On the eve of this year’s OLA SuperConference, I am filled with excitement, anticipation and energy. This annual event has long been a highlight of my year in terms of PD as a teacher-librarian and lifelong learner. I have attended a lot of conferences, workshops and learning sessions in my 17 years of teaching and hands down, OLA is the BEST. This year is particularly exciting, however, as I am undertaking a number of firsts!
#1 – I am arriving at the conference tonight, instead of scrambling in on the 7:20am VIA train and rushing into my first session late on Wednesday morning. I love a train ride at sunset. Definitely excellent planning on my part. I look forward to a fresh start in the morning at 9am, convening Anita Brooks-Kirkland and Carlo Fusco’s session “Flip your Library Orientation”.
#2 – I am presenting a session! After 8 years of attending SuperConference, I finally got up the gumption to put in a proposal for a session and it was accepted. Yay, me! Thanks to the selection committee for seeing my potential. Of course, never being a person to do things by halves, I am actually making 3 presentations – two with other groups – over the course of three days. When I go in, I go ALL in. The sessions are here, if anyone is interested:
The Learning Commons Lightning Round with Anita Brooks-Kirkland and some other awesome Teacher-Librarians:
#3 – And this one is BIG. On Thursday evening, at the Ontario School Library Association AGM, I am taking on the role of President of OSLA for 2016. I am honoured and thrilled to be able to help influence and advance the position of school libraries in the province of Ontario and potentially, further afield. I am blessed to have the best job in the world as Teacher-Librarian at Brantford Collegiate -the students and staff at my school are fantastic people and as a result of my ties to organizations such as TALCO and OSLA, I have been able to expand my circle of amazing connections to include hundreds of co-learners and co-teachers. Along with my awesome VP, Melissa Jensen and the rest of the dedicated, creative, passionate OSLA Board, my goal is to do some great things for school libraries in 2016. Thanks to all of the amazing people at OLA who have taught me so much in my year as VP and to my principal and school board, who are supporting me as I focus time and energy on the greater good, beyond the boundaries of the Grand Erie District School Board. Mostly, I want to thank my husband and kids for being my biggest supporters and fans.
One of the lessons I share in my presentation is “Start as you mean to go on” – which is one of my mantras. I intend to record and communicate and reflect and write more often – and the day before another OLA SuperConference seems as good a time as any to share my thoughts and my excitement.
Wishing all of my colleagues and friends an inspirational, connected, fun and fabulous #OLASC2016!