Pre-conferences are held at the Embassy Suites on Wednesday, October 3.
Each pre-conference costs $50 except where noted. Lunch is included.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Looking for ways to enhance instruction? Are peer educators seeking new technology in their professional development sessions? Join Heather Moorefield-Lang for this half-day pre-conference session as you explore a selection of AASL recognized sites from over the past ten years. Participants will explore online tools and collaborate in how they can be used in classrooms, libraries and professional development.
- Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"Who needs libraries?" Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians, but to our democratic society at large. The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards and deprofessionalization, point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service.
Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. This session will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy, building on the momentum of and key message of ALA’s new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform. The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement. Intellectual Freedom, as the essential brand of librarianship, and as a value that grows from a solid policy infrastructure, will also be covered. Attendees will focus on actionable steps that they can implement in their library. This is joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
- Megan Murray Cusick, Grassroots Specialist, American Library Association
- April M. Dawkins, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Book Repair on a Budget
We will address a variety of repairs including paper mending, repairing loose covers, and repairing book spines. We will focus on treatments that are relatively quick and easy to perform and that require materials you have on hand or can acquire inexpensively. We will provide books needing repair for this hands-on workshop, but please feel free to bring one or two books from your collection in need of treatment and we will discuss the best approaches for repair of your books as we have time.
- Suzanne Sawyer, Preservation Technician, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
- Audrey Sage, Preservation Manager , University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Making Data Useful to You
School library media coordinators are information experts! How can we make data informative without being intimidated by it? As organizers of information, SLMCs can effectively use data to inform our practice. In this session, we will view data through the lens of our library media programs exploring data sources, determining how we can make meaning of data in our practice, and pondering ways to share data with others. This is an interactive session, so bring a fully charged computing device.
- Kathy Parker, School Library Media Consultant
- Nathan Craven, Data, Assessment, and Continuous Improvement Consultant
Take action! Creating real change in your library community through action research
Through interactive, hands-on activities, panel discussions, and visual guides, participants will learn a step-by-step process as to how to conduct and communicate the findings of action research. Participants will engage with worksheets to help the better identify and craft their research project. Presenters who have conducted action research in their schools will be on hand to discuss their projects and experiences, and facilitate the participants' work.
- Robin Moeller, Associate Professor of Library Science, Appalachian State University
Emerging Leaders (by invitation only)
Closing session for the 2017-18 cohort of Emerging Leaders. Today’s meeting provides an opportunity for participants to share what they learned this year with team members and make plans for future leadership opportunities.
- Jen Baker, Library Media Coordinator, Pamlico County High School
- Robin Rhodes, School Library Media Coordinator, West Wilkes High School
- Ruth Wilcox, Library Media Specialist, Paisley IB Magnet School
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Addressing Educational Inequities Through School Library Instruction
We will explore why and how school librarians should address racial inequity in their instructional programs. Using James Banks's levels of integration of multicultural content and principles of culturally sustaining pedagogy, we will share insights on how participants can take existing lesson and unit plans and transform them into more powerful and engaging lessons for all students. Participants should come ready to actively engage in discussion and unit plan development.
- Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Professor, UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science
- Casey Rawson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science
Amazing Projects Spark in the Library
This session will show you how to add some SPARK to your library projects! Come learn how to use Adobe Spark’s suite of apps that will help you and your students create fun, engaging and attractive videos, web stories, and graphics. The three apps include Adobe Spark Video, Page, and Post. They work across all device platforms and are super easy to learn, so you will have plenty of hands-on time to produce your very own final project in each app. We will also discuss some key elements for making digital stories and presentations that are meaningful and engaging.
Come with some standard projects you have done with your students, and we will SPARK them up! With the Spark's amazing apps, you will have one more tool to entice your teachers to collaborate with you.
- Joanna Gerakios, Media & Technology Facilitator, Pitt County Schools
Amazing Things Start in the Library with the new AASL Learner Standards
Did you miss out on the spring regional meetings to explore the new standards? No worries--here's your chance! In this session, participants will be introduced to the learner standards through a variety of hands-on activities.
- Jenny Umbarger, Library Media Specialist, Rogers-Herr Middle School
Explore, Experience, Engage: Problem-Solving with Primary Sources - Free
Regardless of future career choices, all students need daily practice in critical-thinking skills in order to prepare for the future technologies in their future careers. In a world where information and answers are only a click away, many students have lost the ability to spend time struggling with a problem. One component of STEM education is the Engineering Mindset – the ability to see a problem and explore solutions until arriving at a resolution. Explore primary sources that present problems from the past!
Experience activities that will help your students analyze these primary sources in an attempt to find a solution! Engage in building a problem-solution primary source set for your own classroom using Library of Congress resources!
- Bridget Morton, Assistant Director, Teaching with Primary Sources - Mars Hill University
From Me to We - School Library Strategic Planning
Dr. Chow will share the strategic planning process he has refined over the years and has used successfully for school libraries and 17% of the counties and public libraries in North Carolina. He views the process as built-in advocacy and will provide hands-on training along with hand-outs and a web-based toolkit for all attendees.
- Anthony Chow, Associate Professor, UNCG; Chair of NCLA Legislative and Advocacy Committee
- Kate Harrell, UNCG Graduate Student
Let's heat things up and get things moving!
Collaborating with elementary science teachers to support the North Carolina Essential Science Standards focusing on Energy: Conservation and Transfer and Force and Motion. Participants will collaborate in creating labs that can be used in their media centers to demonstrate and support science standards and connect to non-fiction text covering portions of the K-5 physical science strand.
- Warren Potts, District Elementary Science Coach, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
- Steven Overholt, District Elementary Science Coach, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
- Leslie Batten, Library Media Coordinator, Diggs-Latham Elementary