October 17-19 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
Workshops Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Internet@Schools Mobile Program Program [PDF]

Internet@Schools Track at Internet Librarian 2016

Trying to keep up with events, mobile technologies, ebooks, other new channels for content and curriculum, the internet, apps, research strategies, policies, funding cuts, and ... gasp ... everything else that's changing and affecting K-12 educators' lives and those of their students these days? Of course you are, but it can seem an uphill battle! To help you keep up, we invite you our next round of informative K-12 tech- and internet-related conference sessions. The Internet@Schools track, sponsored by Internet@Schools magazine, takes place Monday and Tuesday, October 17 and 18, the first two days of Internet Librarian 2016. 
Because it is fully integrated into the Internet Librarian conference as a 2-day track, Internet@Schools attendees can easily network and share not only with K-12 presenters and attendees but with the broader range of Internet Librarian attendees and speakers. Choose to attend the entire 3-day Internet Librarian conference to share and learn ideas and tactics from librarians, information professionals, and educators of all stripes, Or, concentrate exclusively on the K-12 education focus of our 2-day track by taking advantage of special internet@Schools only pricing. either way, you'll have access to a wide range of ideas, tactics, products, and services, both in the sessions you attend and from education, library, and information industry companies and associations in the exhibit hall.
Stay tuned, as we are seeking speakers and building the program now!

Organized and moderated by

David Hoffman, Internet@Schools magazine, &
Carolyn Foote, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas


Monday, October 17, 2016

Opening Keynote

The Impact of Deep Understanding

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Indi Young, Freelance Design Strategy Researcher, indiyoung.com & Author, Mental Models & Practical Empathy, co-founder Adaptive Path

Understanding people comes in a lot of flavors. An uncommon flavor is understanding people deeper than explanations and opinions. It’s getting inside people’s minds to see how they achieve their larger human intentions and purposes without reference to your organization. The goal is to allow for later inspiration that represents the complicated inner world of people’s approaches, rather than being constrained by existing systems and conventions. You re-frame the way you think about the problem as if your organization does not exist. When you come back to reality after this little exploration, your deeper understanding influences the way you think about solutions. Our UX expert and speaker defines this deeper understanding, outlines how to collect the data, and illustrates how to curate the knowledge in a depiction of the reasoning- patterns (mental model diagrams) and the thinking-styles (behavioral audience segments).

Coffee Break in the Sponsor Showcase

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Track E - Internet@Schools

E101 - Toward the Design of Contemporary Library Spaces

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
David Jakes, Founder and Chief Design Officer, David Jakes Designs LLC

As the intellectual heart of a school, how the library supports student learning is simply mission-critical. With this as a grounding construct, we explore the changing nature of what a library is, what it means for learning, and how this translates into the effective design of library spaces. We consider the library as a spatial ecology, giving attendees the opportunity to consider how a physical and digital library can work together to provide an always-on, connective experience that will resonate with today’s students. Finally, our exploration of “library” presents the design process as a methodology that librarians can use to continually align and evolve the programs and spaces of the library to create meaningful capacities for student learners. Join in for an enriching conversation about the intersection of library, space, and design!

E102 - Ebooks for Young Learners–What to Look For and What to Look Out For

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gail Lovely, Independent Educator & Learner, Suddenly It Clicks!, Friendswood, Texas

Ebooks bring a whole new world of opportunities to children and those who help them. The affordances of today’s ebooks can offer environments and tools to students who may have a variety of needs, strengths, interests, and challenges at a wide range of reading levels. This session provides examples of a wide selection of ebooks and discussion of how these can support children at various stages of reading development. We cover what to look for, what to look out for, and how to make good decisions in the selection and use of digital, tablet-based books to encourage and grow young readers.

Lunch Break - A Chance to Visit Sponsors

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

E103 - Gamifying Database Instruction, Plus EBSCO Discovery Service in the H.S. Library

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Brenda Boyer, Information & Technology Resources Dept. Leader, Kutztown Area School District & Rutgers University
Toni Gorman, Librarian, Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Lisa Dettling, Library Director, Convent of the Sacred Heart

Our first presenter in this session notes that sometimes techniques for teaching databases can become more “tired and boring” than “tried and true!” If so, it’s time to flip instruction into a Search App Smackdown! This fun, challenging, and competitive gaming approach meets AASL goals, integrates technology, and puts kids in the driver’s seat for their learning. Learn to “flip instruction” to transform boring database lessons into a fun and competitive fast-paced game. Then, learn from our next presenters how you can provide your students with a more “Google-like” search for your library’s databases and book catalog. They discuss the process of implementing EBSCO Discovery Service in a large high school library using a personalized authentication for remote access.

Break in the Sponsor Showcase

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

E104 - Serving Special Populations and Making a Difference--Refugees

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stephen Abram, Principal, Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.

School, public, and in fact all stripes of librarians are “programmed” to serve the public, whether it be their students and faculty, their patrons, or their clients—and to make a difference in their communities. That’s just who they are. Stephen recounts how librarians in his hometown community are reaching out to serve some brand-new patrons: refugees! Come hear his inspiring story!

E105 - Hidden in the Stacks–School Libraries Competing in 1:1 Environments

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pamela Morgan, Librarian, Maine Township High School East, Park Ridge, Ill. & Google for Education Certified Trainer

As the librarian, you are at the forefront of change in your school community. Step up by using solutions to make your library better that are hidden in the stacks! This workshop covers a wide variety of topics, including assessment, data collection, and instructional design, building up your online presence through the library webpage, social media and Google analytics. Learn how to create screencasts, build ads, and create infographics! Work with other librarians to build knowledge, ideas, and tips!

Networking Reception in the Sponsor Showcase

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sponsor Showcase

Information Today, Inc. invites all conference registrants and exhibitors to a special Networking Reception in the Sponsor Showcase. This is a great time to gather with fellow Internet Librarians and suppliers, renew acquaintances, meet new colleagues, sample tasty goodies, and check out the latest products and services in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Future-Proofing Libraries

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Brendan Howley, Co-Founder, Icebox Logic

Our speaker, a journalist, screenwriter, and library advocate, shines a light on a number of projects of direct benefit to libraries seeking to “future-proof” themselves against digital disruption and the prospect of diminished funding through increased community engagement/library advocacy. He shares the Library Digital Relevancy Index. which contextualizes the results of the first industry-wide pilot of libraries examining the degree of digital future-proofing. He describes the PXI: Patron Experience Index—a dashboard platform which weighs and displays multiple strategic community key performance indicators involving libraries in community cultural/prosperity/entrepreneurship initiatives—in order to identify programming, partnership, and learning opportunities for library staff and engage library staff in “begin with the end in mind” creative media and programming processes in support of those identified opportunities. Howley discusses the OpenMedia- Desk (OMD). which pre-validates media prior to publishing online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in order to maximize engagement with target communities. He also talks about an open app publishing platform to support “cultural destination tourism,” in which the physical experience of exploring the “community icons” within Hamilton’s central Gore Park is digitally reproduced indoors at Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch in a high-engagement iPhone experience using beacons—Wi-Fi transducers which trigger, via Bluetooth LTE, “proximity storytelling experiences.” This talk is sure to propel your thinking and insights into action with impact!

Coffee Break in the Sponsor Showcase

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Track E - Internet@Schools

E201 - Trend Spotting to Keep Your Library on the Cutting Edge!

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Carolyn Foote, Librarian/ District Librarian, Westlake High School/ Eanes ISD

What consumer and public trends can school libraries capitalize on to provide innovative or student-friendly services? Inspired by the Center for the Future of Libraries, Carolyn will explore trends like fast casual dining that can impact library services, design, or policies.   

E202 - The Power of Play and Imagination to Transform Learning

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Bill Derry, Consultant, School & Public Libraries, Milford, Conn.

Imagination, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to play well with others are important qualities for any individual to have. Why are they more important than ever, and how can they be fostered and/or improved? How is imagination different from creativity? What roles do play, tinkering, and making have in the development of imagination and creativity, and where does failure fit in? How can school libraries work with other staff to spark more inquiry and engaged learning in their communities?

Lunch Break - A Chance to Visit Sponsors

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

E203 - Students on Search Results: Pain Points + Solutions

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Deirdre Costello, Director, UX Research, EBSCO Information Services
Christi Showman-Farrar, Consultant, Massachusetts Library System

Search results have evolved from a portal to a destination. This is especially true for students, who are now entering school with a command of Google, even if they don’t know how to use a mouse. Deirdre and Christi talk about user research findings on the topic of search results, including why students are drawn to Google and Wikipedia, how school libraries can use this to their advantage, and how those habits represent a technological and sometimes generational divide.

Break in the Sponsor Showcase

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

E204 - What Is Your School Library Story?— Content Marketing Your Library

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Brigeen Radoicich-Houghton, Library Coordinator, Fresno County Office of Education, Fresno, Calif.

How do you craft the story of student achievement in your school library? Or is your school library perceived as a value in a bygone era? We discuss how content marketing strategies, technology tools, and the power of a story can connect school libraries with students, staff, and the community. Come away with the tools to create and launch your library story/marketing campaign.

E205 - Reimagining a K–8 Library Program (Without All the Hype)

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mark Roquet, Outreach and Programming Librarian, Yolo County Library

What does the school library of the future look like? Is it a stark, sterile space with no books? Is it filled with 3D printers and other digital technologies? Does it only exist virtually on a screen? Historically, library futurists, encouraged by a media fascinated with the death of print, have often been very wrong. At the Seven Hills School, a recent transition provided an opportunity to reassess the library program and make major changes that look to the future while honoring the important roles libraries have traditionally played. With these changes, the library is transitioning into a vibrant community hub for its stakeholders. Roquet discusses the successes and challenges the library has faced along the way and shares strategies for making high-impact changes with limited time and money.

Tuesday Evening Session

Internet Librarian @ 20: Looking Forward Retrospectively

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Moderator: Richard P. Hulser, President, Richard P. Hulser Consulting
Tom Hogan, President & CEO, Information Today, Inc.
Jane Dysart, Curator of Curiosity, Dysart & Jones Associates
Roy Tennant, Speaker, Writer, Consultant, OCLC
Rebecca Jones, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates
Erik Boekesteijn, Senior Advisor, National Library of the Netherlands & Pirate & Global Library Motivator
Amy Affelt, Director, Database Research Worldwide, Compass Lexecon & Author, The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications & Opportunities for Librarians & Information Professionals
Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA
Dr. Frank Cervone, Executive Director of Information Technology & College Information Security Officer, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago & Lecturer, San Jose State University iSchool

Lighthearted and entertaining, but also educational and insightful, this evening is an overview of what was and what was envisioned 20 years ago contrasted with the realities of 2016. It looks at the inaugural 1997 Internet Librarian program topics, speakers, and exhibitors and features comments from original participants; discusses topics and themes that have endured; remembers products and services that no longer exist; and much more! It touches on what customers were exploring and how that contrasts with today, how we are doing business differently today, and what this tells us today and for the future. Join us for a wonderful evening and also crowd source your photos and memories from Internet Librarian events during the past 20 years.

Workshops Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Internet@Schools Mobile Program Program [PDF]

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