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Sunday, March 29
 

8:30am EDT

President's Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Laura Luker

Laura Luker

Library Teacher, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
Laura Luker is in her third year as the library teacher at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, MA. The school serves around 500 students in grades K-12. All students learn Mandarin Chinese through the immersion model. High school students also participate in... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 8:30am - 8:45am EDT
Grand Ballroom

8:45am EDT

Opening Keynote - Strong School Libraries Transform Communities
Don't miss this opportunity to learn how the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can ignite your passion and your career! AASL President-Elect Kathy Carroll will help you navigate the multiple features and benefits of AASL membership while highlighting exciting and practical resources to help you in your career as a school library professional. Learn more about how your membership in AASL supports the profession and how you can get involved with the work of your national association. New and prospective AASL members are invited, and long-time AASL members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Carroll

Kathy Carroll

AASL President-elect ​Lead librarian for the Westwood High School Library Information Center in Columbia, SC
Kathy Carroll serves as the 2019-2020 President Elect of the American Association of School Librarians. Carroll is also currently serving as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and as a member of the ALA Spectrum Advisory Committee. She is a member of the ALA Black Caucus and the International... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 8:45am - 9:30am EDT
Grand Ballroom

9:45am EDT

AASL Best of…
Speakers
avatar for Kathy Carroll

Kathy Carroll

AASL President-elect ​Lead librarian for the Westwood High School Library Information Center in Columbia, SC
Kathy Carroll serves as the 2019-2020 President Elect of the American Association of School Librarians. Carroll is also currently serving as an ALA Councilor-at-Large and as a member of the ALA Spectrum Advisory Committee. She is a member of the ALA Black Caucus and the International... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Worcester

9:45am EDT

Choosing and Introducing Quality Informational Books in Your Library Program and Promoting Them Across the Elementary Curriculum
Get informational books off of your shelves and into the hands of teachers. Give them quality informational texts that they can use across several different curricular areas. Your circulation numbers will increase, you'll save teachers time, and most importantly students will have access to quality texts that will help them become more informed members of our society.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers

Elementary Library Teacher, Wellesley Public Schools
Lisa Rogers is an elementary librarian and a former daily news reporter and editor.  She has a BA in English literature from The College of William and Mary, an MA from Boston College in English Literature and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of... Read More →
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Kate Narita

Kate Palaces Narita is the author of 100 Bugs! A Counting Book (FSG/Macmillan 2018). When she's not out and about driving, teaching or cheering on her two teenage sons, Kate lives, writes, and hikes on a small mountain in central Massachusetts. There's a magical part of... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Ashland

9:45am EDT

Welcoming Library: Pop-Up Conversations on Immigration
How can schools create an environment of Welcoming and Belonging for New Arrival and New American students? School libraries are using touring Welcoming Libraries to "disrupt practice" and open conversations on immigration. Schools' temporary hosting of the Welcoming Library’s New Arrival/New American picture book collection and companion discussion materials changes how both students and teachers engage with this crucial community topic.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Cappy

Kirsten Cappy

Executive Director, I'm Your Neighbor Books
Kirsten Cappy is the Executive Director of I'm Your Neighbor Books (https://www.imyourneighborbooks.org), a US nonprofit organization that highlights the lives of new arrivals and new citizens through the Welcoming Library (https://www.welcominglibrary.org/) and other children’s literature engagement projects... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Middlesex

9:45am EDT

Picture Books + MakerSpace = Creative Learning Experiences
Bring noise, technology, and creative learning into your space through application of MakerSpace-type learning. This hands-on opportunity will allow you to select a MakerSpace activity to try yourself, then take time to plan how you can bring this back to your learning environment. Connect literacy, STEM, digital literacy, and computer sciences through application of learning and discovery through creativity.

Speakers

Sunday March 29, 2020 9:45am - 11:35am EDT
Wayland

9:45am EDT

School Librarian Role in AP Capstone
Since 2014 more high schools in Massachusetts are adding College Board’s AP Capstone program to their course offerings with school librarians called upon to teach the content. Early planning for a high school librarian’s involvement can better set the tone for support and potentially rethink the nature of research skills development in the district. The Hands-on-Workshop will allow Massachusetts high school librarians, whose schools are considering the AP Capstone program, to develop an individual proposal of library support that includes the organization, resource use, and content to build the best program for their students.

Speakers
avatar for Georgina Trebbe

Georgina Trebbe

Information Specialist/ Librarian, Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District
Georgina Trebbe, Ed.D. is the school librarian at Minnechaug Regional High School in Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct instructor for Simmons University’s School Library Teacher program. Georgina’s area of study was the development of Intertwining as the value of concept woven... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 9:45am - 11:35am EDT
Carlisle

10:45am EDT

Me & White Supremacy: A Challenge to Educators
The new book, Me and White Supremacy (March 2020) by Layla F. Saad, provides a 28-day challenge of “radical truth telling [that]...teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.” (Saad) A high school librarian and English teacher formed a group of two to work through the book’s daily exercises. We kept journals and met regularly to reflect. In this workshop we’ll share our process, reflections and answer questions for educators who want to learn more about the Me and White Supremacy 28-day challenge and how to implement this project to make your school a better place for all students, educators, and staff.

Speakers
avatar for Alida Hanson

Alida Hanson

Librarian, Weston High School
Alida Hanson is the librarian at Weston High School. She received a certificate in Digital Literacy from the University of Rhode Island in 2018, and her MS from the Simmons School of Library Science in 2012. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1986 with a degree in Studio... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 10:45am - 11:35am EDT
Concord

10:45am EDT

The Existential Picture Book, or, What do Sarte and Camus have in common with Willems and Klassen?
Picture books in a 12th grade English class? In this presentation, you will learn how we're using these books in a multi-layered collaboration between Boston Latin School seniors, the Keefe Library, the Boston Public Library, and the P.A. Shaw Elementary. We developed this exciting unit connecting classic Existential texts, diverse children’s literature, and community service, and you can too!

Speakers
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Blake Barich

English Teacher, Boston Public Schools
avatar for Morgan Van Clief

Morgan Van Clief

Library Media Specialist, P.A. Shaw Elementary School
Morgan is the library teacher at the P.A. Shaw Elementary School, a K-3 school in Dorchester. She has built the school’s library from the ground up and is passionate about providing underserved students with resources that will put them on a level playing field in the future. She... Read More →
avatar for Susan Harari

Susan Harari

School Librarian, Boston Latin School
Susan Harari is one of two librarians serving at the largest BPS high school: Boston Latin School. She previously worked as a librarian at the Loring School (grades k-5) in Sudbury. She attended Oberlin College (B.A. in history), University of Michigan (M.A. in history) and Simmons... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 10:45am - 11:35am EDT
Ashland

10:45am EDT

Are They Ready? Preparedness of Middle School Students for High School Level Research
In this session, middle school and high school librarians from public and independent schools are welcome to join in an open discussion about the preparedness of middle school students for high school level research. Success stories, idea sharing and brainstorming are expected takeaways!

Speakers
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Mark Melchior

Library Director, Groton School
I am interested in discussing successes school librarians have had in teaching information literacy skills and in creating programming that works with the curriculum and broader school initiatives at their schools.
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Anna Bognolo

Library Director, Eaglebrook School


Sunday March 29, 2020 10:45am - 11:35am EDT
Worcester

10:45am EDT

You Can Do It! Helping to Fund Your Library Ideas!
You have a great idea to showcase your library but no money! This session will focus on ideas for reaching out to your community, parent groups, and larger companies to find funds for your plans and programs. Together we will share and explore that “We Can Do It”- and you can too!

Speakers
avatar for Patsy Divver

Patsy Divver

School Librarian, Millis Middle and High School, Millis MA
I have worked as a school librarian for over twenty years. I organized book groups for both the Middle and High School, developed writing groups, and advised the newspaper. In promoting the library, I also have been on the MSLA board, the MTA board, collaborated with the public library... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 10:45am - 11:35am EDT
Middlesex

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Sunday March 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

12:55pm EDT

Building Community Through a Common Read
Follow the growth and development of a Common Read Program in North Central Massachusetts, and learn how the program went beyond reading a book to building community. The success of the program is based largely on the inter-institution and inter-community collaboration among the partners. Use our example to do the same in your region.

Speakers
avatar for Connie Strittmatter

Connie Strittmatter

Strategic Projects Librarian, Fitchburg State University
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Kim Cochrane, EdD

Library Media Specialist, Fitchburg High School


Sunday March 29, 2020 12:55pm - 1:45pm EDT
Ashland

12:55pm EDT

Empowering Students through Programming
Before school, lunch, after school -- how can you make flexible times during the day fun and engaging for students in the library? If you’re looking for some new ideas for innovative programming that will make kids (and you) excited to come to school, this is the session for you.

Speakers
avatar for Anita Cellucci

Anita Cellucci

Library Teacher, Westborough High School
ANITA CELLUCCI is the Teacher librarian at Westborough High School, Westborough, MA. where she is also the K-12 Library Department head. As a Teaching Lecturer for Plymouth State University, NH she teaches an online course for children’s and young adult literature with a focus... Read More →
avatar for Laura Gardner

Laura Gardner

Teacher Librarian, Dartmouth Middle School
Laura Gardner, a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media, is Teacher Librarian at Dartmouth Middle School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Laura was awarded the School Library Journal (SLJ) School Librarian of the Year Co-finalist Award in 2016 and the AASL Reader Leader social... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 12:55pm - 1:45pm EDT
Worcester

12:55pm EDT

Let's Get Ready to Zine
Engagement, enthusiasm, authentic research skills, literacy and fun. These are just some of the words to describe what happened when a librarian, a language arts teacher, and a tech specialist collaborated to pilot a year-long zine project in a sixth grade classroom. Come and learn how we did it, see examples, and go home with resources you can use to start your own zine projects.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Gray

Liz Gray

Carlisle Public Schools
avatar for Maya Bery

Maya Bery

Library Media Specialist, Carlisle Public School
Maya Bery is in her fifth year of teaching as the library media specialist at the Carlisle Public School. She was a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator and is a past recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award. She has taught professional... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 12:55pm - 1:45pm EDT
Middlesex

12:55pm EDT

Leveling Up in the Library
Learn how to gamify your library instruction using Classcraft and Digital Breakoutedu. Both of these products add excitement to learning and build a strong sense of community in your library. Bring your computer to experience how to level up your library instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Redding

Linda Redding

Substitute Librarian& Teacher/Bibliotemp, Retired from Silver Lake Regional
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Vicki Wright

Library Media Specialist, Silver Lake Middle School


Sunday March 29, 2020 12:55pm - 1:45pm EDT
Wayland

12:55pm EDT

It's More Than Coding: How Computational Thinking as a Practice Can Build Equity in Learning
If you first think of computers and coding when you hear the term "Computational Thinking", then this workshop is for you! Using hands-on exercises and a wealth of resources we will demonstrate how Computational Thinking (CT) is more than just 1s and 0s, but rather a problem-solving approach that supports student learning. By intentionally layering CT into projects and activities, school librarians have the potential to promote equity in their lessons - giving all students the foundation they need to be successful in today's fast-paced world.

Speakers
avatar for Christi Farrar

Christi Farrar

Consultant, Mass. Library System
Christi Showman Farrar started her library career as a youth services librarian and spent a decade serving children, teens, and their families in public libraries. Christi now works as a Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), where she gets to be a “librarian’s... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 12:55pm - 2:45pm EDT
Carlisle

1:55pm EDT

Level Up Your Classroom: Strategies to Promote Student Engagement
Learn how a library media specialist and a classroom teacher collaborated to incorporate innovative digital and hands-on activities into the curriculum which increased student engagement. This project-based learning included escape rooms, makerspaces, 3D printing, comics, video production, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Medeiros

Michael Medeiros

Teacher, Dedham Public Schools
avatar for Alice Johnson

Alice Johnson

Library Media Specialist, Dedham High School


Sunday March 29, 2020 1:55pm - 2:45pm EDT
Ashland

1:55pm EDT

Live Music in the Library: Collaborating to Create Community
Leicester High School Library Media Specialist, Carrie Grimshaw, and Leicester High School Music Teacher, Kayla Benoit, will share how they collaborated together and created a sense of community at their High School. They created a Live Music program in the Library in their school which is very popular and will give tips to other librarians on how to collaborate with other teachers/departments. Collaboration really does make strong communities!

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Grimshaw

Carrie Grimshaw

Library Media Specialist, Leicester High School
I am the Library Media Specialist for Leicester High School. I won the MSLA President\\'s Award in 2016 and am thrilled to be giving a presentation at MSLA Annual this year!#readabook


Sunday March 29, 2020 1:55pm - 2:45pm EDT
Concord

1:55pm EDT

Fostering Diversity in the Library
School librarians must work to ensure their collections are diverse to meet the needs of their students.
In this session, reflection and group discussion will be facilitated around best practices for fostering diversity in the library. The session will allow librarians to share their own successes and struggles in supporting diversity in their collections, while equipping themselves with tools and resources to enhance their practices.

Speakers
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Felicia Quesada Montville

Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools


Sunday March 29, 2020 1:55pm - 2:45pm EDT
Middlesex

2:55pm EDT

Author Panel - Librarians with Published Works
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers

Elementary Library Teacher, Wellesley Public Schools
Lisa Rogers is an elementary librarian and a former daily news reporter and editor.  She has a BA in English literature from The College of William and Mary, an MA from Boston College in English Literature and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 2:55pm - 3:45pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

3:45pm EDT

3:45pm EDT

IdeaLab Featuring Award Winners
Come see what the best and the brightest in the field have been up to. View tabletop displays created by this year's MSLA award winners. Feel free to ask questions!

Sunday March 29, 2020 3:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

6:00pm EDT

Dinner Speaker and MSLA Awards Ceremony
"Community Libraries Build Better Citizens"

Representative Nguyen will be discussing the importance of school libraries and librarians in strengthening academic programs and fostering collaboration between teachers and administrators. The Representative will also focus on the changing nature of school libraries and the significance of incorporating new technology and teaching digital literacy. The Representative will address the function of libraries as a community space and how elected officials can continue to advocate for funding and the preservation of libraries.


Speakers
avatar for Tram T. Nguyen

Tram T. Nguyen

MA State Representative for the 18th Essex District
Representative Nguyen is State Representative for the 18th Essex District, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury.Before being elected, Representative Nguyen was a legal aid attorney representing domestic violence survivors, workers, seniors, veterans... Read More →


Sunday March 29, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom
 
Monday, March 30
 

7:30am EDT

8:30am EDT

President's Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Laura Luker

Laura Luker

Library Teacher, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
Laura Luker is in her third year as the library teacher at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, MA. The school serves around 500 students in grades K-12. All students learn Mandarin Chinese through the immersion model. High school students also participate in... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 8:30am - 8:45am EDT
Grand Ballroom

8:45am EDT

Opening Keynote - Hey Kiddo: The Young Adult Graphic Memoir
Hey, Kiddo is Jarrett’s acclaimed graphic memoir for young adults. Jarrett first spoke publicly about his mother’s addiction to heroin and his childhood growing up with his grandparents in a widely shared TED Talk. His graphic memoir is about his childhood and teen years, a period of time in which art became a lifeline and a way to process his mother’s battles and the absence of his birth father. Learn about how Jarrett created this deeply heartfelt memoir. 

Speakers
avatar for Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Award winning author and illustrator
New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. First published at the age... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 8:45am - 9:30am EDT
Grand Ballroom

9:45am EDT

From OLD SCHOOL to NEW SCHOOL, How to Transform Your Library Space on the Quick and Cheap!
Learn how you can transform your libray space from "OLD SCHOOL" to "NEW SCHOOL" in a short amount of time and with a limited budget.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Connelly

Alison Connelly

Librarian, Stoneham High School


Monday March 30, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Wayland

9:45am EDT

Genrify on the Fly
Learn the no nonsense way to genrify your fiction collection! Tackle each shelve one by one with confidence. Learn about sites such as Novelist and how your public library card can save the day! This can all be done during the school year and yes you can do this!

Speakers
avatar for Emily Matisoff

Emily Matisoff

Library Media Specialist, Chandler School
avatar for Kellie L Freitas

Kellie L Freitas

Library Media Specialist, Plymouth South Middle School


Monday March 30, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Middlesex

9:45am EDT

Jarrett Krosoczka - Fostering Growth Mindset
Jarrett was lucky enough to have several mentors guide him throughout his youth. In this talk, Jarrett will share stories of caretakers, teachers and other caring adults who gave him encouragement throughout his developing years. Even though the deck was stacked against him in his familial situation, he went on to become a successful, published author/illustrator. His dreams were made real thanks to the encouragement he was offered along his journey.

Speakers
avatar for Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Award winning author and illustrator
New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. First published at the age... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Worcester

9:45am EDT

Read the World
Read the World will introduce you to a new collection philosophy that builds a more diverse, globally-minded collection. At Dana Hall, we started a school-wide journey around the world by challenging patrons to read one book by an author from each continent. Hear about how this initiative helped to broaden our collection and encourage global citizenship in our students.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Davidov

Maggie Davidov

Upper School Librarian, Dana Hall School
I want to learn more about information literacy and how to support "digital natives" by helping them understand the technology they've been born into. I'm interested in social networking apps and apps that open up the classroom to the outside world.


Monday March 30, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Ashland

9:45am EDT

Research Appointments - A tool to develop 1:1 relationships with high school students while building research skills
Learn how librarians at Newton South High School launched a research appointment program for students and teachers that helped improve student research skills and helped librarians improve student relationships, foster collaboration with staff, discover and fill curriculum gaps, and generate data to advocate with administration.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Steiger

Katherine Steiger

Library Teacher, Newton South High School
Katherine Steiger is one of the library teachers at Newton South High School, and is a graduate of Simmons School of Library and Information Science. Katherine came to the school library profession after a career in banking and has had a deep experience in media and its use as a tool... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Dimmick

Jennifer Dimmick

Library Teacher, Newton South High School
Jennifer Dimmick is one of the library teachers at Newton South High School, and is a graduate of Simmons School of Library and Information Science. Jennifer came to the school library profession after a career in marketing consulting and has had a deep experience in media and its... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Kane Schoen

Margaret Kane Schoen

Library Teacher, Newton South High School
Margaret Schoen is one of the library teachers at Newton South High School, and is a graduate of Simmons School of Library and Information Science. Margaret came to the school library profession after a career in journalism and has had a deep experience in media and its use as a tool... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Carlisle

9:45am EDT

Robots and Literature: Technology Integration for the K-5 Classroom
Are you looking for ways to engage your students with literature? Learn how Elementary Digital Learning Coaches incorporate the use of Ozobot and Kibo robotics to bring literature to life. Examples from successful projects will be demonstrated and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Traci Jansen

Traci Jansen

Technology, Lexington Public Schools


Monday March 30, 2020 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Concord

10:35am EDT

Book Signing
Jarrett signs copies of his Lunch Lady, Star Wars, and Hey, Kiddo books.

Speakers
avatar for Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Award winning author and illustrator
New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. First published at the age... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 10:35am - 11:05am EDT
Exhibit Hall

11:05am EDT

Don't Stop Believin'... a Journey in PD
Do you want to take your professional development to the next level? Come learn about how Medfield Public Schools has taken a district-wide (preK-12) PD day to the next level. What began as a way to bring the district up to speed on technology with an all-digital focus has evolved into a day where teachers design their own learning and get the oxygen masks they need to be the best teachers they can be.

Speakers
avatar for Neal Sonnenberg

Neal Sonnenberg

Tech Integration Specialist, Medfield Public Schools
Neal is a technology integration specialist (9-12) for the Medfield Public Schools and a Google Certified Trainer. Previously, he taught High School Math and also worked as a Curriculum Coordinator developing online Math and Business courses He is one of the creators of Medfield's... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Cowell

Kerry Cowell

preK-12 Library Department Head, Dale Street School
she, her Library Media Specialist~ #beproudbedale & preK-12 library Department Head for #medfieldps Passionate about social justice & dissecting my own biases. My hope is to inspire & support students & teachers to help our world.


Monday March 30, 2020 11:05am - 11:55am EDT
Concord

11:05am EDT

Funding for your next great idea
Learn about grant opportunities available through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). MBLC consultant Lyndsay Forbes will provide an overview of the program from what the possibilities are to how you actually carry out a grant. Previous grant recipients Anita Cellucci, School librarian at Westborough High School, and Elena Schuck, Library Media teacher at Nathaniel H. Wixon School (Dennis Yarmouth), will discuss their experiences with the program.

Speakers
avatar for Anita Cellucci

Anita Cellucci

Library Teacher, Westborough High School
ANITA CELLUCCI is the Teacher librarian at Westborough High School, Westborough, MA. where she is also the K-12 Library Department head. As a Teaching Lecturer for Plymouth State University, NH she teaches an online course for children’s and young adult literature with a focus... Read More →
avatar for Elena Schuck

Elena Schuck

Library Media Teacher, Mattacheese Middle School
I have lived and worked on Cape Cod for over, dare I say this, a quarter century! I work at Mattacheese Middle school in Yarmouth as a Library Media teacher. I have an undergraduate degree in Biology, with a Masters in Library Science and Reading. If you have any Doctoral ideas... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 11:05am - 11:55am EDT
Middlesex

11:05am EDT

Independent Reading: One Town's Process to Support Choice
Choice reading is touted in education, however limitations such as curriculum, scheduling, and change resistance present challenges. Learn how one North Andover High School English teacher and her school library/media specialist worked to create a culture of choice in the classroom. From there, independent reading grew within their school and, inspired broadly from sources including Pernille Ripp, NCTE, Donalyn Miller, and Hamilton-Wenham High School’s Independent Reading class, they piloted an English elective class, taught in collaboration with the Stevens Memorial Library.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Morley

Christy Morley

English Teacher
Christy Morley began her teaching career at North Andover High School in 2007. She teaches predominantly sophomore English and co-teaches Independent Reading with the school's library/media specialist. Christy also created and teaches the senior capstone program. In addition to teaching... Read More →
avatar for Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington

Library/Media Specialist, North Andover High School
Laura Harrington began working in libraries in 1994, school libraries in 2004, and has been the library/media specialist at North Andover High School since 2010. At NAHS she redesigned the library into a genrefied, learning-commons style space, teaches media literacy, and co-teaches... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 11:05am - 11:55am EDT
Wayland

11:05am EDT

Teaching Girls to Code and Change the World
Girls Who Code is leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does through its Clubs Program. Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Join us to learn more about how to start a club and encourage girls in your community to connect coding to real world problems they care about!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Ross

Rachel Ross

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.


Monday March 30, 2020 11:05am - 11:55am EDT
Ashland

11:05am EDT

The ELA “Canon”: Where it came from, and how we can help our ELA colleagues to “expand” the canon
Did you ever wonder why American middle and high school English classes across the country have historically assigned the same texts? This workshop will answer that question, and we’ll look at the past 100 years of “canonical” text selection data for the American ELA curriculum and how the inclusion of a more diverse set of texts positively impacts students’ engagement, reading development and empathy. We’ll discuss strategies for informing and supporting our ELA-teaching colleagues about the possibilities in expanding the canon.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Courchesne

Alison Courchesne

Library Media Specialist, Framingham High School


Monday March 30, 2020 11:05am - 11:55am EDT
Carlisle

11:05am EDT

School Library Advocacy in 2020
Panelists will review MSLA advocacy activities, priorities and how they relate to the recommendations of the Special Commission on School Library Services in Massachusetts to alleviate glaring inequities of access to school library services and local advocacy. How and where school librarians and library supporters can advocate.

Speakers
avatar for Deeth Ellis

Deeth Ellis

Head Librarian, Boston Latin School
Ms. Ellis has been the head librarian at the Harry V. Keefe Library at Boston Latin School since 2013. She received her B.A. in History at Bennington College in Vermont (1987), a M.L.S. at Simmons College (2006), and an administrative license from Boston University through The Education... Read More →
avatar for Georgina Trebbe

Georgina Trebbe

Information Specialist/ Librarian, Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District
Georgina Trebbe, Ed.D. is the school librarian at Minnechaug Regional High School in Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct instructor for Simmons University’s School Library Teacher program. Georgina’s area of study was the development of Intertwining as the value of concept woven... Read More →
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Greg Pronevitz

Communications Specialist, MSLA
Greg Pronevitz is an independent library consultant working with the Massachusetts School Library Association. Until last July he was the founding executive director, appointed in 2010 the head up the newly formed Massachusetts Library System (MLS). In that capacity, he served on... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 11:05am - 11:55am EDT
Worcester

11:45am EDT

Lunch
Monday March 30, 2020 11:45am - 12:55pm EDT
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm EDT

Book Signing
Pamela Steager signs copies of her book The Library Screen Scene.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Steager

Pamela Steager

Senior Trainer, Researcher and Writer at the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island
Pam Steager is a Senior Trainer, Researcher and Writer at the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Her prior thirty-year career in the education and human service fields included directing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school systems, prisons... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

1:00pm EDT

Exhibit Hall Break
Monday March 30, 2020 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Exhibit Hall

1:30pm EDT

Mythbusters in the Library: An Information Literacy Unit
This session will provide an overview of a unit in which elementary students ultimately explore (and explode!) the veracity of statements they’ve been told, such as “wear a coat or you’ll catch a cold” or “dogs are color blind.” In this session, we will share unit resources, highlight revisions we’ve made over the years in response to students’ changing information-seeking strategies, and view sample myth busting posters and other media our students have created to share their learning.

Speakers
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Debbie Lee

Technology Coordinator/Teacher, Shutesbury Elementary School
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Heather Lobenstine

Library Teacher, Shutesbury Elementary School
Heather Lobenstine is a veteran teacher who has taught in the classroom as well as in the library. She loves when students recommend books to her, when they devour new books and return to old favorites, and when they get excited about information they locate online or in books. She... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Worcester

1:30pm EDT

People, Places, and Things: A School Library Diversity Project
"People, Places, and Things," a 2020 LSTA awarded grant proposal, will be featured in this presentation by its project director Ann O'Leary with its assistant project director Emike Okhipo, moderated by its MBLC consultant Shelley Quezada. Strategies for planning and implementing this Bishop Stang High School Library diversity project will be covered, such as including stakeholders, selecting materials and planning programs. See how diverse collections and programming can become the mirrors and windows for students to see themselves and others.

Speakers
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Emike Okhipo

Diversity Council Advisor; Science teacher, Bishop Stang High School
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Ann O'Leary

Library Media Specialist, Bishop Stang High School
I have been a library media specialist for the past 33 years, from Roosevelt Junior High School to New Bedford High School to Bishop Stang High School. My most recent project focuses on diversity, to make sure that all students are represented in our school library collection and... Read More →



Monday March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Wayland

1:30pm EDT

The Decentralized Library: Design Thinking & making no walls, no problem
What if a school had all the resources of a traditional school library, without the walls of that traditional library? Design thinking helped the Gates Middle School take a square footage problem and redefine the assumptions of what a library should be into a thriving system of increased literacy and student empowerment. In the third year of this environment, come hear about how both the library collection and the librarian are still an essential element of this progressive building

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Simpson

Colleen Simpson

Library Media Specialist, Gates Middle School
Is the library media specialist at the Lester J. Gates Middle School in Scituate. She taught high school English and journalism before earning getting her LMS MEd. from Salem State University. She is honored to be among the 2018 President's Award Winners. With six media commons in... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Concord

1:30pm EDT

10 Questions for Young Changemakers: A framework for igniting student activism in the school library setting
Come to this session for roundtable discussions about activism and civic action in school libraries. Through this session we will explore the 10 Questions for Young Changemakers from the Young Democratic Knowledge Project out of Harvard University. The 10 Questions provide a framework for students to consider as they find their path and shape their strategies for civic engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Gardner

Laura Gardner

Teacher Librarian, Dartmouth Middle School
Laura Gardner, a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media, is Teacher Librarian at Dartmouth Middle School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Laura was awarded the School Library Journal (SLJ) School Librarian of the Year Co-finalist Award in 2016 and the AASL Reader Leader social... Read More →
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Chaebong Nam

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
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Emily Bredberg

Media Specialist, Shrewsbury High School
Three years Emily Bredberg has worked as the Library Media Specialist at Shrewsbury High School. Before that she worked as the school librarian at Lakeside Elementary in Coppell, TX. She currently lives with her husband and two strange dogs in Leominster.


Monday March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Carlisle

1:30pm EDT

District Advocacy: Power to the Librarian!
Anne Ludes, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education; Alison Courchesne, Framingham High School Librarian; and Elizabeth Thompson, Cameron Middle School Librarian will share their experiences expanding the library program and offer some structure through which the participants can then create their own action plans to generate essentials changes in their district’s school libraries.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Courchesne

Alison Courchesne

Library Media Specialist, Framingham High School
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Anne Ludes

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
Former high school math teacher and administrator, Anne became a district administrator in 2017. She is passionate about instruction and believes all students are capable of thinking and achieving at a high level. She also regularly asks the high school librarian for book recom... Read More →
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Elizabeth Thompson

Library Media Specialist, Cameron Middle School
Elizabeth Thompson is a reformed high school English teacher turned school librarian with an unhealthy obsession with The Great Gatsby. She has an MEd. from Boston College and is currently enrolled in the School Library Media GSLIS program at the University of Rhode Island.


Monday March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Ashland

1:30pm EDT

What's New With Statewide Databases and Commonwealth eBook Collections?
Need a little refresher on the statewide databases and/or the statewide eBook program? Come to this session to learn about what's new. Bring your questions...and your success stories to share with others!

Speakers
avatar for Tressa Santillo

Tressa Santillo

Electronic Resources Coordinator, Massachusetts Library System
Tressa joined the Massachusetts Library System team in 2016 where she supports the statewide databases and statewide eBook program. Previously Tressa was the Access Services Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has also worked at the Worcester Art Museum.


Monday March 30, 2020 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
Middlesex

2:30pm EDT

The Library Screen Scene: Community Connector?
Which community do you want to build or make stronger? Your school community? The various diverse communities within your school? The community within which your school resides? Our nation? The world? We live in an increasingly divided society, and in this election year, we can expect that the forces of division will only increase. So much of that division is sown online, where our students spend much of their time. It’s essential we provide them with tools to help them navigate all the worlds they inhabit safely and analytically. What role can school librarians play? How can the screens in our libraries become community connectors? What challenges and opportunities do they provide?

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Steager

Pamela Steager

Senior Trainer, Researcher and Writer at the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island
Pam Steager is a Senior Trainer, Researcher and Writer at the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island. Her prior thirty-year career in the education and human service fields included directing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school systems, prisons... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom