Connected Librarian Day! #cld14

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Connected Librarian Day is for Teacher Librarians everywhere!

Sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, the open, online, free and international event will present a rich array of leaders in our field talking about topics of immediate interest. The conference will be archived to compensate for time zone (and schedule) issues.

Here’s the schedule. On October 7th, you can click on the hyperlinked title to join each session.

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This event is supported by

Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution Project and is a pre-conference event for the fourth annual Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference which will be held October 8 - 9, 2014. See the welcome letter HERE.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor of Library 2.014


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12:30pm PDT / 3:30pm EDT

Welcome and About the Landscape with Britten Follett, Joyce Valenza, Ross Todd & Shannon Miller

1pm PDT / 4pm EDT: Heidi Neltner @heidinelt

Your Stakeholder Connected Librarian Toolkit
In the 21st Century, there are many options for staying connected to our school library stakeholders that include technology and good old fashioned face-to-face connections. I’ll share some low-budget – mostly free!- tech tools and strategies you can use with ease to mindfully communicate your programming and success related to stakeholder priorities.

Heidi Neltner is the Teacher Librarian at Johnson Elementary, Fort Thomas Kentucky

2pm PDT / 5pm EDT: Judy O’Connell @heyjudeonline

Leadership in a connected age: change, challenge and productive chaos

The 21st century school library leader recognizes that without keeping an eye on the future we may be doomed to remaining a prisoner of the past. With this eye on the future, the agile leader welcomes innovation, embraces change and thrives on chaos. But what skills are necessary to survive in the future? What do you need to do today? How will this affect you and your school community? Trends in knowledge construction, participatory cultures and social networks can give us the blueprint to successful leadership in our connected age. The good news is that by preparing today we can successfully meet the challenges of our global connected future of tomorrow.

Judy O'Connell is the Courses Director, Faculty of Education, School of Information Studies Charles Sturt University

3pm PDT / 6pm EDT: Michelle Luhtala @mluhtala

Flipped Learning and the Essential Tools to Get you There

What does it take to flip your program? Not much! This session will work through ten tools that will help school librarians flip instruction and help promote self-directed learning. Tools discussed will include course management systems, library management systems, eContent Cloud collaboration tools, online voicemail services, text-based instruction, student response applications, playlist creators, screencasting, and blogs.

Michelle Luhtala is the department chair of New Canaan (CT) High School Library. She facilitates a professional learning community for over 7,000 school librarians and tech integrators at She serves on the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors and the Connecticut Digital Library's advisory committee on databases. Michelle is a contributing author to Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. She blogs at

4pm PDT / 7pm EDT: Patrice Bryan & Darcy Coffta

Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces

The shift from consumption-based learning to creation-based learning means many schools are transforming the library into a makerspace. Award-winning, innovative programs attest to the success of this movement. We’ll look at what’s being done and how educators teach & students learn in this model. The ways we support and advocate for the change from a quiet environment to a bustling activity center will be explored by the panel, as well as ways to highlight & share successes with other schools. The two panelists will showcase recent success in their schools where the library is now the center of action. Here, learning is student-driven & project-based, & kids are producers and sharers of information. Collaboration is key and kids learn from each other. The panelists will share before, during, & after stories of their transition, including best practices.

Darcy Coffta is Director of Innovation and Upper School librarian at Berwick Academy, a PK-12 independent day school in South Berwick, Maine. Under Darcy's direction Berwick's Innovation program received a 2013 Follett Challenge Award and was featured as a "School That Shines" by local NBC news affiliate WCSH6. Darcy's recent conference presentations include ISTE 2014 and the 2014 Reidy Interactive Lecture Series. Berwick Innovation will be presenting at the NAIS national conference in Boston in 2015. For more information, you can reach Darcy at Berwick Innovation or via email at

5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT: Matthew Winner & Sherry Gick @matthewwinner @libraryfanatic

When Sherry Met Matthew: Finding Your Educational Soulmate and Helping Kids to Rule the World
Kids hold the solutions to the world’s problems, but need the opportunity to rise to the challenge. We asked kids how they would change the world and then constructed a learning environment to do exactly that. What resulted not only translated to an epic win for all of the kids involved, but one of the most meaningful projects we as teachers have ever been a part of. And when the going gets tough, the tough find an incredible educational counterpart to join on the journey.

Sherry Gick is the Library & Instructional Tech Specialist at Rossville Middle/High School Library and blogs as the

Matthew Winner is an elementary school teacher librarian in Elkridge, Md. He is a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was named a White House Champion of Change. Matthew is the host of the popular children’s literature podcast Let’s Get Busy and the author of the Busy Librarian blog. Find Matthew online at @MatthewWinner or by visiting

6pm PDT / 9pm EDT: Jennifer LaGarde @jenniferlagarde

Imagining Library Spaces of the Future, Today

Simply put, if your school library is still just a place where students go to check out books, you’re doing it wrong. Today’s school libraries should be places where students engage with information, each other and learners from around the world to ask big questions, solve real problems and build new knowledge. Let’s talk about ways that you can transform the library from a place where students simply consume information, to a participatory space where they create, design, engineer and build the information of the future.

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is the teacher librarian at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC as well as the lead librarian for New Hanover County Schools. With over 18 years experience in education as a classroom teacher, teacher librarian, district and statewide leader, Jennifer has been nationally recognized for her contribution to school librarianship and education in general. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the "I Love My Librarian Award" by the American Library Association, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times. She was also named a 2011 "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. And in 2013 she was selected as one of five teacher librarians (nationally) finalists for the first ever Bammy Award for outstanding service in the area of school librarianship. Jennifer is the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.

7pm PDT / 10pm EDT: Britten Follett, Joyce Valenza, Ross Todd & Shannon Miller.

Closing Comments
Dr. Ross Todd is director of CiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries, Associate Professor and Acting Chair of the LIS Department of Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Dr. Todd is an international keynoter and researcher on the impact of school libraries on student learning.

Steve Hargadon @stevehargadon

Steve is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project and Web 2.0 Labs, the host of the Future of Education interview series, and founder and chair or co-chair of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the annual Global Education Conference, the Library 2.0 Conference, and the School Leadership Summit.

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