Have you received your April 2013 issue of School Library Monthly? If so, you will see that OELMA is well-represented in this edition. First of all, Kathy Fredrick, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for the Shaker Heights City Schools, has written an article titled, “Virtual Pathfinders: LiveBinders and LibGuides”. Kathy is a regular contributor to School Library Monthly and her articles are always well-written and very informative. Her article appears on page 24.
The feature article by Kristin Fontichiaro and the Michigan Makers team features information about the badging experience at our fall 2012 OELMA conference. As you may know, the OELMA conference was the Michigan Makers inaugural event for badging at a professional conference. In their article the team from Michigan shares their experience and lessons learned. The article, “Badging a Conference” appears on page 5.
Finally, Susan and I were asked to write an additional article about the badging experience at our conference from a different perspective. Susan and I focused on the experience of how we introduced badging at our conference, highlighting the steps leading up to the preparation for launching this new idea. The article includes feedback from our membership, a reflection about the experience and the potential of badges for learning. The article, “A Conference, A Session, A Badge, Oh My!” appears on page 36.
Happy Spring! Here in Northeast Ohio the temperature this morning was 28! Brrrr!