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The Ultimate School Library Conferences Calendar 2017-18

For the past several years, I’ve published a list of all the school library conferences and related events in the United States.  I’m happy to post this year’s list.   Happy conferencing!

June 2017

  • June 12.  Alabama School Library Association Summer Conference.  Vestavia Hills, AL.
  • Jun. 22-27.  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.  Chicago, IL.
  • Jun. 25-28.  International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference.  San Antonio, TX. #ISTE17

July 2017

  • Jul. 18.  Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Summer Refresher.  Bowling Green, KY.

August 2017

  • Aug 4-8.  International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Annual Conference.   Long Beach, CA.

September 2017

  • Sep. 21-23.  Kentucky Library Association (KLA) / Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) Joint Conference.  Louisville, KY.
  • Sep. 28-30.  Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) 2017 Conference. Murfreesboro, TN.  #TASLCon2017



October

  • Oct. 4-6.  North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) 2017 Conference. Winston-Salem, NC. #NCSLMA17
  • Oct. 5-7.  Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) Fall Conference.  Minneapolis, MN.
  • Oct. 7-8.  School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit 2017.  Nashville, TN. #sljsummit
  • Oct. 11-13. Nebraska School Librarians Association (NSLA) / Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Joint Conference.  Kearney, NE.
  • Oct. 11-13. Virginia Library Association (VLA) Annual Conference.   Norfolk, VA.
  • Oct. 13-14. Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) Fall Conference.  Portland, OR.
  • Oct. 18-20.  Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Conference.  Columbus-Worthing, OH. #oelma17
  • Oct. 18-20.  Florida Association for Media in Education 2017 Conference.  Orlando, FL. #FAME17
  • Oct. 19-21.  Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Annual Conference.  Springfield, IL.
  • Oct. 20.  Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) 2017 Conference.  Upper Marlboro, MD.
  • Oct. 21.  Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Fall Professional Development Day / Conference.  Location TBA.
  • Oct. 23-25.  Internet @ Schools (part of Internet Librarian Conference).  Monterey, CA.

November 2017

  • Nov. 1-4.  Washington Library Association (WLA) 2017 Conference.  (School division will have events and sessions).  Tacoma, WA.
  • Nov. 2-4.  Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Annual Conference.  Chantilly, VA.
  • Nov. 3-4.  KitLit Con 2017.  Hershey, PA.
  • Nov. 7-11.  Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2017 Convention.  Jacksonville, FL.
  • Nov. 8-11.  New York Library Association Annual Conference (includes a school library section).  Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Nov. 9-11.  American Association of School Librarians National Conference.  Phoenix, AZ.
  • Nov. 13-15.  Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference (includes the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE)). Indianapolis, IN.
  • Nov. 15-17.  Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Annual Conference.  Lansing, MI.  #MAME44
  • Nov. 16-17.  New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference.  Long Branch, NJ. #NJASL17
  • Nov. 28-30. New Hampshire School Library Media Association / Christina McAuliffe Technology Conference.  Manchester, NH.

 

February 2018

March 2018

  • Mar. 25-27. Wisconsin Education Media and Technology Association Conference.  Kalahari, WI.

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

Did I leave out your favorite event?  Want to add your conference’s hashtag?  Please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to add them.  

The Ultimate School Library Conferences Calendar 2016-2017

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One of my favorite things about being a school librarian is going to conferences and meeting other school librarians.  Here’s a list of school library conferences and events for the 2016-17 school year.

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September 2016

October 2016

  • Oct. 13-15. Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) Fall Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Oct. 14-15. Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) Hack! Conference.  Des Moines, WA.
  • Oct. 14-15. Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) Fall Conference.
  • Oct. 14-15. KidLitCon Annual Gathering.  Wichita, KS.
  • Oct. 14-16. Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Annual Conference. Columbus, OH.
  • Oct. 15-16. School Library Journal (SLJ) Leadership Summit. Washington, D.C.
  • Oct. 17-19. Internet @ Schools (part of Internet Librarian Conference). Monterey, CA.
  • Oct. 17-21.Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Annual Convention. Las Vegas, NV.
  • October 19.  Library Journal (LJ) and School Library Journal (SLJ) Digital Shift Virtual Conference.  Online.
  • Oct. 19-21.  Nebraska School Librarians Association (NSLA) / Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Joint Conference. Omaha, NE.
  • Oct. 19-21. Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Oct. 20-22. North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) Annual Conference. Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Oct. 20-22. Virginia Association of School Librarians (VASL) Annual Conference. Norfolk, VA.
  • Oct. 21. Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) Annual Conference. Hagerstown, MD.

November 2016

    • Nov. 2-4. Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Annual Conference. Grand Rapids, MI.
    • Nov. 2-5. New York Library Association Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.
    • Nov 3-5. Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) Annual Conference. Murfreesboro, TN.
    • Nov. 3-5.  Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) Annual Conference.  Tinley Park, IL.
    • Nov. 8-10. Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference. Indianpolis, IN.
    • Nov. 17-19. New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Fall Conference. Long Branch, NJ.
    • Nov. 29-Dec. 1.  New Hampshire School Library Media Association / Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. Manchester, NH.

January 2017

February 2017

  • Feb. 2-5. California School Library Association (CSLA) Annual Conference. Rohnert Park, CA.

March 2017

April 2017

June 2017

Which one is your favorite school library conference?  Did I leave out your local event?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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5 New Books for School Librarians

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Each month I share a list of soon to-be-published and new books for school librarians.  I haven’t read these books so these aren’t recommendations; I just like to share what’s new! Enjoy!

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Popular Series Fiction: Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide, 3rd Edition  and Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide, 3rd Edition (Children’s and Young Adult Literature Reference) by Rebecca L. Thomas and Catherine Barr.

Amazon’s description: “Ideal for youth librarians at public libraries, school librarians, and teachers, this book enables you to direct young readers toward series titles that will help establish a lifelong love of reading.”

Adding Value to Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Harnessing the Force That Drives Your Organization’s Future by Joseph R. Matthews.

new books for school librariansAmazon’s description:  “This book explains the concept of adding value and shows staff at libraries and other organizations why they need to take steps now to ensure they are adding new value to their communities―whether it be a local town or neighborhood, a faculty and student body, or a school.”

Visual Literacy for Libraries: A Practical, Standards-based Guide by by Nicole E. Brown, Kaila Bussert, Denise Hattwig, and Ann Medaille.

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Amazon’s description: “…this book provides librarians and instructors with the tools, strategies, and confidence to apply visual literacy in a library context. Readers will not only learn about ways to develop students’ visual literacy, but also how to use visual materials to make their instruction more engaging. Ideal for the busy librarian who needs ideas, activities, and teaching strategies that are ready to implement…”

3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians) by Sara Russell Gonzalez and Denise Beaubien Bennett.

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Amazon’s description: “Planning and implementing a 3D printing service in a library may seem like a daunting task. Based upon the authors’ experience as early adopters of 3D technology and running a successful 3D printing service at a large academic library, this guide provides the steps to follow when launching a service in any type of library.”

Do any of these books look good to you?  Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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4 New Books for School Librarians

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Each month I share new and soon-to-be-published books for school librarians / teacher librarians. I haven’t read any of these yet, so these aren’t recommendations; it’s just a heads-up as to what’s new! Enjoy!

Ace the Interview, Land a Librarian Job by Robin O’Hanlin.  

Amazon’s description: “One of the most critical elements of achieving a successful career, interviewing with poise and tenacity, is a skill to be learned―and this practical guide leads readers through that process, step by step.”

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The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices, 6th Edition by Marcia A. Mardis.  

Amazon’s description: “This thorough treatment of collection development will serve school library educators and students as well as practicing school librarians, providing quick access to information that is both immediately useful and helpful as unforeseen situations arise.”

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Library Volunteers Welcome!: Strategies for Attracting, Retaining and Making the Most of Willing Helpers edited by Carol Smallwood & Lura Sunburn.  

Amazon’s description: “[This book] brings together 30 chapters from librarians and academics across the United States who’ve served as: board members for library organizations; heads of special collections; state library consultants; directors of state library associations; outreach coordinators; archivists; researchers; presenters at conferences; and other positions.”

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Redesign Your Library Website by Stacy Ann Wittman and Julianne Stam.  

Amazon’s description: “A comprehensive guide for all sizes of libraries, this book guides you through the entire process of effectively redesigning your library’s website―from evaluating your current site and understanding user needs, to creating a budget, through to launching and maintaining your updated site.”

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Do any of these books look interesting to you?  Have you read of any of them?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.  

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9 New Books for School Librarians

This post contains affiliate links. You can see my full disclaimer here.

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Each month I feature soon-to-be-published and new books for school librarians. I haven’t read these yet, so these aren’t recommendations. I just like to highlight what’s newly available!

Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians)by Beverley E. Crane.

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Popular Series Fiction for K-6 Readers and Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide, 3rd Editions (Children’s and Young Adult Literature Reference) by Rebecca L. Thomas and Catherine Barr.  

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Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers by Kathleen T. Isaacs

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More Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker

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Catalog It!: A Guide to Cataloging School Library Materials, 3rd Edition by Allison G. Kaplan

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Linking Picture Book Biographies to National Content Standards: 200+ Lives to Explore by Liz Deskins & Christina H. Dorr.  

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Organizing Information in School Libraries: Basic Principles and New Rules by Cynthia Houston

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Six Skills by Age Six: Launching Early Literacy at the Library by Anna Foote & Bradley Debrick

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Do any of these new books for school librarians look useful to you?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.