Laura Fleming, School Library Media Specialist, Cherry Hill School, NJ
Andy Plemmons, Media Specialist, David C. Barrow Elementary, GA
I want to thank the wonderful educators of the Griffin-Spalding County School System in Griffin, Georgia for inviting me to present a keynote speech and four concurrent sessions this past week at their Teachers as Learners Conference. Below are resources from two days of learning and sharing!
I was extremely honored to present “Transliterate Libraries: Creating Conversations for Portable, Participatory, and Personalized Learning” yesterday at the 79th ABQLA Conference in Montreal (please see http://www.abqla.qc.ca/). I am most grateful for this opportunity to share and learn with others as well as the incredible hospitality from everyone who participated in the conference—thank you for making me feel so welcome and for letting me learn from you.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Dr. Michael Stephens’ morning keynote, Maria Savova’s presentation on McGill University’s ebook initiative, and Linda Hazzan’s inspiring session on Toronto Public Library’s Human Library (also see this article), a program/initiative I hope to replicate. My only regret was that I had to miss seeing/hearing Amanda Etches-Johnson’s keynote so that I could catch my flight home!
If you’d like to learn more about the concepts in the slidedeck, please explore these resources:
I want to give a special thanks to the conference committee as well as committee member Wendy Wayling of the Westmount Public Library for inviting me to the conference and for making me feel so welcome during my stay in Montreal; a heartfelt thank you also goes out to Babar Books, my session sponsor. A heartfelt thank you also to Julie-Anne Cardella and her husband Pierre, Lora Baiocco, Leticia Cuenca, Lisa Milner, and Wendy Wayling for organizing our fun (and delicious!) dinner Wednesday evening—I am very happy to say I now the joys of fried goat cheese drizzled in honey and caramelized onions!
I had the pleasure of joining the amazing school librarians of New York at the New York Library Association-SLMS Spring Conference 2011 this past weekend in Buffalo, New York. Words can’t thank the conference organizers and attendees enough for their incredible hospitality and warm words of encouragement! My luncheon keynote slidedeck is featured at the top of this post; you can also view the slidedeck and resources for my morning concurrent session on “Inviting Student Participation in Your School Library Media Program.” I’m looking forward to returning to New York this August to participate in the 2011 Carol A. Kearney Leadership Retreat: Think, Create, Share and Grow: Transforming Your School Library Leadership.
I’d also like to extend a special thank you to Sue Kretzer for taking time to drive me over to Niagara Falls-–I was absolutely thrilled to see this magnificent and awe-inspiring force of nature. Getting to see such a beautiful natural wonder was the perfect finishing touch to a special weekend—thank you, Sue!
I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the gracious librarians of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians who attended my preconference workshop a week ago today. It was a delight and honor to meet and talk with so many innovative librarians!
In this session, I shared my guiding frameworks that inform the vision of The Unquiet Library and my philosophy of librarianship and how that translates into the using cloud computing and social media for learning. I also shared how I view the intersection of participatory librarianship and transliteracy in creating conversations for learning. The resource page for topics of interests shared by participants may be accessed by clicking here.