April 17-19 hyatt regency crystal city
arlington, va

Internet at Schools Track
Registration Open

Trying to keep up with events, mobile technologies, ebooks, other new channels for content and curriculum, the internet, apps, strategies, policies, funding cuts, and … gasp … everything else that’s changing and affecting K–12 educators’ lives and those of their students these days? Of course you are, but it can seem an uphill battle!

To help you keep up, we invite you to join us for Internet@Schools' next round of informative K–12 tech- and internet-related conference sessions. Fully integrated into the Computers in Libraries conference and its wide-ranging array of sessions and tracks, Internet@Schools is an official CIL track … an extended, 2-day track, in fact. So you can easily network and share not only with your K–12 presenters and attendees but with the broader range of Computers in Libraries attendees and speakers as well.

Join us for the Computers in Libraries keynotes and the speakers in our own track and sessions on the latest ed tech and school library technology trends, tools, and issues.

The Internet@Schools track at Computers in Libraries 2018 takes place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, 2018, the first two days of Computers in Libraries. Attend the entire 3-day Computers in Libraries conference to share and learn ideas and tactics from librarians, information professionals, and educators of all stripes. Or concentrate exclusively on the K–12 education focus of our 2-day track by taking advantage of special Internet@Schools pricing. Either way, you'll also have access to a wide range of ideas, tactics, products, and services, both in the sessions you attend and from education, library, and information industry companies and associations in the Computers in Libraries exhibit hall. Join us!

Organized & Moderated by

Carolyn Foote, Librarian/ District Librarian, Westlake High School/ Eanes ISD

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Innovation & Education: Central Role of Libraries in Our Digital Communities

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Rick Huijbregts, Global Lead, Smart Cities, Stantec

Our speaker, an architect by training, has been working over the last number of years to make communities and organizations smarter. He shares some strategies and examples on how libraries can take center stage at their community’s “smart cities” journey, as well as support their own digital transformation.

Coffee Break

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Track E - Internet@Schools

E101: Creating an Award-Winning School Library Program

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fran Glick, Coordinator, Library Media Programs, Baltimore County Public Schools

This presentation explains and explores the journey of Baltimore County Public Schools redefined school library program and its path to National School Library Program of the Year 2017 (AASL). Glick shares goals, strategies, leadership, advocacy, and change management to provide support for other school libraries and school librarians looking to redefine and grow their programs and practices.

E102: You Have What It Takes to Be a Future-Ready Librarian!

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian & Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson, Van Meter Community School

What does it mean to be a future-ready librarian? How will being a future-ready librarian affect my library, school, teachers, and especially my students? What can I do to become a future-ready librarian today? These questions are central to the Future Ready Librarians initiative and also what we ask ourselves every day as we embrace our roles within the library and school community. Miller explores the critical role that librarians play in the strategic work of schools and educational systems connected with educational technology leadership, empowering students as creators and learners, content curation, innovative instructional practices, collaboration, community connections, and more. She shares stories and inspires us to embrace the change we can bring through our roles as librarians. Leave this presentation knowing you have what it takes to be a future-ready librarian!

Lunch Break

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

E103: Student Research Gets Personal: Independent Research Seminars

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School Baltimore County Public Schools
Kelly Ray, Resource Teacher, Library Media Programs & Digital Resources, Baltimore County Public Schools

The Independent Research Seminar is a unique, personalized learning experience for high school students who are motivated to engage in a rigorous research process for investigating a topic of their own choice. Facilitated by the library media specialist in collaboration with content teachers, students learn collaboratively and independently using resources in an online research framework. Students also have an opportunity to work with an expert mentor in the field of their research and present their research at an annual Student Research Symposium. Educators discover the benefits of this unique course model for a variety of students by hearing their stories and exploring our online research framework, course implementation resources, and Symposium highlights.

E104: “Dashing” to Code

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cynthia Cooksey, Library Media Specialist, Pablo Perez Elementary, McAllen, Texas

Participants learn the basics of creating a coding culture in their library through the use of Dash and Dot robotics, starting with basic blockly code and moving into intermediate skills where conditional statements and algorithms are utilized. Get tips and techniques to make coding happen in your community.

E105: Library of Things

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Erica Thorsen, Library Media Specialist, Albemarle County Public Schools, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, Va.
Monica Cabarcas, Library Media Specialist, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, Va.

Intrigued by the trend of public libraries lending “things,” this library adapted the idea for the Albemarle High School community. Learn how the library planned, developed, implemented, and marketed its own “Library of Things.”

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us for tasty bites and drinks as we celebrate the grand opening of the 2018 Computers in Libraries Exhibition. Featuring leading-edge companies, the exhibition offers visitors a choice of products in all aspects of library technology, including webbased products and services, integrated library and information systems, online services, document delivery services, and more.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Digital Transformation & Libraries: Participatory Culture Hubs

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Brendan Howley, Co-Founder, Icebox Logic
Daniel Lee, Director, Enterprise Information Solutions, ARC Business Solutions Inc.

Positioning today’s libraries as community crossroads for prosperity is a nascent area for digital transformation. Few public resources are as “switched on” to the heartbeat of a community and its economic development than the library— and users don’t just want information, they want actionable intelligence. Our speakers share the insights gleaned from working with more than 30 library systems while experimenting with a library-friendly, purpose-built methodology to deepen the relationships between libraries and the communities they serve by designing and telling more impactful stories which help shape community dialog and library advocacy. Get ideas and insights to use in your library community!

Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall Opens

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Track E - Internet@Schools

E201: Radical Information Literacy in School Libraries

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mark Roquet, Outreach and Programming Librarian, Yolo County Library

School librarianship has seen renewed interest as a potential corrective to “fake news” and other recent (real and perceived) information literacy failures. The internet has weakened traditional journalism; altered the economics of academic publishing and content production; created new networks of bigotry and disinformation; and, at least in theory, empowered young people around the world with immediate access to information and new tools to share their own knowledge and identities. But by largely hewing to traditional notions of bias, authority, and the nature of academic and civic engagement, school librarians may have reinforced existing inequalities and made themselves less relevant in the world our students will face. Can we transform information literacy instruction to help create the world we want to live in? Join us to discuss disturbing the comfortable, what these changes might look like, and how we can implement them in school libraries.

E202: Ten (Or So) Secret Strategies for Serious Searchers

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor, Master of Information Program, Rutgers SC&I
Dr. Brenda Boyer, Information & Technology Resources Dept. Leader, Kutztown Area School District Rutgers University

Beyond Google tricks, Valenza and Boyer share strategies for transforming students (high school, college, and graduate) into thoughtful, playful, and creative researchers. Abraham Maslow tells us: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, treat everything as if it were a nail.” By promoting skills and naming and visualizing classic strategies, students address threshold concepts and assemble a toolkit—understanding when they need a hammer and when a wrench works best. Incorporating ACRL’s frame “Searching as Strategic Exploration,” and AASL’s Shared Foundation of Inquiry, speakers explore search as creative problem-solving and share strategies for moving novice searchers towards agility and expertise.

Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

E203: Personas & Jobs to Be Done

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Deirdre Costello, Director, UX Research, EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO’s User Research team often builds tools based on their research to communicate with stakeholders and development teams. Recently, they’ve worked on a set of K–12 personas, as well as a tool getting more and more attention in the field of user experience. Get an in-depth look at the personas and new tools designed for them.

Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

E204: Designing Spaces: Person Centered Library Design

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Carolyn Foote, Library Consultant, Free Range Librarian

As we focus increasingly on redesigning libraries as Future Ready spaces, how can we incorporate student voices into our planning and design?  Learn strategies for gathering and incorporating student input using tech tools, design thinking strategies, focus groups, and more.


E205: Curation Strategies: Behind the Scenes

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Gary Price, Co-Founder, infoDOCKET & FullTextReports

We most often use the web at the time of need and spend little time building or curating collections from the multitude of open web resources. Building a collection allows us to share potentially useful resources with users. What sources are we missing and how can we find them? Our expert not only shares some of the tools he uses each day to compile INFOdocket but describes the mindset needed to become an open web collector and curator, as well as strategies and tools for keeping track of what you are curating.

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