Two weeks from today is the first day of Super Conference 2015, and I am tremendously excited. As the 2014 president of the Ontario Library Association, I have had the great pleasure of being directly involved in conference planning.
The theme for this year’s conference is Think It. Do It! In a rather matter of fact way, it encourages us to move from creating to taking action on ideas. True creativity is inspiration translated into reality, after all.
We’re translating some new ideas into reality with this conference, incorporating sessions of different lengths to serve different needs. The conference itself has shifted on the calendar, running from Wednesday to Friday. Wednesday is a full conference day, but incorporates some of the most popular features from previous years’ pre-conferences, including tours and half-day hands-on workshops. The full-conference party has shifted from Friday to Wednesday evening, directly after the live performance of “The Librarians” by the cast of the Welcome to Nightvale podcast, part of the stellar cast of keynote and spotlight speakers at this year’s conference.
Leading Learning to Transform School Libraries, with Carol Koechlin and Jeanne Conte, looking at how our new national standards document, Leading Learning, provides a framework for implementing the Together for Learning vision.
I’ll also be one of several speakers in a carousel session led by Deb Kitchener. A Taste of Treasure Mountain provides an opportunity to hear ideas shared at TMC 2014, a research symposium on school libraries held in Victoria BC last June. I’ll be reprising my presentation, The Myth of the Digital Native.
I’ll be blogging and tweeting about my Super Conference experience. In the meantime, whet your appetite by visiting the Super Conference website and following the growing conversation on Twitter: #OLASC15