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October 22, 2014
Library & Media Literacy Lunch Keynote | February 11, 12-2 pm
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If your library is still just a place where students go to check out books and, on special occasions, hear a story, you may already be infected by a silent but deadly plague threatening the future of school libraries everywhere: Zombie Librarianship! Join Jennifer LaGarde as she takes aim at the undead among us, identifying the characteristics that define zombie librarianship. She'll share countless examples of how to use technology, harness the power of learning networks and employ authentic collaboration to be a zombie fighter: a school librarian who defies expectations by bringing the awesome every single day!
 Library & Media Literacy Keynote Speaker

Jennifer LaGarde is a high school librarian and lead librarian for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC. With over 18 years experience as a classroom teacher, librarian, district and state level leader, Jennifer is nationally recognized for her contribution to school librarianship and education. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the "I Love My Librarian Award" by the American Library Association, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times and was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. Jennifer is the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl. Connect with Jennifer before the conference on Twitter @jenniferlagarde.

Midwest Spotlight Educator 2015

Throughout the next several enewsletters, we will be sharing the 2015 class of Midwest Spotlight Educators. Learn more about the recognition here. This year, we have seven outstanding educators who will be presenting this February at METC.

Angela Van Batavia is a Library Media Specialist at English Landing Elementary in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, MO. She earned her Education Specialist Degree in Learning Resources from the University of Central Missouri, where she is also an adjunct professor. She believes that the understanding and successful use of technology can be an educational equalizer. Her educational focus is to assist students and other educators to be competent, independent researchers. She is focused on being an information specialist, instructional partner, teacher and learner, and strives to make the English Landing Library a "no-shushing zone" where students are encouraged to explore and create. See Angela present twice this February:
  • From Elementary Library to Learning Commons
  • Not Just a Guardian of the Books Anymore: The New Role of the School Librarian in Collaborative Instruction

Connect with Angela before the conference on Twitter @angelagailvb.   


Library & Media Literacy Preconference Workshops 

See a complete list at of the precons we are offering this year, but check out a sampling that have a library and media literacy focus:
  • Blending Digital Literacy & Citizenship into Curriculum with Linda Dougherty, District Library Chair/High School Librarian, Northwest R-1 School District
  • Video Production with an iPhone and an iPad with Don Goble, Broadcast Technology, Film & Multimedia Instructor, Ladue School District
  • Embracing Digital Video in the Classroom: YouTube in Education
    Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Information & Library Media, Parkway School District
The 32nd annual METC Conference is February 9-11! #METC15 Follow us on Twitter