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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 Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail

2015 Annual Conference:
March 1 & 2 at UMass Amherst: 
"Fill Up Your Toolbox"

Exhibitor packets will be mailed in advance of the conference.
Email our conference coordinator if you are a new exhibitor and would like to receive a packet.

For more information, view the many links on this webpage, or CONTACT
Kathy Lowe , MSLA Executive Director
Melissa Lynch , Conference Coordinator
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
Last Updated ( Friday, 05 December 2014 )
2014 Conference Handouts PDF Print E-mail

Download handouts (and links) provided by Speakers: [updated 3/14/2014]

SUNDAY March 9

Olga Nesi: Transformative Power of Care

 PowerPoint PDF
Activity 1
Activity 2

Carolyn Markuson and Carol Gordon: Stepping into the Future

Monday March 10

SMART Goal+Collaboration=Student Achievement
Active 3/12/14

Recently Published Nonfiction 

Motivate Students by Getting Them to Ask the Questions Link
The Accidental Advocate: Serving LGBTQ Teens

Notes and Links:

Using Digital Commonwealth to Create Lesson Plans
Nonfiction Family Tree - Melissa Stewart
 Handout PDF
Ready, S.MA.R.T. Action!
Urban High School Transforms to a Learning Commons
 PowerPoint PDF
Learning4Life: Think Create Share Grow
Kids Without Libraries
Running an Effective Volunteer Program
 Pine Glen Volunteer Booklet
One Hen: Building Social Entrepreneurs
Start a Program
Teen Bibliotherapy: Starting Difficult Conversations

2013 National School Library Programs of the Year Winners

Laura Kniola Handouts (please credit if you use/adapt)
Inquiry Collaborative Sheet  Word   PDF
Inquiry Guide   Word    PDF
Grade 1 Inquiry Common Core  Excel  PDF
Grade 2 Inquiry Common Core  Excel  PDF
Grade 3 Inquiry Common Core  Excel  PDF
Grade 4 Inquiry Common Core  Excel  PDF
Grade 5 Inquiry Common Core  Excel  PDF

 Jennifer Jamison:

Kay Wejrowski :

Additional files (see left)
ELL Idea Share
Connecting Struggling Readers with Accessible Resources
Caring Librarians


Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2014 )
2014 Conference PDF Print E-mail

2014 MSLA Conference

Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, MA

Saturday, March 8
NESLA Pre-Conference: Nonfiction Matters and the Common Core State Standards

Sunday and Monday, March 9 and 10
MSLA Conference:
Connecting, Creating, Caring: The School Library as a Third Place
Sunday Sessions     Monday Sessions

SUNDAY Author Spectacular:
2-3:00 PM Bookmark Judging  |  3-4:00 PM Author Showcases  |  4-6:00 PM Author Meet & Greet

Sunday Evening Banquet Speaker: Dr. Lisa Genova

Vendor Demonstration Rooms

List of 2014 Exhibitors with Contact Information
2014 Handouts

What is the "Third Place"?
Ray Oldenburg, in his influential book The Great Good Place,  argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace [or school] — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests the following hallmarks of a true "third place": Free or inexpensive; Food and drink, while not essential, are important; Highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance); Involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there; Welcoming and comfortable. (Wikipedia)

HOTEL Reservations 

Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis  35 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, MA  02601    Note: Reservations must be made by phone.
For reservations - 866-828-9111 or 508-775-7775
MSLA Room Rate: $108/night (single/double) + tax
Reserve by February 15, 2014 to get the conference rate.
The Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis is a luxurious four-season resort located in the picturesque village of Hyannis - "The Home Port of Cape Cod", a premier location for meetings, recreation and relaxation. Hyannis boasts the largest concentration of businesses, shops, restaurants and entertainment spots on Cape Cod.
Cover Letter
Information Packet
Floor Plan
Electrical Contract and Sponsorship Opportunities

Kathy Lowe, MSLA Executive Director, for program and registration information
Melissa Lynch, MSLA Conference Coordinator, for information about exhibiting at the conference
Last Updated ( Friday, 07 March 2014 )
2015 Conference PDF Print E-mail

Fill Up Your Toolbox2015 MSLA Conference
March 1-2 at UMass Amherst                  




REGISTER ONLINE       Mail-in form


1 Day          
2 Days           
MSLA Member: Professional
 Regular Registration (Starts December 20)
 $145 $200
 Late Registration (Starts February 14)
 $210 $265
MSLA Member: Support Staff, Student, Retired or Unemployed
 Regular Registration (Starts December 20) $100 $150
 Late Registration (Starts February 14) $160 $210
Non-member    Join MSLA at $40 and take advantage of lower member rates.
 Regular Registration (Starts December 20) $200 $255
 Late Registration (Starts February 14) $270 $325
Administrator accompanying a Conference Attendee  (tickets are non-refundable)
 Special rate for administrators
 $25 $50

Fill your AUTHOR TOOLBOX : Authors at our Conference

SATURDAY Highlights:

  • 2015 MSLA Valley Tour (on your own, explore Frontier Valley) More information
  • Evening Social- Join in on the fun!
    Enjoy a variety of tapas, a cash bar, networking and good company. 
    There will be prize drawings for the Pioneer Valley tour participants.

SUNDAY Highlights:

  • AASL President, Terri Grief
  • UnConference with Dan Callahan and Laura D'Elia 
  • Library Tools Smack Down
  • Author Panels, Book signings, Meet & Greet  
  • Exhibit Hall Opening
  • Awards Dinner
  • After-Dinner Speaker: Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer

MONDAY Highlights:

  • Keynote Address: Mo Willems 
  • Special lunch with Mo (Prize-winning attendees) 
  • Concurrent Sessions Coming, soon
  • Exhibit Hall

PROGRAM Subject to change    Schedule     Session Descriptions   


HOTEL Reservations:

Hotel UMass, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003    877-822-2110
Group Code (for telephone or online reservations): MSLAC
Date to secure reservations at MSLA rate: February 6, 2015
Hotel room rate (single or double occupancy):
           $115 per room per nite plus applicable taxes and fees

Kathy Lowe, MSLA Executive Director, for program and registration information
Melissa Lynch, MSLA Conference Coordinator, for information about exhibiting at the conference
Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 December 2014 )

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