Register now for OELMA’s 2013 Midwinter on March 9th! It’s right around the corner, and it will be a day loaded with valuable information on changes in evaluation. There will be a panel of school librarian’s who have piloted the new document and breakout sessions on: building assessments to gather evidence of student growth, how to evaluate your library program, creating student learning objectives, and goal setting for professional growth. Don’t miss this valuable day!
Past President, Krista Taracuk will chair the By-Laws and Policy Committee. Serving with her are Marie Sabol, Kathy Fredrick, and Angie Stitzel. The charge to the BLP Committee is to 1) prepare amendments or revisions to the Bylaws and Policy and to present proposed changes to the Board for approval and to the membership for approval at the annual Membership meeting; 2) monitor the procedures of the Association for compliance with the Policy Manual; and 3) monitor suggested revisions to the Policy Manual to incorporate changes as needed and submit revisions to the Board of Directors for approval.
Thought this piece done by Kim Wheeler at Channel 3 news in Cleveland would be of interest. Might there be other reasons students aren’t clear about plagiarism? Could it be that the many cuts in school libraries plays a role? Respond with your thoughts.
I think we need a letter writing campaign to first thank her for the very informative piece and then to also tell her the story about was has been happening to our school libraries in Ohio.
The Ohio eTech conference was one of the best conferences I have attended! It was so great to see so many fellow Ohio school librarians present, such as our own OELMA President Susan! I wanted to provide a few take-aways in this posting (of course I could go on and on though). I will stick to five to keep it short and sweet although it was jam-packed with information! Here are some interesting sessions I attended:
1. A Bring-Your-Own-Device how-to session: This was very helpful to hear how one district, North Canton City Schools, was able to to make thier HS BYOD. They made a fun video for the students prior to unveiling the new plan as a way to get the students informed and excited!
2. Some free web tools (you may or may not know about): Blabberize.com (fun), timetoast.com, Pixton (comic book creator), answergarden.com, and Symbaloo (cool design for website icons).
3. www.sites.google.com/site/youmakeebooks/ How to make your own eBooks (on the iPad) Great site from Univ. of Akron’s Jeremy Brueck
4. App Smackdown and Encienda sessions–our upcoming annual conference will do a similar activity so stay tuned for more information on this! Short and timed information from a variety of people…it will be great fun!
5. Buffy Hamilton’s session—Personal Learning Networks (school librarians are very good at this). She included ways to build our own PLN’s such as:
Ning, blogs, online journals
- Tweet chat
- Curations/ scoop.it
- Social bookmarking–diigo
- Google hangout
- Free webinars, connected learning and the future of education
Hope you can use one or more of these ideas in your own schools, and once again, professional development such as these is truly vital to keep school librarians’ careers relevant and vital in our students lives! Those of you attending our Mindwinter conference in March–I will try to bring all my notes to share more as well if you are interested!
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Check out the Journal of Creative Library Practice (JCLP), a new open access project edited by Joseph R. Kraus of the University of Denver, Amy Buckland of McGill University, Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College, Colleen Harris of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Marie Kennedy of Loyola Marymount University. This journal intends to reach librarians and information professionals of all types, including academic, public, school, special, medical, legal, and others. It hopes to provide an outlet for librarians and information professionals to describe and encourage greater creativity in library and information center communications, policies, collections, instruction, and other areas of librarianship.
Susie Ridgeway of Wooster City Schools and Sue Subel of Kenston City Schools will serve as this year’s Advocacy Co-chairs. Advocacy for school librarians in the state of Ohio is a BIG job. Among the goals of this year’s Advocacy Committee are to 1) develop and foster partnerships with state associations, to present and/or exhibit at their conferences; 2) to prepare white papers on such key issues as school librarians and the Third Grade Guarantee, school librarians and college and career readiness, school librarians and blended learning; and 3) to develop video presentations to accompany the white papers so members of the learning community can see how school librarians impact these initiatives in their schools, in their district and in the state. Look for announcements on the OELMA listserv as to ways in which YOU can help! We must all be advocates for school libraries and a SMARTER Ohio!
About a month ago, I was contacted by Ancilla Gorter, Catalogue and Content Manager at SWETS, a content management company based in The Netherlands. Ancilla was interested in information about the OELMA journal, The Ohio Media Spectrum, which I sent to her. It got me thinking about how you never know who your audience might be. Granted SWETS is interested in marketing its products, but it brought an awareness that we can look to the world for new ideas and inspiration, not just to our region. The International Association of School Librarianship (http://iasl-online.org) is an international forum for promoting effective school library media programs as viable instruments in the educational process. Officers of IASL come from all over the world. Ten Regional Directors represent IASL geographically around the globe and their contact information is available to all of us at http://www.iasl-online.org/about/governance/directors.html. And best of all, I found a link to Student Learning Through Ohio School Libraries on our OELMA website cited on the IASL website.
I am excited to report I will be attending and presenting at this year’s eTech conference with fellow OELMA member and East regional director Annette Lang this coming week. If any fellow OELMA members will be attending, please try to attend our session! It is on Monday at 3:45 and is titled Online Games and Instant Response to Increase Student Engagement: Quizlet, Quia Socrative and Nearpod. If you cannot make our session, I hope to see you around the conference! If you cannot make it, I will be tweeting valuable information I gain in the sessions I attend, so follow me @AngelaWojtecki and I will share! Keep checking the OELMA Blog for more information as well!
Thanks for reading!
~Angela Wojtecki, East Regional Co-Director and PROUD OELMA member since 2008!
OELMA is considering offering a summer workshop in June, to be presented by Frank Baker and Bill Kist. The workshop title is A New Literacies Toolkit: Resources & Strategies for Teaching and Supporting Common Core in the 21st Century. Attendees will learn about what it looks like when teachers allow for lots of different kinds of texts in their classrooms. Examples will come from standard informational text and strategies to transmediate between media texts and print.
Before we plan for this to happen, we’d like to hear from you! We’ve set up a BRIEF survey (only three questions!) that will help us gauge interest and availability for this workshop.
Please take 30 seconds to complete the survey – we want to make sure that OELMA is offering the best professional development to members as possible. THANKS!