RTLA 2012 - Fall Mini-conference

Once again, DRC hosted the Fall Teacher-Librarian mini conference for the Richmond District teacher-librarians. This successful day began with a look at the Learning Commons concept, and we all had an opportunity to brainstorm about how we could incorporate elements of this exciting direction into our own practice.

Amanda H and Janice N shared with the TLs how they incorporate audio books and student publishing in two well received workshops. Lunch and time at the vendor table (thanks Ren) gave everyone a chance to network, and we ended the day with some Bibliotechnology tips and an overview of the soon-to-be enacted Copyright Modernization Act.

Notes and links from the day can be found here.


"New and Improved" - Selling your databases

I was asked to speak to VSB teacher-librarians at their September start-up. (Thanks for the invite, Moira!) The goal was to refresh their understanding of what databases we can offer to our teachers and students. Of course, the challenge is always a question of how to present, (and re-present), what may seem like "tired information" that everyone already knows.

In conversation with teachers, I realize that it's a question or readiness. Even if we've talked about databases and online reference multiple times, it will only "click" when the timing is right for that teacher!

My presentation to the VSB TLs focused on how we can bring a "New & Improved" vibe to Worldbook online and EBSCO magazines. (I also mentioned a handful of other resources.)

My slideshow with links is here.