Monday, August 15, 2016

The 2016 Global Education Conference Call for Proposals is Now Open


The 7th Annual Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference Network is pleased to announce its seventh annual global collaboration extravaganza. The Global Education Conference will take place around the clock during International Education Week (November 13-16, 2016) featuring thought leaders from the world of education and beyond. The Global Education Conference is completely free to attend and all events take place online in webinar format.
We invite you to join 23,000 GEC community members from 170+ countries and actively participate in more than 200 sessions focused on international education topics. Together, we can connect K-20 classrooms to the world and prepare students for their globalized futures.


Our Mission

The mission of this conference is exclusively focused on globally connected teaching and learning. The Global Education Conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators, classrooms and organizations with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems, particularly around education for all.
Through this event, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!


Call for Proposals

To submit a proposal to present at the 7th annual Global Education Conference, follow the detailed directions listed here. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis starting September 1, 2016, and the call for proposals will close on November 1, 2016. Present in your time zone at a time that is convenient to you!
All proposal submissions must specifically relate to the mission of the conference. Our focus is globally connected teaching and learning rather than solely general education topics. All educators and non-profit organizations are welcome to submit a proposal; for profit entities must be a sponsor of the conference in order to share their information. (Companies should contact Steve Hargadon at steve@hargadon.com for further details on opportunities to connect with our network.)
This year's conference strands are:
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Curricular
  • Leadership

GEC Sponsors

Without the support of the following organizations, GlobalEdCon would not be possible. We are grateful for companies and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning. Contact Steve Hargadon (steve@hargadon.com) about opportunities to get involved with our community.
Our founding sponsor International Education Resources Network (IEARN) will continue to support us for the 2016 Global Education Conference. iEARN is also joined by other major supporters, Google for Education, and VIF International Education.
About VIF International Education: VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. The VIF learning center features Global Gateway professional development and classroom resources. Teachers can customize their PD experience with flexible evidence uploads, create and share globally themed lesson plans at their convenience, and collaborate with a community of peers around the world.
About Google for Education: Google for Education provides a myriad of education programs for teachers and students. Join others who are exploring their interests, and making a difference in the world.
About iEARN:  iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.


Partners

The Global Education Conference also seeks outreach partners with non-profit organizations and schools. Help us spread the word about this unique and free professional development event, and we will list your organization’s information on our web site. To indicate your support fostering global awareness through education, please sign up for this program and follow these instructions


Advisory Board

Individual educators can help support the conference by serving as volunteers and members of our international advisory board. For more information on how you can get involved, please sign up for our advisory board and to volunteer. Serve on our advisory board and volunteer during the conference; you will develop global connections, further your own professional learning, and contribute to an amazing education community.


Social Media 

To learn more, explore and share these resources:

See you online! 

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Library 2.0 Sponsored Webinar - "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification" with Tasha Squires

Library 2.0 Presents:
"Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification"

With:
Tasha Squires
Learning Resource Center Teacher at O’Neill Middle School Library

Date + Time:
Wednesday, August 17th
10am EDT for one hour
(Click on the time link to see the event time in your own time zone.)

Sign-up Link:
This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the link to the live event as well as to the recording. Sign up HERE.

Description:
Can a library-led game get the whole school talking, interacting, sharing, learning, reading, and collaborating? The answer is yes, and the result won this middle school $60,000 in goods and services! Hoping to get students reading and writing more, O’Neill Middle School's librarian designed an engaging and competitive game, encouraging 21st century skills such as innovation, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, in which students could voluntarily participate. The results were astounding. Students began interacting beyond their classrooms, forming partnerships with each other, connecting using online tools and problem solving together, with the library as the center of the game. Students also showed no summer slide after the program. Join Tasha Squires and learn how this school librarian designed, created, and implemented an award-winning gamification program, and how she got kids connecting, collaborating, reading, writing and more— all while playing a game.

About Tasha:
2015 Follett Challenge winner, Tasha Squires started her career as a Young Adult Librarian in a large public library district serving a diverse Southwestern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many hours booktalking in and working with the middle and high schools in the area. Later, she made the move to school libraries and is currently the LRC Director at O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL where she spends her days engaging students and teachers in the process of furthering their 21st-century skills and developing a love for reading. She is the author of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries published by Information Today, INC. She is the creator and main contributor of the blog www.booksinthemiddle.wordpress.com and you can contact her on Twitter @tasquires.

Event Platform:
The event software platform is Blackboard Collaborate, and the sessions can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Please verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2) to use Collaborate. For troubleshooting see this troubleshooting page.

Hosted + Sponsored by Follett:
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. With its acquisition of Baker & Taylor in 2016—a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide, and a premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to customers all over the world—Follett is able to provide unparalleled access to resources and services to both public and private institutions, learning centers, retailers, and more. For more information, visit www.follettlearning.com.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Registration and Call for Proposals Now Open for "Libraries of the Future" on October 6th (Online)


We're excited to announce the third of three Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Libraries of the Future," October 6th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone).

As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities. What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners. Sponsored with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE  to attend live or to receive the recording links.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. You can also use #library2016 on social media posts leading up to and during the event.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals is now open at http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit.

WEBINAR PLATFORM:
The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (more to come!):



Nigel Jacob
Co-Founder, Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
@nsjacob

Nigel Jacob is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics for the City of Boston. With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino’s advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel is also a fellow at the Center for the Advancement Public Action at Bennington College. In recognition for their ground-breaking work in Boston, Nigel and Chris Osgood were both named Public Officials of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine.
http://newurbanmechanics.org/boston/

Opening Keynote: Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators




Jesús Gerena
Managing Partner, Family Independence Initiative (FII)


Jesús Gerena joined FII in 2010, bringing more than 15 years of experience as a community organizer. Jesús is a member and Co-Chair of the English for New Bostonians Oversight Committee, and serves as a board member for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the Boston Foundation for Architecture. He is also a 2015 Barr Foundation Fellow, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to greater Boston. Prior to joining FII, he served as the Deputy Director of the Hyde Square Task Force, a program dedicated to empowering and engaging youth in turbulent neighborhoods.
http://www.fii.org/

Opening Keynote: Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators




Grif Peterson
Learning Lead, Peer 2 Peer University


Grif Peterson is learning lead for Peer 2 Peer University, where he oversees all learning design and is primarily responsible for the development and growth of the Learning Circle program. He has seven years' experience working in education, including as a research assistant with the Learning Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, academic affairs officer at the University of Central Asia, and an analyst in the higher education group at Morgan Stanley. He holds an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
https://www.p2pu.org/en/

Opening Keynote: Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators




Miguel Figueroa
Director, Center for the Future of Libraries
American Library Association
@figuerca

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, a new initiative from the American Library Association that works to identify trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; the American Library Association's Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; New York University’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.
http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future

Conference Wrap-up


Monday, June 13, 2016

Final Schedule + Speakers Posted - Join Us for "Library as Classroom" Mini Conference This Wednesday

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Library as Classroom," is this Wednesday, June 15th! There is still time to register to join us from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. The full schedule is below.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterwards. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 network to be able to connect with and correspond with 22,000 other individuals in the library world, and to be kept updated on this and future events. All times are Pacific Daylight Time below. Register to see in your own time zone.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
12:00 pm (PDT):

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom
Michael Stephens, Michael Casey, Brian Kenney, Joyce Valenza, and Jessamyn West.

1:00 pm (PDT)

Fast and Fit Brain Training: Through a Library Service Delivery Model, Year Two
Patricia Shepard Sohmer, M.A., Park County Public Library Manager

FutureForce: A new type of education for a new type of student
Megan Egbert, District Programs Manager, Meridian Library District

Special Collections in the Classroom: Embedding Special Collections in an Undergraduate History Course
Teresa Gray, Public Services Archivist, Special Collections and University Archives, Vanderbilt University

The Library Makerspace as Classroom
Lauren Di Monte, Librarian & NCSU Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University Libraries

1:30 pm (PDT)

Beyond the Library as Classroom: Two-Generation and Family Learning
Lorette McWilliams, Research Analyst, Harvard Family Research Project

Building a Learning Community Through Public Libraries 
Margaret Penn, Branch Manager, Gwinnett County Public Library

OERs (Open Educational Resources) at the Junction of Library and Classroom 
David V. Loertscher, Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University

Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamificiation
Tasha Squires - Learning Resource Center Teacher (School Librarian),  O'Neill Middle School

2:00 pm (PDT)

Incorporating Making Culture into the Curriculum-Wilson Library's Journey
Amy Jiang, Coordinator of Library Technology, Wilson Library, University of La Verne

Library as a Classroom for Library Staff
Sally Pewhairangi, Director, Finding Heroes

Thinking outside the curriculum: Education throughout the research lifecycle
Joshua Sadvari, Research Commons Program Manager & GIS Specialist, The Ohio State University Libraries

When It Comes to Curriculum, One Size Does NOT Fit All:Follett’s Lightbox is the Interactive, Fun Resource for All Teaching and Learning Styles
Mitch Coulter, Senior Product Manager, Follett School Solutions

2:30 pm (PDT)

Closing Keynote: Sean Casserly

MORE INFORMATION

In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this ­curriculum.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

WEBINAR PLATFORM:
The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2). Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:



Michael Stephens
Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University
@mstephens7

Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He presents to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, learning, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. To review Dr. Stephen’s archive of work, visit his Tame the Web website and blog http://tametheweb.com.
http://tametheweb.com/

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Michael Casey
Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library
@michaelecasey

Michael Casey is currently the Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta. Named a Mover + Shaker by Library Journal in March 2007, he co-authored (with Michael Stephens) “The Transparent Library” (2014, Amazon KDP) and he co-authored (with Laura Savastinuk) “Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service” (2007, Information Today Press) and is a contributor to “Library 2.0 and Beyond” (2007, Libraries Unlimited). He and Michael Stephens co-authored a monthly column in Library Journal titled “The Transparent Library“. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of modern library services. Michael holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State, an MA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Duquesne University.
https://about.me/michaelecasey

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Brian Kenney
Director of the White Plains Public Library
@brian_kenney

​Librarian, editor, and author Brian Kenney, Ph.D., is the director of the White Plains Public Library (NY) and a Contributing Editor to Publishers Weekly. ​Previously he was the editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. His misspent youth was spent working in libraries in New York City, including the Brooklyn Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum. His research interest is in understanding the experience of adults reading for pleasure.


Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Joyce Valenza
Assistant Professor in the Master of Information Program, Rutgers University
@joycevalenza

After completely 25 years of joyful practice as a teacher librarian in K12 education, Joyce Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Information program. Joyce has worked in special, public, and school libraries. She recently published the Social Media Curation, a Library Technology Report for ALA. Joyce writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and contributes to several other library and edtech publications. She is active in AASL, ALA, ALISE and ISTE and considers herself one of the godmothers of the #tlchat network.
http://about.me/jvalenza

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Jessamyn West
Library Technologist
@jessamyn

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She helps run the Internet Archive's Open Library project and writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.
http://www.librarian.net/

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Sean Casserly
Director of the Johnson County Library

Sean has worked in the library field for more than 20 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a graduate degree in Library Information Science. He has been the Director of the Johnson County Library for the last 4 years. In his spare time he likes to travel with his wife and read.

Closing Keynote


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ISTE "Unplugged" in Denver - 10th Anniversary of the Education Unconference!


The annual ISTE.org conference is at the end of this month in Denver, Colorado, and for the TENTH year we have a set of grassroots-organized "unplugged" events that you can participate in for free, grounded by the Hack Education unconference and after-party on Saturday, June 26th. Invite your educator friends, because on Saturday you don't even need to be attending ISTE to join the unconference! (You do need to be registered for everything else.)

Really, this is kind of a big deal. You can read the history here, but ten years ago David Warlick suggested on an ISTE wiki that we hold an "edubloggercon" (a meetup of educational bloggers), and if you want to have some fun doing a "who's-who," the picture of that first group of educational bloggers gathering (and many actually meeting for the first time) is below. It's pretty amazing--see the list of those first attendees here! Those who were there will never forget sitting on floors, tables, and anywhere we could downstairs in that Atlanta conference center.


Classroom 2.0 had just been started three months before (originally called School 2.0). MySpace, not Facebook, defined social networking at the time, and boy was it an uphill battle in education for those that could see the value of peer-to-peer social networks for teachers... and talking about student-use was even more outlandish. (Oh, the intense and negative reactions!) Twitter had also just been founded, Educon was launched the next year, and the first EdCamp and the first Global Education Conference--both major evidence of the desire for peer-to-peer professional development--were still three years away. You have to give David (and Anita McAnear from ISTE) some major credit here--his other big idea that year was to have a "bloggers' cafe" area for just chatting during the conference, and Anita made them both happen inside of the ISTE machinery.

Since then EduBloggerCon has become "Hack Education" (hat tip to special host Audrey Watters), and we've developed a fuller set of events that, in aggregate, are called "ISTE unplugged." For several years we even ran "ISTE Live!" where ANYBODY could present, whether or not they had been accepted to speak by the ISTE conference committee (shout-out to some major ed tech stars who got their start presenting that way).

Anyway, it's been a great, great journey. Thanks, everyone. If you were in that first-year group, and you're coming this year, let's be sure to take a reunion photo!

[Oh, and a fun idea alert:  I just purchased the domain name unconference.org--anyone want to blow the doors off next year by holding "the great educational unconference," maybe as its own event? A free, city-wide, multi-day, multi-location education and learning event somewhere? Kind of like the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh? The wheels never stop churning...]

So, here is this year's set of events... Everything is also on http://www.ISTEunplugged.com.

Saturday, June 25th, Hack Education: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Colorado Convention Center. #hacked15 or #hackeducation (anyone wanting to be a volunteer organizer should come at 8:00 am).

Part of the EduBloggerCon tradition, Hack Education is the tenth all-day unconference held the Saturday before ISTE, and it's a great event for beginners and regular attenders alike! Come join us for an amazing community experience filled with interesting conversations in a highly-social environment. Our special guest host will again be Audrey Watters of Hack Education! Educators in the local area are welcome to come, even if they are not registered for or going to attend ISTE.

Hack Education is free (thanks to the amazing generosity of ISTE and our sponsor, CLASSFLOW). IMPORTANT: There is no formal signup, but for planning purposes, communication, and connecting with others, it's helpful to have you indicate your attendance at the Facebook event page here. If you are juggling other activities or travel, you are welcome to join us for any portion of time you want to attend.

Honestly, this is a great event, and many will tell you it is the event to attend at ISTE because it's all about connecting and sharing. Hack Education is based on the idea of an "unconference", and is organized by the participants in real-time on-site. You could also call it a "collaborative conference." There are no formal presentations, just "conversations" that you or others facilitate. Those who lead sessions are not expected to prepare material but just to facilitate discussion. Every year is different but equally fun!

Saturday, June 25th, Evening Party: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mile High Rooftop, 1949 Market St., Denver, CO 80202.

HackEd will wrap up at 4 pm, and we hope you take some time to enjoy the tastes of downtown Denver for dinner before heading to join fellow Unplugged attendees for networking and light food and drinks at the 2016 Hack Education After Party. Part of ISTE Unplugged, the Hack Education After Party is free for attendees, thanks to the support of CLASSFLOW.

There will be an advance registration (with some special benefits) posted shortly at http://www.isteunplugged.com/sat-night-625-party, so check that link in a week or so.

Sunday, June 26th, Global Education Day:  An extension of our annual Global Education Conference, and organized by the incomparable Lucy Gray, Global Ed Day at ISTE is proving to be super-popular. Now in our fourth year, there is limited space at this event in order to make sure it's good for global collaboration and networking (basically, a room with tables instead of stadium-style seating limits our numbers). There are: inspirational ignite talks by noted educators and organizations working to connect classrooms; round-table discussions in which educators will showcase specific examples of global projects; and a global resource "cool tools duel" in which attendees will share the best resources and tools for creating global experiences for students. For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.globaledmeetup.com.

All Conference, Bloggers' Cafe: look for signs for the tenth-annual bloggers' cafe gathering area, and find folks to have great conversations with. The Bloggers' Cafe is a location set aside by ISTE as one of their "lounge" areas for the conference, and is open the full duration of the conference. Often filled well-beyond the seating capacity generously provided, it becomes base camp for some, a landing place for others. The "BC" can often be intimidating to the beginner as they recognize the names of well-known bloggers or social media folks--but the name of the game in the BC is "EVERYONE'S WELCOME!" (except pushy vendors :). If someone doesn't notice you or introduce you to the group they are with, it's not for lack of manners, it's just because they are so involved--so please, introduce yourself!



OK, so there you have it. If you're going to Denver for ISTE, I hope to see you and that you enjoy the conference and our events. If you're not going to ISTE, I know it's not fun to get this kind of an email. We feel your pain. Because these events are so very much face-to-face oriented, they don't get broadcast; but do remember we have a lot of other events on LearningRevolution.com that are broadcast, and we'll "see you online" soon!

Steve

Steve Hargadon


Friday, May 27, 2016

Register Now for the "Library as Classroom" Free Mini-Conference on June 15th

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: "Library as Classroom," is coming up soon! Register now to join us on June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. There will be an hour-long opening keynote panel, three half-hour blocks with multiple choices of practitioner presentations, and then a half-hour closing keynote (see below).

In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this ­curriculum.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
We are still accepting proposals for a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

WEBINAR PLATFORM:
The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2). Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:


Michael Stephens
Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University
@mstephens7

Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He presents to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, learning, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. To review Dr. Stephen’s archive of work, visit his Tame the Web website and blog http://tametheweb.com.
http://tametheweb.com/

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Michael Casey
Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library
@michaelecasey

Michael Casey is currently the Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta. Named a Mover + Shaker by Library Journal in March 2007, he co-authored (with Michael Stephens) “The Transparent Library” (2014, Amazon KDP) and he co-authored (with Laura Savastinuk) “Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service” (2007, Information Today Press) and is a contributor to “Library 2.0 and Beyond” (2007, Libraries Unlimited). He and Michael Stephens co-authored a monthly column in Library Journal titled “The Transparent Library“. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject of modern library services. Michael holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State, an MA in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Duquesne University.
https://about.me/michaelecasey

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Brian Kenney
Director of the White Plains Public Library
@brian_kenney

​Librarian, editor, and author Brian Kenney, Ph.D., is the director of the White Plains Public Library (NY) and a Contributing Editor to Publishers Weekly. ​Previously he was the editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. His misspent youth was spent working in libraries in New York City, including the Brooklyn Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum. His research interest is in understanding the experience of adults reading for pleasure.


Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Joyce Valenza
Assistant Professor in the Master of Information Program, Rutgers University
@joycevalenza

After completely 25 years of joyful practice as a teacher librarian in K12 education, Joyce Valenza joined the faculty of Rutgers University where she is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Information program. Joyce has worked in special, public, and school libraries. She recently published the Social Media Curation, a Library Technology Report for ALA. Joyce writes the NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and contributes to several other library and edtech publications. She is active in AASL, ALA, ALISE and ISTE and considers herself one of the godmothers of the #tlchat network.
http://about.me/jvalenza

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Jessamyn West
Library Technologist
@jessamyn

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She helps run the Internet Archive's Open Library project and writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.
http://www.librarian.net/

Opening Keynote Panel: Defining the Library as Classroom




Sean Casserly
Director of the Johnson County Library

Sean has worked in the library field for more than 20 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a graduate degree in Library Information Science. He has been the Director of the Johnson County Library for the last 4 years. In his spare time he likes to travel with his wife and read.

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