Check Out These NYCSLA Members at NYC’s 2017 Annual Fall Conference!

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The 2017 Annual Fall Conference is right around the corner and The New York City School Library Association is excited to announce that quite a few of our members have been selected to present.

This year’s conference, Schools Libraries Equal Equity, will be held at CitiField on Tuesday, November 14th. Each year, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Library Services coordinates a fabulous event, featuring prominent speakers, numerous vendors, and concurrent sessions. This year, four of our members will be presenting.

If you’re planning on attending this year’s annual conference, check out these concurrent sessions by NYCSLA officers and members:

Kristen Falco, NYCSLA President:

Workshop title: It’s Like I’m Really There! Using Virtual Reality to Show Students the World

Learn to use Virtual Reality headsets along with Google Expeditions and View Master Experience Packs to get students excited about learning! Take your students all over the world with teacher-led and self-led tours of famous places, historical sites, underwater sites, and even outer space. In this session, you’ll learn about how to purchase and set up your VR headsets, how to put together and manage them as part of your library’s collection, and get hands-on experience trying the Virtual Reality programs for yourself.

Michele Kirschenbaum, NYCSLA Membership Chair:

Workshop title: It’s Time to Be a Citation Nation

With fake news and “alternative facts” flooding our everyday lives, how do we teach our students to check up on facts and information, but also teach them to be ethical and responsible researchers themselves? The answer: Citations! Learn how to teach your students the citation process in an innovative way with the help of technology tools and online resources.


Andrea Swenson, NYCSLA Member:

Workshop title: LGBTQ and You

ALL kids at ALL ages need to be exposed to positive representations of LGBTQ people in the books they encounter in the school library. Do you have any LGBTQ materials on your shelves? Do you have selection guidelines for LGBTQ-themed materials in your collection development policy? How do you deal with challenges to LGBTQ-themed materials? How do you reach out to LGBTQ students in your school while protecting their privacy? If you’ve ever wondered about the answers to these questions, then this panel is for you!

Lisa Egan, NYCSLA Member:

Workshop title: Obstacles = Opportunities in Urban School Librarianship

The greatest city in the world can provide unique opportunities and challenges for urban school librarians. Learn strategies for flipping obstacles in your school into triumphs and workarounds to help your library program thrive!

Jillian Ehlers, NYCSLA Member:

“Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.” How can you showcase all of your hard work while celebrating your school library? Find out how to celebrate School Library Month 2018! Discuss how to enhance awareness and appreciation for your school library. Learn about AASL’s School Library Month and how to access and utilize its programs and resources. Join this session to make an impact on your school community during School Library Month 2018!

Click here for more information on this year’s annual fall conference. To follow along via Twitter, use the hashtag #nycsls17

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