Workshops – 2018 Conference

All workshops will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Session A is 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. Session B is 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Session C is 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Workshops require an extra fee not included in regular registration.

Session A, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Workshop 1: The Best of the Best Young Adult Books (7-12)
Presenter: Michael Cart, Booklist Columnist
Michael Cart is a renowned expert on young adult literature. He will present his 100 “best of the best” young adult books for 2017- 2018. This always-popular session is repeated at 6:00 PM.

Workshop 2: What’s New in Children’s Literature (K-6)
Presenter:  Deborah Ford, Director of Library Outreach Junior Library Guild
What are the hottest titles from 2017? Who are the debut authors and illustrators you’ll want on your radar? Which titles were the biggest winners of gold and silver for 2017? How about a sneak peek at 2018? Join children’s literature specialist Deborah B. Ford for a look at the past, present and future in #kidlit.

Workshop 3: Save Reading: Kill the Reading Log (K-12)
Presenter: Katie McNamara, Teacher Librarian, high school
Developing a pleasure for reading doesn’t need a reading log nor does it mean zero accountability. Explore fun alternatives to a reading log that increase engagement and facilitate critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Yes, there will be time to play. Please bring a device.

Workshop 4: Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (K-12)
Presenter: Leslie Maniotes, Curriculum Specialist/Education Consultant
Based on Carol Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process, “Guided Inquiry is a way of thinking, learning, and teaching that changes the culture of the school into a collaborative inquiry community.” Learn about the components of Guided Inquiry Design and how to implement it to impact student learning and success.

Workshop 5: Social Media: A Must Have for You AND Your Library… and How to Get Started or Up Your Game (K-12)
Presenter: Jane Lofton, Retired Teacher Librarian, High School
In this workshop, we will discuss why you need to be using social media for your personal professional learning as part of being a connected librarian, building an effective personal learning network, and keeping up. We will also discuss why you need to be using social media to promote your library program, document what it does, and advocate to get others to support it. We will then explore must have and optional tools for both your personal and library social media, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, blogging, websites, Linkedin, Pinterest, Snapchat, and YouTube, and how to be efficient with your postings.

Workshop 6: When Dewey and Genrefication Collide (6-12)
Presenter: Lisa Bridgen, Teacher Librarian, high school
Ditching Dewey is all the rage now, but what would it look like to blend the age-old Dewey Classification and trendy-new Book Store vibe? If the ultimate goal is providing students with the best possible experience, why can’t our libraries blend both? In this session, you’ll receive tools, tips, and solutions for “genrefying” your library without eliminating the opportunity for students to navigate through the world of academic libraries.

Session B, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Workshop 7: Great LGBTQ Books for Youth (7-12)
Presenter: Michael Cart, Booklist Columnist
Michael Cart, co-author of Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens, identifies titles that address the sensitive and important topics of coming out, being out, and the search for community. This workshop will spotlight the best lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and questioning books written for teens.

Workshop 8: Why Don’t They Know What I DO? (K-12)
Presenter: Deborah Ford, Director of Library Outreach Junior Library Guild
Do you really just read stories to children, check out books, and play on the internet? How can you get your stakeholders to see the value of your work? Join Deborah Ford for a hands-on, make-a-plan workshop that arms you with the tools you need to promote the value of the library program. Learn how to use relationships, engagement, statistics, and the power of story to strengthen your library program.

Workshop 9: Break Out!: Breakout Boxes for Crosscurricular Critical Thinking in the Library (K-12)
Presenters: Amy Linden & Jennifer Zimmy, Teacher Librarians, High School
It’s the latest trend in education, breakout boxes! Come experience a BreakoutEDU activity for yourself, then learn ways that this concept can be applied so you can have ANY class come to use your library, even math and CTE! Learn about the basic structure, necessary supplies, and steps to take to create your own games. Wonder no longer; give it a try and you’ll be hooked!

Workshop 10: Check It Out: Strategies for Understanding How to Fact-check the Information in Front of You (K-12)
Presenter: Connie Williams, Retired Teacher Librarian, High School
CRAAP isn’t quite keeping up with the pace of today’s online information stream. Clickbait, hoaxes, and satire intermix with valid information. How do we help students dig deeper to find the source and validity of their information? In this workshop, we will explore how we can equip students and teachers with the tools and easy to understand, simple-to-use strategies for evaluating online [and print] information.

Workshop 11: School Librarians as Learning Leaders: Advocacy Begins with Each of Us! (K-12)
Presenter: Audrey Church, Professor of School Librarianship
School librarians are master teachers, collaborative partners, information specialists, instructional leaders, program administrators, and technology integrators, yet administrators and other stakeholders may not understand the critical role that we play in student learning. How do we convey the message that school librarians transform student learning to our teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and legislators? How do we demonstrate our positive, transformative impact? In this workshop we will explore strategies, techniques, and tools to use in our advocacy efforts and develop an advocacy plan.

Workshop 12: Powerful Skills for Successful Learning: Teaching Research in a Digital World (K-12)
Presenter: Deb Stanley, Retired Teacher Librarian, Middle School
The word “research” appears 132 times in CCSS. Students need digital research skills for a digital world, but where do those skills come from? This session will describe a six-step research process, each step moving students from print to digital skills that maximize student information management while minimizing — or eliminating! — plagiarism. Research instruction, technology integration, and digital citizenship will be woven together into an effective research process for a digital world. Practical lessons and materials are included. Workshop content is based on the website: The Research Process in a Digital World.

Session C 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Workshop 13: The Best of the Best Young Adult Books (7-12) This is a repeat of the 10:00 AM session.
Presenter: Michael Cart, Booklist Columnist
Michael Cart is a renowned expert on young adult literature. He will present his 100 “best of the best” young adult books for 2017-2018.

Workshop 14: The Instructional Leadership Role of the Teacher Librarian (K-12)
Presenter: Melanie Lewis, Fresno Pacific, Program Director of Teacher Librarian Services
In this workshop, you will explore how teacher librarians are expected to serve as instructional leaders in K-12 schools. Through discussion with fellow participants and examination of relevant resources, you’ll learn how teacher librarians serve the school’s administration, faculty, and staff by supporting the school’s mission, managing the instructional program, and promoting a positive school learning climate – primarily through the provision of professional learning.

Workshop 15: Digging for Gold: Evaluating Official Sources (K-12)
Presenters: Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Teacher Librarian, Debbie Abilock, Consultant, Noodletools, Inc., & Connie Williams, Retired Teacher Librarian
Using government information as a base for discovery, participants investigate how to question a source to determine its intent, purpose, creator, and other elements that teach source literacy. Join an author of a book on government documents, an expert searcher, and a teaching and learning specialist as we reflect antique prejudices and vintage perspectives on the wonderful world of government documents. With hands-on exploration, we mine many Agency websites to uncover the educational gems-and pyrite-within.

Workshop 16: Connected Student Driven Inquiry: Coaching Inquiry (K-12)
Presenters: Mary Ann Harlan and Shelly Buchanan, SJSU Professors
In this workshop participants will be introduced to Connected Learning Frameworks and the principles of Student Driven Inquiry. Participants are encouraged to be prepared to develop an inquiry framework for their school community that incorporates student choice of 1) topic, 2) product and 3) timeline. Focus will be on coaching students through developing inquiry projects, information communities, and plans for creating an information product. Presenters will coach participants through this process, suggest strategies, and connect elements of the inquiry process to a variety of standards.

NEW: Workshop 17: MAKE Your SPACE! Design Learning Experiences that Support Curriculum and a Maker Mindset (K-8)
Presenter: Rene Hohls, Learning Resource Specialist/Library Services, Ventura County Office of Education
Are you a “maker” or want to learn how to bring a maker mindset into your library? Looking for ways to let students develop problem solving skills and connect real-world problems with hands-on learning? This workshop will provide participants with ideas and hands-on experiences useful in any Makerspace to engage and motivate ALL students while expanding problem-solving & critical thinking skills school-wide. Learn some logistics for creating a Makerspace and ways to support curriculum and CA State Standards, including NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), integrated ELA/ELD and History/Social Science Standards.
Note: This replaces cancelled workshop: “Improving Your Library Program by Directly Involving Your Students, Reflection and Feedback” (K-8)

Workshop 18: Help! and Where to Get It, a Library Survival Guide (K-12)
Presenter: Heather Gruenthal, Teacher Librarian, Middle School
Working in a library can be overwhelming, especially if you are working alone or split between multiple sites. Get organized and stop feeling like you spend every day performing triage or putting out the fire that is in front of you. Take advantage of the great brain of library professionals and build your Personal Learning Network. Unlock a treasure trove of lesson plans, best practices and procedures. Harness the power of the internet to build your own library survival guide using tools such as Symbaloo, Wikispaces, Livebinders, Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest and more.