I have more than one reason to contemplate the word “ecosystem” this week—after the remnants of Tropical Storm Phillippe hit us here in the Northeast, the Saco River broke its banks for the first time since 2011 and I found my house suddenly in the center of an island, with our farm fields completely submerged. And yet in this seeming chaos, I had the pleasure of watching gaggles of waterfowl appear, as if from nowhere, and a bald eagle circling. The silver maples, adapted to life in the floodplain, shrugged off the 14 feet of water. Commuters, stranded for a whole day on our backroad when all three bridges closed unexpectedly, may have been less entertained, but it was a reminder that as we go about our day-to-day business, we forget that we’re part of a bigger, complex system at our own peril!
This month our new issue, The Literacy Ecosystem, looks at the librarian and the library as part of an intricate web of stakeholders that includes students, teachers, families, community members, and others. We’re all in it together. Articles by Judi Moreillon, Teri S. Lesesne, Janet Johnson Wells, and Judi Paradis, all explore different dimensions of this ecosystem and offer loads of ideas for collaboration and leadership. Robin Ward Stout shares practical tips for teaching digital literacy and digital citizenship at every level.
If you’ll be in Riverside for the annual California Library Association conference, please stop by booth 507 to say hello to School Library Connection’s Reviews Editor, Doug Ogden—he’d love to see you and talk about kid and YA lit! We’re all also getting so excited to see so many of our authors, readers, and friends in Phoenix for AASL. Readers arriving early should consider joining us for an inquiry workshop on November 8th, featuring Dr. Linda Sargent Wood. (The event is free, continental breakfast and lunch provided. Registration is required.) We’ll be busy all conference with an amazing line-up of presenters for our on-location filming studio, including Ann Ewbank, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Elizabeth Rush, Michelle Luhtala, Jackie Whiting, and Diana Rendina—subscribers can look forward to watching their professional learning videos in 2018. And speaking of Diana, you won’t want to miss participating in her “Make a Creature Challenge” in booth #309, November 10th at 1:30, free while supplies last.
If you’ve been curious about writing for SLC, the conference also offers two sessions for you on Saturday, November 11th, that you won’t want to miss. Our trio of editors—Leslie Preddy, Carl Harvey, and Rebecca Morris—co-present a session at 10:30, “Leaders on the Horizon: Contributing and Growing as School Library Professionals.” ESLS has again organized a “Write Stuff” session, back by popular demand, which begins at 3:10, and Carl will be there along with the editors of other professional publications to answer your questions about SLC. (Thanks also to SLC board member Lucy Santos Green for herding all the cats to make this great session happen again!)
Hot on the heels of Phoenix, Carl will also be hosting fellow Hoosier Kelly Hladek for our last live webinar of the 2017 season, “Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement,” graciously sponsored by OverDrive Education. (And if you missed our last one with the always brilliant Tom Bober, it’s not too late to view the archived recording here.)
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