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2008 Conference
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All speakers & authors for the 2008 Conference have been selected. If interested for 2009, please email our conference coordinator, Melissa Lynch, and we will keep your information for future review. 

Exhibitor packets will be mailed in late-June or early July. Email our conference coordinator if you are a new exhibitor and would like to receive a packet.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 May 2008 )
MSLA Conference / Professional Development PDF Print E-mail


Better Together on August 20, 2015, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
with MassCUE at Concord-Carlisle High School    CALL for PROPOSALS
STEM/STEAM Topics - Call for Proposals!
ELL Class for School Librarians - Summer 2015, (date TBA)
January 2016: Pre ALA Conference (info TBA)
2017 (date TBA): Our Annual Conference is a celebration of...
  • School Libraries
  • The profession of Library Teaching
  • MSLA as a professional organization  
...that brings together
  • MSLA members and friends
  • Leaders in the world of school libraries

MSLA/MassCUE Better Together 2015: STEM/STEAM Projects with Your Librarian and ITS
Date and Time:  8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  August 20, 2015
Location:  Concord-Carlisle High School, Concord, MA
Length of time for each presentation: 50 minutes
Deadline for proposals:  April 30, 2015
Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) and Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) are requesting proposals for presentations for a one-day MassCUE-MSLA workshop focusing on STEM/STEAM projects to support the Common Core State Standards.  We want to share practical projects librarians and ITS can implement with classroom or subject-area teachers that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and those that add the Arts (STEAM).  We also aim to highlight the deep learning that takes place when instructional technology specialists, school librarians and teachers collaborate to create project-based learning experiences for their students. 

Ideal Proposals will:
  • Showcase a project that focuses on science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) with or without an art component (STEAM). 
    • Projects should also include, if applicable, one or more standards from the Common Core State Standards as described in the 2011 Massachusetts English Language Arts & Literacy or the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics
  • Demonstrate collaboration between a school librarian and/or instructional technology teacher working with a classroom or subject-area teacher.  An ITS and/or librarian AND a classroom teacher should present jointly.
  • Demonstrate how the use of technology is employed to provide resources, organize learning, and/or create a product to show new learning
  • Be 50 minutes in length
Please submit all proposals online at:

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 April 2015 )
Conference Policies PDF Print E-mail

Program Changes
The Conference Committee apologizes for any inconvenience caused by program changes. In all cases, cancellation or changes are beyond our control and are usually the result of illness or last minute scheduling problems. The Committee asks for your understanding should the situation arise.

Name Badges
Please wear your name badge at all times to gain entry to all sessions, exhibit hall, and meals.

There will be NO REFUNDS for cancellations within 5 days of the Conference.

Smoking is not permitted at any time during sessions. Conference attendees are asked to use the hotel’s designated smoking areas only.

MSLA Exhibit Hall
In the exhibit hall, exhibitors are presenting the newest products and services tailored for school libraries. Please show your appreciation for the exhibitors who support MSLA.

Certificate of Attendance
Due to the DESE changes in policy relative to PDPs, a certificate of attendance is in enclosed in this packet for your reference.

Personal Items
MSLA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items at the Conference.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 January 2015 )
2015 Conference Handouts PDF Print E-mail

Download handouts (and links) provided by Speakers: [updated 3/25/2015]

SUNDAY March 1

UnConference Kick-Off and Schedule-Building:
Dan Callahan and Laura D’Elia

Sessions & Notes

Monday March 2

Elementary Library Centers:
Jessica Lodge

Creating Uncommon Spaces: A DIY Learning Commons Makeover Seminar: Chani Craig
~Print Mandala~
Flipping for Blendspace!
Jen Thomas

Great Books for Teens:
Terri Grief
The Nuts & Bolts of Building a Library Collection for Tomorrow's Global Citizen: Jordana Shaw and Samantha Kane
The Power of Voice in Nonfiction Writing: 
Melissa Stewart and Sarah Albee
Fill Your Students’ Toolboxes Using Creative Technology Applications and 20% Time:  Christine Steinhauser Google Doc
How to Start a Nerdfighters Club:
Jordan Funke
Digital Literacy Using the Massachusetts Statewide Databases:
Marlene Heroux, Leslie Lomasson, Robyn Ferrazzani
Down & Dirty Tricks for Staying Sane in an Insanely Busy Library: Laura Gardner
Swimming Lessons in the Deep End: Social Media in the Elementary School Library: Kate Powers
Making Connections with LibGuides: 
Leslie Lomasson, Lani Blechman
A Poetry Toolkit:
Sharon Shaloo, Laurin Macios
 PDF with Links
Education by Design: Connecting to the Mobile Generation with BiblioBoard: Carolyn Morris, Emily Tordo, Tricia London
Coding with Kids: How to Teach & Integrate Coding into the Classroom:  Maya Bery
Media Literacy through Screencasting:
WGBH/Carolyn Jacobs and Cathy Collins
 Google Doc PPT
Summer Reading: Everybody Reads! 
Cindy Erle and Sherri Chalke
The New Statewide eBook Program:
Stephen Spohn and Tricia London
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
2015 BOOKLET PDF Print E-mail

2015 Conference Booklet       

Note: Font for the "side text boxes" on pages 2, 3, 4, 5  is Rockwell Extra Bold

 Page #
 Name of page


Font for "Platinum sponsor" and "Silver Sponsor" is Edwardian Script
Font for title is Charlemagne STD (all caps)


 Sunday  Pictures need to be made grayscale - ?

 3 Authors  Pictures need to be made grayscale - ?
  Word   PDF
 4 Monday 4     (revised 2/19)
 Word PDF
 5 Monday 5    (revised 2/25)
 Word PDF
 6 Floorplans 
 7 Exhibitors 
 8 SCHEDULE (back page) updated 2/25 (again, again)
 Excel  PDF
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 )

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