Session 1

Friday, April 30th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

History Inquiry: Battle of Cobleskill 1778
Learn how teachers, librarians, students, parents and local volunteers teamed up to create a New York State Archives Student Research award-winning documentary. -
Laura Boggs-Gagnon, Librarian, Radez ES, Richmondville.

Twitter 4 Librarians
To view everything from the presentation, go to my //wiki page//.
On my wiki page, there is a link that is LOADED with Twitter how-to's and tutorials. Check it out!

Do you want to broaden your personal learning network? Want to see what educators, authors, and other librarians are talking about? Do YOU have something exciting to share? You can do all this in fewer than 140 characters! In this session, you will recognize the value of having your own Personal Learning Network (PLN). You will also see how Twitter can augment and improve your PLN. With a broader PLN, you will take charge (or supercharge) your professional development, locate resources for your library, get collaborative solutions, and “meet” interesting people in your profession. Participants will learn how to set up a twitter account, how to choose Tweeters to follow, and how to tweet. - Chris Gibson, aka infodivaBronx (

Junior Achievement and the School Library Media Center
Looking for ways to promote your school library program? Searching for ways to get parents and community members involved in your school library program? Junior Achievement has a real world inquiry based curriculum for grades K-12. The focus on civics, economics and government incorporated in these lessons is critical for student outcomes as future citizens in this volatile economic climate. At a time when 21st Century Skills are more critical than ever, Junior Achievement (JA) may be an answer to promoting our library programs while teaching vital skills lacking in today’s workforce. Curricula and consumable materials are supplied at no charge to school districts but through corporate sponsorship. In this workshop you will learn how to present JA in your library using Smartboards for lesson extensions and coordinate volunteers for classroom teachers as well. Collaboration opportunities with colleagues, administrators and community members abound when you present JA as a learning experience in your school. - Kali Nagler, SLMS, Lake Avenue Elementary School, Saratoga Springs, CSD & Susan Klippel, JA District Manager of Nortneastern New York

Books on Foot
Books on Foot, now in its’ second year, is a popular literacy based program involving listening, writing and walking…an extension of the physical education program at Abram Lansing Elementary School called Healthy Steps. Using Playaways, pedometers and a library generated booklet, students meet in the library once a week, get their equipment, walk outside with me for 20 minutes and then return to the library to record their summaries and steps.

Besides a description of this enrichment program including cost, how it was implemented, time involved, past mistakes, how it has changed from the program I originally read about in the January 2008 edition of Librarian’s Media Monthly, attendees will see a filmed segment of the program in action and hear what the students, teachers and administration love about it. Examples of the equipment and booklet will also be available. Carolyn McLoughlin, Abram Lansing ES, Cohoes.

Putting the revised NYSED School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) rubric to work
This session presents a critical view of the recently revised NYSED School Library Media Program Evaluation.State Education Department Associate in School Library Services John Brock will set the context for the SLMPE rubric within Education Law, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Board of Regents Policy and SED guidance. A discussion session will follow with Paige Jaeger, Peg Brady and Marie Rossi sharing their experience "piloting" the rubric, suggestions for use and roll-out, and practical applications for using this tool. Benefits and challenges encountered will be candidly shared
.John P. Brock, Associate School Library Services, NYSED, Paige Jaeger -Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES, School Library System, member SLMPE rubric committee, Peg Brady - Ballston Spa, Administrator, Marie Rossi - Ballston Spa HS School Librarian.
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Laurie Halse Anderson - A talk with the Knickerbocker Winner.