SCASL Concurrent Session 2, 9:00 AM, Thursday, March 13, 2014
This time slot was reserved for the SCASL Regional Network Meeting. Regional Network Members (coordinators and contacts) are invited to this meeting, though it really is open to any attendee in hopes of having others step up and take a leadership role in SCASL. I used the meeting to share our latest activities and initiatives, and then go though an in depth look at how the Regional Network is going to utilize a “Regional Network Circle” from our SCASL.net website for our future communication in the coming months. We spent time working out kinks and making sure the 20+ members in attendance (out of our 92 member strong regional network) understood the importance of the profile, sharing this information with their region and districts, and generally touring the new site.
SCASL First General Session, 10:30-12:00PM, featuring:
- Keynote – Ann Martin and Gail Dickinson
- SCASL Annual Business Meeting
The keynote given by AASL Leaders Ann Martin and Gail Dickinson challenged us to step up in leadership. I LOVED one of the activities they had us do, and I captured it n a video. I plan to use this in my own next speaking engagement, of course with their endorsement!
The Annual SCASL Business Meeting
Next up was our Annual Business Meeting, and it was truly a historic meeting. You see, each year at this meeting, the immediate past president presents the slate of officers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Usually the nominations are so that all that has to be presented is a list of names to be approved by membership. Not so this year. Two highly qualified candidates were nominated for president-elect for the slate, and both Samantha McManus and Jennifer Tazzerouti accepted their nominations. This year became historical for SCASL, as the annual business meeting was tasked with holding an election for the first time ever. We used the half hour before the meeting through the meeting’s hour and a half to securely disseminate ballots. Each candidate spoke during the meeting, and after reading through budget item information and approving the remaining slate of officers (Gloria Coleman for Treasurer, and then Mica Brakefield, Liz Hood, and Kelly Knight as SCASL Members-at-Large), SCASL conducted a good old fashioned election for president elect.
I was a bean counter
Immediately after the business meeting, SCASL held its Awards Luncheon, where “Media Specialist of the Year,” “Administrator of the Year,” “Paraprofessional of the Year,” and Scholarship Awards were presented. The elections committee though (which included myself) was tasked with counting and tallying the ballots. Upon securing the winner’s name, we abandoned the convention center in search of lunch. We drove over to Carolina Ale House four or five blocks away in hopes of getting lunch faster (thinking it was too far to walk for most conference attendees.) I enjoyed that lunch with Heather Loy and my roommate Fran Bullington.
SCASL Concurrent Session Three, 2:00 – 3:00PM
Back at the convention center, we slipped into the SCYABA 14-15 session. The committee had set up iPads with the newly named SCYABA nominees, and after introducing the titles, charged the group to rotate around, watching book trailers for each title using the set up iPads as we perused the book accompaniment. Speed dating book talks. What a great ideas!! Kudos to Chair Melanie Dillard and Vice Chair Pam Williams. It was a great session, despite wonky slow Internet at times.
USC SLIS Alumni Tea, 3:15 – 4:15
It is always nice to reconnect with former classmate alumni, new and old, as well as faculty and staff from the University of South Carolina. Cocky was in rare form! It was a bit sad to learn from an announcement that my SLIS advisor Dr. Donna Shannon will be retiring this summer. That makes two of my favorites retiring (Dr. Virginia Wallace last summer, and now Dr. Shannon in the near future.)
SCASL Concurrent Session Four, 4:00-5:00
I attended this session at the encouragement of friends. I’d had another in mind, but opted for this one on their suggestion. While the content was good, it really felt like my SC Edtech session on Google from this past October. While my emphasis back then was learning how Google worked, understanding ranking, algorithms, and their code known as “search engine optimization” my real focus was on web evaluation and why we need to not only understand Google, but also have a deeper understanding of searching online, which essentially boils down to evaluation websites. In this session the presenter, SCASL Member Paul Barron of the George C. Marshall Foundation focused on the search engine and how it works. New tricks were shared for slipping around a filter by using the Google portal for English-speaking countries, and I got that from a friend in the session since I bailed about fifteen minutes earlier than the session’s ending time frame.
After a quick rest back in the hotel room, my roomie Fran Bullington and I picked up Heather Loy and ventured over to the Harbison area to have a late dinner at Carraba’s. We had a terrific dinner, and I even stayed within my Weight Watchers points allowance. Back in the room late that night, I worked to finalize my own session’s content planned for the next day. I secured assistance from my roomie who would run a timer for the session. More on that later.