Thursday evening dinner with Rosen Publishing and many distinguished guests.
Rosen Publishing does things right. They brought 14 School Librarians together in a quiet private dining room and feed us physically and intellectually. We took almost the first hour introducing ourselves as each person told of something they were currently doing and the questions around the room sparked even more discussion—always looking for solutions.
Chris Harris (Infomancy) had much to add on many subjects discussed around the table. I was particularly interested in his comments about gaming. If you go to his blog, Infomancy, and scroll down the left side until you see the topic of gaming, you will find out a lot of what he discussed. Chris talked about what he calls modern board games that are correlated to the New York State Standards and the AASL Standards. This is an article and an article expounding his comments. Modern board games may be much more palatable to teachers who may be a little hesitant to use video games in their class.
We also talked about: budget cuts, what to do about budget cuts, Public and School Library collaboration, open source, databases, and several other wonderful topics. Rosen is always listening to Librarians to determine if there are new ways to improve their very good database—Teen Health and Wellness and to see if there are other needs their company can meet for students and Librarians.
A pleasant evening was had by all.
School Library Journal Leadership Summit, 2008
Remixing Library Collections for Digital Youth
November 14-15, 2008
The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa