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Thursday, March 30
 

1:00pm

Lead with ESSA
Learn about the opportunities ESSA (Every Student Succeed Act) provides for school library programs.
Explore the impact of ESSA at the state, and local levels.
Acquire the language necessary to obtain funding for your library.
​Develop a plan on how to use ESSA to enhance your school library program.

Presented by:

Beth Olanoff, Special Assistant to the PA Secretary of Ed
Eileen Kern, Chair of AASL Vision for Implementing ESSA Task
Cathi Fuhrman, Library Media Department Supervisor, Hempfield School District
Dustin Brackbill, Librarian, State College Area School District 


Speakers
avatar for Dustin Brackbill

Dustin Brackbill

Elementary Librarian, State College Area School District
Co-chair of Teaching & Learning Committee 2016-2017 | Sustaining Leaders Academy 2016-2017 | Literature Review Blog Team | U. of Pitt MLIS grad
avatar for Cathi Fuhrman

Cathi Fuhrman

Library Department Supervisor, Hempfield School District
avatar for Eileen Kern

Eileen Kern

AASL Chair of Vision for Implementing ESSA Task Force | | AASL Chair of National School Library of Year Award Revision Task Force | | Past President of PSLA



Thursday March 30, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Empire Rooms Hershey Lodge

4:15pm

Mix and Mingle

This hour long event will allow attendees to interact with the vendors it the exhibit hall. Attendees will earn professional development credit hours as they talk to vendors about how their products support the Model Curriculum for School Library Programs, flexible learning spaces, the maker movement and creating a culture of curiosity. Vendors will supply playing cards to attendees who engage them in conversation. At the end of the hour, prizes will be awarded based on playing cards collected. 



Thursday March 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Blue/White Room Hershey Lodge

4:15pm

Conference 101
First time (or first time in a long time) at the PSLA Annual Conference? Not sure where to start? Don't want to get lost?  Come to Conference 101 to learn how to use the Sched app and how to get around the Hershey Lodge!  We'll share some great tips and tricks to make the most of your time at the conference. You will be glad you came! 

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District


Thursday March 30, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire Rooms Hershey Lodge

5:00pm

Exploratorium

Visit the Exploratorium to talk to librarians who will be showcasing ways in which their libraries support a culture of curiosity with their library programs. The Exploratorium will be a free flowing hour-long event held in the exhibit hall. 

http://pslaconference.weebly.com/exploratorium.html 



Thursday March 30, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room Hershey Lodge

7:15pm

Keynote: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library
If you work in libraries you know that sometimes you have to laugh or else you'll cry. In this 50 minute keynote we deliver the laughs as we take you on a tour of the world's only library comic strip. The staff and patrons of the Mallville Public Library are instantly recognizable, and give your audience a unique opportunity to gently laugh at themselves and the people they work with on both sides of the desk. We deconstruct some of our greatest hits, and Gene tells some of the true-life stories that inspired them, as well as a few he had to leave out. ​

Thursday March 30, 2017 7:15pm - 8:45pm
Red Room Hershey Lodge

9:00pm

Award Committee

Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Fireplace Lounge

9:00pm

Communication Committee
Speakers
avatar for Ann Schmidt

Ann Schmidt

Library Media Specialist, Conrad Weiser High School
Teacher Leader, advocate, passionate learner, techy, love the library


Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Fireplace Lounge

9:00pm

Conference Committee Meeting
Speakers
CL

Caitlin Linsenmann

Conference Executive


Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Cocoa 6 Hershey Lodge

9:00pm

Operations Committee
Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Pennsylvania Suite

9:00pm

Teaching and Learning Committee Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Dustin Brackbill

Dustin Brackbill

Elementary Librarian, State College Area School District
Co-chair of Teaching & Learning Committee 2016-2017 | Sustaining Leaders Academy 2016-2017 | Literature Review Blog Team | U. of Pitt MLIS grad


Thursday March 30, 2017 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Fireplace Lounge
 
Friday, March 31
 

7:15am

Awards Breakfast
Scramble Eggs, french toast, sausage links, Juice, Coffee, & Tea

Outstanding School District Library Program - Hempfield School District
Presented by Ellie Long

Outstanding School Administrator at the District Level - Dr. Sandra Lemmon, Superintendent, Southern York County School District
Presented by Melissa Daugherty

Outstanding Individual School Library Program -  The Baldwin School, Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff, Librarian
Presented by Lauren Strohecker

Outstanding PA Author/Illustrator - Jennifer L. Holm
Presented by Maria White

PA Young Reader Choice Awards - Jennifer L. Holm and Peter Raymundo
Presented by Alice Cyphers and Stephanie Gibson 

 

Friday March 31, 2017 7:15am - 9:00pm
Red Room Hershey Lodge

3:30pm

Governor’s Advisory Council Open Forum
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development wants to hear about school libraries in Pennsylvania, in general, and in your library, in particular. Attend this session to share your concerns or brag about what you are doing.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Cocoa 6 Hershey Lodge

7:15pm

College Gathering
Enjoy some sweet treats and coffee  after dinner .  This hour-long social event ends with a celebration and presentation of the PSLA Outstanding Student Librarian awards.

Featuring students from Clarion University, Drexel University, Kutztown University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District


Friday March 31, 2017 7:15pm - 7:30pm
Trinidad Hershey Lodge

7:30pm

UnConference
Looking for a venue to ask your questions, offer your answers, and network with other librarians at the PSLA Conference? Look no further than the annual Unconference! The unconference is a loosely structured two hour session focused on professional idea sharing amongst peers. There are no formal schedules or presenters. All voices are of equal importance. Join us for this whimsical evening of learning and celebrating the art of school librarianship!

LEARN THE LINGO
Learning Commons - Small/Medium group discussions around a selected issue, question, or topic
S.W.A.G.A.G.A. (Stuff We All Get And Give Away) - Door prizes and other freebies to take home with you. Attendees are encouraged to bring random goodies from your library to be re-homed (cause don't we all have those good items we'll never use lying around?!)
Librari-wins - Sharing success stories, bright moments, highlights, and other pieces of positivity with the large group
lenap - Backwards Panel
Tech Tool Smackdown - Open sourced presentation of participants' favorite tech tools accompanied by one minute explanations

Add you Tech Tools for the Smackdown at tinyurl.com/PSLAsmackdown17 

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District


Friday March 31, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Nigerian Hershey Lodge
 
Saturday, April 1
 

7:30am

8:45am

AuthorPresentation: The Author is in Hiding
Authors are famously reclusive. Many of us have taken an unexpected journey in the last ten or so years, as social media has come into the fore. Maureen Johnson discusses how she came to be a very online author, and how that has affected the job in ways good, bad, and entirely unexpected.

Speakers

Saturday April 1, 2017 8:45am - 10:15am
Nigerian Hershey Lodge