On October 22, 2013, I shared the concept of unprogramming for teens at the Chicago Public Library Teen Volume Conference. The breakout session, which I presented twice, focused on strategies for offering high-impact programs without requiring excessive planning time or impractical supplies costs. My slides are available below.
As part of Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries, an online conference event on October 16, 2013, I participated in a panel about maker spaces in the library. Justin Hoenke of Chattanooga Public Library, Michelle Cooper of Henderson High School, and I talked about our maker philosophies and programs for The Community Joins In: Library Maker Spaces. Justin uploaded our slide deck, which is below:
I presented at the 2013 Missouri Library Association on the topic of Digital Story Times. The presentation discussed joint media engagement, appropriateness for early literacy audiences, and strategies for making tablet technology another story time tool. See my handout here, and the slides below.
Jennifer Hopwood, who is Training Coordinator for the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, and I co-presented for the virtual Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference. Our session, titled “Informal Library Youth Programs,” explored partnership opportunities between educational institutions and public libraries interested in STEM; STEM programs for kids that are currently happening in libraries; and ideas for building a portfolio of STEM resources. The entire archived session can be found here, and our slides are below.
At the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Marge Loch-Wouters of LaCrosse Public Library and I teamed up to lead a Conversation Starter on the topic of Unprogramming, a more child-directed, planning-efficient approach to offering programming for school-age children. Our slides are below.
At the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, I led a discussion at the Preschool Services Discussion Group on the topic of STEM Storytime Extenders. The conversation focused on different ideas and strategies for integrating STEM elements into preschool library programs. My slides, which corresponded with a handout at the event, are below.
In April 2013, I offered an early literacy staff training to St. Charles City-County Library District children’s services staff with Julie Schwartz and Marla Capstick. Slides for my portion of the training, which served as a brain-storming and problem-solving workshop, are below.