North America's Largest Technology Conference 
and Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers 

Computers in School Libraries

As a conference within a conference, Computers in School Libraries ’99 brings together a series of programs focused on technology and its impact on the practices and practical concerns of librarians and school library media specialists in the K-12 education system. Organized by Ferdi Serim, Editor, Multimedia Schools, this conference offers participants philosophical reflection, practical how-to tips, and information about the newest products and services designed for the K-12 market. Attendees can also attend sessions at Computers in Libraries ’99, which continues through March 10.

Computers in School Libraries '99 • Sunday, March 7th

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
The Balancing Act: Print and Electronic Collection Development
Patty Sorensen, Library Media Specialist, Dundee, OR

The Oregon School Library Information Services (OSLIS), a statewide consortium involving technology and library specialists, has strategized the challenge of electronic resource pricing, created online tutorials for learning to use online electronic resources, and even created a video for all principals to view. Patty Sorensen shares insights and lessons learned regarding the balancing act.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Partnerships: Schools, the Public, and Filtering
Art Wolinsky, Technical Director, Online Innovation Institute & NJ Chapter Director, 21st Century Teachers

To filter or not to filter? Is filtering censorship? Does filtering block material that should not be filtered? No matter how you answer these questions, there will be someone with an equally valid and passionate opposing opinion. Art Wolinsky feels we may be asking the wrong questions. Filtering is just one component of an Information Access Policy that libraries and schools should be implementing. Join him as he explores all of these questions and explains the IAP developed in the Southern Regional school district over the past four years.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Information Literacy Standards: A Pathway to Curriculum Integration and Results
Ferdi Serim, Editor, MultiMedia Schools Magazine & Director, Online Innovation Institute
Janet Murray, Information Specialist, Nile C. Kinnick High School, Yokosuka, Japan

We often hear goals like "preparing students for the 21st Century" or "helping students become lifelong learners", which are nearly impossible to verify through observation. Guided by Mike Schmoker's book Results, networked activities can be designed to allow students and teachers to improve on the basis of performance data. Using the AASL Information Literacy Standards as a basis, see how formulating goals that do lend themselves to measurement, sets the stage for networked knowing.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Integrating Technology and Information Literacy Skills into the Curriculum
Elaine Ley, Manager, Education Market Communications, NewsBank, Inc.

The integration of primary sources and the Internet into the curriculum will enable students to evaluate, analyze, and apply original-source information from a wide variety of sources and to use technology to meet information needs. Ley shares how strategies for that integration will support state curricular frameworks, relate classroom instruction to the real world, challenge students to think critically, and create authentic, interactive learning environments.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Powerful Partnerships: Department of Defense Dependent's Schools Roles for Information Technology
Sharyn Van Epps, Catherine Clark, Department of Defense Education Activity, Arlington, VA
Position:  Project Manager for Information Center Technology

Creating a school information center which emphasizes technology and information literacy skills in an environment abundant with computers and online access is a daunting task. The transition of the traditional school library from a primarily print and audiovisual environment to the dynamic information hub of a school is taking place in one of the K-12 school systems administered by the Department of Defense Education Activity.  The DoDEA Technology Plan includes a vision of the school information center as the information technology hub of the educational environment, challenging information specialists and faculty to change the way the library functions within a school.

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Morphing into a Cybrarian
Ted Nellen, Kairos

A Cybrarian is someone who has shifted the focus from “teaching” to “learning” by harnessing the power of network technology. America demands that our “product” of education be well-versed in the cultures of the world, be able to work well with others, solve problems, and have a solid grounding in the basics. Using traditional methods, only the last demands can possibly be met. Ted Nellen shares practical tips about his journey, that show how the days of “sage on the stage” are gone while the days of “guide on the side” have arrived and beckoned us.

Computers in School Libraries '99 • Monday, March 8th

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Professional Development: Modeling and Extending Effective Education Technology Uses
Celia Einhorn, President, Technology and Teaching, Tijeras, NM & NM Chapter Director, 21st Century Teachers Network
Eileen Kean, 21st Century Teachers Network
Kristina Ellis, 21st Century Teachers Network
Art Wolinsky, Technical Director, Online Innovation Institute & NJ Chapter Director, 21st Century Teachers Network

The revolution in teaching that technology can offer will not happen unless teachers are given the opportunity and support to help lead it. The 21st Century Teachers Network is a nationwide volunteer movement encouraging teacher leaders in educational technology to  develop new skills for using technology in their teaching and learning activities. Learn how you can support, and be supported by this effort in your own state, as we reinvent our profession "from the inside out".

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Helping Them to Get IT
Janet Murray, Information Specialist, Nile C. Kinnick High School, Yokosuka, Japan
Sharon Baratz Shulman, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Bayonne High School

Understanding how to balance face to face instruction and mentoring, combined with online community building and support will help you in your technology infusion objectives, whether they involve self-guided professional development or the training of an entire district. Strategies to meet the needs of library/media specialists, as they strive to help their entire education community keep up with accelerating change, will be shared.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Networking: Provide Your Patrons the World
Karen Sibenaller, Public Relations Specialist, Winnebago Software

Expand your resources through connectivity. Networking allows many people to access many different sources of information, without having to be in the same room with the physical resource. Your library’s reach and available resources can be extended by upgrading to a wide area network (WAN). You’ll learn to assess your library’s unique networking requirements, as well as to determine what’s best for your library. The session covers the fundamentals of networking, as well as the components necessary to network your library.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Box Office Hits: Technology Partnership Productions
Dawn Thistle, Director, Library Services, Assumption College
Jayne Fox, Reference, Dinand Library, College of the Holy Cross

Using recent movie themes, presenters describe grant funded programs resulting in partnerships between the College of Holy Cross Libraries and K-12 public schools in the city of Worcester, MA. These programs provided much needed technological training for school teachers and librarians and strengthened the Holy Cross Libraries’ community outreach efforts. They introduced teachers to using online tools and techniques for student research projects, taught them to use PowerPoint for organizing and presenting student research, and how to create a multimedia Web site for classroom use. Thistle and Fox share their experiences, strategies and techniques, and learnings.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Project Hi-Net
Dennis Tucker, Project Hi-Net Director, Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA)
Ann S. Sharp,  Media Specialist, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis
Rosemary Murray,  Media Specialist, Roncalli High School, Indianapolis
Linda Hayward,  Media Specialist, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis
Joe Hafner, Cooperative Projects Liaison, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Indianapolis

Getting 31 high schools connected to an online catalog and a number of databases (including some full text) using the Internet requires incredible cooperation among schools and the public library. Hear how one area did it; learn about their high points and the lessons they learned.

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Learning Online with the Library of Congress
Susan Veccia, Project Manager, User Services, National Digital Library Program

As the Library of Congress has moved into large-scale digitization, materials never before accessible to the educational community and the general public are now available online. As educators are learning how to use these materials to complement their curricula, the Library of Congress is learning how to support a new community of online users.  This presentation will introduce the American Memory primary source collections in the context of K-12 curricula strands, The Learning Page, and the American Memory Fellows Program.

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