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Building Relationships at #alaac18

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There is much that can be done virtually in this day and age, but there is something quite magical about the moments when we can meet face-to-face. The dynamics, conversations, energy, relationships, and serendipitous moments can be most prevalent at conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. This is definitely a powerful strand at national …

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Makerspaces that Drive Compassion, Inclusivity, and Social Change: Quiz for PD Certification

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How can makerspaces in our schools foster compassion, inclusivity, and social change? Makerspaces and compassion are not new ideas on their own, but when brought together can result in innovative ways to engage students with each other and with their community using kindness. In the webinar, “Makers with a Cause,” Library Media Specialist Gina Seymour …

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Sylvia Vardell on Summer Planning: Self-Service In-Service, PD4Me

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It’s time to wrap up the school year and look forward to summer. And summer means rest, relax, sit on the beach and read, and…plan for professional development! Building and expanding our professional skills might not be our first thought for summer, but summer is the perfect time to pause, reflect, and learn something new. …

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“The Perfect Equation for Summer Reading Success” Quiz for PD Certification

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“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.” This adage doesn’t just apply to the body and our physical abilities, it also applies to our mind and our mental abilities. Educators are well aware of this reality, especially as it applies to what is known as the “summer slide.” But there are ways to mitigate …

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Protecting Your Students’ Privacy: Resources for School Librarians

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Ed. note: In honor of Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7, “Big Data Is Watching You,” we are reprinting this April 2017 SLC article by intellectual freedom and privacy rights guru, Helen R. Adams. Information about 2018 Choose Privacy Week can be found at the Choose Privacy Website: https://chooseprivacyweek.org/.  Privacy and confidentiality are traditional core values for …

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“Fostering Positive News Habits” Quiz for PD Certification, Handouts, and Links

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As educators and purveyors of information, librarians are at the forefront in combating the proliferation of “fake” news and in teaching students how to distinguish between “good” news sources and “bad” ones. This is not a small matter. Central to a strong democracy is an educated public, and with so many sources of information available, it …

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