2015 SSL/NYLA Spring Conference

NYLA/SSL Spring Conference 2015

April 30-May 2, 2015

DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown, NY
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Keynote Speaker 

Jennifer LaGarde

Brainz! How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!
Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a Librarian Ambassador and Education Road Warrior! As an Educator on Loan for the NC Department of Public Instruction, she travels across the land working with school librarians, classroom teachers, principals, superintendents - literally ANYONE who needs help building or making the most of a 21st century school library. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in English Education from the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and her graduate degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University. She is also a Nationally Board Certified School Librarian. Jennifer is the Social Media Special Committee Chair for the North Carolina School Library Media Association, was a founding member of NCSLMA's Young Adult Book Award and shares NCSLMA webmaster duties with another North Carolina librarian. With over 17 years experience in education as a classroom teacher, teacher librarian and district level leader, Jennifer has been nationally recognized for her contribution to school librarianship and education in general. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the "I Love My Librarian Award" by the American Library Association, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times. She was also named a 2011 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. And in 2013 she was selected as one of five teacher librarians (nationally) finalists for the first ever Bammy Award for outstanding service in the area of school librarianship. Jennifer is the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.

Thursday Evening Entertainment

Jonathan Kruk

Three Revolutions & an Imp, the Lore of the Hudson
Born in El Paso Texas, raised in Westchester, NY Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and day dreams. He toured the country in a Volkswagen Beetle, watered Henry Kissinger’s office plants, and regaled his rambunctious brothers with bedtime tales.

Jonathan made storytelling his career in 1989. Now, thousands of children listen to him at hundreds of schools, libraries and historic sites every year. Renowned for one man performances of "The Legend of of Sleepy Hollow, and “A Christmas Carol” Kruk's sixty shows sell out every year. Kruk's most popular program features the heritage of the Hudson River.

In 2008, he was selected “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley.” He often performs stories and songs of the Hudson River with folk singer Rich Bala.

He’s been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Al Jazeera America, The O'Reilly Factor, The Travel and History Channels. Jonathan’s performed at Pete Seegers’ Hudson River Clearwater Festival, the Hudson's Quadricentenial, the New-York Historical Society, NYS Reading Teacher's Conferences, and has lead 35 annual Fairy Tale Tours. He’s a BOCES approved artist educator.Jonathan has eight recordings for children and adults which have earned awards from Parent's Choice, N.A.P.P.A. and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Kruk is married to film maker Andrea Sadler, serves on the board of the Desmond/Fish Library, is past president of the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce and is an Eagle Scout. When not storytelling, which is rare, he swims, hikes, bikes, and collects old bricks.

Friday Luncheon Speaker 

Carol Collier Kuhlthau

Guided Inquiry in Action
Carol Collier Kuhlthau is Professor Emerita of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University where she directed the graduate program in school librarianship that has been rated number one in the country by U.S. News. She achieved the rank of Professor II, a special rank at Rutgers requiring additional review beyond that for full professor. She also chaired the Department of Library and Information Science and was the founding director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL). She is internationally known for her groundbreaking research on the Information Search Process and for the ISP model of affective, cognitive and physical aspects in six stages of information seeking and use. She has authored
Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services and Teaching the Library Research Process and published widely in referred journals and edited volumes. She has another new book, Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century, authored with her daughters Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari. Carol's newest book is Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School published in 2012.

She has received numerous awards including: ASIS&T Merit Award 2013; American Society of Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Research in Information Science Award; Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Information Science and Library Education; Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Kilgour Research Award; American Library Association (ALA) Shera Award for the Outstanding Research; Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Dudley Award; American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award; Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)Award for Outstanding Contributions to the School Library Media Field through Publishing, and Teaching. 

Kuhlthau has held visiting appointments at the University of Tampere, Finland; University College of Boras, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The Royal School of Librarianship, Copenhagen, Denmark; Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan; Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; Doshisha University Kyoto, Japan; University of Leiden, The Haag Campus, The Netherlands; Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; School of Information Management and Systems at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; University Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia; Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Fulbright Senior Specialist, University of Zadar, Croatia; University of Parma, Italy; University of Tallinn, Estonia.

Friday Evening: Knickerbocker Award Dinner

Recipient: Steven Kellogg

The Art of the Picture Book
(Photograph by Margaret Miller Reuther)
Photograph by Margaret Miller ReutherSteven Kellogg fell into a love of writing and drawing at an early age. He had a great appreciation for picture books as a child. Since the beginning of his writing career, Kellogg has authored or collaborated on approximately 125 books. Over the years, Steven has visited thousands of schools and has presented to countless audiences—young and old. He still remains a very popular speaker for schools and conferences.

Steven today continues to be a passionate and tireless advocate for animals and for literacy. He organizes fund-raisers in his community for a local animal shelter. He is also vice-president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (a national not-for-profit organization that was created in 1997 by award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators, which advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries to be an ongoing priority on our national agenda).

Besides garnering critical and popular acclaim for his books, Steven has received several awards for his lifetime contribution to children’s literature, including the prestigious Regina Medal in 1989. Steven has recently been announced as the winner of the esteemed Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature for 2015, given out by the NYLA-SSLA (New York Library Association–Section of School Librarians), which recognizes a New York State author who has demonstrated, through a body of work, a consistently superior quality which supports the curriculum and educational goals of New York State schools. This award will be presented to Steven at the annual conference on May 1, 2015.He is currently busy working on future projects for several publishers and continues to share his love for books, animals, nature, and art to children and adults.

Saturday Breakfast Speaker 

Dr. Joette Stefl-Mabry

Assessment is NOT Evaluation
http://www.albany.edu/faculty/jstefl/facweb/steflmabry/Research.htmlDr. Stefl-Mabry is an Associate Professor with the College of Computing and Information’s Department of Information Studies; an Associate Research Professor in the School of Education and the Director of the School Library Program at the University at Albany. She is currently the Chair of the University of Albany Senate (2014-15). Dr. Stefl- Mabry’s expertise is in qualitative research design and her area of research focuses on educational assessment and evaluation. She has been involved in educating preservice and inservice educators in New York State and across the country for the past 25 years. She is also a program evaluator (K-12 through higher education) and works with educators throughout New York State on issues related to curriculum, assessment, evaluation and instruction. Her current work, in collaboration with key staff at the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is a three-year research project to investigate the effect of school librarians on student academic achievement in all public schools throughout New York State. Although research in academic achievement and school librarianship has over 25 correlational and descriptive studies exploring the activities of school librarians and school library programs, this project moves beyond correlation by developing more robust causal models to provide evidence of what Dr. Stefl-Mabry calls the “School Librarian Effect.” No prior study has been framed in a causal modeling context with the sample size and range of variables that she is developing.

Saturday Luncheon 

Rip Van Winkle Award Winner

Sarah Weeks

Deconstructing GLAMOURPUSS
SARAH WEEKS has written more than fifty picture books and novels for children and young adults including the best selling novels, So B. It and Pie. Two of her most recent contributions are GLAMOURPUSS (a picture book illustrated by David Small) and HONEY, a novel — both published by Scholastic. In addition to writing, Sarah is an adjunct faculty member in the prestigious Writing Program at the New School University in New York City and a founding member of ART, a traveling troupe of authors who perform reader’s theatre at conventions and conferences across the country. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she splits her time between her homes in Nyack, NY and Callicoon Center, NY. She is married to a High School history teacher and has two grown sons. 




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