After such a LATE evening the night before, I slept in, missing the first session. When I arrived I went back to the E-Learning Commons to hear a PLN memnber Francey Harris leading a discussion on teaching digital ethics! Glad I got there in time to be a part of that! This is also where I reconnected withPLN member Karen Kleigman, a fellow librarian from Long Island, NY. It’s so great to see in person these people you have conversed with only in onine spaces.
Be Essential and Convince Others You Are
I then went to Sally Mays’ and Dawn Nelson’s session “Be Essential and Convince Others You Are.” Many great tips shared and yikes, it’s going to be available in the AASL eCollab too. I went to support my friends, and it was awesome. Loved the way they allowed the audience to be part of their presentation–lots of sharing and crowd-sourcing in this one! Nice balance and not all sit and get. There were some awesome ideas and first hand testimonials shred by session attendees.
Time for Lunch
Returning to the Learning Commons, I met up with SCASL peeps Anne Lemieux and Diana Carr, and we walked through the city to the Public Library where there was a restaurant inside! What a novel idea! Too bad for us the Kitchen at the Hartford Public Library was closed though, as it is only open in the evenings Monday through Friday, so we walked across the street to a true community market/deli. It was fantastic, and the owner was really nice to us. He was sharing some city demographics, letting us know we were only a few blocks from a rough area of the neighborhood, and not go any further away from the convention center than where we ate last night (Peppercron’s Grill) which was just another block away.
Time to Wind Down
Returning to the convention center, I gave the exhibit hall one more walk through, sitting in on two Exhibit Hall short vendor-sponsored sessions, one by CredoReference and one by Follett. At 1:30, I returned to the Learning Commons to hear Joyce Valenza talk about FlipGrid, Mentor Mob and Popcorn Maker, tools I will definitely check out. We closed down the E-Learning Commons with a very informal LC Tool SmackDown, and I participated by sharing about Socrative and how we are using it in our BYOD environment. I wish I had thought to share that I featured Socrative in one of my “One Tool at a Time” PD sessions for school. Hindsight’s always 20/20.
Time to catch the bus
This is when I had to go catch the Bradley Flyer Bus to the airport. So sad to leave all my friends, but I had such a wonderful time! I cannot wait for the next AASL conference, and I hope I can figure out a way to return once again.
Highlight of the Day / Lowlight of the Day
Highlight of the day: Learning Commons, and I really didn’t want to leave it today!
Lowlight of the day: Having to leave way too early. At least I didn’t get stranded at the Hartford Airport like many of my library friends though. The weather later after I was already home turned from bad to worse, with thunderstorms canceling flights and folks camping out waiting for the reassignment of flights and what not! Silver linings!
All pictures in this post are from my own picture feed in Flickr.
I am appending to this post a special thanks to the South Carolina State Library and Kathy Sheppard, who tuned me in to and accepted my application for a funding source for travel and attendance at this conference, the American Association of School Librarians 16th Annual Conference and Exhibition. My funding is directly attributed to the Library Services and Technical Services Act and the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity these entities have afforded me.