Thanks to NCSLMA President, Brene Duggins, for a job well done! Last week's conference was a big success. A number of DCS SLMCs, media assistants and ETSs attended last week's NCSLMA conference. Here are some of the takeaways:
"The conference was great- my favorite moments were Lisa Yee's address, and Mr. Beatty's heartfelt story about his life. Kudo's for the committee for getting these two incredible authors to share with us!!!" - Joanie Williams, Midway
"Came back with a reading list a mile long, and several purchases for weekend reading. What amazing author presentations and one-to-one conversations! Wish I could bring students who love these authors to hear them speak." - Rhonda Florence, Hasty
"As a first-year librarian, I walked away from the #ncslma17 conference feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and empowered by all the wonderful things I learned from fellow librarians and teachers. I cannot wait to go back to school and determine the best ways to incorporate the awesome ideas in my school. My two fabulous assistants also attended the conference, and I am looking forward to speaking with them about what they learned as well. It was a great experience, and I can't wait to attend the conference next year! (and maybe present? who knows!)" - Carly Smith, Wallburg
"As a Media Assistant...I received several great ideas to mainstream media check in and check out for the students. EmPOWERING Elementary Library Patrons by Stacy Darwin was a wealth of information! Also, on the technical side of my job as part of the Enrichment Team, Caren Long's "Tech Integration to Get Your Spider-Senses Tingling, was very inspirational . She gave us several ideas and websites to visit for some great ideas. I had a great time!" - Lisa Hill, Wallburg
"At each session I attended I learned something practical and relevant that I could apply to improving the media center for my students - from tech tools & fundraising tips to literacy strategies & inspirational messages from authors. The Super Hero theme was fun and it was neat to see librarians walking around in their super hero attire!" - Kristi Allred, North Davidson Middle
"Make Your Ebooks Fly - Learned marketing strategies for ebooks since many teens still haven't come on board:
Megan Shepherd - The Magic of YA
Fun discussion of YA tropes (orphans, instalove, etc.) as well as a brainstorming exercise that could become a creative writing assignment. Those who attended are eligible for a 20 minute free skype visit with Megan!
My ETS also really enjoyed "More Than 28 Days" - which focused on doing more than just celebrating "heroes & holidays" when recognizing black history contributions." - Lorie Steed, CDHS
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