Session One, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
A. Wikis and Other Web 2.0 Tools - Joanna Gerakios
In this session, we will discuss various ways that media coordinators and teachers are using wikis for collaborating with each other, as well as developing collaborative projects. We will also look at other types of sites that can be used for content sharing and working and learning together in an online environment. Participants are encouraged to come with questions about the types of activities they want to develop online and also to bring their own suggestions and success stories about learning on the new interactive web. A list of resources and links will be provided.
B. No Time to Waste! Matching Educational Standards with a Wealth of New Titles - Cathy Dupre and Alesia Stevenson
The staggering amount of new books published each year makes keeping up with collection development a never-ending struggle. Enhance your collection by exploring and sharing the newest titles aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for each grade level. We’ve pored over the latest review journals and publisher catalogs to find high-quality materials that meet educational standards. Attendees should bring their own favorites to share.
C. Training the Teachers - Candace Sample
Dread getting up in front of the staff after a hard day's teaching? Wondering how in the world to get these weary worn-out warriors to get excited about all the wonderful things you have to teach them? Come and learn some brain-based strategies, tricks and tips, to get your staff motivated for afternoon staff development.
D. What's New from the Library of Congress? - Cheryl Lederle-Ensign
Join staff from the Library of Congress to explore new and updated online resources available free atwww.loc.gov. Brainstorm with colleagues for possible uses and ways to integrate the materials into your curriculum. This session, delivered as a web conference, will provide an interactive tour of updated resources for teachers, professional development opportunities, digitized international treasures, historical newspapers online, a new website dedicated to books and reading, enhanced features for searching and finding, and much more.
E. Exploring Professional Dispositions of Exemplary School Librarians– Jami L. Jones
What makes an exemplary school librarian exemplary? This is an intriguing question that elicits considerable discussion. The findings of a fall 2009 DELPHI study in which 70 of the most well-respected school library practitioners, supervisors, and faculty were asked to identify the most important dispositions of school librarians will be presented. These dispositions will be explored through scenarios.
F. Grant Advantage – LSTA Grant Funds for Your Media Center - Penny Hornsby
Be part of the conversation — discuss how your media center can benefit from federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds. Main topic of the session will be the LSTA School Library Collection Development Grant which provides up to $10,000 to strengthen print book resources for public school libraries. Learn from State Library of North Carolina staff and your peers: who can apply; how to get started and who to involve in planning and development of your project; tips for a clear and complete proposal; making sure your funded project proceeds without bumps; gathering data to show the difference the grant project makes for your users.
G. Basic Book Repair Demonstrations - Gloria Bradshaw
Want to learn economical ways to treat minor damages that happen to heavily used books? This session will demonstrate how to mend tears, clean leaves and covers, consolidate corners, tip in leaves, and tighten hinges. Questions will be welcomed and encouraged. Participants may bring one book to discuss repair options.
Session Two, 10:45 am – 11:45 am
A. Basic Book Handling: A Guide to a Happy School Media Collection - Tracie Hampton
This session will be a presentation and discussion of best handling and preservation practices within the confines of budget constrictions and less than ideal housing conditions.
B. Reaching Every Student with Blended Learning: Changing Classroom Instruction with LEARN NC – Lesley Richardson
How times have changed! Multimedia content brings the world into your classroom. Authentic online science collaboration makes your students researchers. Inquiry-based engagement with digital primary sources brings history to life. Time to reinvent yourself! Discover, teach and share with LEARN NC, and together we will reach and teach every student.
C. The Role of the Media Specialist in Standards Based Education - Donna Corbo
Recognizing the role of the media specialist as a teacher, leader, and collaborator in standards-based education can be complex. Media specialists need to embrace the opportunity of what they do best which is collaborate, lead, and integrate technology so students can be competitive in the 21st century. Media specialists need to follow the newly developed standards created by the AASL so they can prepare students for 21st century learning.
D. How do we open the lines of Communication? - Joetta Stoner
With today’s unprecedented access to the Internet, we have created a society that expects immediate access to information. But, is information enough? Research, something different from plain information, and the presentation of the material discovered are being overlooked. Fiscal realities make it impossible for every library to have access to every database, journal or book on every subject. Schools and public libraries serve the same populations, and only through talking and cooperating, can a pooling of resources be created. This sharing across libraries will hopefully lead to greater exposure for students. Together, we can provide students with more books on a particular subject of interest, and expose them to research tools beyond Google and Wikipedia. Using these same lines of communication, we can make collection development decisions that are mutually beneficial.
Attendees will work together to come up with ideas for opening the lines of communication. Starting the conversation is the first step to creating a cohesive community collection. Also, open to discussion are ideas on what research is and how the two libraries can work together to teach our students good research methods and evaluation of sources.
E. Surviving During the Lean Years: Panelist Discussion by Mary Boone-State Librarian, Frances Bryant Bradburn-Former Director, Instructional Technology at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Kelly Brannock, President of North Carolina School Library Media Association and Dennis Teel, School Administrator of the Year Award Winner and Principal of Falkland Elementary School.
As each day brings news of increased economic stress and budget constraints, librarians are faced with the difficult task of maximizing budget dollars to meet the needs of patrons while continuing to fund basic services. Join our panelists of well- renowned librarians as they address the topic of “Surviving during the Lean Years”. A question and answer period will be offered. So, bring your questions and have the experts answer them!
F. Winning Grants for Library Media Programs – Michele Oros
This session will explore some of the grants available to school and public libraries and provide tips for writing highly fundable proposals.
Session Three, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A. Collaboration: The Keys to the Kingdom - Madeline Reed
Collaboration is the key to integrating the library, and especially the librarian, into the curricular life of the school. Using the tools of good collaboration, planning, listening, learning, etc. can make the usefulness of the Library fully partnered within the school. Many media coordinators have outstanding collaborative methods and skills, but far too many are afraid to try something new. This session will illustrate the best, discuss the problems, and offer guidance and support for those hoping to become more collaborative within their school environment.
B. All This and a Bag of Chips! - Sheila Mendoza
During this session we'll look at cool websites with programs that will increase productivity and creativity. Be prepared to discuss how each may be utilized in your classroom.
C. Making the Economic Case for Library Services - Jennifer Weil Arns
The session will give attendees an opportunity to share advocacy strategies that media specialists and school library supporters can use to make the case for investments in school library services and collections.
D. Storybook Theatre Presents: Favorite Legends, Music, and Tales From Your Own Backyard and Around the World! – Patricia (Patch) Clark
ECU's Storybook Theatre will share stories, legends, music and dance, collected from our partnering projects with Peru, Russia, and Finland and some scenes from Storybook’s upcoming production of Charlotte’s Web. Come celebrate the wonder of reaching across language, culture, and countries through books and stories brought to life by Storybook Theatre!
E. Ideas for the North Carolina Children's Book Award – Sherry Edwards and Frances Smith
This is an ideas and sharing session for media specialists who have used or want to use the North Carolina Children's Book Award.
F. Finding the Leader within You: Empowering School Library Media Leaders – Evelyn Bussell
This session will explore the importance of school library media specialists as leaders within the school community and at the state and national levels; ways in which school library media specialists already perform as leaders and ways one can change in order to become a leader within the school setting; and how to recognize school library media specialists as leaders within the school setting in regards to connections, relationships and student achievement. Session will include a guided presentation with group discussion, sharing and reflection.
G. Public Libraries: Homework Centers and Beyond – Melissa Corso
The session will offer a discussion of what services a public library can offer to schools and school media centers to enhance or add to a student's education. I will discuss programs such as book clubs, online tutoring, and educational services at Braswell for both teachers and students. I will also discuss our new outreach program, the CCOW, "Computer Classroom on Wheels". Handouts will be provided and also a time for brainstorming about other public library and school library collaboration projects.
Session Four, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
A. Collection Evaluation & Marketing - Patrick Valentine
This session will give you tips on how to evaluate and market your school library collection. You can adapt collection analysis tools available from most vendors to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of your collection and then use the displays to market library strengths and needs to administrators, users, and parents.
B. Cloud Computing and Google Docs - Lynn McCormick
In this session we will discuss the ways that cloud computing is impacting teaching and learning. You will take a piece of the cloud with you by creating an account in Google Docs, creating a document, and a presentation.
C. Moving Forward with New Essential Standards - Gerry Solomon and Cynthia Sartain
NCDPI is in the process of writing new Essential Standards for every content area. New Information and Technology Standards were completed in the summer of 2009, and have been approved by the State Board. In this session we will talk about the media coordinator's role in implementing new national and state standards to support teaching and learning in your school.
D. From the Media Center to the Classroom: Bringing Coretta Scott King Award Winning Books Alive in the Classroom – Alan R. Bailey
Both the facilitator and participants will share tips and curriculum resources sure to inspire K-12 teachers to include Coretta Scott King award winning books as essential instructional components.
E. Oral Tradition in Middle Grades– Cheryl Esarey
Students from CM Eppes Middle School will present prepared stories based on family stories, NC tales, or folklore. We will discuss how to incorporate oral traditions into your classroom.
F. The Media Specialist's Role in Reading Instruction – Sandra Andrews
School library media specialists have always had a significant role in reading instruction through reader's advisory and reading motivation. Can we do more? This session will focus on an exploration of strategies that can be incorporated into the media center program to enable students to succeed as readers and to support the reading instruction program.