ISTE-SIGMS Presentation Teaser: Building the Future of Libraries Now with Enchantment and Participatory Learning

I hope you enjoy my “teaser” video for the TED style talk, “Libraries as Communally Constructed Sites of Participatory Learning: Creating Conversations and Connections Through Enchantment“, I’ll be giving at ISTE next Tuesday, June 28 in PACC 108 at 10:30 AM for the ISTE-SIGMS forum, “A Dawning Era for School Librarians.”  I’ll be sharing my vision for libraries and learning along with Cathy Jo Nelson, Shannon Miller, Gwyneth Jones, and Anita Beaman.  If you are in Philly, I hope you will join us!  I’ll be posting slides from the talk, and hopefully, a video of my talk as well next Tuesday afternoon.

ISTE-SIGMS “Fight the Filter” Tonight!

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 8 pm E.S.T., 7 pm C.S.T., 6 pm M.S.T., 5 pm P.S.T Presenter: Buffy Hamilton

Want to start your new year off by making a positive difference in your library program? Join ISTE SIGMS for our second FREE webinar on January 13 at 8 pm E.S.T. when Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian, will share her ideas on “fighting the filter.”
Directions to join the SIGMS webinar event
1. Check that your computer is set up for Adobe Connect by visiting Adobe Connect Pro Connection Test
2. Use this URL to enter the webinar room 10 – 15 minutes before starting time: http://Montgomery.na4.acrobat.com/SIGMS
3. Enter as a guest and type your first and last name.
4. Here is a link to a Visual Quick Start guide (pdf) to help you if this is your first webinar event.
https://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/_a227210/vqs-participatemeeting/

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Join Us for an ISTE-SIGMS Webinar: Fighting the Filter

Internet filtering policies are a significant area of concern and frustration for school library media specialists across the country.   How can school library media specialists create a participatory culture of conversation with filtering policy decision makers?   How can we as school library media specialists become a voice of leadership in our efforts to provide equitable access to web-based information sources?  In this webinar, we’ll explore the reasons for the current state of restrictive filtering policies and discuss concrete strategies for effectively challenging and changing filtering policies.

Join us on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 for the ISTE-SIGMS webinar on “Fight the Filter” at 8 pm E.S.T.   Join the discussion before and after the presentation to share your ideas on the pros and cons of Internet filters and what we as school library media specialists can do to provide our students access to the services and information they need to be successful 21st century learners.

You might want to look at the following websites for additional background information:

http://www.isteconnects.org/2009/06/04/what-does-internet-blocking-…
http://unmaskdigitaltruth.pbworks.com/
http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/statementspols/statemen…
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/cipaandschoollib/…
http://www.ncsl.org/IssuesResearch/TelecommunicationsInformationTec…

Use the following questions as a starting point for your response to the discussion:

  • Does your school or district utilize an Internet filter?
  • What do you consider the pros of the filter?
  • What do you consider the cons of the filter?
  • Do you ever need to find ways to work around the filters? How do you do this?
  • What do you think are the best ways to balance Internet safety for our students while protecting our Freedom of Speech?

Then join the webinar on January 13, 2010 at 8 pm E.S.T.!  Directions to join the SIGMS webinar event:
1. Check that your computer is set up for Adobe Connect by visiting
Adobe Connect Pro Connection Test
2. Use this URL to enter the webinar room 10 – 15 minutes before
starting time: http://Montgomery.na4.acrobat.com/SIGMS
4. Here is a link to a Visual Quick Start guide (pdf) to help you if this is your first webinar event.