external image 5169544127_5affcbcb51.jpgDiving into Digital Books: Adding eReaders

to Your School Library

Guests: Buffy J. Hamilton & Jennifer LaGarde
Host: Gwyneth Jones
May 2 - 8pm EST
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Kindles, Nooks and iPads, Oh My! Implementing eReaders into your library program is about more than just jumping on the latest technological bandwagon or attempting to reinvent your library in order to stay relevant. It’s about good practice. Join Buffy Hamilton and Jennifer LaGarde as they discuss how eReaders have helped them provide students with a) access to the most up to date titles, b) the unique ability to efficiently link works of fiction with nonfiction resources and, c) the opportunity to interact with texts in ways that are simply not possible with traditional, library owned, books – all in an environment that both appeals to and enhances their skills as 21st century learners.

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Buffy Hamilton is a school librarian at Creekview High School and a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Her Media 21 program is 2011 ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) 2011 Cutting Edge Service Award. Her professional interests include multiple literacies, embedded librarianship, inquiry driven instruction, and connectivism. She blogs at ALA Learning and The Unquiet Librarian.

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) wears many library hats. In addition to being the lead media specialist for the New Hanover County School system, she is also the school librarian at Myrtle Grove Middle School as well as a part-time reference librarian for the New Hanover County Public Library. Additionally, Jennifer is also the current Advocacy and Governance Chair for the North Carolina School Library Media Association. Whether training new teachers and administrators to view school librarians as the key to skilled, curious, and habitual learning in their school, teaching other librarians how to use the latest technology to both impact student learning and as tools for collecting and sharing the data needed to prove their worth, or chronicling her own journey in the library on her blog “The Adventures of Library Girl,” Jennifer LaGarde is a tireless champion of librarians and the students they serve