Previous Workshops

Schools Libraries for the Digital Generation
Taft Educational Center: June 27 – July 1, 2016

St. Johnsbury Academy: July 10 – July 15, 2016

The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today’s schools and our information driven society. In this workshop, we will look at how the library media center has changed and develop a strategic vision and plan to create a vital information center that will be an indispensable resource for both your students and teachers. Some of the topics we will focus on include: advocacy, marketing, social media, makerspaces, the virtual library, apps, databases, technology and ebooks in the library. Participants will collaborate with colleagues and have opportunities to select topics for in-depth investigation.

Participant Comments:

“I appreciate your flexibility in dealing with the needs of a diverse group. You were attuned to our needs: we do vent and share anecdotes, but you kept to your agenda really well. We were versed in some of the topics already, but the exchange of ideas made them relevant again. I will leave feeling much more positive about my job and in my ability to advocate for and market my library.”

“Your pace and recognition of our professionalism was awesome!”

“Jen: you are a delight! Knowledgeable and generous with an infectious laugh.”

“Simply sharing ideas with classmates and you provided inspirational ideas and how-to’s that will enhance my library program in the upcoming school year.”

“I most enjoyed meeting and talking with other school librarians. We are generally an isolated group! I also loved the social media topics covered. I came away feeling motivated to improve on my current level of participation.”

Library 2.0: Rethinking the School Library Media Center for the 21st Century Student
Taft Educational Center: June 30 – July 4, 2014, Jun 28 – July 3, 2015
St. Johnsbury Academy: July 28 – August 1, 2014, July 5 – July 10, 2015

Workshop Description: The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today’s schools and our information driven society but we continue to face budget and staffing cuts and in extreme cases the elimination of the school library. This workshop will focus on rethinking the school library media center for the 21st century student and learner as well as how to create a vital information center that is central to your school and an indispensable resource for both students and teachers. Topics that we will discuss include marketing, advocacy, social media, blogging, collaboration, the virtual library, apps, ebooks, personal learning networks, technology in the library, and more!

Participant Comments:

“Jen was incredible!  Her style of sharing information was incredibly helpful.  Jen allowed time for us to ask questions and make sure our needs were met.  I would take another workshop with Jen as the presenter.  I hope to see her name in course offerings in the future.”

“I have taken away a wealth of information and resources that I will be able to use in my library position.”


Digital Citizenship & Copyright
PREP Technology Academy: August 21, 2014

Workshop Description: How can we teach students to be responsible digital citizens? Most students are comfortable with technology, but are they using it appropriately? Do they understand copyright, fair use and plagiarism? This session will provide resources and lesson ideas for you to incorporate into your classroom that will help students become responsible digital citizens.

Participant Comments:

“Awesome presentation! Jen shared valuable information.  I learned a lot.”