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Differentiate Your Library: 2017 Conference Sessions

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Keynote:

Session Title:  Blended Learning in Libraries

Session Summary: Mr. Culatta will discuss the opportunities to for libraries to engage in new learning approaches for students as well as discuss initiatives across the state of Rhode Island to use technology to close equity gaps.  He will also share approaches used by the Office of Innovation to continually improve learning experiences for students.

Presenter: Richard Culatta


Breakout Session 1:

Session Title: Personalized Learning and the AASL standards

Sessions Summary: Daniela Fairchild, Director of Education for the RI Office of Innovation, will address the role that school libraries can play in supporting school-wide adoption of personalized learning—looking specifically at how libraries can incorporate the AASL standards and library curriculum throughout the state into this effort.

Presenter: Daniela Fairchild


Session Title:  CS4RI

Session Summary: In March 2016, Governor Raimondo launched Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) with the goal of having computer science taught in every public school by December 2017. In the first year of CS4RI, implementation efforts centered around three primary goals: Building Teacher Capacity; Introducing New Computer Science Programs and Deepening School and District Pathways; and Growing Momentum and Demand for Computer Science Education. This workshop will detail the current landscape of CS education in the state, offer strategies for integrating CS education into existing curriculum, and showcase opportunities for school librarians to engage within this vibrant statewide community of practice.

Presenter: Octavia Abell


Session Title:  Stemming the Slide: Working with Public Libraries to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Session Summary: Summer learning loss, also known as the summer slide,” accounts for two thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap in reading between low income students and their higher income peers. Rhode Island public libraries participate in a statewide summer reading program to stem this learning loss through fun enrichment activities that promote reading. Learn more about the statewide reading program, as well as the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, and find out how you can partner with your local library to support a summer of learning in your community.

Presenters: Danielle Margarida, Emily Brown, Stephanie Mills, and Meredith Moore


Session Title:  RISTE Tech Slam 2017

Session Summary: Is your school or district diving into blended learning? Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of resources? Visit the RISTE Tech Slam to learn about some of our teachers' favorite apps, sites, and extensions. Bring your questions and share a few favorites of your own! Win some RISTE swag!

Presenters: Mark Gadbois and Kim Ramos



Breakout Session 2:


Session Title: Discovery Playground

Session Summary: The ongoing Maker Revolution has filled Makerspaces with innovative technology. Attendees will be able to roam freely between different hands-on stations to experience new and STEAM products. You’ll learn how to use innovative cool tech tools to engage children in all grades, hone their coding, creativity and problem solving skills, and design a mobile makerspace to bring the learning power of technology from your library to the classroom.

Presenters: Darshell Silva, Matt Croyle, Eduporium


Session Title:  Book Committee Fun with RIMSBA, RITBA, and RICBA

Session Summary: Meet members from the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Committee, Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee, and the newly created Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Committee to discuss how we find and choose our titles and how the committees work. Our panel will discuss how participating and voting benefits students, and how our lists can get your students excited about reading! We will answer all of your burning questions- especially how you can join our groups- and we will have books to give away!

Presenters:  Kimberly Usselman, Stephanie Barta, Donna Broomfield, Lisa Girard, Renee Perron, and Michelle Steever


Session Title: Mind the Gap: Perceptions of Information Literacy Achievement of Rhode Island High School Students

Session Summary:

This session will share results of a Fall 2016 research project which included an online survey distributed to Rhode Island School Library Media Specialists. The project was developed to gather data about perceptions of high school librarians regarding information literacy instruction and achievement in high schools and to use this data in order to improve freshman information literacy instruction needs at the college and university level. The online survey is based on a 2006 survey done by Ramona Islam and Lisa Murno (survey used with permission of both authors). The survey was updated to include 2016 technology tools. The survey was distributed via two listservs resulting in a 35% response rate. Additionally, one librarian visited high school SLMS in their libraries to learn more about information literacy programs being provided. Results will be used to assist academic librarians in building new and improved first year student orientation and information literacy programs. Results will also be used to build a bridge between high school SLMSs and academic librarians in the state.


Presenter: Mary MacDonald


Session Title: Makerspaces: Lesson Learned for Elementary School Libraries

Session Summary: Find out how Makerculture is being implemented from the perspectives of these trailblazing colleagues. Whether you are in the planning stages with no budget, have a full program with the latest maker gadgets, or anything in between; you will come away from this session with new ideas and understandings about how and why you can engage in this trending movement.  

Panelists: Lisa Casey, Jamestown Elementary School; Esther Wolk, Tiogue and Hopkins Hill Elementary; Jane Perry, Pell Elementary; and Alyssa Taft, GSLIS School Library Media student

This session is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.



Breakout Session 3:

Session Title: Discovery Playground

Session Summary: The ongoing Maker Revolution has filled Makerspaces with innovative technology. Attendees will be able to roam freely between different hands-on stations to experience new and STEAM products. You’ll learn how to use innovative cool tech tools to engage children in all grades, hone their coding, creativity and problem solving skills, and design a mobile makerspace to bring the learning power of technology from your library to the classroom.

Presenters: Darshell Silva, Matt Croyle, Eduporium


Session Title:  RI Children’s Book Award: “What the book list doesn’t cover.”

Session Summary:  Introducing the “hot off the presses” 2018 RI Children’s Book Award nomination list which will be determined the night before this presentation. Find out what the book list handout doesn’t cover. Learn from a seasoned school library media specialist who has run a successful Rooster Games program for years. Share ideas about implementing the RICBA program with other interested librarians. Includes book giveaways!

Presenters: Renee Perron and Karen Mann


Session Title:  Storytelling with Words and Pictures

Session Summary: Our presentation is about the process of making books for young children. It’s about words and pictures and collaboration and compromise. But, mostly it’s about storytelling. Using as examples our published, not-yet-published and probably-never- will-be-published stories, we’ll describe our in-house back and forth as we expand an initial idea into a complete and satisfying story arc presented in the thirty-two (sometimes forty) pages of a picture book. We very much believe in the physical book as the most intimate format for telling a story. We’ll talk about that, too. Please bring your questions. We look forward to meeting you.

Presenters: R.W. Alley and Zoƫ B. Alley


Session Title:  Makerspaces: Lessons Learned for Secondary School Libraries

Session Summary: Find out how Makerculture is being implemented from the perspectives of these trailblazing colleagues. Whether you are in the planning stages with no budget, have a full program with the latest maker gadgets, or anything in between; you will come away from this session with new ideas and understandings about how and why you can engage in this trending movement.  

Panelists: Marianne Mirando, Westerly High School; Susan Murphy, Feinstein Middle School; Bevin Winner, Exeter-West Greenwich MIddle School

This session is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.






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