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Librarians Network Playground: Learners, Leaders and Designers

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Monday, June 24, 12:30–4:00 pm
Location: Playground C, Street Level, Broad Street Atrium

James Allen   Janine Asmus   Margret Atkinson   Dr. Robbie Barber   JoyAnn Boudreau   Jill Canillas Daley   Jennifer Casa-Todd   Janice Conger   Ashley Cooksey   Jaime Donally   Linda Dougherty   Christina Foust   Jennifer Freedman   Cathi Fuhrman   Dianna Geers   Noel Gnadinger   Jessica Gottlieb   Anna Iarotska   Amanda Jones   Kim Keith   Taylor Kennedy   Alanna King   Michele Klein   Nancy Jo Lambert   Dr. Erin Lawson   Jacqueline Liesch   Heather Lister   Melanie Mulcaster   Henry Platten   Nikki D Robertson   Mary Schwander   Beth Thomas   Tracy Waalkes   Roger Wagner   Tiffany Whitehead  
Learn how school librarians are putting the ISTE Standards for Educators into practice through innovative library programs and instructional leadership. Librarians will highlight specific tools and practices in a variety of K-12 school library environments.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

For librarians to share ideas from their library programs.
For librarians and other educators to learn about innovative library programming.


A number of stations will be set up during the duration of the playground. Each station will feature a school librarian showcasing an innovative tool, strategy, or program used. Participants will have the opportunity to have a discussion with the presenter.

Supporting research

ISTE Standards for Educators
AASL Standards for School Librarians
Future Ready Librarians Framework

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James Allen, Kentucky Department of Education

James Allen is a teacher librarian and EDhub Director at Eminence Independent, a kindergarten through twelfth-grade public school in Kentucky. James is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Google Earth Educator Expert. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Association of School Librarians and is a member of the American Association of School Librarians Best Apps for Teaching and Learning committee.

Janine Asmus, West Leyden High School

I am a creative collaborator with 29 years of experience in education and am eager to share my #futurereadylibs programming tips/tricks and learn from colleagues as a high school librarian from Leyden High Schools District #212 in Illinois. Looking forward to presenting and connecting @istilib!

Margret Atkinson, University View Academy
Dr. Robbie Barber, Tucker High School

Ms. Barber is an electrical engineer from Ga. Tech who wandered into a school library. She works with high school students and teachers on finding the best resources, using the technology available and locating the perfect book. Ms. Barber does classes & presentations on tech-infused ideas in the classroom.

JoyAnn Boudreau, HSE Intermediate/Junior High

JoyAnn Boudreau is a teacher librarian at a 5-8 building in a suburban area outside of Indianapolis. She strives to move everything towards equity and inclusivity, encourage and support literacy, lead and model technology integration, and help her students and staff however she can. She is a perpetual learner, bookworm, and maker. She is also an Apple Teacher, Flipgrid Ambassador and GridGuide, Wakelet Ambassador, and Microsoft Innovative Educator. But her favorite thing of all (besides her two young kids) are stories.

Jill Canillas Daley, American International School of Lusaka

Jill currently is a PYP Librarian at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Prior to this, she was a public school librarian for grades K-8 and the recipient of the NH School Librarian of the Year for 2016. She is passionate about Genius Hour, Blended Learning, how technology can enhance learning and, as a hobby, animal rescue. She also loves Twitter @jcd118 and Instagram Noisy.Librarian.

Jennifer Casa-Todd, Cardinal Carter CHS

Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian in Ontario Canada, a former Literacy Consultant, and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She is also a GEG Ontario Leader, an ISTE Librarian PLN leader, and an adult mentor for OnEdSschat. She is completing research on the impact of mentorship on digital literacy, citizenship, and leadership at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place.

Janice Conger, Wissahickon School District

Janice is a middle school librarian with a passion for technology and making. She is a member of the Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association's conference committee and serves on the southeast regional board of ISTE Affiliate PAECT. She is part of the Mini Regional Leadership Academy sponsored by PSLA and the University of Pittsburgh. She leads professional development in her district and presents her library successes and struggles at PETE&C, the PSLA conference, and at ISTE. She is a member of the ISTE Librarians Network and is part of the ISTE Librarian's Playground!

Ashley Cooksey, University of Central Arkansas
Jaime Donally, ARVRinEDU
Linda Dougherty, BER

Linda is teacher librarian of 25 years in Missouri now traveling doing what she loves best - sharing and learning with school librarians & teachers as a professional development consultant. She serves on the ISTE Librarians Network Professional Development Committee plus being an 2019 ISTE presenter at the Librarians Playground. Linda works with school districts as a library consultant, presents librarian seminars with BER, facilitates the LMS Cohort for Education Plus in St. Louis and volunteers with the Midwest Education Technology Community on their METC conference committee.

Christina Foust, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Jennifer Freedman, Lindenhurst Public Schools
Cathi Fuhrman, State College Area School District
Dianna Geers, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Noel Gnadinger, Oldham County Schools
Jessica Gottlieb, Mackin Educational Resources
Anna Iarotska, Robo Wunderkind
Amanda Jones, Live Oak Middle Library

Amanda Jones is a middle grade teacher-librarian in Watson, Louisiana. She was recently recognized as a 2019 AASL Social Media Superstar Program Pioneer, awarded the AASL Inspire Special Event Grant in Washington, DC, and received the 2019 James O. Modisette Award from the Louisiana Library Association for excellence in middle school library programming. She is the founder of Edcamp Watson, runs 2 Girls Who Code Clubs, an after-school STEAM program and is passionate about showcasing her library on her website ( and social media (FB: LOM Library, Insta: lom_library, & Twitter: @LOMiddleLibrary and @abmack33).

Kim Keith, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
Taylor Kennedy, KaBOOM!
Alanna King, Upper Grand DSB, Ontario, Canada
Michele Klein, South Carolina Connections Academy

I am a dedicated virtual high school social studies teacher at Connections Academy in South Carolina. I wear many hats within my organization. I am a Manager, State Test Site Leader, and a Professional Development Specialist. As a Google Certified Educator and presenter, I am passionate about empowering and collaborating with teachers to integrate technology to transform classrooms. My goal is to make learning awesome!

Nancy Jo Lambert, Reedy High School Frisco ISD

Nancy Jo Lambert is a Google Certified high school teacher librarian in Frisco Independent School District at Reedy High School. She is a presenter advocating for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her library. She holds positions in the Texas Library Association,Texas Computer Education Association, American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, and the Texas Association of School Librarians. She has been published in professional journals and won numerous awards and grants. She is known for her sharing her professional work on her library website:

Dr. Erin Lawson, Orchard Farm R-V School District
Jacqueline Liesch, Department of Defense Education Activity
Heather Lister, Construct Learning
Melanie Mulcaster, Peel District School Board
Henry Platten, GoBubble

Former police sergeant who's on a mission to make the internet a safer place. Multi award winning tech founder and international presenter on social learning communities, flipped classrooms and empowering students to be digital leaders. Creator of GoBubble.School and

Nikki D Robertson, ESC Region 13

Nikki is a veteran educator, school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator and ISTE Librarians Network President. Nikki is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens. Nikki’s new book, Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning, is now available for purchase through the ISTE Store and/or Amazon.

Mary Schwander, New Hope-Solebury High School

Mary Schwander has been the librarian at New Hope-Solebury High School for 16 years. In 2016, her school library was awarded the Outstanding School Library Program by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. In 2009, Mary was accepted into the Google Teacher Academy where she became a Google Certified Innovator. Mary is currently the president of the Connected Library Consortium which provides ebooks and audio books to schools throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Roger Wagner, HyperDuino MakerBit
Tiffany Whitehead, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

Tiffany Whitehead is the Director of Library at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She actively shares library ideas and resources on her blog,, and on Twitter, @librarian_tiff. She has served as the President for ISTE’s Librarians Network and was recognized as one of ISTE’s 2014 Emerging Leaders. Tiffany is National Board Certified in Library Media and was named one of the 2014 Library Journal Movers & Shakers. In addition to regularly facilitating professional development opportunities on her school’s campus, Tiffany presents frequently at state, regional, and national library and technology conferences.

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