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Connected Librarian Day! (Updated!)

I am thrilled to be keynoting at Library 2.014 this year (October 8-9).  I’ll be talking about the importance of building social capital in our profession.

I am doubly thrilled to be organizing our second Connected Librarian Day, as a pre-conference on Tuesday, October 7th.  (Please help spread the word by sharing our flyer!)

Sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, the open, online, free and international event will present a rich array of leaders in our field talking about topics of immediate interest. The conference will be archived to compensate for time zone (and schedule) issues.

Here’s the schedule.  On October 7th, you can click on the hyperlinked title to join each session.

12:30pm PDT / 3:30pm EDT – Welcome and About the Landscape with Britten Follett, Joyce Valenza, Ross Todd & Shannon Miller

1pm PDT / 4pm EDT -Heidi Neltner on Your Stakeholder Connected Librarian Toolkit

In the 21st Century, there are many options for staying connected to our school library stakeholders that include technology and good old fashioned face-to-face connections.  I’ll share some low-budget – mostly free!- tech tools and strategies you can use with ease to mindfully communicate your programming and success related to stakeholder priorities.

2pm PDT / 5pm EDT – Judy O’Connell on “Leadership in a connected age: change, challenge and productive chaos”

The 21st century school library leader recognizes that without keeping an eye on the future we may be doomed to remaining a prisoner of the past. With this eye on the future, the agile leader welcomes innovation, embraces change and thrives on chaos. But what skills are necessary to survive in the future? What do you need to do today? How will this affect you and your school community? Trends in knowledge construction, participatory cultures and social networks can give us the blueprint to successful leadership in our connected age. The good news is that by preparing today we can successfully meet the challenges of our global connected future of tomorrow.

3pm PDT / 6pm EDT – Michelle Luhtala on “Flipped Learning and the Essential Tools to Get you There”

What does it take to flip your program? Not much! This session will work through ten tools that will help school librarians flip instruction and help promote self-directed learning. Tools discussed will include course management systems, library management systems, eContent Cloud collaboration tools, online voicemail services, text-based instruction, student response applications, playlist creators, screencasting, and blogs.

4pm PDT / 7pm EDT – Patrice Bryan & Darcy Coffta on “Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces”

The shift from consumption-based learning to creation-based learning means many schools are transforming the library into a makerspace. Award-winning, innovative programs attest to the success of this movement. We’ll look at what’s being done and how educators teach & students learn in this model. The ways we support and advocate for the change from a quiet environment to a bustling activity center will be explored by the panel, as well as ways to highlight & share successes with other schools. The two panelists will showcase recent success in their schools where the library is now the center of action. Here, learning is student-driven & project-based, & kids are producers and sharers of information. Collaboration is key and kids learn from each other. The panelists will share before, during, & after stories of their transition, including best practices.

 

5pm PD T/ 8pm EDT – Matthew Winner & Sherry Gick  on “When Sherry Met Matthew: Finding Your Educational Soulmate and Helping Kids to Rule the World”

Kids hold the solutions to the world’s problems, but need the opportunity to rise to the challenge. We asked kids how they would change the world and then constructed a learning environment to do exactly that. What resulted not only translated to an epic win for all of the kids involved, but one of the most meaningful projects we as teachers have ever been a part of. And when the going gets tough, the tough find an incredible educational counterpart to join on the journey.

6pm PDT / 9pm EDT – Jennifer LaGarde on “Imagining Library Spaces of the Future, Today”

Simply put, if your school library is still just a place where students go to check out books, you’re doing it wrong. Today’s school libraries should be places where students engage with information, each other and learners from around the world to ask big questions, solve real problems and build new knowledge. Let’s talk about ways that you can transform the library from a place where students simply consume information, to a participatory space where they create, design, engineer and build the information of the future.

7pm PDT / 10pm EDT – Closing Comments with Britten Follett, Joyce Valenza, Ross Todd & Shannon Miller.

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.

Connection Details:

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 WeCollaborate.com user community.F

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 http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Mobile-Collaboration.aspx.

Please plan to attend and help us get the word out! Repost and tweet!  Our hashtag will be: #cld14.

Use the time zone converter to make sure you don’t miss out!

 

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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