Creativity, connectivity, story!

Shannon and Laura share new strategies for youth services!

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Creativity, connectivity, collaboration and story!

Two outstanding, creative school library/youth services professionals discuss what it looks like when we ignore the walls of our institutions, listen to and validate the voices of children and teens, engage them in meaningful work, and immerse them in story.

Laura Fleming

Library Media Specialist, New Milford Schools


Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 17 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12. Laura is a strong advocate of using New Media and Vanguard Techniques for Interactive and Transmedia (multi-platform) Storytelling. She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on next-generation teaching methods and tools. Laura has also consulted on Transmedia properties, working with producers to help maximize the value of their creations and toolsets for teachers and students.

Laura’s goal is to create learning experiences that empower and equip students with necessary skills to effectively produce and consume content across multiple media platforms. She is also driven to enable educators and cohorts in applying these innovative methods and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. She is an educational consultant for The Educator Collaborative and speaks and consults around the country on education, librarianship, and technology.

Recently, Laura created a digital badge-based professional development platform which can be found at Her library Makerspace has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for schools across the country. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards ‘20 to Watch’ in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014.

Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. She is also the Skype Education Ambassador.

She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. Shannon is part of the Best Keynote group.

Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums.

Shannon is a member of ALA,AASL,IASL,ILA,ISTE,SIGMS,ASCD,Children's Literature Network and Board of Directors,Iowa Student Learning Institute.

Shannon serves on AASL Best Websites committee and STEM Task Force; advisory boards for Library Journal, Horn Book, and School Library Journal; School Library Monthly; Rosen Digital Library, StarWalk Kids board of advisors; EasyBib advisory board; BiblioNasium advisory board; eSchool Media advisory board; and Gale K12 Customer advisory board. She is a FableVision Ambassador, Social Media WRADvocate for LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day and on the Board of Advisors for In This Together Media. She is part of the Bammy Awards Council of Peers. She has served as advocacy chair for IASL and Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council.

In 2011,Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award and was chosen to be part of the SLJ New Leaders Program in 2012. In 2013,she was named one of the Faces of Innovation from Broadband for America; one of 50 featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook; and one of the featured Connected Educators with the Connected Educators projects partnered with the US Department of Education. In 2014,Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.
You can find this and Shannon's complete profile on LinkedIn.


7:00 Welcome to our on-site and online participants

7:10 Introduction and program format

7:15 to 7:45 Laura's presentation

7:45 to 8:15 Shannon's presentation

8:15 Open Q&A

8:25 Closing remarks and announcement of our next big events!

Moderator: Joyce Valenza

Director MLIS Program, Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

Doctoral Student, Library and Information Science, Instructor Colloquium in Library and Information Studies

Alexander Library, Scholarly Communications Center (SCC)

Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 7-9pm

169 College Avenue 4th Floor New Brunswick, NJ

Refreshments provided by LISSA.
Contact: Connie Pascal for further information.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.