Thursday, October 10, 2013

Connected Librarians Day (Free) Events - Monday, October 14th

As a pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference starting October 18th, we're hosting a short series of free online sessions this coming Monday. Part of the impetus for this day is also to make sure that there is representation of librarians as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM)--and since I'm on the organizing committee for CEM, I figured I would wave a magic wand and just declare Monday, October 14th, "Connected Librarians Day!" (Hashtag #cld13)

Like Library 2.013, all of the sessions below are being held online and are free. The times show are US-Eastern Daylight Time. If you need to see them in your own time zone, go to the schedule page at Library 2.013 and find your link by that time zone.

Hope you'll join us!  See you online!

  • 11:00am US-Eastern Daylight Time
    • "Leading the Charge to Connect the Library, Classroom, and Curriculum: A View from Library Leadership" - Panel Discussion
      • Description: In this dynamic panel discussion, three members of Follett’s Project Connect team will share their views on the future of the library and explore how librarians are central to successful 1:1 implementations and the digital shift. As they seek to develop and engage teacher leadership, innovative districts are empowering librarians to teach students, coach teachers and help lead transformation in 21st century schools. Project Connect brings together leaders from school administration, library and instructional technology fields to provide models of success connected to mobile computing, digital resources and instructional practice.
      • Panelists (see panelist detail here):
        • Mark Ray - 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year
        • Gail Dickinson - AASL President
        • Susan Ballard - former President of AASL
      • Moderator: Britten Follett
      • Blackboard Collaborate Room Link:
  • 12:00pm US-Eastern Daylight Time
    • "The Library as Makerspace"- Kristin Fontichiaro
      • Description:  Defined as groups of creators who come together to design, plan, and create products using both digital and non-digital tools, makerspaces are popping up in library-centered conversations. While makerspaces can include cutting-edge technology, it takes more than 3D printers, computers, and robotics equipment to define them. It is the underlying non-competitive support and collaboration community that truly convert an activity into a makerspace. Ito et al (2013) define “connected learning” as “broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity” (p. 4). Makerspaces in libraries are an avenue to connected learning.
      • Bio: Kristin Fontichiaro is a clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media program at the University of Michigan's School of Information.
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  • 1:00pm US-Eastern Daylight Time
    • "Virtual Library Instruction:Tools and Tips" - Stacy Creel
      • Description: This presentation includes a discussion on a variety of online library instruction tools and methods for use in today's libraries. It includes tips and tools on static (vodcasts and online pathfinders) and interactive online (wikis, quizzes, live classrooms) presentations. It is based on assignments from LIS 590 Library Instruction and LIS 501 Reference for graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science. Examples of final projects will be presented along with student feedback on the tools. Participants can expect small group breakout and discussion.
      • Bio: I teach undergraduate and graduate courses. In every course I seek to incorporate relevant technology, assignments, and student feedback. I created the Library Instruction course at USM SLIS for academic and public librarians. The course includes a focus on face-to-face library instruction, as well as digital instruction, learning styles, methods and more. I am the advisor for the Graduate Certificate in Youth Services and Literature and recieved the Exemplary Online Course Award from USM in 2013.
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    • "Teaching the Teachers: Integrating Technology into Library Instruction" - Amanda Nichols Hess
      • Description: Librarians everywhere - in schools, in public libraries, in colleges and universities, and in other settings - are increasingly charged with instruction. This might be in K-12 classes, or in workshops, or in one-shot instructional sessions for a college course. As they are asked to teach more, librarians are simultaneously tasked with bringing technology into their instructional practices. However… are librarians adequately prepared and equipped to do this? Moreover, do they feel prepared and equipped to do so meaningfully?
        This presentation will consider how, in one academic library, librarians worked together to be prepared and equipped to use technology and to do so meaningfully and purposefully for their campus. Although the setting may be specific (an academic library), the issues encountered through the course of this program are nearly universal to libraries and librarians: lack of formal knowledge or training, too little time or too few resources to properly equip and train librarians, inability to perceive immediate (or near-immediate) usefulness. Now in its second year of a coordinated instructional technology integration program, this presentation will share how this library assessed its librarians’ instructional technology needs, scaffolded and structured knowledge-building, and continuously evaluated the effectiveness of the program. Tips will be identified and shared for designing the process, implementing a training/learning program, and evaluating its effects on librarians. Learn how this type of effort made using technology in instruction more manageable, maintainable, and meaningful for librarians, and and leave this session with concrete ideas on how such a program could be designed and implemented in your library!
      • Bio: Amanda Nichols Hess is Assistant Professor and eLearning/Instructional Technology Librarian at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She earned her MSI from the University of Michigan, and previously worked as a school library media specialist and K-12 technology integration specialist. Amanda has been published in School Library Monthly and has work forthcoming in both Library Youth Outreach and the Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning.
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  • 2:00pm US-Eastern Daylight Time
    • "[Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age" - John Shank
      • Description: This session will focus on how blended librarianship provides a vision for how librarians can be at the intersection of the learning and knowledge becoming a learning hub for their campus. Learn how In the digital information age, the blended librarian becomes a leader, who acts as the mediator and guide, to accessing and making sense of the ever expanding universe of information in all the forms that it takes.
      • Bio: See
      • Blackboard Collaborate Room:

Webinar Platform

The conference platform is Blackboard Collaborate, an online platform that combines video, audio, chat, presentation, and other capabilities, and it supports participation from any computer using Window, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android. 
To check that your computer is ready for Blackboard Collaborate, please click here. "Step 1" will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then "Step 2" lets you actually go into a test session. We encourage you to do this in advance of the conference. If you have any difficulties, you can check the Collaborate Help FAQ and then ask for help in the user community.

Important Note for MAC Users
If you are using a Mac running Mountain Lion v10.8.4, Blackboard has released a special app called the "Collaborate Launcher for Mac" which is now required for Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and later. Here are directions from Blackboard's Support site.

Mobile Users
  • You can join live sessions from iPhone, iPad, or Android device (including Kindle Fire HD)
  • You are able to interact via text chat and two-way audio; to view whiteboard content and shared applications; to use emoticons, hand raising, polls, breakout rooms; and to stream or download recordings to any mobile device.
  • There are certain elements of a session that you are not able to see using the mobile platform, including web-tours and desktop sharing.
  • Links to download the mobile apps can be found at


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