Juggling technology, teens and traditionalists, Dr. Marc Boots-Ebenfield, Director for the Center for Teaching Innovation at Salem State University in Salem, MA, has directed language labs, new media centers and centers for teaching innovation. In each case he has juggled the needs of students, administrators and faculty. In this talk, on Monday, October 20 at 8:30am, he will share specific strategies and and lessons learned from successful endeavors & epic failures. During offline time, Dr. Boots-Ebenfield enjoys juggling, brewing and triathlons.
Has this new wave of hands-on programming called “Makerspaces” peaked your interest yet? From knitting areas, to creativity labs, learn how to get started. A panel of librarians from different MA libraries discuss the successes and challenges involved in getting started; including the planning, grant writing, sustainability, policies involved. Smaller budget? Learn some simpler versions too!
Many libraries are frequently being asked to host events for self-published authors or to add their books to library collections. It can be difficult to handle these requests. NERTCL’s panel of librarians, including Adult Services Librarian Kelley Rae Unger, Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA, Senior Collection Specialist Joan Hansen, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO and Children’s Librarian and self-published author Laurie Collins will discuss ways to manage the influx of programming requests from self-published authors and ways to address self-published materials in your library’s collection development policy. Laurie will also give her unique perspective on the self-publishing process as both an author and librarian. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentations.
Todd Maki of Photo Op Photography will be offering a fantastic deal for attendees of this year’s annual conference. With packages starting at $30, you have the opportunity to pose for professional portraits. Several backgrounds are available and custom colors can be added to match your library brand. Be sure to visit Todd in the Exhibit Hall October 12-21 in Boxborough, MA!
Celebrate Creativity,Courage & Collaboration on International Dot Day this September 15.
An International Dot Day celebration can be whatever you want it to be: a 30-minute exploration with art supplies, a week-long series of classroom activities, a year-long theme for your classroom, school, or district. There have even been special programs at local libraries, children’s museums and across whole communities. At The Dot Club, you’ll find lots of inspiration, ideas and encouragement.
And don’t forget to hear Peter H. Reynolds at our annual conference. He’ll be speaking at the NERTCL luncheon on Monday, October 20 at 1:45pm