PSLA Conference Here I Come!!!!!!

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The tulips are sure to be in bloom in Hershey this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the temperature is looking nice, and salivary reactions to the thoughts of chocolate are readily induced!

I am so very ready to go and surround my days with library friends! This spring has certainly been unique!  My role in my library has changed; I have not had an assistant in the library this semester.  I reflected upon how it is important to retain leadership and instructional roles while juggling many other aspects of the job on the newly launched Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Blog in a post entitled Retaining a Sweaty Grip on the Monkey Bars!  As PSLA Co-Chair of the Technology Committee, one goal was to begin a blog which represented contributions authored by many!  We have had many posts by many librarians and it has been a great professional development experience to read each!

Another goal that Mary Schwander and I have as PSLA Technology Committee Co-Chairs is to record and stream videotaped sessions presented at PSLA’s 40th Annual Conference! We have purchased a subscription to USTREAM, received permission from selected presenters to record their sessions, and are scheduled to tape and upload!  Members will be able to view sessions that they have missed (or review sessions that they have attended!)

Finally, I am quite excited to be part of the PSLA’s first ever Unconference (an EdCamp style session) on Thursday night at the annual conference!  This session is designed to be discussion-based and will feature two sessions where participants can select discussions to jump into and add their thoughts to.  Sandwiched in-between the discussions will be a Stinks/Rocks session where controversial issues related to our job will be brought up and participants can run to the “Stinks” corner (if they disagree with the concept), the “Rocks” corner (if they agree with the concept), or go to the “Don’t Know” corner.  At that point each side can argue their point and each audience member can evaluate how the issue fits into their own world.  There will also be a Smackdown where the planners of the Unconference will unveil the best things each of us has done throughout the year.

I am so excited about these changes to PSLA and the annual conference.  I really believe that it reflects that our association is beginning to harness opportunities that are available to us and providing experiences which reach beyond the traditional methods.  I hope to see you at the conference this year.  If you cannot make it, be sure to follow the highlights on Twitter using the #plsa13 hashtag!


A New Blog to Check Out!


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As a first-year Co-Technology Chairperson of Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA), I had a dream of launching a co-authored blog.  

My thoughts were that we could submit:

  • Our own original submissions

  • Links to technology blogs other librarians or tech educators have posted along with a response to their post (maybe ideas for implementation/real world application, maybe a review of the blog post, ideas that branch off the author’s original ideas, etc.)

  • Reviews of technologies/web 2.0 tools

  • Anything else library related

The blog went live approximately three to four weeks ago and we have a number of posts now by a number of great contributors!!!!

You, too, can publish a post on the PSLA blog (even if you are not a member).  Here are instructions on how to do that:

Looking forward to your posts!!!!


Cyber Safety Education (for both Students and Parents)

Our CyberSafety Webinars have been uploaded to YouTube!!!!!

We are THRILLED to announce that our cyber safety webinars are now available for viewing on YouTube.  Three student groups created one lesson each: Online Commenting, Text Messaging, and Friend Requests.  They presented the sessions to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students using webinar software.  Our goal was to present to a small group and then to make the lessons public so that educators anywhere could use them as an instructional tool for students and parents.  Please use the videos and/or slideshares as a tool to educate others on cyber safety.  These videos are designed to allow you to pause the program in order to discuss the content locally and generate a conversation.

Online Commenting (YouTube):

Text Messaging (YouTube):

Friend Requests (YouTube):

You may want access to the SlideShare versions (better clarity of text).

Online Commenting (SlideShare):

Text Messaging (SlideShare):

Friend Requests (SlideShare):

Nonfiction eBook Collections: The Pros and Cons

Hi!  Last week I created a public Google Doc which allowed people to add to my thoughts on the pros and cons of nonfiction eBook collections.  It was an active document and many people contributed useful ideas!!!  Thank you, contributors!  Joyce Valenza emailed me the day I made the Google Doc public sharing with me that she planned to blog that same day on the topic (I REALLY want to say “Great Minds think Alike” but, in truth, I’m honored to be in her category even just once!!!)

As I was reflecting on how I wanted to organize and synthesize the information, I remembered a book that I read as an elementary librarian called Fortunately which alternated between fortunately and unfortunately.  I decided that I would create a slideshow with that as the format.

Here it is!


I decided to purchase EBSCO’s High School eBook collection and LOVE it!  I figured out how I like to manage MARCs and have posted that here.