The purpose of the OELMA Conference is to engage Ohio’s school library media specialists in collaborative learning and discussion about new technologies, literature, and methods of research and instruction to foster student learning and achievement. Participants will attend either the “Infographics as a Creative Assessment” or “Using 21st Century Tools and Ideas to Make You Indispensable” preconference session on Wednesday afternoon from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participants will also attend self-selected sessions on Thursday and Friday. Speakers include nationally known authors Keiko Kasza, Nic Bishop, Tim Green, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Lauren Oliver as well as leaders in the field: Kathy Schrock, Laura Deisley, Frank Baker, Kristin Fontichiaro. Sessions will meet the state professional development goal: “Offer professional education and resources for the success of members.” OELMA’s conference is the only one in the state of Ohio to offer unique and sustained professional development for school library media specialists.
Conference dates: October 17 (3 hrs), October 18 (6 hrs), and October 19 (6 hrs)
The Graduate Credit meeting will be from 9:30 to 10:00 on Thursday, October 18 in the Guava Room with this year’s adjunct instructor, Marie Sabol. Participants will receive 1 semester hour for 15 hours of face-to-face interaction. Participants will read an introductory article before the Conference and respond to the article on the Conference Blog. Participants will read additional articles after the Conference and journal about how they can incorporate the practices into their teaching. In addition, participants will share a reflective journal on the Conference Blog and outline an action plan to implement some of the strategies and techniques learned at the Conference. The cost is $250.