I'm always so excited to attend conferences, since I know I will come away energized with so many new ideas and new "to do's." Getting ready isn't always easy, though, as I shared in this tweet Tuesday night:
Ready or not, I made it to Columbus, OH, and even got to travel with a fellow teacher librarian friend, Crystal Miranda. Once we arrived in Columbus, we met up with my Massachusetts (and former California) Librarian friend, Jessica Gillis, and the three of us joined in a "dinner with a local librarian" at Bareburger in Columbus's vibrant downtown on High Street. The Columbus librarians were great hosts and dining with other conference-goers from around the country was a great way to start the conference experience. And, Crystal and I didn't come from the furthest away; we had Alaskan Carla in our dinner party!
Thursday morning I joined a group heading to the main library at Ohio State University for a pre-conference "Treasure Mountain" workshop organized by Dr. David Loertscher, bringing together talks from some of the best minds in our field. Here's the view from the library of Columbus with its beautiful fall leaves:
The opening speaker on Thursday morning at Treasure Mountain was Dr. Ross Todd, Rutgers University Professor, who inspired us with wisdom about moving our school libraries towards learning commons, always keeping our students and reading at the heart. Here are some of the take-away thoughts from his presentation:
After the morning at Treasure Mountain at Ohio State University, I headed to the convention center for the IdeaLab, where I did an electronic poster session on the value of student blogging. I was honored to have Leslie Preddy, AASL President, stop by with two other colleagues:
I was also surprised and delighted to see how many people stopped by, listened to me "sell" the value of student blogging, asked questions, and took the link to my resources to get started.