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Exciting Information for 2013 OELMA Conference!

 The 2013 OELMA Conference will occur Wednesday, October 16th-18th at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, OH.  Our pre-conference sessions include “Showcasing Connections and Competencies with Action Research in the School Library” with Dr. Meghan Harper and “Ohio’s New Learning Standards: Online Resources for Mobile Devices” with Roger Minier.

 We are pleased to announce several amazing keynote speakers and authors.  Buffy Hamilton, the “Unquiet Librarian” and Judi Moreillon, author of Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Mazimizing Your Impact and Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Mazimizing Your Impact, will be speaking as keynote and offering a smaller session on Friday. M.T. Anderson (Feed, the Octavian Nothing series), Patrick Carman (Dark Eden series), Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost, The Lincolns, The Great and Only Barnum), Eric Rohman (My Friend Rabbit) and Shelley Pearsall (Trouble Don’t Last, Jump Into the Sky) are among our outstanding authors and illustrators that will be attending the 2013 conference. 


  One change for the 2013 conference is the addition of 80-minute sessions.  These sessions will provide a greater amount of time to create materials for use in your schools.  Just a few of the sessions include how to create a library website, elementary multimedia research projects, stop motion animation, and instructional shifts for the  Common Core.  We are very pleased to have the Director of the Kent State School of Library and Information Science, Dr. Tomas Lipinski, to be presenting on “Quick and Easy Copyright: Works, Rights, Frights & Bites”.  Among our traditional 45-minute sessions, we will continue to have quality sessions created and presented by colleagues, such as a Tech Petting Zoo, and “New Trail for TRAILS” by the TRAILS team. Ken Burhanna, Kent State Libraries Assistant Dean for Engagement and Outreach and author of Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School to College Transition, will be presenting on college readiness.

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  In response to the fabulous summer workshop on “Media Literacy Meets New Literacies”, we will be hosting a Media Literacy Slam during a session on Friday, October 18th.  Each participant will have no more than 3 minutes to share a media literacy lesson they have used in their school.  Prior to the session, participants will be asked to fill out a slide template to be used in the presentation.  A “recorder” will be present in the session to record all of the fabulous ideas.
 These are just a few of the many reasons to attend the 2013 OELMA Conference! Stay tuned for more information on registration!
 Please contact me with any questions or comments.