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Friday, October 26

9:30am CDT

#MNLibrariesTransform: Be a Part of Library Legislative Day
How do you make your voice and the voices of your students heard at the MN State Capitol? Join our session to learn how to make your voice heard on Library Legislative Day and other days of the year to advocate for libraries all across Minnesota. Learn how to contact and make appointments with your legislator, how to stay informed about issues that affect libraries, how to participate in Library Legislative Day, and how to leverage the tools located on the Minnesota Library Advocacy website. This will be an interactive, hands-on session, so please bring a device.

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Lisa Gearman

Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Chaska High School
Media Specialist, Chaska High School
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Ann Walker Smalley

Director, Metronet

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Osakis

9:30am CDT

Booktalks for the Secondary Student 6-12
Join us as we share some of our favorite reads for students in grades 6-12. We have compiled a list of our favorite titles and sorted them by genre/theme. We have tried to include many lesser-known titles in order to give you some ideas for your collection. We will book talk as many as possible and will provide you a list of all our favorites!

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Melissa Weinand

Media Specialist, Waconia Public Schools
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Rachelle Weinand

Media Specialist and Technology Integrationist, North Branch Area Schools

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Minnewaska

9:30am CDT

Copy Right or You Might Violate Copyright
Have you ever heard, that you can only use 30 seconds of music? Have you wondered, I don’t see a copyright symbol on it, so I don’t need permission, right? Or how about, I’m a teacher! No matter what I use, I can claim fair use! In this interactive session, participants will learn the basics of copyright, fair use, and creative commons licensing and receive a variety of resources to guide decision making.

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Tammi Wilkins

Media Specialist Lincoln Park Middle School, ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Carlos

9:30am CDT

EBSCO Discovery Service as a Classroom Learning Resource
Are you overwhelmed with all the online choices that you have to choose from to incorporate into the classroom? Are you looking for some short cuts? Join Christopher for an engaging session on how EBSCO can assist you with navigating all the various resources. EBSCO is just not a resource for the “upcoming Science Fair project” but a resource that both teachers and students will come to rely on for learning in the classroom. Perhaps “Siri” or “Alexa” may be one of your future classroom helpers!

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Christopher Holly

Director of SaaS Innovation, EBSCO
FOLIO, Software as a Service, OpenAthens, Stacks, EBSCO Discovery Service, Library Systems Management, Strategic Planning

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Le Homme Dieu

9:30am CDT

Elementary Authors Panel 1
A panel of our guest authors who write for elementary grades

Art Coulson    
Cori Doerrfeld
Mary Losure
Patrick Mader
Stephen Shaskan
Trisha Speed Shaskan
Lisa M Bolt Simons
Brandon Vreeman
Kari Van Wakeren

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Art Coulson

Art Coulson is a writer, editor and storyteller who served as the first executive director of the Wilma Mankiller Foundation in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, after a 25-year career in journalism. The foundation, which carries on Wilma’s legacy of social justice and community... Read More →
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Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld is a full time author/illustrator who has helped create numerous books with both local and national publishers. Her books include titles such as The Rabbit Listened, Good Dog, and The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. When Cori isn’t busy making books, she... Read More →
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Kari Van Wakeren

Kari van Wakeren is a Lutheran pastor, wife, and mom of two young kids.  She is also the author of the children’s book, Bubble Wrap Girl, which celebrates resilience and the courage to do hard things.  She and her family live in Alexandria, MN.  She can be reached at karivan... Read More →
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Lisa M Bolt Simons

Simons is a writer and a teacher. Her publications include over 30 nonfiction children's books, four middle grade novels, and the adult history book FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL: LOOMED IN THE LAND OF LAKES. Accolades include an Honorable Mention for the McKnight Artist Fellowship and a... Read More →
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Mary Losure

From the titles, you might think Mary Losure’s books are fiction. But she assures you that every word of ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST: SECRETS OF ISAAC NEWTON, REVEAL’D is not only true, but documented with primary sources. So is WILD BOY: THE REAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON and even... Read More →
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Patrick Mader

Patrick “Packy” Mader has a background in education, business, and agriculture, with a professional career as an elementary teacher and is the author of five books.  He grew up on a dairy farm near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, and has been a lifelong fan of sports at all levels... Read More →
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Stephen Shaskan

Stephen Shaskan is the author and illustrator of several picture books including: Big Choo, Toad on the Road, Max Speed, and The Three Triceratops Tuff. He is also the illustrator of the picture book Punk Skunks and the graphic novel series Q and Ray, both written by his wife Trisha... Read More →
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Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan has written over forty books for children, including the picture book Punk Skunks and the latest graphic novel in the series Q & Ray: Case #3: Foul Play at Elm Tree Park about a rat and hedgehog who solve mysteries, which are both illustrated by her husband Stephen... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Exhibit/Convention Center (Tennis Center)

9:30am CDT

Helping Students Read Informational Texts
One of the most difficult parts of the research process for many students is the exploration stage: reading and understanding informational texts. Even though our students have “learned to read,” we should not assume they know how to “read to learn.” Students have difficulty with comprehension because they are encountering new content, advanced vocabulary, and unfamiliar text structures. They will often feel frustrated and resort to copying and pasting without understanding the content. In this session, we will explore features available within many databases (we'll focus on popular ELM databases to which we all have access) that can aid with reading comprehension, including translation, listening, and reading level options. We will also discuss strategies we can use to teach students how to approach common informational text structures.

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Linda Mork

Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex - University of Minnesota
Linda is a librarian with Minitex where she provides outreach and instruction related to eLibrary Minnesota. A former school library media specialist and secondary English teacher, she is passionate about information literacy education.

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Vermilion

9:30am CDT

Media & Technology Literacy for Digital Natives
We sometimes think that because our students are digital natives they have all of the knowledge to succeed in a information and technology rich society, but oftentimes this is not true. What skills do they need to learn? How can we help them navigate the information overload and act ethically? In this session, learn how, after observing the struggle of her middle school students, Lisa Newhouse planned and implemented a semester long Technology and Media Literacy class for middle school students.

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Lisa Newhouse

Media Specialist/ Technology Integrationist, Upsala Area Schools
I received my Bachelors Degree from The College of St. Scholastica in 2011 in Educational Media and Technology. I have been a Media Specialist for 8 years. I have spent a lot of time focusing on technology and STEM education, especially Coding and Makerspaces for grades K-8. I like... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Nokomis

9:30am CDT

Project Based Learning with Google for Education's Applied Digital Skills
Join Anne Nash and Mike Patterson from the Google for Education team as they share Google's new Applied Digital Skills, a free, online curriculum designed to give students an immersive experience within the 4 C's. The curriculum teaches project-based digital skills relevant to real-life situations like event planning, research projects, budgeting, resume building, creating a guide to an area, finding a job and more. The curriculum can be facilitated by an instructor, or taken independently as supplemental learning activities. Make sure you stop in for this can't-miss session as you'll hear from Google about the curriculum and best practices on how to use it to meet your district's digital literacy initiatives and learning goals.

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Google Education

Regional Manager, Google for Education
I have been at Google since 2012, but on the Google for Education team since 2016. I'm a native Michigander, but live in Chicago now, and I am passionate about working with K12 educators, admins, and students to help bring them tools and programs that empower all learners to reach... Read More →
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Mike Patterson

North America G Suite for Education Strategist, Google

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Miltona C

9:30am CDT

Under the Radar: The "Other" Youth Book Awards Worth Watching
The Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz are long-standing youth book awards followed closely by youth literature enthusiasts. But what about the “other” awards that warrant attention: the Walter, AILA, Jane Addams, Morris, APALA, and others? Presenters will discuss lesser-known awards that recognize and promote diversity, social justice, and new voices in youth publishing. They will also share advice for those interested in serving on media award committees. Participants will be encouraged to share their favorite “under the radar” awards and best books lists for children and teens. You may view our presentation at this link: https://bit.ly/2AuA3lE

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Heidi Hammond

Associate Professor, St. Catherine University MLIS Program
After serving as a school librarian for 23 years, Heidi Hammond now coordinates the school library media specialist portion of the MLIS Program at St. Catherine University. She has served on several book award committees: the Randolph Caldecott Award for ALSC, the Margaret A. Edwards... Read More →
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Gail Nordstrom

Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System
Gail Nordstrom is the Public Library Consultant for Viking Library System, based in Fergus Falls. She is passionate about great books for children and teens and has served on the Newbery, Caldecott, and Sibert Award Committees, administered by the Association for Library Service to... Read More →
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Heather Palmer

Media Specialist, Edina Public Schools
I am a Media Specialist and the Chair of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award Committee. I am passionate about service-learning, peace education and technology.

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Miltona B

9:30am CDT

Weekly Newscast with WeVideo
Have you ever wanted to produce a weekly newscast? We video can be a great tool for editing/producing and sharing video. Learn how to use the green screen, layer video and audio as well as share your wonderful creations.

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Nancy Meyer

Media Specialist, ISD 191

Friday October 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Miltona A

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