The 2010 Fall Conference
The 2010 VSLA Fall Conference was held Thursday, October 21, at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, VT. With registrants, presenters, and hosts we numbered 51.
The day began at 8:30 a.m. with a delicious breakfast, compliments of a library friend/baker. At 9:00 a.m. we began a morning-long workshop on Learning4Life, presented by Irene Kwidzinski. Ms. Kwidzinski lives in Connecticut and is the AASL t rained coordinator for NESLA and CASL. She has a great deal of experience running L4L workshops, and we were so pleased she could help increase our understanding of the learning standards and program guidelines. All participants received a copy of the Standards brochure and many purchased copies of the Standards in Action andEmpowering Learners books we had available.
Headmaster Mark Tashjian stopped by to welcome everyone and expressed his support for all we do as school librarians. He made it possible to give all participants a copy of the book Castle in the Pasture which is a history of this area and our school.
After lunch, everyone helped themselves to dessert and met in our seminar room to hear author/historian Jason Emerson share stories about his experiences and adventures in historical research. Mr. Emerson is an independent historian who focuses on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and his family. He is the author of The Madness of Mary Lincoln andLincoln the Inventor and has just completed a book on Robert Todd Lincoln that will be published next fall. He is the 2010 scholar-in-residence for Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.
Following Mr. Emerson’s presentation, VSLA President Claire Buckley ran a VSLA business meeting and at the same time a group of interested folks were treated to a BBA campus tour by one of our student ambassadors.
We regrouped at 2:00 p.m. and had a door prize drawing. The prizes given included two mugs from ALA, autographed copies of Jason Emerson’s booksLincoln the Inventor and The Madness of Mary Lincoln, and a digital copy of the complete National Geographic – every issue since 1888.
From 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. we divided into two groups. Half of us were treated to a Rapid Review session presented by three reviewers from The Northshire Book Store, who reviewed the latest fall releases for children, elementary through young adult. The other half were treated to a Sue Monmaney presentation called Transformation & Technology: A New Way of Learning — Classroom Scenarios.
At 3:30 p.m. we asked everyone to stop by our Candy Treat Bar and help themselves to a bag of Halloween treats for the trip home. We also gaveeveryone a packet of materials which included the usual info as well as handouts from Ms. Kwidzinski, bibliographies from our reviewers, a certificate of attendance, and bookmarks and a postcard featuring the combination of Harriet Reisen’s book on Louisa May Alcott and the American Masters film on Louisa May Alcott.
Conference Planning for Dynamic Lanscapes Spring 2010
On December 30, Sue Furry-Irish and Sue Monmaney met with Ed Barry of VITA-Learn to finalize plans for a joint VSLA/VITA-Learn Spring 2010 conference, to be called “Dynamic Landscapes 2.0: Synergy at Work.” This exciting 2-day conference will be held at Champlain College May 13th and 14th, building upon the successful Dynamic Landscapes Conferences of the past by blending in workshops of special interest to library media specialists and their extended communities. In addition, a special dinner with guest speaker will be offered for Thursday evening, May 13th. The entire 2-day program will create an unprecedented gathering of educators with different job titles who share the same media literacy goals.
The call for proposals goes out to the technology, library, and education communities January 11th, with a February 19th deadline for receipt of proposals. All proposals should be emailed to Sue Furry-Irish at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 19th or before. Proposals should be 75 words or less (with a catchy title!) on a topic related to technology in K-12 education. Presenters will receive free registration for one day of the conference (one registration per one-hour workshop).
VSLA aims to bring 24 presentations to the conference mix. While we will be looking for proposals that relate to the library media center, we must remember that conference participants will be a mix of librarians, teachers, and technology integration specialists. Collaborative projects or library uses that could be duplicated in classrooms will reach a broader audience. At the same time, we are mindful that the spring conference needs to meet the special interests of our library community. If you have an important idea to propose or would like to help the conference committee, please contact Sue Furry-Irish at the above email address.
This collaborative conference is a new venture for both parties, so librarians, let’s shine!Share your expertise with others, encourage synergy, and benefit from others’ creativity. Are you using Skype, blogs, wikis, podcasts, Flip videos, or wish you were? Do you need clarification on 21st Century Learning Skills? Are you dying to discuss Fair Use questions or policies on publishing, Web 2.0, and more? Come learn, share, meet, and teach at the Dynamic Landscapes 2.0 Conference this May 13th and 14th!
October 24th, 2008 by vslainfo
Vermont School Library Fall Conference: Making Connections
When: Thursday October 23rd 2008 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Some of Susan’s documents that she links to in her Powerpoint can be found in this zip file :ballard-docs
Be sure to check out: Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action from the AASL
Susan Hennessey, Harwood Union High School
Pam Burke, Marlboro Elementary School & VSLA web person
Hands-On Fun With Blogs
Anne Gallivan, Barstow Memorial School Library & Mary Danko, Proctor Library
Michael Roche, Northeast Regional Library, Vermont Department of Libraries
Stephanie Chase, Stowe Free Library
Peter Gould, performer and author of Write Naked spoke about his new book.