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  1. 1. Conference Planner ThursdayThursday, September 29, 2011Time Location Description3:00 - 7 :00 pm Registration Desk Registration4:30 - 6:30 pm Mirabella AB TASL Showcase5:00 – 8:00 pm Mirabella E Vendor & Exhibits Opening4:30 – 8:00 pm Cambridge A Bookstore Pre-conference with Judy Bivens4:00 – 6:00 pm Oakleigh Evaluation Process Opening Night Reception Sponsored in part6:00 – 7:00 pm Mirabella CD by Vincent and Vincent TASL Preconference 2011 Librarian Evaluation: Connecting Libraries and Learning with Dr. Judy Bivens "Lets look at a lesson plan model and share activities that help librarians model instructional domain elements. Regardless of the evaluation model, these teaching strategies will bring some insight to your situation." Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Embassy Suites - Oakleigh B
  2. 2. 2011 ExhibitorsAuthors Signing – 47 National School Products - 12 EBSCO Publishing - 43 www.nationalschoolproducts.comBookstore – Cambridge A www.ebscohost.comThe Reading Source Perma-Bound Books – 22, 23 www.perma-bound.comAlexandria - 36 Presentation Solutions, Inc. Education Networks of America - 24 www.ena.comBack Yard Book Fair - 41 ProQuest - 15 Federal Reserve - 8 www.proquest.comBaker & Taylor - 20 Rainbow Book Company - 29 Follett Library Resources, Inc. – 18, 19 www.rainbowbookcompany.comBook Systems, Inc. -19 Renaissance Learning - 42 Gale, part of Cengage Learning - 32 www.renlearn.comBound to Stay Bound Books - 25 Scholastic Book Fairs – 45, 46 Garrett Book Co - 14 Books - 5 Scott Laboratory Solutions - 6 Gumdrop -13 jhopper@scottlab.netBurrow Library Services 34, 35 Stop Falling Productions -10 Ingram Content Group - 31 www.stopfalling.comBritannica Digital Learning – 1 jacis jewels – 50 TEL and TLA - Wendy Cornelisen - 21 www.tntel.infoCamcor – Junior Library Guild - 28 Trevecca Nazarene University - 49 Plus, Inc. - Lerner Publishing Group - 8 University of Tennessee, School of http://www.sis.utk.eduCoLibri- 50 Luminis Books - 9 Usborne Books & More - 38Cover One – 33 Mackin Educational Resources - 30 Vincent and Vincent Booksellers – 39,Davidson Titles. Inc. - 37 Magazine Subscription Service Agency -Delaney Educational Enterprises, Inc. - 2 World Book,Inc. 26, 2711 Registration 41 42 43 44 45 46 Desk 47 48 49 50 Entering - EXPO Hall Mirabella E 1 20 21 40 2 19 22 39 3 18 23 38 4 17 24 37 5 16 25 36 6 15 26 35 7 14 27 34 8 13 28 33 9 12 29 32 10 11 30 31
  3. 3. Conference Planner FridayFriday, September 30, 20117:00 – 10:00 am Registration Desk Registration8:00 – 11:00am Mirabella E Vendor & Exhibits1:00 – 3:00 pm Mirabella E8:00 am - 6:30 pm Cambridge A Bookstore8:00 -8:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions Oakleigh A - Principals’ Perceptions of the Session 1 Instructional Role of the School Librarian Audrey Church [All] Oakleigh B - Creating and using a library Session 2 curriculum guide Anne Smith [ES / MS] Session 3 Oakleigh C The Financial Connection Opportunity Jeanette Bennett [All] Session 4 Broadlands A - Getting in the Graphic Groove Gina Wiser [All] Session 5 Broadlands B - New and Needed NonFiction Diane Chen [ES / MS] Session 6 Cambridge B– “Soldiers, Spies, and Spartans” Jennie Ivey and Calvin Dickinson [MS / HS]9:00 - 9:50 Exhibit Hall - No Conflict10:00 - 10:50 am Concurrent Sessions Oakleigh A - Topics and Trends for 21st Century Session 7 School Librarians Audrey Church [All] Session 8 Oakleigh B Margaret Peterson Haddix [All] Session 9 Oakleigh C Kristin ODonnel Tubb [MS] Session 10 Broadlands A– Out with the one-shot orientation Sarah Searles [HS] Session 11 Broadlands B – Librarians as Leaders Judy Bivens [All] Session 12 Cambridge B– Limitless Libraries Kathryn Bennett [All] Friday – Keynote Luncheon11:00 – 12:50 pm Luncheon / Keynote Speaker Margaret Peterson Haddix –Mirabella ABCD Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House,Lunch is included Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees inin the conference English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her firstfee book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community collegeSocial Time 11:00- instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois.11: 20am She has since written more than 25 books for kids and teens,TASL Business including Running Out of Time; Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey; Leaving Fishers; Just Ella;11:20 – 11:40 Turnabout; Takeoffs and Landings; The Girl with 500 Middle Names; Because of Anya; Escape from Memory; Say What?; The House on the Gulf; Double Identity; Dexter the Tough; Uprising; Palace ofKeynote Speaker Mirrors; Claim to Fame; theShadow Children series; and the Missing series. She also wrote Into the11: 45 – 12:50pm Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and more than a dozen state reader’s choice awards.
  4. 4. Conference Planner Friday (cont’d.)Friday, September 30, 2011 (cont’d.)1:00 - 1:50 pm Concurrent Sessions Oakleigh A - Student Assessment in the Session 13 Library—Oh My! (Secondary) Audrey Church [MS/HS] Session 14 Oakleigh B John Himmelman [ES] Session 15 Oakleigh C Kristin ODonnel Tubb [MS] Session 16 Broadlands A VSBA YA [HS] Session 17 Broadlands B VSBA Primary and Intermediate [ES & MS] Session 18 Cambridge B – Gadget Petting Zoo Courtney Fuson [All Technology]2:00 - 2:50 pm Exhibit Hall - No Conflict3:00 - 3:50 pm Concurrent Sessions Oakleigh A - Student Assessment in the Library— Session 19 Oh My! (Elementary) Audrey Church [ES] Session 20 Oakleigh B Margaret Peterson Haddix [All] Session 21 Oakleigh C Brandon Mull [MS] Broadlands A Cataloging and Circulating E- Mildred Rawlings and Susan Timmons [MS / HS Session 22 Readers Tech] Session 23 Broadlands B TEL me about it Wendy Corneilson [All] Cambridge B Supporting Local Isn’t just for Session 24 Agriculture Melissa Williams and Tiffany Johnson[All]4:00 - 4:50 pm Vendor Presentations [see page 20] Workshop 1 Oakleigh A Baker & Taylor Workshop 2 Oakleigh B Britannica Digital Learning Workshop 3 Oakleigh C Follett Workshop 4 Broadlands A Junior Library Guild Workshop 5 Broadlands B World Book Workshop 6 Cambridge B5:00 - 5:50 pm Regional and Level Meetings Oakleigh A Middle –Regions - Cumberland Region, Walking Horse, Highland RimRegions and Levels may choose to Oakleigh B West –Regions - Western Plains, Mississippimeet together. The following rooms River, West Tennessee Riverare available for regional meetings, East – Regions - East Tennessee River,roundtables, etc. Oakleigh C Volunteer, Appalachian Broadlands A High-school Broadlands B Elementary Cambridge B MiddleVolunteer State Book Awards Dinner6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Margaret Peterson Haddix, John Himmelman, Susan Pfeffer, Brandon Mull Mirabella ABCD Awards Banquet
  5. 5. Conference Planner SaturdaySaturday, October 1, 20117:45 - 8:30 am Registration Desk Registration8:00 am - 12:30 pm Cambridge A Bookstore8:30-9:20 am Concurrent Sessions Session 25 Mirabella A Ernie Cox [All] Session 26 Mirabella B – Tools for Advocacy Sarah Searles [All tech] Session 27 Oakleigh A Susan Pfeffer - VSBA Winner [MS / HS] Session 28 Cambridge B – First to the Top and You Becky Jackman9:30 - 10:30 General SessionSaturday General SessionBuffy Hamilton - Hamilton is the founding librarian of “The Unquiet Library” at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Hamilton, who earned her Ed.S. in Instructional Technology and School Library Media at the University of Georgia in 2005, taught high school English courses and served as an educational technology specialist for the Cherokee County School District before deciding she wanted to be a librarian when she grew up. She is passionate about creating library experiences for her students that will encourage them to be lifelong learners and advocating for the power of the library in her community. Keynote: How can school libraries cultivate and support a culture of participatory learning that disrupts school climates that emphasize traditional modes of learning and assessment? How can librarians help classroom teachers to nurture students and to move students beyond compliance and conformity? Come learn how school libraries can function as sponsors of participation literacy to foster your learning communitys efforts to engage students as active learners who are more than mere spectators in their journey of learning.10:40 – 11:30 Concurrent Sessions Session 29 Mirabella A Ernie Cox Session 30 Mirabella B Ron Kidd Session 31 Oakleigh A Tracy Barrett Session 32 Cambridge B Robert J. Blake11:40 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions Session 33 Mirabella A – Plays well with others Courtney Fuson Session 34 Mirabella B Ron Kidd Session 35 Oakleigh A Tracy Barrett Session 36 Cambridge B Robert J. Blake
  6. 6. Speaker and Session Information – Friday MorningFriday 8:00 -8:50 a.m.Session 1, 7 , 13 and 19Audrey Puckett Church, Ph.D.Audrey Church is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School Library Media Program at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Sheearned her B.A. from Bridgewater College (VA), her M.S. in Ed. from Longwood College, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.She was a building level librarian in Virginia public schools for 20 years prior to coming to Longwood. She is pastpresident of the Virginia Educational Media Association, chair of the Educators of Library Media Specialists section(ELMSS) of the American Association of School Librarians, and chair of the ALA/AASL NCATE CoordinatingCommittee. A frequent presenter at state and national conferences, she is author of numerous journal articles andtwo books: Leverage Your Library Program to Help Raise Test Scores (Linworth, 2003) and Your Library GoesVirtual (Linworth, 2007). 1. Principals’ Perceptions of the Instructional Role of the School Librarian Description: Do principals know that we are teachers, instructional partners, information specialists, and leaders within our schools? Do they know that when we take an active role in the instructional programs of our schools, student achievement is higher? How do principals learn about what school librarians do? What do they expect from us? In this session, the presenter will share findings from her research with elementary and secondary school principals in Virginia. 7. Topics and Trends for 21st Century School Librarians Description: In this session, we will explore twelve topics, grounded in the principles of AASL’s 2009 Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs and critically important to 21st century school librarians. For each topic, at least three quality resources (free Web site, journal article, and book) will be shared. 13. Student Assessment in the Library—Oh My! (Secondary) Description: Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs states, “The school library program is guided by regular assessment of student learning to ensure that the program is meeting its goals.” In this session, we will explore “regular assessment of student learning.” How do you assess student learning in the library, and how can you use the data that you collect to improve your program? This session focuses on assessment in secondary school libraries. 19. Student Assessment in the Library—Oh My! (Elementary) Description: Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs states, “The school library program is guided by regular assessment of student learning to ensure that the program is meeting its goals.” In this session, we will explore “regular assessment of student learning.” How do you assess student learning in the library, and how can you use the data that you collect to improve your program? This session focuses on assessment in elementary school libraries.Session 2Creating and using a library curriculum guideAnne Smith with Connie Reed and Tim Dale [ES / MS]Use Tennessee Department of Education Curriculum Standards to create your own curriculum guide. Look at theCommon Core Standards and how they will affect what skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessmentstrategies we teach. Each library is different, so maa curriculum guide that will benefit you!Mrs. Smith has taught library at Kingsley elementary for 7 years. She has worked on the curriculum developmentcommittee for 4 years. She enjoys organizing and understanding the changes that take place in education. Her goalis to help students be prepared for jobs they will hold that are not yet created.Timothy Dale is the Media Specialist for Indian Springs Elementary School in Sullivan County. This is Timothy’ssecond career. He has taught seven years and has a BS in Political Science and a MS in Library Media.Connie Reed is the Library Media Specialist at Brookside Elementary School in Sullivan County. She has herBachelor of Science in Nursing from the Univ. of TN College of Nursing in Memphis, her Masters of Arts inTeaching for Elementary grades and her certification in Library Science, both from East TN State Univ.
  7. 7. Session 3 – The Financial Connection Opportunity Session 4 - Getting in the Graphic GrooveJeanette Bennett and Jackie Morgan [All] - Gina Wiser and Allison BarneyFinancial literacy is an exciting learning opportunity for all grade Getting in the Graphic Groove: Two Middlelevels! Join us to discover free online resources that can connect School Librarians Share Their Experiences inwith the basic curriculum and/or be used as stand-alone financial Developing Graphic Novel Collectionsliteracy lessons. Ready-to-use lesson plans, learning modulesand technology tools provide a great opportunity to make a bigdifference. Whether you’re already purchasing graphic novels and manga or you’re intimidated and don’t knowJeannette Bennett, Economic Education Specialist for the Federal where to start, this session will help you find yourReserve Bank of St. Louis—Memphis Branch, is a national award winner for the own graphic groove. You will leave with talkingteaching of economics and has a background in education both as a teacher and points for reluctant administrators and teachers,administrator. Currently she serves as a board member of the Tennessee Jump$tart tips on developing consideration files, catalogingCoalition. She has served as a curriculum writer, developer and consultant and ideas, and tons of online resources.continues in this capacity at the Federal Reserve.Jackie Morgan has been recognized as a leader in the area ofpersonal financial education at the state and national levels.Ms. Morgan, Senior Economic and Financial EducationSpecialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – NashvilleBranch, currently serves a Tennessee Jump$tart Coalitionboard member and is the immediate past president of thisorganization which was recognized by National Jump$tart asthe 2009 State Coalition of the Year. Ms. Morgan has received the Nashville EmergingLeader Award for Education and was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” leaders bythe Nashville Business Journal.Session 6 - “Soldiers, Spies & Spartans: Civil War Stories from Session 5 - New and Needed NonfictionTennessee”Jennie Ivey [MS / HS] New and Needed Nonfiction Discusses this book, which tells the stories of various children and teens who witnessedthe war in our state. Some of these are Union private Elisha Stockwell at the Battle of Interest in nonfiction is higher than ever forShiloh, Confederate spy Ginny Moon, drummer boy Johnny Clem, the McGavock and students. Are you keeping up with what is new?Carter children who were eyewitnesses at the bloody Battle of Franklin, boy hero of the Learn marketing strategies to enhance yourConfederacy Sam Davis, slave-turned soldier Hanson Caruthers, and lots of others. nonfiction circulation. Discover new, notable, andDr. Calvin Dickinson is professor emeritus of history at needed titles to add to your collection.Tennessee Technological University and the author oftwenty books and numerous academic articles. Jennie Ivey Diane Chen [ES / MS]is a former teacher and library branch manager who now Is an Innovative leader inworks as a freelance writer. She has written more than 500 information and technology.newspaper columns for the Cookeville Herald-Citizen and She has written for journalshas published numerous fiction and nonfiction pieces. The and for blogs. And speaksauthors’ previous collaborations include Tennessee Talesthe Textbooks Don’t Tell (The Overmountain Press, 2002) at national and district leveland E Is for Elvis (Rutledge Hill Press, 2006). Both authors in Cookeville.Friday 10:00 - 10:50 amSession 8 & 20 Session 9 and 14 Margaret Peterson Haddix KRISTIN ODONNELL TUBB is the author A look at Margaret Peterson of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different. Haddix’s two series—The She describes herself as “basically a dork who Shadow Children and The would still be going to school if they’d let me. But Missing—and some of her they won’t (cause that’d just be weird), so I write new and upcoming books, instead. All of the research, none of the and a discussion of how quizzes. It’s heaven!” She lives in Tennessee with they’re being used in her family. schools.
  8. 8. Speaker and Session Information – Friday (cont’d.)Session 10 & 26– Sarah Searles Session 11 – Judy Bivens [All]Out with the One-Shot Orientation: Re- Librarians as Leadersthinking Library Skills Instruction for High We hear much about academic coaches and teacherSchool [HS] leaders, what about librarians as leaders? There are essential roles which librarians play which make themFrustrated with an unproductive one-shot leaders in their schools, communities, and professionalfreshman orientation, the librarians and organizations. What skills are needed? What are theEnglish teachers of West High School in roles? Let’s learn about library leadership together!Knoxville set out to re-imagine theorientation process to better prepare ninth- Dr. Judy Bivens has a doctorate in curriculum andgrade students for successful research. instruction, masters degrees in information science andThis program will address the collaborative English, and a Plus 30 in instructional technology. Judy isplanning process, lessons learned, and an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Masters in Library andrecommendations for the future. Information Science Program in the School of Education at Trevecca Nazarene University.Sarah Searles [All tech]Tools for Advocacy: Promoting Your Session 12 – Kathryn Bennett [All]Program with Technology Limitless Libraries: School/Public Library Partnership in NashvilleIntegrating technology into lessons can Limitless Libraries is a collaborative partnership between the Nashville Publicbenefit your students in many ways, but it Library and all public high schools in Davidson County. Initiated by Mayor Karlcan also benefit YOU. Dean, this collaboration promotes students’ access to resources and theThis session will strengthening of school library collections. Presenters will describe how thediscuss how to use initiative works and share future as anadvocacy tool, Jeanette Lambert is the library media specialist at Pearl-Cohn Entertainmentincluding strategies to Magnet High School in Nashville. She is also a former president of TASL (2002)get the attention of and has served on the Advocacy Committee of TASL for a number of years. Indecision-makers and addition, she has served as the school library representative on the Tennesseeeasy tech tools to Advisory Council on Libraries (2007-2010) and Tenn-Share Board (2005-2007).promote your Jeanette received her graduate degree in library science from Clark Atlantaprogram. Sponsored the TASLAdvocacy Committee. Amanda Smithfield. I have been an MNPS librarian for 8 years, 6 of which were at a middle school, 2 at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet, and now at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School. In my free time, I like to try out new web 2.0 tools Amanda Smithfield Media Specialist Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet Nashville, TNFriday 1:00 - 1:50 pmSession 15 John Himmelman [ES] About the presenter John Himmelman has been visiting schools - all over! - for nearly 30 years. The presentations have varied and evolved, but always strived to mix a little bit of humor with the goal of inspiring children to reach, and enjoy, their creative potential. When not visiting schools, Himmelman can be found in Killingworth, CT; working on his books, playing guitar, playing outside, or practicing martial arts. He is married to Betsy Himmelman, an Art Teacher, and has two children. Jeff is an artist in Boston and Lizzie is studying to be an actress in Philadelphia.
  9. 9. Speaker and Session Information – Friday (cont’d.)Session 16 -- VSBA YA [HS] Session 17 – [ES & MS] Session 18 [All] VSBA Primary and Gadget Petting Zoo Intermediate Courtney Fuson [All Technology]Scot Smith will booktalk the Intermediate: : Theresa Heard all about the iPad, Kindle and Sony e-twenty-five titles on this years Barnhill and Amelia Bell readers? Never seen one “in the wild?” Here’sYoung Adult nomination list for will discuss the nominees your chance! Don’t be afraid to get your handsthe Volunteer State Book for Intermediate Division dirty – come and play with some of the e-Award. A discussion of the of the 2011-2012 readers and other gadgets that are out therenominees will follow his Volunteer State Book and learn a little more about them!presentation. Awards. Courtney Fuson is the Current Electronic and Educational Resources Librarian at Belmont University. She also worked as a Reference Librarian at the Williamson County Public Library. Courtney has been involved with TENN-SHARE and particularly the Learn & Discover program.Friday 3:00 – 3:50 pmSession 21 Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War. The Road to Fablehaven: Seeking, Finding and Using Your Best Talents In this engaging presentation, Brandon Mull shares his journey from his roots as a wanna-be author to the fulfillment of his dream of becoming a national bestselling writer. It is a story of self-doubt, perserverance, and prayer.Session 22 – Session 23 – Session 24 - Supporting Local Isn’tCataloging and Circulating E-Readers TEL me about it Just for Agriculture!Mildred Rawlings and Susan Timmons Melissa Williams and Tiffany Johnson areCataloging and Circulating E-Readers studying Information ScienceSo you’ve decided to buy an e-reader! Now what? Two at UT Knoxville specializing in school libraryschool librarians who have circulated Kindles for several media centers, though theyyears will provide practical tips on cataloging e-readers, both live in Nashville. After attending TASLbuying content and managing circulation. Conference in 2010, they decided to use their collective knowledge, After ten years working in interest, and education to create a corporate and academic libraries presentation about going local in a school (including four different library setting. departments at Vanderbilt University!), Susan Timmons Wendy Cornelisen is the TEL Bringing in local authors can be a great way earned her M.L.I.S. through the Coordinator for the Tennessee to save your school money distance education program at U.T. State Library and Archives. She and support your community. Going Green Knoxville in 2006. Since then she has previous experience in and Supporting Local are bothhas been the Circulation Librarian at The Harpeth Hall public libraries, including as options that many people are turning to inSchool, an independent all-girls grades 5-12 school in Teen Programmer and Outreach order to protect our planet andNashville, TN. Librarian at the Brentwood show community involvement. Let us show Library. She is president of the you many different ways yourMilly Rawlings is the Head Librarian at Baylor School in Tennessee Library Association. students can benefit from having a localChattanooga. Appointed 1986 - B.A., Wheaton College, author come visit your school.M.L.S., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University From cost savings to curricular benefits, localwith Additional Study: University of Tennessee at author visits are good all around!Chattanooga, University of North Carolina,Oxford University
  10. 10. Vendor SessionsBaker & Taylor –Baker & Taylor – Beth FutchAxis 360, the revolutionary digital media platform provides libraries and their students with a state-of-the-art system for circulating digital content—including Blio, the world’s most engaging ereadingexperience.BritannicaBritannica Digital Learning – Chris HooverImage Quest: Millions of quality, rights-cleared images; eBooks for Science, Geography, andHistory; dynamic online resources for children and adults; publishing opportunities for facultyand much moreFollettWe will discuss how to collaborate with your faculty to choose digital content, such as eBooks anddatabases that will support your curriculum as well as excite your students. You will also see a demoof the FollettShelf, a virtual online library for hosting your digital content.Junior Library GuildWe will discuss upcoming books in YA and children’s literature also the benefits of a collectiondevelopment service like JLGWorld BookVolunteer State Book Awards Dinner – September 30, 2011 6:30 – 9:00 pm Welcome Dinner Administrator Honor Roll Author - John Himmelman Innovative Library Program Award Author - Brandon Mull Scholarship Recipients and Clara Hasbrouck Author - Susan Pfeffer Author - Margaret Peterson Haddix
  11. 11. Speaker and Session Information – SaturdaySaturday 8:30-9:20 am25 and 29 - Ernie Cox - Community Builders From Library Journal 2010 Movers & Shakers Ernie Cox came to librarianship because it “combines civics, art, technology, and community,” says the media specialist at St. Timothys, a K-8 Episcopal school in Raleigh, NC. As a school librarian there for the last five years, Cox is part of a community that includes teachers, and its his job to help them develop both creatively and technologically through the use of American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Professional Learning Communities, where they can collaborate, network, chat live, and otherwise connect with colleagues. Finding our Place: Professional Learning Communities and School Librarians Many school districts are using professional learning communities as THE way to conduct staffdevelopment, curriculum planning, and lesson design (and to save money). Increasingly PLCs are the vehicle for drivinginnovation and change in schools. Unfortunately School librarians are often left out of this important professional learningprocess. This session aims to facilitate our plans for school librarians to gain an expanded role in their school PLCs.Collectively we will come up with action steps to take home on Monday.Great Nonfiction!? Common Core Standards and Exemplar “Texts”.The Common Core Standards are here – now what? These standards describe the important role of trade literature andnonfiction reading within the curricular areas. Textbooks as we’ve known them will not do the job. Real reading requires awhole new paradigm for curriculum materials. But what will these 21st Century learning texts look like and where will we getthem? Enter the school librarian! In this session we’ll enhance the exemplar nonfiction lists to include a wider range ofreading experiences. You can become a curriculum material leader in your school – come see how.27 - Susan Beth Pfeffer 28 Becky Jackmanphoto credit: Marci Hanners First To the Top and You: Where Do Media Specialists Fit In? Susan Beth Pfeffers first two apocalyptic novels, the Learn more about the new New York Times bestselling evaluation process and how you fit Life As We Knew It and into the program. Session will have The Dead and the Gone, time for suggestions from audience were widely praised by members. reviewers as action- packed, thrilling, and utterly terrifying. Life As We Knew Becky Jackman is a school librarian It received numerous at New Providence Middle School in Clarksville. Shestarred reviews and honors and was nominated for many state has worked as a school librarian at the elementary,awards, winning six. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Wallkill, New York. middle and high school levels. Becky is a member of ALA, AASL, YALSA, TEA, TLA, and is TASL Past- President
  12. 12. Speaker and Session Information – SaturdaySaturday 10:40 – 11:30am30 and 34 -- Mirabella B 31 and 35 -- Oakleigh ARon KiddKidd Named to Annual “Best of Nashville” List Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous books and magazineOctober 2008 articles for young readers. She holds a Bachelors Degree with honors in Classics-Archaeology from Brown University and anBest Person to Introduce M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature from the UniversityYour Kids to Tennessee of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly interests in the ancient andHistory medieval worlds overlap in her fiction and nonfiction works.Most kids think studyinghistory is only marginally Her most recent publications are King of Ithaka, a young-adultbetter than getting the novel based on Homers Odyssey; and the fourth book in Theflu. Fortunately, Ronald Sherlock Files, The Missing Heir (both Henry Holt). InKidd writes young-adult September, Harcourt will publish her young-adult retelling of thenovels that make myth of the Minotaur, Dark of the Moon.Tennessee’s pastaccessible and fun: His Session 31 - Getting It Right: Accuracy in Historical Fictionyouthful protagonists pull the reader into lives If children are to be engaged by a novel set in the historical past, the writer must balanceas complicated as the times in which they live. story with history, and entertainment with accuracy. This leaves the author with the delicateIn Monkey Town, he told the story of the 1925 task of representing history accurately while telling the story she wants to tell. Not onlyScopes evolution trial through the eyes of a historical facts - dates, places, people - but perhaps even more crucially, emotional detailsthoughtful 15-year-old girl. With this year’s On (How did it feel to have an arranged marriage? How did parents react to a childs death, whenBeale Street, Kidd presents the segregationist they expected to lose half of their sons and daughters in infancy? Was it fun being a knight?)1950s as witnessed by a troubled Memphis have to be presented in a way that serves the story, reflects historical fact, and doesntteenager who has a front-row seat at the birth confuse or alienate the reader. Author Tracy Barrett explains how she navigates these trickyof rock ’n’ roll. From Clarence Darrow to Elvis waters.Presley, Kidd keeps the past—and its still-relevant issues—alive. Session 35 - Sherlock Holmes, The Minotaur, and Me: One Authors Journey —Chris Scott, Nashville Scene Author Tracy Barrett started her writing career with non-fiction, but now concentrates on fiction, principally historical fiction. She traces this journey, describing how a character or incident sparks her imagination, exploring her research process, and discussing the trap of "research rapture." She also discusses the use of historical fiction in the middle- and high- school classroom and library.32 and 36 Cambridge BRobert J. BlakeWhen Robert Blake was growing up, his best talent was his ability to pretend. "In school I had avery special teacher who recognized this and taught me how to really read, how to pretend withwords, and how to feel the words," he says. "The more I read, the more what ifs came to mind.And the more I asked what if? the more I felt like writing."When he began to write and illustrate his own books, Blake decided he would try to "live" eachof the characters he wrote about. Ever since, he has traveled to the locations where his storiestake place, so he can write and paint right there. "For me," says Blake, "that is living a story,and I hope it makes my stories feel real."Saturday 11:40 am - 12:30 pm33 Mirabella A -Plays Well With Others: Saving Money and Improving Service Through Cooperation - DeAnne LuckCome hear about the state-wide and regional efforts to improve services and lower coststhrough database discounts and “Share Your Stuff,” which encourages other libraries to lenditems to schools quickly and easily by courier. Working together we can do more!DeAnne Luck is from Woodlawn, TN and is the Database Coordinator for Tenn-Share