I have been a School Library Media Specialist for ten years but this is my first year working in New Hampshire. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the Agents of Change NHSLMA conference last weekend. This was my first conference in New Hampshire though I have attended many conferences elsewhere. It was a powerful event. I listened to Shannon McClintock Miller discuss how important student voice is. I have many ideas just from her presentation alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations by Rob Buyea and Jarret Krosoczka. Listening to them talk about their journey to becoming authors was a treat. The final keynote speaker, Diana Rendina, was also informative.
There were many great workshops to choose from and I had the difficult job of deciding which ones to attend. I am fortunate that my colleagues in my SAU were also at the conference with me. We discussed who would go to which and report back. I visited workshops on librarian leadership by Pam Harland and Future Ready Librarians by Shannon Miller. I also learned new ways to promote reading from Nancy Keane in Tech Savvy Reading Promotion. One workshop that was particularly helpful for me was by Angie Miller. Her workshop, Teaching Research Will Save the World, provided new resources to teach about fake news in research.
I talked to vendors from PermaBound and Gum Drop books about an upcoming project for my library (students ordering books for the library) and both vendors agreed to come talk to my students next year. I have four new professional books to read- all written by presenters at this conference!
This conference was very informative. The time spent with colleagues was amazing. I met many new librarians and have been invited to visit their libraries as well. I am looking forward to next year’s conference!