Conferences, Workshops & Seminars

Join Steve Thursday, May 35rd, for live and interactive Future of Education conversation with  Buffy Hamilton and Kristin Fontichiaro, editors of School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come. Their crowdsourced eBook, which is available for free download, is a collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors.In the book’s foreward, Dr. R. David Lankes laments that the “future of school libraries and school librarians hangs in the balance,” and that even with all of the research supporting the important effects of the school librarian, “communities are presented with a false choice: reduce the number of teachers in the classroom or lay off the librarian.” This, he says, is a “false choice because school librarians are teachers – their classrooms beyond the four walls of the library and extending into every classroom; indeed into every student’s home with resources and assistance.”

Hamilton and Fontichiaro recognize the additional and huge historical context of a world moving from print to digital, and by bringing diverse library voices together, wanted to ask questions that would “help us gain strength and inspiration from one another, even as our roles and duties expand and our job security and salaries decrease.”

What is the future of school libraries? More particularly, what is the future of school librarians? …For those of us still working in schools, what are we working toward? …Those are some of the question we posed to the extended school librarian community. What is the future going to be like? What do you see? What can you hold up from your own practice as a lantern to illuminate the way for others? These questions are too big to be answered by any single librarian, district, organization, or task force. They take collective thinking. And so we made an unusual overture: all voices would be heard, regardless of experience, reputation, or perpsective.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon

Date: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8 pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording and a portable .mp3 audio recording will be available after the show at

Buffy Hamilton is a school librarian at Creekview High School’s “Unquiet Library” in Canton, GA.  Buffy is a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker ; she is also the  2011 winner of the Salem Press Blog Award in the “School Library” division, Salem Press Blog Award,  School Library Blog Winner 2011 as well as the 2010-11 GLMA/GAIT Georgia Library Media Association/Georgia Association for Instructional Technology School Library Media Specialist of the Year.  Her Media 21 program ( was a winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Cutting Edge Library Service Award.  In addition, she has been honored as one of the National School Boards Association Technology Leadership Network “20 to Watch” 2010, Tech and Learning’s 100@30: Future Leader;  her library program was also honored as the 2010 Georgia Exemplary High School Media Program.   Buffy is also the author of the recently published Embedded Librarianship: Tools and Practices from ALA TechSource.

Kristin Fontichiaro is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she coordinates the school library media program.  In addition, she co-teaches Teaching with Technology in the UM School of Education. Formerly, she was an elementary school librarian, professional development facilitator, and secondary English teacher.

In 2011, she edited two eBooks: School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come (co-edited with Buffy Hamilton) and Information Literacy in the Wild, a compilation of graduate student essays.

Earlier professional books include 21st-Century Learning in School LibrariesActive Learning Through Drama, Podcasting, and Puppetry; and Podcasting at School. With Sandy Buczynski, she is co-author of Story Starters and Science Notebooking: Developing Student Thinking Through Literacy and Inquiry. She also writes informational texts for middle grade readers and has written for Principal Leadership, ASCD Express, Teacher Librarian, Synergy, and other publications.

Coming in June are two new books: are Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core State Standards, K-5 (Cherry Lake) and Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers (with former Future of Education guest Debbie Abilock and Violet H. Harada, 2012).

Named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association, Distinguished Alumna by the Wayne State University Library and Information Science Program, and a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, she blogs at and writes the “Nudging Toward Inquiry” column for School Library Monthly.


Twitter has great potential as a creative and collaborative learning and teaching tool in the classroom. It has been chosen as the number 1 learning & teaching tool for the last 4 (going on 5) years globally, which shows that it is tool that has to be taken seriously.

Some of the reasons for using twitter as a teacher and in your classroom:

  • You can create a personal learning network on the fly
  • You can learn from others and get instant support
  • You can use this tool to teach your learners how to use social media responsibly
  • You can share resources, events, thoughts, lesson ideas… quick as lightning!
  • You can have discussions on topical issues in your classroom and in education in general.
  • You can use it to connect your class to other global classrooms and experts
  • ……………..

Obviously it is just a tool and learning and teaching only takes place if we use a tool effectively! My mission is to get at least 500 South African teachers to do just that! So this online un-workshop will guide newbie twitter teachers or those wanting to learn about how to use twitter for teaching and learning through some of the steps- from getting started, to creating a learning networks- to using the tool more effectively- to using it as a classroom tool- to sharing resources- to embedding it your school website, LMS, or your blog- to managing it -to using it as an on demand assessment and feedback tool-to……

The (…..) parts is where the UN part of the un-workshop comes in. Even though I, and hopefully others, will be providing structure as far as making sure that everybody will be getting some of the basic information and providing learning objects and references along the way, this workshop will be dependent on the input, direction and needs of all who participate. I will also invite my learning network to interact, support and share best practices with you and I am sure we will ALL be able to add value and direction to this unworkshop. So if you are part of my amazing twitter PLN, please let me know if you will be able to mentor a few new teacher twits and get them to understand why we are a-twitter about twitter!
It will also entail some online ad hoc webinars (which will be hosted by Schoolnet) to help you connect and we even may want to meet face to face and have edu-tweetups all around the country?!!

The whole workshop will be run via Facebook ( and my blog ( for those without faces ;-). So, you can either RSVP as a comment on the event blogpost here, or on my Facebook events page.

Looking forward to interacting with you all! If you are a South African teacher please add #sateachers to your tweet. Our hashtag for this unworkshop is #ict4champions.

Storytelling conferenceWednesday 19 – Friday 21 August 2009
University of South Africa Main Campus, Pretoria

Presented by the Department of Information Science and the Children’s Literature Research Unit of the Department of Information Science of the University of South Africa

The conference will address particular issues regarding reading promotion for children and storytelling to children. Although storytelling can also be seen as a means to promote reading, the two issues will be addressed on two consecutive days. The sessions will consist of both theoretical papers and practical presentations on specific projects. Participants from different countries will address the various issues from their perspectives.

The purpose of the conference is to share and exchange experiences; and to determine how institutions and organisations involved in children’s reading can support one other.

Pre-conference workshops on reading promotion and storytelling will be presented on Wednesday 19 August. On the evening of 19th a gala function, “An Evening of Stories from Indonesia” will be held to commemorate the 15 years of diplomatic ties between South Africa and Indonesia. The Balinese storyteller, Made Taro, will perform and his performance will be complimented by an exhibition of Indonesian children’s books. Mr Taro will be joined by storytellers from Argentina, Cameroon and South Africa on Thursday evening for another evening of storytelling.

More information, programme and registration form are available at: For more information e-mail: or phone (012) 4296520 or 4296071.

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