Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first Oregon Association of School Librarians conference and it was fabulous! I had no idea how inspiring, talented, creative, passionate, and enthusiastic librarians can be. Not only did I have the opportunity to share our library’s Ready, Set, (W)eRead project, but I also attended some sessions that left me feeling excited about teaching. Here are some of my take aways from the conference:
- Pam Leland, an instructional technologist, encouraged me to take my students on Google Lit Trips to help children connect to literature.
- Dr. Wes Fryer, author and keynote speaker, shared his ideas about creating digital ebooks. What a great idea to have our own students publishing ebooks for our library!
- Collette Cassinelli inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and connect with other like-minded professionals in her session titled “Using Social Media for Personalized Professional Development”.
To top it all off, we danced! That’s right! Librarians dance! This is the first conference I have been to where the conference hosts a dance party. I have to admit, I did not think I would even attend, as I am not much for dancing, especially at a librarian’s conference. It seemed weird to me. Really? Librarians get together and dance? Ooohh, myyy do they ever! I don’t know what I was thinking but these people can rip up a dance floor! We had a blast dancing together. Who would have thought of all the conferences to host a dance party, it would be the Oregon Association for School Librarians? Nice! You can count me in for next year! I left with great ideas, renewed energy, and new dance moves to share with my kids!