Debbie will be speaking at AASL (American Association of School Librarians) 2011 National Conference, October 27-30. Following are the sessions she will be presenting.
Power Searching: Demystifying Popular Search Engines and Getting Quality Research from Everyday Tools (BYOL*)
Preconference session – Thurs., Oct. 27th, 8:30am – 12:00pm
Presenters: Debbie Abilock, Natasha Bergson-Michelson, Jole Seroff
Search engines we love them or hate them, but how many of us have the savvy to teach and use their full potential? Popular search engines have a handful of commands that transform a strong searcher into a masterful one. But only when combined with refined research methods focused on identification, visualization, iteration, and pursuit do students (and teachers) truly transform their confidence, competence, and engagement in undertaking research, both online and off.
Not in My Library! Self-Censorship Alive and Well
Concurrent session – Friday, Oct. 28, 8:00AM-9:15AM, Room M100 F/G
Who hasn’t struggled with what resources we should provide and what we dare not select? School librarians are champions of intellectual freedom. Easy to say, not so easy to do. We strive to select a balanced collection that reflects the needs and values of our communities. What about our own strongly-held beliefs versus the Code of Ethics? Where does informed selection end and censorship begin? Share an honest discussion about the sensitive topic of self-censorship.
- Debbie Abilock, Consultant, Author
- Helen Adams, Retired Public School Librarian
- Catherine Beyers, Library Media Specialist, Southern Bluffs Elementary School
- Alice Bryant, Instructional Librarian, Harpeth Hall School Library
- Carrie Gardner, assistant professor, Clarion University
Target Audience: School Librarians, Library Supervisors, Higher Education, Students, Public Librarians Working with Children and Youth
Tricky but Not Impossible – Smart Inclusion Strategies for School Librarians
Grade Level: K-3, 4-6, Middle/Junior, High
Saturday, Oct. 29th, 1:00PM-2:15PM, Room 200A
You bet it’s a challenge to give exceptional students the attention and resources they require. You’ve a room full of students, no aide – and the homeroom teacher is on a prep period. This session will provide an overview of helpful information on exceptionalities, plus real-life examples of inclusive learning in schools just like yours. In roundtable discussions, attendees will share their concerns about effectively differentiating to meet the needs of all students.
- Debbie Abilock, Educator
- Patti Foerster, Librarian, Vaughn Occupational High School
Target Audience: School Librarians, Classroom Teachers, Library Supervisors, Curriculum Specialists, Students, Public Librarians Working with Children and Youth