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Reaching Out: Expanding OER and Technology Integration in the School Library

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Participate and share : Poster

Friday, December 4, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Julie Erickson  
Joan Upell  

How do you advocate for your library? Build professional capacity? Integrate more technology? Become a instructional leader in your district? The Reaching Out IMLS professional development grant guides librarians through the steps to do all these things and more. Discover how to increase capacity in your library.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Open educational resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session will provide an overview of the IMLS Reaching Out Librarian Professional Development Grant. Learn how librarians are increasing their digital skills, implementing Open Education Resources (OER) and expanding their skills as instructional leaders through synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences including yearly face-to-face, two-day sessions; webinars and regional meetings; and online workshops. In addition, the participants have built a community of learners who support each other in the development of their leadership skills in order to collaborate with teachers and facilitate student learning through OER and digital resources. This work has been developed to meet each participant where they are, develop their skills and provide them with relevant activities and projects that will benefit their particular situation.

Participants will learn about the structure of the professional development in Reaching Out and how it can support professional development in their district
Participants will learn about OER and how it can provide inclusive and culturally relevant content.
Participants will be able to identify professional development networks and discuss how to create or join existing networks.


0:05-0:10 Introduction: What is the Reaching Out IMLS grant, expectations, standards, structure and the network for professional development.
0:10-0:20 Explore the classes offered and share highlights/take-aways; participants turn-and-talk about how these courses could be utilized in their district
0:20-0:30 Sample of collaboration/networking opportunities. Participants will be grouped into small group to share an activity and/or lesson with others (if possible); otherwise, share in padlet or other collaborative platform.
0:30-0:40 Considerations: what else do you need to continue to develop digital, OER and leadership for librarians in your district? Share in chat
0:40-0:45 Wrap-up and questions

Supporting research

Advocacy and the 21st Century school librarian: Challenges and best practices. (2917, August).
Retrieved from EBSCO website:

Future Ready Librarians Framework [Infographic]. (ca 2016). Retrieved from

Nanda, S. How do create a perfect blend of the various learning components? (Sept. 7, 2016) eLearningLearning. Retrieved Jan. 3, 2018, from id=5528480&article-title=how-do-you-create-a-perfect-blend-of-the-various-learning- components-&

Welz, K. (2017). School librarians and open educational resources aid and implement Common
Core instructional content in the classroom. Knowledge Quest, 45(4), 62-68.

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Julie Erickson, Lan Crew Colorado
Joan Upell, Technology & Innovation in Education

Joan Upell is a school librarian contracted as a consultant with TIE. She is newly retired from a forty year career including K-12 school libraries, the English classroom, and the South Dakota State Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Information/Library Science from the University of Michigan.

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