That great harbinger of spring, the Alabama Library Association conference was last week. I presented Matt Layne, Mary Martin, and Gloria Repolesk on a panel sponsored by the Young Adult Services Round Table (YASRT): "Dare to Power Up: Find Your Collection’s Digital Voice."
The conference pretty much rocked...I realized that, at many conferences, I don't hear a lot NEW. Not so at ALLA, where I learned about everything from Microsoft Office Certification (which they are doing at HMCPL, which is no surprise) to the Elazar scheme for classifying Judaica. And I have all sort of ideas for teen-friendly programming and crafts from the YASRT group...
I was also sworn in as the ALLA President-Elect.
Next week, I'm going to be talking about the Common Core State Standards, specifically College and Career Readiness and determining authority in the digital environment, in a School Library Journal/Brittanica webinar May 6. Registration is free.
I've got basically the same presentation topic, Digital Primary Sources with a focus on the Library of Congress and National Archives at our state school library association (ASLA) and state educational technology conferences (AETC) this June. The ASLA session will be hands-on!
I'm going to both ISTE and ALA Annual this summer. I'll be soaking it all up at ISTE, but I'm speaking a couple of times at Annual. I'm presenting a preconference with Deb Logan and Laura Pearle at the "Real Life, Real Tools" precon on Friday and then I have a concurrent session on BYOD on Monday.