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TEEN TECH WEEK
The Young Adult Library Services Association-sponsored Teen Tech Week, will be March 6-12, 2011 this year. The national initiative geared toward teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults, was created to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use the "libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology." For more information, contact the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) or visit http://www. ala.org/teentechweek.
IASL SPRING CONFERENCE
The Iowa School Library Association Conference, "EnCore: Teaching and Learning Our CORE Mission," will be held in Des Moines, April 10-11, 2011. The keynote speaker is Kristin Fontichiaro, who has written for Teacher Librarian (TL) and is editor of 21st-Century Learning in School Libraries. Teacher Librarian hoard member Dr. Jean Donham will be on hand with copies of the journal. Do talk to her about writing for us! Incidentally, Dr. Donham has been elected to represent the Iowa Association of School Librarians at the Affiliate Assembly of the American Association of School Librarians. For information on the IASL Conference, visit www.iasl-ia.org/id4. html.
CLA 2011 NATIONAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW
This year, the Canadian Library Association National Conference and Trade Show will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the World Trade and Convention Centre on May 25-28, 2011. For conference information, contact Wendy Walton at 613.232.9625 ext 302 or firstname.lastname@example.org; for trade show and sponsorship, contact Judy Green at 613.232.9625 ext 322 or email@example.com
AASL NATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITS
Registration is now open for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 15th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed "Turning the Page," will be held October 27-30, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN. This is a biennial four-day event for teacher-librarians, administrators of library services, educators of school library students, and school library supporters. Programming and events are designed to help teacher-librarians at every stage in their career. Visit www.aasl.org for more information.
GET TO AASL FOR FREE
The American Library Association (ALA) for a long time would offer scholarships for new librarians to attend the association's big summer conference in June. The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) is now offering the same opportunity, which increases the chance for 50 new librarians to get to the association's conference in Minneapolis, Oct. 27-30, 2011. Bound To Stay Bound Books, supplier of children's and young adult library books, is sponsor of the $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference. To get an application, visit the AASL Awards & Grants pages at www.ala.org/aasl/awards. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2011.
AASL LONGITUDINAL SURVEY OPENS
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) longitudinal study "School Libraries Count!" is open for gathering basic data about the status of school library programs across the United States. All K-12 schools-public and private-are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. The survey's questions cover library program's hours, staff and selected staff activities, collection, technology, usage and expenditures. AASL then uses information from the study to develop advocacy tools to support school library programs at the local, state and national levels. The survey is available at www.aaslsurvey.org and closes on March 18.
CALLING ALL CREATIVE STUDENTS!
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in collaboration with SchoolTuhe and Cisco has announced the launch of the Learning4Life in My School Library Student Video Contest. Starting January 4, 2010, students can submit videos detailing how school libraries and the technology used within the school library program empower students to be learners for life. The submission period continues until March 18, 2010. After the, online voters will help choose the best student video from an elementary, middle, and high school. Winners will be announced as the kick-off to School Library Month on April 1 and will receive a Flip[TM] video camera, donated by Cisco, and a prize for their school library. For more information, visit www.ala.org/ aasl/141videocontest.
E-GOVERNMENT WEB RESOURCE FOR LIBRARIES
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $581,609 grant to the American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Library and Information Innovation (CLII) of the University of Maryland's iSchool to develop a Web resource to help libraries and governments better assist users with successfully engaging in e-government activities. Project partners also include the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Information Institute at Florida State University.
DEMCO HELPS FLOOD-RAVAGED SSCHOOLS
Following a devastating summer flood that demolished Kingston Springs Elementary School in Tennessee, and the flood damaged Riverside University High School in Milwaukee that lost 11 classrooms, DEMCO, a company that creates spaces and provides solutions that helps their customers serve their communities in better ways, came to the schools' rescue. In both schools DEMCO supplied furniture and materials as well as seating and cabinetry, but also assisted in helping to restoring a sense of school pride that had faded. For more information, contact Janet Nelson at DEMCO, 608-241-8568, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CYCLONE YASI OF AUSTRALIA
The people of Queensland and Victoria, Australia have been hit with one disaster after the other and no doubt, libraries in the area are also struck by the tragedies brought on by the weather. To find out the effect on libraries and how you can help, contact Sue Hutley, Australian Library and Information Association Executive Director, at email@example.com. The Queensland Flood Relief Fund is still accepting donations; visit http://www. thepremier.qld.gov.au/initiatives/disaster_recovery/index.aspx as is the Red Cross Victorian Flood Appeal, http://www. redcross.org.au/default.asp.
TEEN READS ACROSS CANADA
TeenRC, a web site developed by librarians for teens interested in reading and connecting with other teen readers across Canada and throughout the year, was almost history. Howeer, some savvy librarians in the British Columbia area alerted the media and was successful in halting the destruction. To keep the information current and applicable, a team of volunteer library staff from across Canada helps moderate book reviews, chats, and forums. Generous support is comes from the Public Library Services Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Education. Check out the site at http:// www.teenrc.ca/.
TOP TECH-SAVVY EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS
The February edition of eSchool News (Volume 14, no.2) features the journal's 11th annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award for 2011. Given the "need to rely on technology and the Internet to engage students' interests, track their progress, personalize instruction, and aid in decision-making," an essential characteristic for any 21st century school superintendent is the understanding "how technology works and how it can be used to transform teaching and learning." The winners this year are: Matt Akin, Piedmont City Schools, AL; Jim Cain, Klein Independent School District, TX; Alberto M. Carvalho, MiamiDade County Public Schools, FL; Camille Casteel, Chandler Unified School District, #80, AZ; Michael A. Davino, Springfield Public Schools, N J; Deb Henton, North Branch Area Public Schools, MN; David F. Larson, Birmingham Public Schools, MI; David McGehee, Lee's Summit R-7 School District, MO; Kathy Spencer, Onslow County Schools, NC; and Eric Williams, York County School District, Virginia. For the full article, visit www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/eschoolmedia/ecampus_201102/ index.php#/0.
DIGITAL MEDIA--NEW LEARNERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Broadcasting Service recently aired program of the same name "Digital Media-New Learners of the 21st Century," examines how mobile devices and digital media practices can empower young people to direct their own learning, and how educators are using technology to ignite students. Various leaders in the field of digital education, such as Nichole Pinkard, of the Chicago's Digital Youth Network; Henry Jenkins, from the Annenberg for Communication; Katie Salen, Parsons the New School of De; sign and Founder of the Institute of Play; and Mimi Ito of the University of California Irvine talk about their strategy for bringing technology to youth.
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