Friday Session A 9:00-10:00 am


Genrefy Your Library

Presented by Stephanie Sweeney and Amey Johnson
Are you wondering if it is worth the hassle of re-shelving your fiction books into genres? Follow the journey of two high school librarians through the decision making process, research and step by step reorganization. Get advice on setting up a good plan before you attempt it and hear how it helped students find books easier (and more enthusiastically)

A1 Handouts

Thoughts from a LiberryGurl - Genrefying (4 part blog series)

Eternal Learning of the Open Mind - User Friendly? Part 2 (blog that inspired Stephanie's conversion process)

Presentation ppt

Also look for Stephanie's article in this summer's Young Adult Library Services (YALSA)

Video Recording of session - see PSLA listserv email for passcode


Raystown Ray: A Lesson in Fact Checking and Hoax Busting

Presented by Jay Shuck
In the summer of 2010, the SyFy Channel broadcast an episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files in which the investigators concluded that there’s a “strong possibility” that a Loch Ness-type creature lives in Huntingdon County’s Raystown Lake. Local residents, however, know that Raystown Ray began an April Fool’s Day joke. This session will provide attendees with a packaged, classroom-ready lesson—including taped interviews—of how an investigation of Ray should have been done.

A2 Handouts


Technology Tools Key to Academic Achievement

Presented by Beth McGuire
Exploring the abundance of instructional tools on the web and developing ways to integrate them into instruction seems insurmountable. Working together we can succeed in integrating emerging technologies into our curriculum. Working together we can succeed in integrating emerging technologies into our curriculum. Lesson plans and examples of middle school student work product from lessons which utilized free web tools will be shared. (eg. Tagxedo,, Goodreads, Podcasts, Prezi, PhotoPeach, Edmodo, etc.) Attendees will have an opportunity to share what's worked for them.

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Supporting Inquiry Learning with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Presented by Lynn Clements and Anne Bozievich
Participants will be introduced to the digitized collection of primary sources in the Library of Congress collection, and will learn how these sources can be used by librarians to support inquiry learning and the Common Core Standards. Attendees will learn to select primary source-based inquiry learning.

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National Board Teacher Certification Introduction

Carol Heinsdorf, Chris Sadjian-Peacock and Deborah Kuhar
Curious about NBCT and how it can improve your teaching? Attend to learn about the work, commitment and resources needed to [[#|complete]] the NB process. Ask questions of a recent applicant and her NB mentor. Leave having completed the required introductory session.

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Reading in the Content Area: Multisensory Vocabulary Instruction

Presented by Sandra Reidmiller
The use of puppetry as a multisensory method for students of all ages from PreK to [[#|higher education]] at the university level will be explored. My research centered on strategies for teaching vocabulary which encompass the latest findings on the science of the brain as well as engagement and motivation of students.

A6 Handouts

General Session - Keynote Judi Moreillon - Leadership Begins with a Bag of Chocolates

Keynote Works Cited

Friday Session B 1:30-2:30 pm


An iPad for Every Student: Lessons from a Librarian Turned Technology Coordinator

Presented by Christopher Barnabei
Are you considering purchasing iPads for your school or even attempting a 1 to 1 student to iPad ratio? This workshop will focus on how iPads can enhance learning in your school and what the librarian can do to facilitate. We will look at the most useful apps to date and how these devices can promote literacy and project based learning.

B1 Handouts
Video recording of session (see PSLA listserv email for passcode)


Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: How to Deal with the New Model Curriculum and Common Core Curriculum
Presented by Katherine Miller and Dotty Delafield
During this conference session, participants will be given tools to help compare what they already do in their lessons to what is in the new model curriculum. Participants will also be able to gain a basic understanding of the new model curriculum, Common Core standards and why they should be using the new curriculum.

B2 [[#|Handouts]]
PSLA Curriculum Website


New Librarian, Solo Librarian, Changing Librarian

Presented by Erin Parkinson
New, solo, changing; these are all words that describe many school libraries and librarians. At times it can be overwhelming balancing being new to a district, flying solo, and trying to change the culture and opinion of the school library. This session will focus on how to balance being new, being solo, and changing the library to fit the needs of the students and the goals of the district within one’s personal philosophy.

Please come prepared to share your own story and discuss "Best Practices". This will be an interactive session.

B3 Handouts


Pennsylvania as Setting in Edward Bloor’s A Plague YearPresented by Edward Bloor and Toni Vahlsing
Pennsylvania is the setting, literally and figuratively, of Edward Bloor's latest young adult novel, A Plague Year. The year referenced in the title is 2001, a year when small coal-mining and manufacturing towns in Pennsylvania felt the first waves of invasion of a deadly plague, methamphetamine. The plot of A Plague Year is bookended by two Pennsylvania events that made national news - the crash of United 93 in Shanksville in September and the rescue of nine miners a Quecreek in July.

B4 Handouts


Findings of the 2012 Pennsylvania School Library Impact Study

Presented by Debra Kachel and Mary Kay Biagini
Hear about the results of the 2012 IMLS National Leadership research grant in which Keith Curry Lance studied Pennsylvania school library infrastructure (e.g., staffing, technology, access, and collections) that contributes most to higher student achievement in relation to PSSA tests data and the perceptions of administrators, teachers, and librarians. Receive the research booklets and learn how to use project resources to build support among stakeholders in your school and community.

B5 Handouts

Friday Session C 3:00-4:00 pm


Update on PDE Teacher Evaluation and the Role of School Librarians

Presented by Jen Bates
What evidence can you provide of your effectiveness? Hear the latest from Jennifer Bates, Chair, and other members of the PSLA Professional Standards Committee about performance evaluation affecting school librarians. This workshop will provide clarification to the Danielson rubric that will be in place as the new teacher evaluation tool for all schools in Pennsylvania beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

C1 Handouts
Video Recording of session (see PSLA listserv email for passcode)


The Flipped Library: The Key to Maximizing Your Impact on Student Achievement

Presented by Judi Moreillon
Online book trailers. Check. Online pathfinders. Check. Online tutorials. In-services, and resources. Check. Check. Check. Now what? Serving as Common Core State Standards educators with a primary focus on instruction, school librarians co-teach, co-monitor student learning, co-assess outcomes, and co-develop expertise in instruction. Explore ways to maximize your impact on student achievement by flipping your library program to co-teach information literacy and reading comprehension strategies. To unlock the door to leadership co-teaching is the key!

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Being QR-ious: Encouraging Curiosity Using QR Codes in the Library

Presented by Anne Bozievich, Lynn Clements and Wendy Fitzgerald
Participants will be introduced to QR code technology and its application in libraries. They will learn how to turn a book into a smart object by linking to related online content. Presenters will demonstrate how to create QR codes for specific titles, linking to reviews, author interviews / websites, and book trailers. Participants will receive QR codes for Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice titles and other award winners they can use immediately in their own libraries.

C3 Handouts


Oral History on a Shoe String: Using Oral history Projects as a Collaboration Tool

Presented by Marilyn Harhai, James Maccaferri and Janice Krueger
Love a good story? This program provides a model for conducting oral history interviews. The Library of Congress Veteran's History Project will be used as an example for planning, conducting and producing inexpensive oral history projects. Ideas will be generated for using oral histories to study history, geography, research, communication skills, immigration, languages and diversity will be given. Standards will be addressed.

C4 Handouts


Reaching Reluctant Readers in Middle School

Presented by Erin Faulkner and Elyssa Hevner
Struggling and reluctant readers are a fact of life for the middle-school librarian. Our workshop will share the collection development strategies we employ to reach reluctant readers, as well as the reading department curriculum, reading programs and school-wide reading initiatives that we use to help turn reluctant readers into students with life-long reading habits. We will be sharing a variety of practical ideas that librarians can utilize right away in their own programs.

C5 Handouts
Slideshare Link


Getting Sports Crazy Kids to Read More and Better

Presented by Fred Bowen, AuthorKids explore many big issues through sports – the problems with secrets, complicated friendships, dealing with failure and much more – and Bowen seamlessly weaves them into his books of sports fiction. With insight and lots of humor, he talks about how he taps into the rich world of sports to connect with reluctant readers and show them how much fun – and interesting- reading can be. Bowen’s book Real Hoops is on the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award 2013-2014 List (Grades 6-8).

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