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What's NEW for SCHOOL LIBRARIES: Best NEW Tools, Resources and Strategies for Creating an Exemplary SCHOOL LIBRARY Program

Presented by Linda Dougherty
Outstanding Teacher-Librarian and Presenter

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Specifically Designed for School Librarians/Media Specialists, Library Aides and Technology Specialists Serving Grades K-12

  • What’s NEW for school library/media centers: 101 most current strategies, resources and tools to build an exemplary school library program with proven ideas for in class, online and hybrid teaching
  • Best NEW interactive digital tools and tips to build creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills into student learning whether you are working with students in-person or online
  • Brand your library program with new creative designs
  • How to build an optimal online learning community with high levels of student safety, innovation, communication, and learning

Practical Ideas and Strategies

School librarians are no longer just the “keeper of the books.” They are now considered academic collaborative instructors and expert professional development leaders for developing 21st Century competency skills with students and teachers. In this NEW, timely, highly practical seminar, Linda Dougherty will share how to create an effective, multi-faceted exemplary school library program. Linda will share proven ways to design creative collaborative projects, leverage social media and better advocate for your students and your school library. Linda will share practical ways to make the best use of the latest ed tech tools no matter what your day with students looks like. In addition you will explore NEW trends such as curating, social and emotional learning, video instruction, podcasting, virtual tours, and more with hands-on exploration time.

You will leave Linda’s seminar with a detailed digital handbook and access to online resources to advance your school library program to the next level.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. What’s New for School Libraries: Best New Ideas to Help You Create an Exemplary School Library Program
    Receive more than 101 of the best current tools, resources and strategies to create an exemplary school library program … Advance your school library program forward into the best current model that effectively promotes student learning
  2. Explore the Latest Interactive Technology Tools to Support Digital, Media and Information Literacies
    Effectively use interactive tools for websites, podcasting, video conferencing, digital storytelling, image creation, and more … Learn innovative ways to use these tools to increase student learning with digital, media and information literacy resources whether working with students at school or online
  3. Discover NEW Ways to Engage Your Students in Your Content and Resources using Your Library Apps and LMS programs
    Find out how the latest Google and Microsoft applications can change instruction from static to dynamic student learning. Discover ways to collaborate on projects with students and teachers using Adobe Spark EDU, Book Creator, Jamboard, virtual tours and more
  4. Advocate for Your Library Program by Creating a Library Brand and Marketing Strategies
    Tell your library’s “story” by designing logos, signage, websites, audio news and videos … Communicating the best of #whatwedo on social media and building connections with shareholders
  5. Support Social and Emotional Learning for Students in This Challenging Educational Time
    Students will need support during this time of change in schools. Discover new books and resource collections to build and diversify your collections. Take-away lists of book titles, ideas and resources to share with teachers and administrators
  6. Challenge Your Creative Side with New & Updated Design Ideas
    Take a fun look at designing presentations, games, library posters, and more for your “real life” library and virtual library. Be prepared to play with colors, images, and animations with Canva, Adobe Spark, Google Slides, etc.
  7. Increase Student Success and Accountability in Online and Hybrid Learning Environments
    Implement formative assessment methods that easy and fun for students to use … Support teachers with information literacy and research strategies that are timely and grade level appropriate
  8. Explore the NEW Trends in Library Curation
    More efficiently select, organize and share digital resources and tools to build a diverse and equitable collection … Use NEW online curation tools to create websites … Discover FREE resources for students and teachers
  9. Build NEW Personal Learning Networks - PLN’s - with School Librarians
    Meet familiar voices and connect with new librarians, teachers, and ed tech gurus to pave the way to change your school library program … Take time to make those personal connections today.
  10. Receive a Comprehensive School Library Media Resource Handbook
    Leave with an extensive school library resource handbook filled with 101 of the newest, most current ideas, strategies and materials for strengthening and enhancing your school library program whether you are working at school or online

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • What’s NEW for school librarians … More than 100 of the best, current strategies, tools and resources
  • Practical and safe ways to make sure your school library is ready for connecting students with BOOKS, the main focus of school libraries everywhere
  • Latest updates on new and familiar apps to create choice boards, resource menus and games to share with students in a dynamic learning environment
  • Best digital tools and tips to enhance instruction to include learning strategies, collaborative learning, and successful student interactions in-school, online or in a hybrid learning environment
  • Current social, emotional and diversified learning resources integrated into instructional content by collaborating with classroom teachers for best student learning practices
  • Curate online resources to expand your collection for lesson plans and research using Wakelet, Google Sites, and more
  • Create online videos to share books with students to include book talks, scavenger hunts, tutorials, and more
  • New safe ways to connect your students globally with people outside of their classroom walls using Flipgrid, Google Jamboard and Breakout rooms
  • How to better facilitate personalized professional development for staff using flipped learning, personalized instruction and curated online resource collections
  • Communication tools to use with parents to increase their participation in their student’s online learning and success
  • NEW trends in library programs including augmented and virtual reality, podcasting, coding, digital portfolios, and more

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

We are looking into a changing future for our schools. What will your library look like in the next few months or next year? Do you need ideas on how to support your buildings instructional goals while keeping your school library as a recognized, valuable part of learning for your students? Are you overwhelmed with how to add new trends while keeping the best practices that work for your school? I totally understand your concerns on where to start from my years as a district library chair plus high school and elementary librarian positions. Keeping up with the changes in school libraries today means I’m always learning and sharing. Let me share with you the very latest resources needed to create the best school library program in step-by-step guided seminar.

During our time together, I will offer you practical, hands-on guided sessions during the day to answer your questions for your changing library program. We will take time to share with each other best practices that are working now and learn about new ideas to take back to your schools. I plan on taking you step-by-step on outlining and building a library program that will meet your needs for now and the future. By the end of our fast moving day, you will have many innovative ideas, as well as a fresh perspective on how you can make these tools and strategies work for you.

Just so you will have everything you need when you finish your day, I have also created a digital tote bag to accompany the seminar and handbook, so that you won’t have to type in the URLs. Your online handbook will also be available to review seminar ideas. Best of all, as I find new tools, or old ones disappear, you will still have the best resources in your digital folders. In addition, I am always available to you through email, to provide support after the seminar and to answer any questions.

Join me for this fast-paced, idea-packed day as we discover together all the exciting resources to enrich your school library programs. Whether your school is in-person, online or in a hybrid learning format you’ll leave with numerous ideas you can use right away.

Linda J. Dougherty

P.S. As a veteran school librarian, I understand the extra effort it requires to take time away from your library, I promise you that our day learning together will be well worth your time and effort to attend.

Who Should Attend

School Librarians/Media Specialists, Library Aides and Technology Specialists Serving Grades K-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive school library digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar.

  • New trends in school library programs whether working at school or online
  • Easy-to-implement ideas to create a school library program plan that matches your goals for student learning in-person and online
  • Digital resources to support students using the 4C’s of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking
  • Lists of video tutorials, blogs, social media groups, and more from experts in the school librarian field
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Meet and Share with Other School Librarians
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their library program.

Consultation Available
Linda Dougherty will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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