Connected Librarian Day Archive

Connected Librarians Day 2013

"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):


"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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"Virtual Library Instruction:Tools & 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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"[Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age" - John Shank