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Preconference Seminars

Morning Pre-Conference Seminars: 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Collection Development 101: How to Eat an Elephant (Resource Alignment) CANCELLED
Presenter: Karen Lowe .....................................................................................Room 6
The process of resource alignment takes the overwhelming task of collection development and divides it into doable steps. Topics discussed are weeding criteria, alignment of resources to state curriculum, prioritizing needs, and preparing 5-year collection and budget plans. Handouts provided.

From Information Literacy to Information Leadership
Presenter: Will Richardson ..............................................................................Room 6

Assessing the relevance and reliability of information is a crucial skill for all educators to master and model. But that type of information literacy is only the beginning. With the explosion of information coming online, school leaders need to employ successful strategies for finding, managing and communicating what’s significant for their own practice and for that of their constituents. This workshop will cover the tools that information leaders are using and the strategies to use them well. Wiki links

Afternoon Pre-Conference Seminars: 1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Using Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction texts to Integrate Social Studies & ELA for the Elementary/Middle Grades
Presenter: James Bryan ..................................................................................Room 6

Using historical fiction and informational texts to teach the social studies standards in the classroom has long been an important idea - and the possibilities of integrating these texts into ELA are endless and will allow you to use your time in the classroom and library wisely! Plus, imagine the number of materials that will now be available to entice students to read. This session will illustrate which books to use and provide ideas on how to incorporate them into your schedule. Each participant will receive a CD with lessons, annotated bibliographies, etc.

Summer Slide: Impact of Summer Learning Loss
Presenter: Dr. Donna Shannon .................................................................................Room 7

What is the impact of summer learning loss? Who is at risk? What does the research reveal about children who take a break from reading during the summer? What can school library media specialists do to help prevent the "slide?" Bring your efforts and successes to share.  Donna Shannon's Wiki

RSS: Connecting Ideas and Knowledge
Presenter: Will Richardson .............................................................................................Room 8

RSS is a powerful yet fairly untapped tool that educators can use to easily track many sources of information and knowledge. But it’s also evolving into an effective way to connect people and ideas in ways that we’ve been unable to before. Using RSS, we can not only read what others write, we can read what they read, and even read what they create in easy, time-saving ways. This session will take a look at the tools and strategies that can make RSS an integral part of every educator’s professional development and practice. See Will Richardson's wiki to find links to his material.

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