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!
Vicki Windman, from Tech and Learning, correlated a list of K-12 Common Core standards with useful apps to enhance instruction. Check it out at Tech and Learning!
At the Saturday board meeting I said I would post a link to the video about using keywords that is from Kimbel Library (Coastal Carolina). This is the link for those who might want to add it to a lesson on using keywords.
The Nominating Committee is composed of one member from each geographical region and is appointed by the President from a list of names submitted by the Regional Directors. This year’s Nominating Committee members are: Judy Deal (C), Winnie Milner (W), Louise Teaman (NW), Karen Gedeon (E), Angela Maxwell (NE), and Rebecca Vasilakis (S). The Nominating Committee is charged with preparing a slate of not more than two candidates for each office to be filled. This year the Nominating Committee will be looking for OELMA members to fill the following positions: President-elect, Treasurer, and Regional Directors. Stay tuned for an e-mail announcing open nominations.
Please join me in congratulating OELMA’s Scholarship and Awards Committee for 2013: Vicky Schmarr, Chairperson; Michelle Lombardi, Co-Chairperson; Sue Subel, Past President; Brittany Fenderson (NW); Andy Robitaille (E); Gayle Dill (NE); Jan Nye (S); Andrea Hirtle (W); and Betty Dangel (C). Stay tuned for more information on scholarship and awards information and deadlines. Awards include: Adminstrator-of-the-Year Award; Award-of-Merit; Emerging Leader Award; Intellectual Freedom Award; Libraries of Distinction; OELMA/Follett Library Resources School Librarian-of-the-Year Award. Scholarships include: Library Leadership of Ohio; J. Allen Oakum Scholarship; OELMA Scholarship. Think about nominating someone you know and just do it!
A Rubric, A School Librarian and Performance Evaluation – What’s Happening?
Are you feeling “in the dark” about teacher evaluation and what it means for the school librarian? Then come into the light and join us at the March 9, 2013 OELMA midwinter conference. As the title suggests, our focus will be the new school librarian evaluation rubric that an OELMA’s task force, led by Susan Yutzey, has been working on since June. This rubric is now being piloted in some school districts across the state. OELMA members that so graciously volunteered their time to pilot the rubric will participate in a panel discussion about their experience. Time will be given for questions from the audience. In addition to the panel, the following sessions are scheduled:
Setting Goals for Your Professional Growth
Creating Student Learning Objectives to Impact Student Learning
How to Evaluate Your Library Program
Building Assessments to Gather Evidence of Student Growth (6-12)
Building Assessments to Gather Evidence of Student Growth (K-5)
Midwinter will be held in Columbus at the Quest Business and Conference Center at Polaris. Registration is at 8:30AM and our first session about the rubric, results from the rubric, and panel discussion begins at 9:00. The conference will wrap-up at 3:20.
A busy, informative and educational day lies ahead! Come join us, mingle and learn with some very fine Ohio school librarians! The challenge of evaluation lies ahead and our collective wisdom will get us through these beginning days!
CLICK HERE to Register. (Can accept PO, Check and Credit Card Registrations)
Collecting online badges as signs of acquired skills or new learnings is an emerging concept in both formal and informal learning environments. Cloth badges defined scouting and gave scouts a way of displaying their skills (via sashes, kerchiefs, or vests). How can moving that practice online — and creating digital backpacks with digital badges that also demonstrate new skills and abilities — transform learning? How can the microcredentialing aspect of digital badging help to capture skills that are not reflected on formal academic transcripts? How can librarians use badges to empower informal learning in powerful ways that transcend current practice and empower patrons, colleagues, and students? The presenters, a team from the University of Michigan School of Information who badged October’s OELMA conference, will share an overview of digital badging, discuss how badging can move beyond extrinsic motivation and into a meaningful representation of skills, and share tips for effective practice.