Monday, March 27, 2017

Facing The Future Of Our Schools & Libraries With Future Ready Librarians At The MASL Conference

This week I had the honor of presenting at the Missouri Association of School Librarians MASL Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Britten Follett and I lead the pre-conference session Facing The Future Of Our Schools...Future Ready Schools and Leading Beyond The Library With Future Ready Librarians, sponsored by Follett and Project Connect.
For the first part of our session, we were joined by three amazing administrators.

They included Dr. Scott Spurgeon, who was joined by librarian Shelia Green Samuels from Riverview Gardens School District; Dr. Ian Buchanan, who was joined by librarian Kelly Werthmuller from University City School District; and Dr. Keith Marty, who was joined by Bill Bass, who is the Innovation Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Information and Library Media, from Parkway School District.
I loved the conversation and was inspired by all three of these leaders who are making a huge impact on reading, learning, libraries and especially the children they serve.
Here are a few of the tweets I shared while they were speaking.  You can check them out on my Twitter at @shannonmmiller.
One of my favorite things that was shared was when my friend Bill Bass said...
And this one that Britten shared, was too!  

Isn't that true....We all must learn how to speak superintendent in order to make them see the things we need as teacher librarians and to make a difference for our schools and students.  
Next, I shared my keynote Be The Change You Want To See In The Library, Education and the World and we ended our time together with...
an amazing conversation about what we can do as Future Ready Librarians...
and the difference we will make.
I really enjoyed getting to know everyone during this time and hearing the stories, celebrations and inspiration happening within their libraries and schools.

To share this time with you, I created a Storify that you will find below.

Also, please follow #maslsc to follow the MASL Conference and as always, follow #FutureReadyLibs to be part of this ongoing conversation with Future Ready Librarians, administrators and others too.
Together, we can be the change and we will make a difference as Future Ready Librarians too. 

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