We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the
UELMA March 9, 2018 Conference!
Shannon is THE Future Ready Librarian guru. She is an author, teacher librarian, international speaker and consultant, the 2016 ISTE Make It Happen Recipient, and a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalist. This past February, Shannon was named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians. Read about Shannon in this School Library Journal article and check out her blog, The Library Voice . Shannon will be joining us via Skype. Craig is an elementary teacher-librarian in Seattle, Washington. He has been president of the Washington Library Media Association several times as well as an AASL director for the Pacific Northwest (Region 8). He blogs at Booksmansbytes and is active @craigseasholes on Twitter.
We are fortunate that Craig will be the “Sage on the Stage” with Shannon during the keynote.
I was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl “PAMELA.” When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red glow on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside—a rather hot part of Southern California. I was forced to sweat through many books, and not just because I was worried about the hero.
The first thing I can remember wanting to be is a children’s author. I also loved animals. We had a dog and a big outdoor cage full of doves. My good friend, Jenny, lived on a dairy farm and it was critter heaven for me. We would jump her horses bareback over bales of hay and ride for miles in the hills.
Jean Reagan is a picture book author from Salt Lake City. Her “HOW TO” series, which started with HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA and HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA (illustrated by Lee Wildish), regularly makes the New York Times Bestseller and the Indie Bestseller lists.
The Christmas book, HOW TO CATCH SANTA, was a #1 NYTimes Bestseller. Her most recent books are HOW TO RAISE A MOM and HOW TO GET YOUR TEACHER READY.
Jean’s first picture book, ALWAYS MY BROTHER (illustrated by Phyllis Pollema-Cahill), was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her Grandma book won the Beehive Book Award.
Each summer she and her husband serve as wilderness volunteers in Grand Teton National Park, living without water or electricity. To learn more about Jean, her books, or her summer “gig,” visit www.jeanreagan.com
Thursday & Friday March 22 & 23rd, 2018
Registration is NOW OPEN.
Get excited for this year’s conference where the focus is YOU. #YOUcet
Without the right training and support with PD, an investment in hardware is likely to fail.
This year at UCET we’d like to focus on the human side of tech.
How technology can help us build relationships, engage our students in collaboration, and take student innovations and ideas to the next level.
Keynotes include Manoush Zomorodi, a podcast host, author, and relentless examiner of the modern human condition.As host of Note to Self, the podcast from WNYC Studios, she unpacks the forces shaping our accelerating world and guides listeners through its challenges.
John Couch is the Vice President of Education at Apple, Inc. Couch holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Berkeley, 1969. He earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1970. John spent an additional two years in the Computer Science Ph.D. program. He left the program to work for Hewlett Packard as a software engineer. In 2010 John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Philadelphia University for his innovative contributions to education.
As a charter school librarian I often feel isolated and alone. I don’t have a district meeting to attend I have no other librarians with which to collaborate. I know I learned how to weed and build a curriculum during my library endorsement but learning and hands on are a different story. I am eternally grateful for UELMA. It has given me a place to ask questions, learn skills and make friends with other librarians. If you are a lonely librarian such as I, or you know other librarians who might feel lonely please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also please introduce them to our lovely organization of UELMA. Our focus on the board is to reach out and let you know we are not alone but also give you resources to make you a better librarian regardless of your schooling or previous background. I love what I do and want to be able to share and collaborate with amazing teacher librarians like you. Thank you for promoting a love of learning. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Written By Emilee McCoy
News! This year we are offering a shuttle van from the Maverik Parking Lot D (on 3100 South) to the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.
The Maverik Parking Lot D parking shuttle van will run March 9th:
- from 7:15-9:00 AM
- from 1:10-1:35 PM
- after 3:30 PM
There will be no more than a 15 minute wait for the van.
This years conference will be held at the:
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119
Please consider sharing your knowledge and talents with us as a conference session presenter! Looking back thus far, it has been an exciting year with the Future Ready Librarians model going full steam ahead along with the introduction of the new AASL (American Association of School Librarians) National School Library Standards.
The UELMA board has been busy working on our online web presence and we look forward to unveiling our new website at our conference in March 2018. We felt it was important to streamline the accessibility to our website and social media sites to align with current professional organizational trends.
We are also working on providing a repository of conference presentation videos, increasing UELMA membership and improving membership benefits, establishing stronger community, school and professional partnerships.
We have meticulously gone over the UELMA Constitution to clarify verbiage, organizational structure and purpose. We will present the UELMA Constitution to you 30 days prior to our March 9th conference for a membership vote of approval.
UELMA could not grow and evolve without your support and membership. We appreciate all those who serve on additional UELMA committees because you are the dedicated busy bees behind the scenes! Working together has helped our organization move forward with the momentum to change and improve each year. I personally would like to thank our UELMA board members, liaisons and executive board. I am amazed at the talent, skills and effort that each one of them voluntarily puts into our organization. Together we are a force for good as we try our best to represent you, your library programs and students. We serve because we believe in and love what we do. It’s as simple as that! Please consider serving in any capacity on the UELMA board or committees in the future. We need you!
A robust and effective school library cultivates a reading community, engages students and teachers to use print and digital resources, and encourages a global citizenship. I have encouraged you to make one small change this year, and I hope you are seeing that change grow into many possibilities and positive outcomes. With that in mind, I’d like to leave you with something to ponder.
Each day you are making a change in the life of a student. Students often thank us for acquiring the latest and greatest books in the library and a host of other things we do.
However, author Jason Reynolds, one of the keynote speakers at AASL17 in Phoenix, AZ reminded us when it comes to young people:
“(to) remember when was the last time you thanked a young person?”
“It’s okay for us to disagree, but not disengage”
“Be humble enough to connect with young people and admit what you don’t know about them.”
“If a student says a book makes him finally feel seen, look for the places in his life where he feels unseen.”
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
UELMA President 2017-2018