November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

AASL 17: Starring Standards

Include, inquire, collaborate, curate, explore, and engage. Those six commitments of the new AASL National School Librarian standards resonated throughout the conference weekend.

#notatISTE (or ALA)

Because of a family health issue, for the first time in forever, I won’t be traveling to ALA or ISTE this year. I am finding ways to contribute to my committees remotely and will do a panel from home on Tuesday. But, ya know, it’s not quite the same and I will be missing special […]

NCTE ’16 | The Faces of Advocacy

Southern hospitality and sunny skies reigned in Atlanta as the city welcomed more than 7000 conference goers to the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference November 17–20.

A Homecoming and a Rallying Cry for NYC School Librarians

A driving rain couldn’t keep librarians from Citi Field for the New York City School Library System 27th Annual Fall Conference.

Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

Essential Conference Tips: An Infographic

At this point in my travel career, I’ve learned a bit about how to do library conferences with fewer pain points. On the plane to ALA Orlando 2016, and at lunch in the hotel before I got my room, I shared my tips with a few friends who offered additional crowd-sourced advice. If conference travel […]

10 ISTE 2016 Must-Dos

Key events and suggestions for librarians attending the 2016 ISTE event in Denver, CO, from June 26–29.

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Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

SLJ’s 2016 Day of Dialog in Chicago: “Everything Is Wonder”

The summit drew record numbers of librarians and book creators, who, apropos of the new location, enjoyed deep dives into kid lit along with their deep dish.

Make the Case To Attend ALA, ISTE—or Any Conference

It’s not too late to lobby for attending the ALA and ISTE conferences in June. Here’s a strategy, including ways to keep costs down.

After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.

Blast from the past (20 years back at NJASL)

Please forgive this shameless self-promotion.  The NJASL folks dug up some blasts from the past for their 100th anniversary celebration. I was both shocked and so pleased to see what I looked like during a radio theater event nearly 20 years ago and about 20 pounds ago.  (Check about 19 minutes in for my appearance.)

Blast from the past (20 years back at NJASL)

Please forgive this shameless self-promotion.  The NJASL folks dug up some blasts from the past for their 100th anniversary celebration. I was both shocked and so pleased to see what I looked like during a radio theater event nearly 20 years ago and about 20 pounds ago.  (Check about 19 minutes in for my appearance.)

Post-AASL, Inspired Brainstorming at a Lilead Project Think Tank

Members of the Lilead Project—25 library district supervisors from across the country—gathered for a face-to-face meeting in Ohio. Topics discussed? Outcomes-based planning, effective marketing and leadership, and evaluating student success, to name a few.

AASL 2015: Spirit and Surprises

From a late night Hackathon to an on-site maker space, conversations about “ubiquitous leadership,” “digital tattoos,” best apps, and much more, the 2015 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference had something for everyone.

My #AASL15 Story

We were with our tribe. From Treasure Mountain to the Hackathon to the unConf, and of course, through the official conference, AASL15 was an incredible learning experience. Rather that describe it all, I thought I’d curate it for you.  Check out the embedded slideshows, the daily Darwin newsletters, the images and tweets.

Late night in Columbus! (Two big unconferency AASL events)

If, like me, you are counting the days till AASL, the biennial convergence of our people, you’ll likely be pulling your calendar together around now.  Yes, there’s a lot going on!  I am truly looking forward to the speakers, the authors, the sessions, the friends, and yes, the dancing. When the sessions and the dinners […]

Guest Post: A New Author’s Take on a New Con

  As a writer, my very favorite thing is talking to teen readers. I find a lot of energy in hanging out with passionate people, especially when they’re passionate about books. NerdCon: Stories was 2,500 (mostly young) people inspired by stories; it was heaven.   Cons are like camp: you can form a genuine, lasting […]

Rosen Publishing, Lilead Project Announce Grants for SLJ Summit Attendees

The grants will allow eleven Lilead Fellows to attend the 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26–27.

Los Angeles Public Library Asks, “What’s Your Queery?”

The Los Angeles County Public Library’s extensive LGBT Services were established a year and a half ago by librarians who built staff support with grassroots efforts and “doughnut diplomacy.”