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New Cool Tools for Schools Program Starts Nov 4


Ready to Launch! photo credit: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via photopin cc

We’re moving into the final planning phases for launching the 2013-14 Cool Tools For School learning project on November 4!   We have a whole bunch of New York State School Library System regions participating. Some are returning for another round and there are some new groups.

For folks who have participated before we have And for those who are totally new, we’ll have updated versions of the original ten topics. The schedule and list of topics will be listed on the Cool Tools site soon. TEN NEW THINGS! 

Participating systems are listed below. (more…)

NYLA SSL Leadership Retreat

Leadership Institute 2012

2012 attendees

I’m really looking forward to the Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute  coming up next week. The focus this year is  Lead with the Common Core and will be led by Paige Jaeger and Sue Kowalski

Led by national presenter and author Paige Jaeger, NYLA/SSL President Sue Kowalski and emerging NYS library leaders, participants will exit ready to assist teachers in “repackaging” and “aligning” their lessons and research projects to embrace deep learning, complex text integration, vocabulary acquisition and application strategies, and leading independent reading initiatives.

I’ve loved attending these institutes for the last couple of years and have learned so much from my school library colleagues.  My contribution is to lead the Tech Smackdown on Monday night, just before the always entertaining auction gets underway. The auction raises funds to sponsor scholarships for folks to attend the following year. And yes, the evening events are accompanied by margaritas! :)

The institute is organized by the ever amazing team of Marcia Eggleston, Sara Kelly Johns, Patty Martire and MANY others! Sponsored by NYLA SSL and the hashtag for the event is: #edlead13

Marketing Genius from Gwyneth Jones

Love the tips for marketing your library in this presentation by Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian. Practice your Lady Gaga moves and market your library.


(via: Who Needs a Librarian When You Have Google?)

Cool Tools for School

Cool Tools for School

Cool Tools for School

We kicked off another Learning 2.0 program today! This one is called Cool Tools for School and was the brainchild of  J’aime Pfeiffer (Capital Region BOCES) and her colleagues at other nearby BOCES School Library Systems:   Jen Henry (CVES BOCES), Deb Booth (HFM BOCES), Dee Portzer (Questar III), Paige Jaeger (WSWHE BOCES).

We all started talking about this last summer, but finally got around to setting it in motion just 2 weeks ago! Despite a quick start, we’re taking a slow approach with this program. Instead of a new lesson/thing being posted every week, we’ll offer a new topic every 3 weeks. This should give everybody time to digest the topic and have time to do more exploring. We’ll see! It will be a fun experiment.

We have just shy of 100 people signed up. And at the end of day 1, 7 people had already completed the first lesson. We’re off to a fast start for our leisurely program!


Google Search & Google Tools Update

Thanks to the great library folks at Capital Region BOCES for a fun day of learning and sharing. Fun to be in a room full of librarians when an earthquake strikes. Everyone instantly started researching and connecting with friends to find out what happened.

As promised, the slides from today. If anything is missing or a URL doesn’t work, do let me know!

Tech Smackdown!

The 2011 Carol A. Kearney Leadership Retreat was held earlier this week at Cornell. What an amazing event. I had no idea this retreat had been going on for 20 years.

The event, put on by the NYLA Section on School Libraries, was organized by Sara Kelly Johns & Christine Hatami – with the help of many other school librarians from around the state.  This year’s theme was “Think, Create, Share and Grow: Transforming Your School Library Leadership” and included 2 days of terrific presentations and discussions. Check out the wiki for details on the topics covered and links to many valuable resources.

Chris Harris & I had fun running the Tech Smackdown. We had about 20 brave folks who volunteered to shared their favorite apps and tools with the group. The evening of fun continued with an auction to raise scholarship funds – much fun was had by all and over $2300 was raised!