Friday, April 23, 2010

PA School Librarians Conference 2010

Another great conference! Can't wait until it is back in Hershey. It's nice to get out of town once in a while, but right now Hershey is a much shorter ride than State College!

This year I actually presented with the other secondary librarian in my district. We did a session on our freshman information literacy course first thing Friday morning and it was a success! We received compliments throughout the rest of the conference and I am still getting emails from attendees asking for copies of course materials. I will have to get my class page updated with the worksheets and other course documents.

I attended a digitized collections presentation that was quite impressive. Penn State librarians are working hard to digitize all kinds of Pennsylvania historical documents, especially newspapers. The presenter shared links to other sites, including the Access PA Digitial Repository, Chronicling America, the National Digital Newspaper Program, and, of course, LOC's American Memory Collection. It is wonderful to see these valuable resources being preserved AND that access to the will remain free. This week the GSLMC library staff was able to present our available resources to the facutly during our PLCs. They were very excited to see the links to the digitized collections.

The speaker at the luncheon on Saturday was Laura Amy Schlitz. What a storyteller! I'm not even close to being that good. Theater major was not an option for me! She was capitvating and humorous as she shared the story of how she was published for the first time.

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