2018 Conference Registration

You can register for the 2018 NDLA annual conference one of two ways. 
           
     
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Pre-Conference: 

ALA Advocacy Bootcamp Future Ready Libraries

                                      

"Who needs libraries?" Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians, but to our democratic society at large. The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards and deprofessionalization, as well as censorship challenges to books, speakers and displays, all point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service.

What is Advocacy Bootcamp? Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. Typically held as a pre-conference at state and regional conferences, Advocacy Bootcamp will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom, we'll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.

Building on the momentum and resources of ALA’s new public awareness and advocacy campaign, Libraries Transform, focuses on four key messages:

  • Libraries transform lives.
  • Libraries transform communities.
  • Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning.
  • Libraries are a smart investment.

 

 The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement.  Intellectual Freedom history and principles, forming both the ethical center and essential brand of librarianship, will also be highlighted. Training Goals:

  • To empower librarians with skills to tell their library’s story and secure funding for technology, e-books, and other resources.
  • To teach librarians and library advocates practical and powerful tips on how to be a respected, effective and supported voice in your community.
  • To provide consistent messaging and an advocacy framework that can be used by libraries of all throughout a given state, and ultimately, across the country.
  • To provide a mechanism for mentoring new advocates and creating a succession plan for advocacy.

 

 James LaRue is the director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," LaRue was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. He has written, spoken, and consulted on leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries. 

Marci MerolaMarci Merola has been the Director of ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy since its formation in 2007, providing advocacy resources, tools and support to librarians, staff and advocates at the state and local levels, speaking nationally and internationally on library advocacy, as well as working to integrate advocacy efforts throughout the association. She came to ALA in 2001 as the Advocacy Specialist within the ALA Public Information Office. 

As schools seek to become Future Ready, it is necessary to identify and cultivate leadership beyond district and building leaders. School librarians lead, teach and support the Future Ready goals of their school and district in a variety of ways through their professional practice, programs and spaces. If properly prepared and supported, school librarians are well-positioned to be at the leading edge of the digital transformation of learning. 

Future Ready Librarians is an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district. Two guiding questions are central to Future Ready Librarians

1. How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready schools?

2. How can librarians and libraries become more Future Ready?

Future Ready Librarians will provide resources, strategies, and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.

Future Ready Librarians has been made possible in part with the support of Follett and the American Association of School Librarians.

Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. She served as the K-12 district teacher librarian and technology integrationist at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for 10 years. Shannon now brings a special expertise and vision to conversations around school libraries, education, technology, creativity and student voice. 

Shannon currently serves as the Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson working with librarians, educators and students around the world every day. She is Buncee’s Librarian Advisor, Cantata Learning’s Teacher Librarian Advocate and Author and a Participate Author. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums including ISTE, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. She recently published her first 4 children’s books about library skills with Cantata Learning and is working on the next series which is due out in the fall of 2018.

In 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award and was chosen to be part of the SLJ New Leaders Program in 2012. In 2013, she was named one of the Faces of Innovation from Broadband for America; one of 50 featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook; and one of the featured Connected Educators with the Connected Educators projects partnered with the US Department of Education.  In 2014, Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In 2016, she was awarded the Making it Happen Award by ISTE.  In 2017, she was an AASL Social Superstar finalist.

And her most favorite roles of all….She is the mom to three amazing children and lucky wife of Eric’sYou can find Shannon at @shannonmmiller on Twitter and Instagram and by following her blog, thelibraryvoice.com.

 

 

Opening Reception: Wednesday October 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30 

 
This is still being planned! We will let you know more soon.
Cost is included with your registration.
 
 

Professional Development: 

 
One credit will be offered through VCSU - COMING SOON!!
 
 

Keynote Speakers:

 
 Future Ready Libraries Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary

Thursday, October 4th: Shannon Miller

Friday, October 5th: Sue Hamilton

Expanding on her pre-conference session on Wednesday, Shannon will include all libraries in the Future Ready Library movement. Are you a Future Ready Librarian? 

Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. She served as the K-12 district teacher librarian and technology integrationist at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for 10 years.

Shannon currently serves as the Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson working with librarians, educators and students around the world every day.

Positive attitudes will make or break a company or organization. Sue will talk about how ordinary people can change their attitudes to do extraordinary thing for an organization.  

Motivating and inspiring since 1999 with her "tell-it-like-it- is" approach to life, Sue Hamilton lives in Minot, ND. She tries to inspire others to be all they are intended to be, shares her past life challenges of substance abuse to a life filled with miracles, encourages others with her caring, loving and honest approach, and is and excellent story teller.

Sue has a B.A. degree in Marketing and Management. She has over 26 years of experience in direct sales, top management, customer service, employee training and business development.  

 
  
 
Friday Author Luncheon: Wendelin Van Drannen

Friday, October 5th

​Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series—often called “The new Nancy Drew”—and wrote Flipped, which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by School Library Journal and became a Warner Brothers feature film, with Rob Reiner directing.

Her other stand-alone titles include The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, Runaway, Confessions of a Serial Kisser, Swear to Howdy, and The Running Dream, which was awarded American Library Association’s Schneider Family Award for its "expression of the disability experience." 

Van Draanen has also created two four-book series for younger readers.  The Shredderman books feature a boy who deals with a bully and received the Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit,” and was made into a Nickelodeon movie. The related Gecko & Sticky books, which are full of alluring alliterations that make for rousing read-alouds, are perfect for reluctant readers.

A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Van Draanen resides in California where she can be spotted riding shopping carts across parking lots. She and her husband, Mark Parsons, have two sons, two dogs, and enjoy the three R’s: Reading, Running, and Rock’n’Roll.
 

To renew of Sign up for NDLA membership, please click here!
 
 
If you have registration questions, please contact:
 
Membership Chair Laurie McHenry by email or Conference Chair Lesley Allan by email