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Ask a Librarian: You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201C

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Statewide School Library Lead
Kentucky Department of Education
James Allen is currently the Statewide School Library Lead and a Digital Learning Coach for the Kentucky Department of Education in the Office of Education Technology. Previously he was a school librarian for sixteen years. James is an organizer and regular moderator of #KyLChat which gives librarians across Kentucky a place to share and explore new ideas. James is also a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google Earth Education Expert, and a member of the ISTE Community Leader group. You can find James on Twitter @TLJamesA and his website
Teacher Librarian
Skyview High School
Traci is a teacher librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington. She has presented at ISTE, AASL, Future Ready Institutes, and ASCD. She loves working with technology and teenagers.
Assistant Professor
Arkansas Tech University
Ashley Cooksey(she/her/hers) is the Director of the Technology Learning Center and an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Arkansas. She is also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Ashley is a member of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media and is chair of its leadership development and public relations committees. She was awarded the Pat McDonald Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from AAIM in 2019 and the Technology Leader of the Year Award in 2021. Ashley was named an AASL Social Media Superstar, Advocacy Ambassador, in 2018. She is an ISTE-U Future Ready Librarianship course leader.
Teacher Librarian
Elissa Malespina is a member of the South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education and a Teacher Librarian at Union High School in Union, NJ. Elissa is an award-winning librarian and a Past President of the ISTE Librarian Network. She was recently named one of the Top 100 EdTech Influencers by EdTech Digest & a 2022 Mover & Shaker Change Agent by Library Journal.

Session description

As librarians remain at the forefront of school communities, there are many questions around our roles. Technology integration. Book challenges. Fostering a love of reading. Information literacy and more. We’re here to answer your questions! Join us for an interactive conversation with teacher librarians from around the country!

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this conversational session will help to answer questions around the various roles of librarians and libraries in the ever-changing landscape of K-12 education. Objectives will include:
naming and clarifying popular myths around school librarianship
Describe and celebrate what is possible with strong school libraries
address current challenges around intellectual freedom
share resources while focusing on the future of libraries and librarianship
Collect live feedback on what help and support school librarians need the most

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Introductions: 5 min
School Library Myths: 10 min
Power of School Libraries: 15 min
Current Challenges: 10
Attendee-directed Topics: 20 min

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Supporting research

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Devices will allow participants to interact with this panel discussion.
Subject area:
Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.