SSL’s 45th Annual Spring Conference Expect More! was held on April 24-26 at the Syracuse OnCenter. The exhibits opened on Thursday evening with more than 30 vendors and many exhibitors. Irish Step Dancers, Jamesville Dewitt student musicians, Open Hand Puppets, and make-and-take stamping projects were among the many activities and entertainment provided for attendees.
The Keynote was delivered by Dr. David Lankes. He spoke on being radical, and the importance for school librarians, and all librarians, to be
proactive, radical, positive, change agents in their schools and in their libraries.
We celebrated the 40th anniversary of School Library Day, April 30th. Begun by Dr. Lucille Thomas in 1974, she brought it to national attention through AASL in 1985. We now celebrate School Library Month each April and New York State recognizes April 30th as School Library Day.
Dr. Barbara Stripling, ALA President, hosted a signing event for the Declaration for the Right toLibraries. Hundreds of signatures were collected, including Assemblyman Al Stirpe.
Dr. Gail Dickinson, AASL President and past president of SSL presented a program as did Sara Kelly Johns, NYLA President, a past president of AASL and SSL.
Authors Bobbie Kalman, Joanne Mattern, Mike Thaler, and Michael Arndt were available for autographing.
Dr. Marc Aronson, noted author and Friday’s luncheon speaker, presented Common Core Learning Standards or Students Right to Know. It’s the students’ RIGHT to know! It’s exciting to learn, not a chore.
Knickerbocker Award Winner – Doreen Cronin, author of Click Clack Moo, shared all her critics’ humorously negative reviews
of her books at the Knickerbocker Banquet Friday evening.
Richard Byrne- Saturday’s closing event luncheon speaker - Leading Students in a Hyperconnected World. He writes the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers and a monthly column for School Library Journal.
With more than 250 attendees, 25 break-out sessions, the unconference, poster sessions, Nonfiction and Research Friday, Super Tech Saturday, exhibits, vendors, autographing sessions with authors, and the easiest ever access to your individual conference schedule through your smart phone using Sched.org… Expect More! had more.
SSL has accepted the invitation from the New York State Council for the Social Studies to participate in their Convention scheduled for March 11-14, 2015 on the Syracuse University campus. We will be part of the Libraries and Information Literacy in the Social Studies strand to be presented during the Convention.
Members present at the SSL Membership Meeting during the Annual Conference, unanimously approved the amendments to our bylaws to allow our election process to align with NYLA’s timeline. Voting will begin June 15 and close on July 15. Election results will be announced on July 22.
Along with electing SSL officers, there will also be voting for the Knickerbocker Award author for 2016.