My Conference Presentations

TASL 2011: Participatory Librarianship–Creating Enchantment and Conversations for Learning

A heartfelt thank you to the amazing librarians of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians for inviting me to be part of their annual conference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Below are the slides for my Saturday morning keynote on participation, enchantment, and learning through libraries.


SLJ Summit 2011: Transliteracy and the Young Child

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

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Teachers as Learners Conference Keynote and Concurrent Session Presentations

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!

Transliterate Libraries: Creating Conversations for Portable, Participatory, and Personalized Learning

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  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.

Dr. Joanne de Groot, Leticia Cuenca, Buffy Hamilton

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:

Buffy Hamilton and Wendy Wayling

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!

Participatory Learning and Librarianship, NYLA-SLMS Spring Conference 2011

Saturday Luncheon Keynote, Photo by Kate Elstad

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.

Buffy and Sue, Niagara Falls Visit May 2011

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!