Thursday, September 22, 2011
9:30 am–2:00 pm
Registration, opening brunch and opening keynote presentation
Panels and presentations
Friday, September 23, 2011
8:00 am–12 pm
Breakfast, presentations/sessions & closing
School Library Journal's Leadership Summit 2011 promises to be our best yet, and its theme, "The New World of Reading," is hardly hyperbole. In fact, every day seems to hold exciting new opportunities to experience reading in a fresh way.
We will explore how librarians, teachers, and authors are using social networking to engage readers. We will look at how transliteracy—reading, writing, and interacting across a range of platforms—is transforming library collections and teaching. Finally, we'll devote Friday to a summit-within-the-summit: Ebooks Go to School, which will focus on practical advice for creating your own ebook collections. And we'll hear from librarians who have successfully built ebook collections at the building, district, regional, and state levels.
Our keynotes will both inspire and educate! On Thursday, we'll be joined by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Selznick, whose much-anticipated new book, Wonderstruck (Scholastic), will be published in September. On Friday, we'll hear from Lee Raine, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the Internet.
And that's not all. A wide range of authors, illustrators, librarians, and educators, as well as publishers and digital developers, will be attending. There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the two days for discussions, networking, and informal learning.
And if that isn't enough, the summit will take place right before the start of the Library of Congress's National Book Festival and will run from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon (with an optional reception on Wednesday evening for early arrivers and local attendees), leaving you with plenty of free time to attend the Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday—and enjoy two more days of professional development and wonderful authors. We've even negotiated with our hotel so that you can have the same low rate for the entire weekend!
And that's not all. A wide range of authors, illustrators, librarians, and educators, as well as publishers and digital developers, will present throughout the two days. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussions, networking, and informal learning. SLJ has also set up a personal tour of the Library of Congress Young Readers Center for Summit attendees following the summit’s close on Friday afternoon (details coming this summer!).
The SLJ Leadership Summit is an invitation only event. Held annually, the summit brings together—from across the United States and Canada—school librarians, leaders in education, as well as authors, publishers, vendors, and technology innovators. This high-powered group—along with an array of speakers and presenters come together annually to address the most pressing challenges and the greatest opportunities facing school libraries. If you would like to attend, or believe a colleague would contribute meaningfully to the event, please contact Brian Kenney and let him know of your interest.
Attendance at the Summit is restricted to school librarians and other K-12 educators; public librarians serving children and youth are welcome as space permits. In addition, the Summit works with local library and information science graduate programs to include school library students at the event.