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I had the great privilege of presenting a session at today’s BCTLA conference in Coquitlam.  Although I was not able to present it live, I delivered the presentation via skype and was grateful for the opportunity to spend some time with great BC teacher-librarians.

I put my slides from today’s talk onto Google Docs for easy access.  You can see them here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dnKJCnVl4b0lKNjanSVCQSx4OS3JZZART8W16rP6vW8/edit

I have also made the handout available through dropbox.  The link is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6uzn9bx6dgufbi/School%20Libraries%20and%20Participatory%20Culture%20Handout%20%28OCT12%29.docx

Finally, I recorded the talk using a screencasting tool and the resulting video (including a few technological hiccups) is available here: https://ecast.srv.ualberta.ca/Podcasts/degroot/BCTLAParticipatoryCultureOct12.mp4

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I have the great pleasure of presenting to school library personnel from around the province of Quebec who will be attending the MELS Library Symposium.  I am presenting the same talk on both days–the first day to elementary school people and the second to secondary school people.  All these library staff members work in English schools from across the province and they will be coming to Montreal to connect with others in the library world.

I will be speaking about participatory culture and what libraries can do, both online and offline, to support their students and teachers.  The handout for my session can be found here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B26FVFyG1P7lcnJyWGhMT05Udmk4TlpJSG5LellkUQ

I have uploaded the slides to Google Docs and they can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1EXw6nc_fTGrXF17YDbc3vX-yFPk41LlnUucgejW06uY/edit

What ideas do you have for incorporating the new skills associated with participatory culture into your school library program?  Please share your ideas in the comments!

 

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ALISE '12 LogoI returned last night from Dallas, Texas, where I attended the annual conference of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE).  Dallas was a fun city to visit and the conference was very good.  It was great to connect (or re-connect) with colleagues and ‘talk shop’ over lunch, dinner, and drinks. I attended sessions on supporting adjunct faculty in LIS education (presented by Dr. Sandy Hirsch from San Jose State University) and a panel about using new technology to support distance education courses.  Dr. Hirsch’s talk was particularly interesting because she provided us with an overview of two new studies on adjunct faculty in LIS programs that spoke to my own experiences as an itinerant professor.  One thing I found interesting was that most adjunct (or sessional) faculty in LIS programs tend to have full time jobs and teach courses ‘on the side’.  Less than 20% of adjunct faculty (according to the study) make their living teaching for one or more programs.  In this session we also talked about issues related to mentorship, teaching online, remuneration of adjunct / sessional faculty, and ways to improve communication.

I was fortunate to be part of a panel presentation through the School Libraries SIG entitled “Four Perspectives on School Librarian Professional Development”.  This session was one of the best conference sessions I have attended in a long time.  Renee Franklin Hill (from Syracuse University) shared findings from a recent study about how teacher-librarians are prepared to support special education teachers and special education programs in their schools. Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Maria Cahill (from Texas Women’s University) presented their research about the kinds of professional development opportunities available to teacher-librarians from conferences.  Then, Dr. Moreillon discussed another study about the importance of teacher-librarians’ role as instructional partners.  Finally, Jennifer Branch and I then presented our research about professional development opportunities for Canadian teacher-librarians, based on the national survey we conducted last year.  We focused particularly on the school and district level PD available, as well as the ways in which teacher-librarians are building and maintaining personal learning networks to support their informal PD needs.  I was really thrilled to be part of this panel and to meet such interesting and dedicated researchers.  I look forward to being able to read more about these research projects and share the findings with my students in future classes.

Now that this conference is done, I am home for a few days to catch up and recuperate and then beginning to look forward to the Ontario Library Association’s SuperConference early next month.

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I am pleased to be presenting a session for the Saskatchewan School Library Association next week.  I will be doing a session called “Developing a Culture of Reading in Schools using Technology”. Due to technological limitations with the online webinar format, I have decided to go low tech for this presentation.  Below is the slide deck I will be using for the session.  I have also created a LiveBinder (which I blogged about here) for participants to use as a virtual handout after the presentation. You can see the LiveBinder here.

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In early December, I will be presenting a session at the Congrès des Milieux Documentaires du Quebec, an annual conference for librarians and archivists in the province of Quebec.  I am presenting a session (with Jennifer Branch, who sadly can’t be here in person for our session) called “Building a Social Presence: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Redefine Personal and Professional Online Spaces”.  Below are the slides for our presentation.  Unfortunately, we only have 20 minutes to present (which I didn’t know when we put in the proposal).  This is a talk that could take 4 times that amount of time.  So, I will be speaking fast and not going into as much detail as I might like, but hopefully I will be able to give the librarians who come to this session some ideas for using technology personally and professionally.

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