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NEOnet K-12 Library Conference: Librarianship in the Digital Age
On Friday August 12th NEOnet hosted the 2nd Annual NEOnet K-12 Library Conference with a theme of Librarianship in the Digital Age. There were more than 60 people in attendance from 26 school districts. Since NEOnet staff did not do any of the presentations, I feel that I can say without bias that the presentations were amazing! I won’t list all of the presentations, but they included YA and Elementary Booktalks, a community-wide reading program, Britten Follett from Follett Publishing, who presented on their Project Connect initiative http://www2.follettlearning.com/projectconnect/ and more. In the afternoon there were two panel discussions around the topics of Maker Spaces and Copyright. Each panel consisted of two experts presenting and leading an open discussion. You can download the handouts from the NEOnet website by going to http://www.neonet.org/content/infohio-services and clicking on the link to the Library Conference in the navigation box.
NEOnet is in the process of moving the library automation software to a a new server During the transition there may be times when your building is unable to connect. Our goal is to do as much of the work as possible in the evenings and on weekends to minimize the impact on you, your school and your students. We have worked with the district staff to develop a schedule on when it is best to move your district .
Technology Integration Specialist
NEOnet has recently hired Jacob “JC” Williams as an educational instructional technology integration specialist. JC’s job will be to work with the NEOnet districts to provide professional development and assistance on technology integration into the classroom and with schools’ 1-to-1 initiatives.
You may recall that back in the spring INFOhio was seeking support to re-instate a nearly $1 million budget cut. While your support did not go unnoticed by Ohio Legislatures, the funding was not restored. As a result BookFlix and Storia were scheduled not to be renewed. After a brief scare, thanks to the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network, INFOhio was able to fund BookFlix and Storia for the 2016-17 school year! Also, due to the support of OPLIN, OhioLINK, and the State Library of Ohio, the digital resources licensed through them— the EBSCO databases, World Book, and Science Online—will also remain available.
While INFOhio’s funding was not officially restored in the biennium budget, these wonderful organizations recognized the need for quality resources and stepped in to help. Thanks to the success of the #INFOhioWorks advocacy campaign, more members of the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate are aware of INFOhio’s plight and its impact on Ohio students. INFOhio plans to continue to work to restore funding in the 2017-18 biennium budget, so that schools won’t have to continue to wonder whether students will have the digital resources they need to be successful.
Professional Development Opportunities
INFOhio hosts a wide variety of free professional development opportunities online. Visit the INFOhio website at https://www.infohio.org/educators/pd/lwi/ for a full list of workshops, videoconferences and other opportunities. Recordings of past online professional development opportunities, handouts and resources can be accessed. Miss the webinar or want to review something you heard? Don't worry! The sessions are recorded. Visit the INFOhio Webinar Archive section of the site to watch the recording and download materials provided for recent Learn With INFOhio webinars. You can now watch the recording and get a certificate for CEU's. Look for the Quiz/ Certificate link under "Session Material".
Workshop and training dates for fall semester have been posted on our website at www.neonet.org. Click on the services tab and select Library. Trainings are posted for new user training, basic and advanced reporting, basic and advanced cataloging and database cleanup.
The next Media Services Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday September 27th from 8:30am until 11:30am at NEOnet. In the afternoon we will be holding a session to support our yearlong theme of Librarianship in the Digital Age. Additionally, following the meeting the NEOnet PC lab has been scheduled for use by librarians as an open lab or for resource sharing.