2020 AAIM Virtual Conference


AAIM's 2020 virtual conference will focus on empowering Arkansas' library media specialists to create a driving vision for their library media programs. Wednesday is dedicated to students and digital literacy. Thursday focuses on literature and our roles within the school. Friday focuses on encouraging leadership and developing a strategic plan to implement new learning. AAIM’s annual conference is an excellent way to build connections with other teacher librarians in Arkansas, grow by engaging in quality professional development, and celebrate our successes and achievements. Make plans now to join our professional learning community for three days of connecting, celebrating, and growing.
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Membership and Conference Registration

This year, our virtual conference is FREE for AAIM members. To join AAIM, Click on this link for our membership form. Annual membership is $30 ($10 for students).

Prior to the conference, all AAIM members will receive an event invite via Sched (our conference platform). The conference can only be accessed via Sched and attendees are encouraged to preregister for general sessions and breakout sessions. Sessions are limited to 500 participants.

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Conference Featured Speakers

Olivia Van Ledtje

What Matters? The Future, It’s Me!

Liv’s work as a “book activist” has gone global and inspired her to understand her place in the world through technology creation and connected learning opportunities. In this keynote, Liv shares 5 idea keys that matter for connected learners—hear how these ideas have helped Liv #SparkChange. Learn more about Liv (better known as LivBits) on her website, TheLivBits.com.

Stacy Smith

Thursday morning we will hear from Stacy Smith. As assistant commissioner, a role she began in March 2016, Smith oversees the largest division at DESE (formerly known as ADE). She will speak in regards to Arkansas' RISE initiative and focus on the role of the Library Media Specialist supporting the literacy instruction that is taking place in the classroom (from collaboration with teachers to fostering a school-wide community of life-long readers).

Sherry Gick

Google, in partnership with FiveStar, is offering TWO 90 minute sessions to AAIM members that will run asynchronously to the AAIM Virtual Conference. Both will take place July 16 and require pre registration. Check out this flyer for more information and to sign up.

We are excited to have Sherry Gick facilitating sessions sponsored by Google. Sherry is a Director of Innovative Learning for Five Star Technology Solutions. A former teacher-librarian with 20 years of experience with students K-12, she now enjoys working with teachers, leaders, and librarians across the state of Indiana and beyond on effective technology integration, solid teaching pedagogy, best practices in school libraries, STEM & computer science education, as well as Google applications and tools. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an active member of ILF, ICE, AASL, ALA, and ISTE. Sherry is the former Chair for the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee, a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a former president of ISTE Librarians Network.

AASL President, Mary Keeling

Mary Keeling, MSLS, EdS, is Supervisor of Library Media Services in Newport News, VA. She has served as president of the Virginia Association of School Librarians, written and taught courses for the American Association of School Librarians’ online learning platform, served on state and national committees, and written for several school library journals. She chaired AASL’s Implementation Task Force which developed a comprehensive three-year plan for launching AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries in 2017. She was the 2019-2020 president of the American Association of School Librarians.

Breakout Sessions

We have over 30 breakout sessions organized and presented by volunteers from across Arkansas. Breakout sessions will be a blend of scheduled live Zoom sessions and prerecorded sessions that can be accessed at any time. For a full list and descriptions of breakout sessions, click on the button below.

Professional Development Documentation

AAIM is an approved professional development provider through Arkansas DESE.

As always, AAIM will provide all participants with a form where attendees can document participation. At the beginning of each session, attendees will be directed to a virtual sign in sheet and at the end of each session, will be asked to complete a feedback form.