"Lifelong Literacies @ your Library" is the theme for the sixth annual ISLOC conference. This them will take many angles; from emotional literacy to digital literacy, from early childhood literacy to financial literacy. The conference is entirely online, so you can attend from your library or from home. Attend all or part of the day, and receive up to 6 c.e. credits depending on the number of sessions you attend (certificates are given for each session). Vendors will be available in the Virtual Exhibit Hall to talk with attendees and demonstrate their products.
The conference kicks off with keynote speaker Steve Yacovelli, owner of Top Dog Learning Group, who will get us thinking about emotional literacies and how these aspects affect other literacies. Steve was also instrumental in the implementation of PLA's "Turning the Page 2.0" advocacy program and is an innovative speaker and presenter. Learn more about Steve and Top Dog here: http://www.topdoglearning.biz/video/.
Nine different breakout sessions, as well as some Pecha Kucha presentations and a virtual vendor exhibit hall will be available throughout the day.
Sessions will include:
--Library financial literacy with Cindy Kendall (state auditor's office). Cindy will speak to the connection between city and library budgets. --A panel sharing how to incorporate early childhood literacy skills into storytimes. Panelists to include Jenna Ehler (West Des Moines) and Judy Dirkse (Sioux Center.) --Engaging teens in library programs, with Ashley Ansah (Des Moines).
--Digital literacy for adults with a panel of presenters.
--Family Literacy with Rosemary Chance (Associate Professor of Library Science at Sam Houston State University).
In addition to daytime sessions, ISLOC features an evening program specifically for trustees. The 2013 board program will feature Michael Sauers from the Nebraska State Library. Michael will speak to the importance of library boards advocating for the library's technology needs.
The full ISLOC 2013 schedule and other information, including links to enter the various classrooms, will be found on the conference website: http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/c-d/continuing-ed/isloc (Please note: The links to the classrooms will not be "live" until the day of the conference.)