The conference is taking place in Ontario, California. First, it is the network of people that make the conference dyanamic and engaging. In addition to the networking with colleagues, various sessions have reminded us of various trends and legislative directions.
- Keynote speaker Paul Janeczko shared the importance of poetry and fun in all of our lives.
- State Assembly Member Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield and a former school teacher, principal and superintendent) shared that there may be up to a $10 billion dollar state budget deficit during the next school year but encouraged school library supporters to continue to push AB 333, that school library database bill.
- The CSLA Membership meeting demonstrated the importance of talking to our local state legislators about AB333, School Library Databases bill NOW! (they are home until January) .
- The CSLA Membership meeting also illustrated the importance of library paraprofessionals in our organization.
- Author Neal Shusterman shared stories of how he comes up with ideas for his books – especially The Shwa was here , Everlost , and Unwind.
- Doug Achterman demonstrated the importance of using wikis for class projects (pdfs of his presentation on his library website).
- Our School Library Learning 2.0 team announced “Winter fun 2.0” that will last from December 1 to April 1 (with our peer cheerleaders).