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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
"Better Together" - Joint Conference with MassCue
September 20, 2014 at Newton North High School
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 ( Saturday, 14 June 2014 )
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 ( Thursday, 17 June 2010 )
2012 Conference PDF Print E-mail


March 4-5, 2012
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2012 Silver Sponsor: Garrett Book Company
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 April 2012 )
2012 Sunday Program PDF Print E-mail
Dr. Ross J. Todd
9:30 – 11:30 AM: Living the Dream:  The Library Connects It All and Makes It Ross ToddHappen

John F Kennedy once said: “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were”.  This address presents the story of 12 public schools in New Jersey who are living the dream of school libraries being transformative places in their schools, communities and the lives of the students. The stories were documented as part of CISSL’s ongoing research in New Jersey.  The story is told through the eyes of school principals and curriculum leaders, and classroom teachers who have actively engaged in extensive instructional collaborations with their school librarians.  From this research, key challenge and key actions are presented to enable you to not just dream, but to live the dream.

Dr Ross Todd is associate professor in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), at Rutgers University.  CISSL fosters the transformative role of school libraries in 21st century schools, their integral role in the learning fabric of schools, and their role in ongoing school improvement and reform..  His primary teaching and research interests focus on adolescent information seeking and use. Research includes: understanding how children learn and build new knowledge from information; how school librarians and classroom teachers can more effectively empower student learning; and how guided inquiry and constructivist learning approaches lead to deep knowledge and deep understanding. He has published more than 130 papers and book chapters and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences, most recently in Switzerland, Scotland, Jamaica and Hong Kong. 

Tim Green
Lunch Speaker 11:30 AM. – 1:00 PM.
Just Read…A Motivational Message!

Tim’s presentation to librarians is similar to his presentation to students, using many of the same stories andTim Green anecdotes, but tailoring it to an adult audience. Tim will deliver a motivational message about the importance of having good character, education and reading. He always includes wonderful stories about his life experiences.

Attorney; NY Times Best Selling Author; former NFL Defensive End for the Atlanta Falcons; All American at Syracuse University; Inducted into the College Hall of Fame; Sports Illustrated calls him the "Reissuance Man."
As a boy, Tim had two dreams: playing in the NFL and becoming a best-selling author. Both of those dreams have come true. After studying writing in college where he was an All American football player, Tim was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons where he was a top defensive player for eight years.

While Tim played in the NFL, he also studied law and began his writing career. When he retired from football, Tim had already published his first book and become a lawyer. As well as those two jobs, he began to work as a TV broadcaster for FOX NFL Sunday and other shows like Battlebots, Good Morning America, Court TV, and A Current Affair.

After writing more than a dozen books for grown-ups, many of them best-sellers, Tim began a series of best-selling novels for kids set in a world of sports taken from his own experiences as an athlete and a coach. In that time, Tim has spoken to tens of thousands of kids at hundreds of schools across the country about the importance of school and books and the joys and benefits of reading.

Tim lives with his wife Illyssa, their five kids, and two dogs in upstate New York where he continues to write as well as coach kids in football, baseball, soccer, and wrestling.
Alan November
1:00 – 4:00 PM:  Librarians as Key LeadersAlan November

Internet access has brought a critical new value to the leadership of librarians.  Connecting kids to an authentic global audience, creating audio content for podcasts, critical thinking skills, publishing student work, building professional communities with colleagues make the librarian more important than ever.  It can be an exciting time for librarians, key leaders for our children’s future.

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden.
Susan Ballard: President-Elect, AASL
6:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner Speaker: Two Roads Susan Ballard

A reflection on where school librarians have come, as a profession, and where we need to go in order to continue to remain relevant.

Susan Ballard is the President-elect of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  She is a supervisor of student library teachers for Simmons College/GSLIS and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey/SC&I, and the University of Vermont/School of Ed.  She retired as Director of Library, Media and Technology Services for the Londonderry (NH) School District. The Londonderry program is a past recipient of the National School Library Media Program of the Year. Susan is a past-president of the New Hampshire Educational Media Association (NHEMA) and of the New England School Library Association (NESLA).  Susan is cited in ALA’s Whole School Library Handbook as one of the country’s “103 Outstanding School Librarians” and in 2008 was a charter inductee to the NESLA Hall of Fame.  She has written numerous articles for professional publications.

She is the immediate Past-Chair of the AASL Standards and Guidelines Implementation Task Force (L4L), a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Teacher-Librarian, and Knowledge Quest, the journal of AASL.

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney8:00 PM:  Drawing in Reluctant Readers - Jeff Kinney talks about Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney will discuss the incredible trajectory of his #1 bestseller series, which has over 58 million copies in print in the US and Canada.

Jeff  is an online game developer and designer, and the  #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Jeff spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. He lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Jeff will sign any books purchased at the conference but no more than 2 brought from home.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 February 2012 )
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