Future Ready Librarian Summit 2020

What better timing?   Librarians, Media Specialist, heck, even Library Media Specialist all know the best asset and best kept secret in the business of education is that the Library Meeting Center is the hub of every discipline, every activity, every resource?  How to let others know?  How to let others know in a Pandemic?  Thanks to Follett and the Future Ready Librarians Network and yes the framework-

even more resources of networking are at your disposal.  While some districts are saying they need to cut their positions of librarians, too late are they realizing that they are losing the heart of their organizations. 

FYI – The PADLET that this summit is using is CHOCKED full of resources- I am unable to share as we are confidential for the attendees, but when and if I can share, I will do so – but at least I can pass on some amazing info and resources!

First Day summit overview:

Key Note Speaker Josh Stumpenhorst  did what differentiates speakers that reach people to speakers that feel they reach people.  He opened the floor to pressing concerns and inventoried the crowd.  He fielded excellent concerns and offered his personal contact, as  well as his expertise on topics such as fines over having books in the hands of students, how to support budgets in this time of pandemic, replacing books, literacy lessons found at https://davidlankes.org/the-community-is-your-collection/ and learning.com, some amazing book recommendations:

The Hate You Give, Stamped, The Mighty Heart of Summer St James, For Black Girls Like Me, Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams,  “Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky” by Kwame Mbalia and “Raybearers” by Jordan Ifueko, American Born Chinese, The Black Flamingo, Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson, The New Kid by Jerry Craft, Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Alphona Herring, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga, Ghost Boys, We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez, CHIRP by Kate Messner,

3D printing in the virtual world, using the service First Book,  seeing Seattle’s program in play,picture books used to connect students to STEM, tapping into Global Read Aloud, looking at Florida suggested Reads, Dollar General Literacy Grants, templates for remote learning,

and THAT was just the keynote! 



From individual sessions on the following:

Creative and Innovative Spaces and Resources for Remote & Blended Learning

Biggest takeaway Shannonmcclintockmiller@gmail.com /@shannonmiller and dollelizabeth@penargylsd.org/@DollLibrarian helped put into perspective the # of learners worldwide that rely on librarians as educators to change the face of education in the time of Covid-19.   Teachers creating car visits and caravans, keeping and motivating the spirits of students in creative ways, Van Meter School and the countless plans Shannon Miller has put together?  YOU SHOULD MAKE reaching out to Ms Miller a PRIORITY for fresh ideas!  Continuous learning for kindergarten to elementary to Middle is amazingly innovative and streamlined thanks to then and uses of Symbaloo, anchoring texts, mysteries in social studies, acrostic writing,MobyMax and TONS MORE!  From tying NetFlix to Destiny, Bookhubs, Book Clubs, Audio books, research prompts, Skype author events, Skype scientists, blogging, stories online, buncee,Capstone and a TON MORE resources, this is a session that will prepare you for Y E A R S in any weather!  WOW


Librarian Leadership and Partnership

Biggest takeaway The Georgia Library Media Association did an amazing job of evaluating their library and repurposing/refocusing their mission to the public- you definitely need to ask them to share this invaluable resource!  Certainly preparing a list of how you can be future ready was at the top of the list of this session, transferring ideas and strategies for remote learning that have an impact, not just taking up space and time.  Identifying key competencies needed and how to meet them and do so excitingly!  Utilizing a self-reflection tool  and finding ways to partner with a wider circle of investors that will change the face of the library and what it means in effectiveness to the immediate community.


Keynote -Small Group Follow Up from the Keynote Session

Biggest takeaway  Definitely Shannon Miller’s siteis full of creative ideas relevant to now and the future, Portland Public Library’s Menu is a GREAT resource to see their activities and planning, and WEEDING!  We talked alot about criteria with weeding:

“Ideas for weeded books – Create book wreaths for holidays – a GREAT money raiser and they look GREAT! Also regarding weeding – criteria to consider for weeding – age (if history, acceptable- if on the TSR-80 from the 80’s – NOT), condition, is it a valuable copy (priceless? – check Amazon/Kirkus, – is it circulated a lot? – if NOT, does it need advertised more, etc….”

Great resources on reopening procedures, gearing Social Media to parents and to all stakeholders- See Instagram – @newoxgateway and the FB page (geared toward parents) is Colonial Gateway at New Oxford Middle School .  Some compiled resources I have gathered for the pandemic are HERE  and an awesome article about Equity from Jason Reynolds!

Looking at which educational providers allowing copyright use of materials found HERE

Podcasting with students leading the discussion HERE, and alot of discussion of what needs are and how we can all pitch in together and help meet those needs!


Building a District PLC for Librarians Incorporating Blended Learning

Biggest takeaway – @CraigSeasholes, @BeaverReaders, #SPSLibrarians, @SeaPubSchools all created this info! Some info on the presenter- TuesD Chambers,  the Ballard High School librarian in Seattle, Washington. HOLY TOPICS! Blended Learning and lessons, setting up schedules for PLCS’s and the library, Month by Months agendas, hosting trainings as librarians for PD, pickup and delivery service, examples of current lessons worth discussing – https://time.com/4248402/flint-water-crisis-what-know/?playlistVideoId=4762780550001, Choice boards, and overall making Digital learning PERSONAL!  Contact info to    TuesD –  tschambers@seattleschools.org  and Craig Seasholes /  Dearborn Park  International Elementary School clseasholes@seattleschools.org.


Supporting Parents and Families with Online Learning

Biggest takeaway – providing online FUN nights like gaming, setting up contactless book drops, at home makerspace plans ahead of time, creating physical meeting places in public libraries for parents, tapping into Google Meet, Remind, Class Dojo, Schoology, and Zoom options that are CREATIVE, providing newsletters, and all types of media info for those who have tech and those that do not. Also, questions from this can be directed to cramirez@aldineisd.org and clemenicarox@gmail.com as the presenters of this session!


Providing Adequate Professional Learning for Teachers & Administrators

Biggest takeaway- Creating blogposts for all involved for active communication,  differentiating PD such as creating stations, have a Tech Tuesday, resources such as EdWeb.net,  and all this and ALOT more from Lakisa Brinson

Sharing the stage and bringing other STUDENTS, PARENTS, as well as other educators into the PD- wow, you talk about a sense of community? Also providing a tip jar for teachers allowing their needs to be addresses 🙂  PERFECT!

Consider Alternatives to Punishment for Misbehavior. It Will Transform Your Library.

“We can all incorporate restorative justice practices and make our library a safe space with free access to all. Here are suggestions.”


Updating Recommendations for Books…

Due to some popular requests for what to read next- other than keeping up my Goodreads as fast as I can, I have maintained a list of blogs and lists from the past years – there are some AMAZING books that have been listed in the last few years.

I hope this page helps so many with what to read and compiling a list that will resonant in years to come.

“Libraries aren’t just for books. They’re often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It’s actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.“ – This American Life podcast – The Room of Requirement

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”
Louis C.K.