Monday, September 10, 2012

What To Look For at the ILA From the IASL


The Iowa Association of School Librarians is sponsoring a number of sessions at the Iowa Library Association Conference in Dubuque Oct. 10-12. The theme is We’re all in this TOGETHER.

More information is available on the ILA web site at www.iowalibraryassociation.org.

IASL is sponsoring a Wednesday preconference with Christopher Harris, the Director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in western New York.

Here’s a description of his session:
1. Dealing with Digital
Pre-Conference with Christopher Harris

 What does it mean for our schools and libraries that information is going digital? The rise of the ebook is neither the end of the book nor the end of the librarian.

Christopher Harris, the Director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in western New York, will better equip librarians who work with youth and teens, to guide students and colleagues through the digital information wilds. "Our mission," Harris notes, "is to find safe ways to get to yes for technologies that drive inquiry, creativity, and student engagement with digital learning." In the near future, this means coming to grips with ebooks, open educational resources (OER), and bring your own device (BYOD) schools. All of this, of course, is wrapped within the need to adapt to Common Core instruction. But don’t despair, working together, we will find ways to deal with digital...and everything else!

This training will include:

•         A work session on bring-your-own-device (BYOD)

•         A work session on open educational resources (OER)

•         A work session on ebooks/econtent

The training will end with time to plan for incorporating digital in your library program.

Cost is only $30 for IASL members; $40 for non-members.

More details to come on other sessions!

Becky Johnson
President, IASL