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Upcoming Webinars

I received my monthly newsletter from LMC in a Flash (Library Media & Technology Specialists) which had among other things a list of upcoming webinars that may be of interest to our community.  Here are the blurbs and the links:

You Need It: Reading Promotional Programming That Really Works
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4pm EST
Learn the why, how-to, and what-to-expect about Reading Promotional Programming (RPP). It’s supported by research and encouraged by the experts and this webinar will focus on this critical topic in detail, to help you develop students’ leisure reading. Learn from examples of collaboration between home and school literacy programming and explore how to build a reading community at your school.
Presenter: Nancy Baumann has been an elementary classroom teacher and a librarian at the elementary and middle school levels and has worked in the University of Missouri’s School of Information Sciences and Learning Technologies.
Register here

Inquiry Circles: Collaborative Learning in Guided Inquiry
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 4pm EST
Collaboration is an essential skill for college and workforce readiness. How are we engaging students to collaborate meaningfully through inquiry? Learn how important student collaboration is to deepen learning through inquiry, see a model for implementing Inquiry Circles, and explore strategies for assessing collaboration to improve your teaching and learning.
Presenter: Leslie Kuhlthau Maniotes, NBCT, MEd, PhD, is an international consultant focused on inquiry learning and curriculum design.
Register here

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR and Mount Pleasant Elementary


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Upcoming Webinar on the latest Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga

mangaI don’t know about you but at my school there is a serious interest in Manga and Comic Books.  Looking forward to hearing about the latest and greatest books that will be hitting the Spring season.  Register for this ALA webinar which will take place on March 3rd.

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR

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WebJunction Webinar Events Calendar


Life has certainly gotten easier when it comes to professional development.  No need to travel or miss out on exciting new trends because the workshops take place out of town.  OCLC Webjunction hosts a variety of webinars for FREE.  Yes, that is right – FREE.

Bookmark their page so that you can always have access to the latest workshops being offered.  Cannot make the scheduled time?  No worries – they archive their webinars so you can watch it when you have a free moment.

Webjunction Events Calendar

Submitted by Kathy Conroy from WWJR

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Free PD: Bookmark this one!


I recently discovered, a free online community dedicated to all things educational, and this includes school libraries. It provides an opportunity to share resources and network, and offers professional development webinars which are archived for our convenience.

Once you complete the free registration and your profile, you select the communities you are interested in. These communities cover topics as varied as exploring K-12 eBooks, game-based learning, digital literacy, library advocacy and technology in libraries, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! Check out their calendar of upcoming events.


What urged me to write today is a webinar slated for October 15 (remember, you can always watch the archived webinar later). This webinar, Pitching the Library: how to explain what school librarians do, is offered by the Emerging Tech community.


Added bonus: When you attend the webinar live, edWeb will also send you a Continuing Education (CE) certificate. This can be used for credit for people registered in The Partnership’s CEC program.


Suzanne Nesbitt, LBPSB Educational Services


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Professional Development: Online Magazines

Need inspiration for your library or just want to keep up to date?  There are lots of interesting and informative magazines put out by professional organizations.  Check out these interesting online periodicals:


School Library Journal

School Library Monthly

School Library Research

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Keeping up with emerging trends

In order to provide the best service possible, it is important to keep up with  emerging trends in our field.  Luckily, there are many websites that we can use in order to keep up with the latest and greatest of library development.  One upcoming conference that is coming up (October 1) is The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center which is being organized by Library Journal and School Library JournalThe best part of this conference is that you can attend it from the comforts of your own home and for free!  All you have to do is register.

A blurb from the website:

Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll examine how libraries drive change like no other institution, reaching classrooms and communities around the globe, and will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces, including:

  • How can libraries adapt and adopt emerging technologies and tools, new ways of learning, and the evolving publishing ecosystem?
  • How can libraries meet the 21st century needs of children and young adults?
  • How will libraries continue to be at the center of their communities?

Register today!  Click here –  The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center