As a professional organization, GISL members are invited to share opportunities to advance professional development. Here you will find information on conferences that our members attended, lesson plans that have been helpful, and other information that might help you move forward as a librarian.

Conferences, workshops and seminars

iSummit "Looking for an engaging conference to attend this summer? Are you a school that uses Apple technology in a one-to-one environment or thinking about moving in that direction? If you answered yes to these questions iSummitTM ‘13 is for you!
iSummitTM is a progressive conference, sponsored by the Coalition of Lighthouse Schools, connecting administrators, teachers, and IT professionals with education leaders whose focus is Apple's mobile technologies and ubiquitous learning in educational environments for 21st century education. This year's conference will be held at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, July 24th - Thursday, July 25th, 2013 with Pre-Conference Workshops on Tuesday, July 23rd.

The Young Adult Literature Symposium - Sponsored by YALSA, this new conference focuses on young adult literature. On November 5-7, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 600 librarians, educators and fans of young adult literature gathered for the 2010 symposium. The theme was Diversity, Literature & Teens: Beyond Good Intentions. Over the course of three days, attendees went to receptions, participated in educational sessions, and paper presentations on the dynamic and growing field of young adult literature and enjoy one-on-one interactions with popular young adult authors. There is a wiki that offers some additional information. The conference is held every 2 years...the next one will be in 2012.

Oxbridge Teacher Seminars - Taught in Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, and Barcelona, these seminars are excellent. One of the seminars which a couple of our librarians have participated was The Library and the Academy. The group looks at the relationship between libraries, schools and the community. As a part of this seminar, you will tour several Oxford libraries, including the Bodleian as well as local school and community libraries. The faculty and staff experts in their subjects and make all of the discussions interesting.
  • Donna Knott attended the Fantasy Literature seminar in July 2010.
  • Robyn Martin attended the Library and the Academy seminar in July 2011.
  • The 2011 dates have been set for Cambridge, Paris, Oxford and Barcelona!!! Check out the site for more information.

Alan Workshop - As a part of the NCTE conference, the Alan workshop focuses on young adult literature and the authors who write it. It is held the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving and is offered as a post conference workshop. It is an excellent opportunity to meet the authors who write ya literature and to hear their thoughts on teenagers and their issues. Through panel discussions and lectures, more than 50 authors participate in this workshop. As an added bonus, each participant will take home copies of all the books that the authors discuss. The program information for ALAN 2011: Chicago has been posted and it's amazing!!! If you haven't registered, there's still time!

Bureau of Educational Research - Bureau of Education & Research (BER) is the leading provider of staff development and training resources for educators in North America. They offer several seminars on literature. The presenters are excellent and show a vast knowledge of their subject areas. The extensive bibliography provided is invaluable.

Teen Book Festival - A YA book festival for teens but adults can come along for the ride. Started six years ago by librarian Stephanie Squicciarini, youth services librarian at Fairport Public Library, TBF has grown into a fantastic festival. Each year, authors from the Northeast come to Rochester, NY to participate. They receive the red carpet treatment, literally! There are 4 breakout session where the authors participate in panels on different topics. Each author panel speaks 3 times so that everyone has a chance to see their favorites. Read a recent blog post about the conference for more details.

A great course to take from Google...
Power Searching with Google

Professional Organizations

American Library Association
Georgia Library Media Association
American Association of School Librarians
Library and Information Technology Association
National Information Standards Organization

Lesson Plans

Scope and Sequence

Web 2.0 Tools

  • TRAILS: A Real-time Assessment Tool
  • VOYA digital- the Voice of Youth Advocates is an excellent journal. The articles are almost always interesting and they have great contests for teens. If you don't get the print journal, you can check out the digital version for reviews, current articles about new tools, author interviews and more.
    • Reading that is Global and Social by Linda W. Braun - Braun features two e-readers that have some interesting capabilities and are not Kindles or Nooks. The idea is that students who read e-books can highlight passages and share them with others who upload the title onto their e-reader. It's an interesting way to see what others are thinking and to connect with people who either like the same book as you or who are reading it for an assignment and can offer some insight. Read the article on pages 38-39, April 2011 VOYA (click above link to read the free digital version).