Changes Ahead for #TLChat


Written by: Tiffany Whitehead

Seven years ago, our amazing tribe of Teacher Librarians embarked on a journey to deliver much needed professional development on library and technology topics. At the time, there were no such free opportunities to be found to meet this need, so the TL Virtual Cafe Webinar Series was born. School library leaders Joyce Valenza and Gwyneth Jones, along with numerous others, started offering monthly webinars to teacher librarians and other interested educators. Not only did this webinar series provide valuable free professional development opportunities, but it also helped to build and strengthen our tribe.
In the past several years, we’ve expanded our offerings to include monthly Twitter chats and News Night broadcasts to further engage our community. Our #TLChat tribe includes so many inspiring educators who generously share their knowledge and experiences with others. It has been an incredible honor to be part of such an inspiring group of people.
Over time, we have found a decline in participation in our professional development offerings. This is no doubt due in part to the wealth of learning opportunities now available online. We are glad to have been able to provide great opportunities to learn three times a month for the past few years. We have reached the point, though, where we feel that it is time to reevaluate our offerings in order to best serve our community and learn together.
For the months of November and December, we are putting a pause on our professional development offerings to make plans to revamp our offerings starting in January. Although we are still working out the details of what that will look like, we will return on the first Monday of each month at 8PM Eastern Time, starting on January 2, 2017.
We are looking for new voices to get involved with our professional development offerings, in whatever form it may take. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out the form below to let us know your interest and contact information.
Thank you so much for supporting our #TLChat community. We look forward to what the future holds for our tribe!











TL News Night is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries”and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts from state library associations.
Official hashtag for asking questions during a TL News Night Broadcast is: #tlchat
TL News NightOctober 17th, 20168:00 pm ET

Special Guests: Alaska Association of School LibrariansSheryl Wittig, AkASL President and friends


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"As part of these outreach efforts, Beth Miller secured a coveted appearance on this month’s TL News Night Web program so Georgia’s librarian leaders could discuss the future of the profession as the state’s districts change." Quote in the School Library Journal January 21, 2014
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How to participate in a LIVE broadcast of TL News Night:
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TL | News Night Anchors are:
Jane Lofton - High School Librarian (Retired)
Nikki D Robertson- High School Librarian/Tech Facilitator
Elissa Malespina - Middle Grades Librarian
Jonathan Werner - President of the ISTE Librarians Network
Shannon Miller- Former K-12 Teacher Librarian
Craig Seasholes- WLMA President Elect

Show Calendar 2016-2017 and Archives:
September 2016: Banned Books Week with TBA
October 2016: Alaska Association of School Librarians with Sheryl Wittig & friends
November 2016:
January 2017: AASL Best Websites & Apps PLUS App Smashing with Joyce Valenza, Heather Moorefield & TBA
February 2017: ESSA & Future Ready Librarians featuring Tom Murray, Mark Ray, & TBA
March 2017:
April 2017: Hawaii Association of School Librarians featuring TBA
May 2017: Kentucky Association of School Librarians with James Allen ,Heidi Neltner & KASL Friends


Show Calendar 2015-2016 and Archives:
September 28, 2015: Empowering Student Voice
October 19, 2015: South Carolina Association of School Librarians
November 16, 2015: Coding From The Library-Special Guests Joquetta Johnson & Rafranz Davis
January 18, 2016: Maine Association of School Libraries- Special Guests: Jonathan Werner
February 15, 2016: ESSA and School Libraries- Special Guests: Sara Kelly Johns, Leslie Preddy, & Tom Murray
March 21, 2016: Richard Snyder and Lake Washington School Libraries
April 18, 2016: Providing Books for Diverse Populations (#1000BlackGirlBooks): Guests include Paula Chase, L. Divine, Kathy Burnette & Rafranz Davis
May 16, 2016: ISTE & ISTELib: Guests include Donna MacDonald, Okle Miller, Jonathan Werner and Jacqueline Liesch


Show Calendar 2014-2015 and Archives:
September 22, 2014: Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE)
October 20, 2014: North Carolina School Library Media Association
November 17, 2014: California School Library Association (CSLA)
January 19, 2015: British Columbia Teacher Librarian Association (BCTLA) *Jeff Yasinchuk
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February 16, 2015: Iowa Association of School Librarians (IASL) *Shannon Miller
March 16, 2015: New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) Laura Fleming NMHS-Tentative
April 20, 2015: Special Guests from ALA and AASL
May 18, 2015: Vendor Are Our Friends



Show Calendar 2013-2014 and Archives:
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September 23, 2013: New York Library Association- Cuts to School Libraries
October 21, 2013: Texas Library Association- Library Leadership
November 18, 2013: Vermont School Library Association (VSLA)- Vermont’s Education Quality Standards-What Happened to Librarians?
December 2013: No Show Enjoy the holidays!
January 20, 2014: Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA)- The Changing Role of the Georgia Media Specialists PLUS Laura Fleming from New Milford High School
February 17, 2014: Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) PLUS Hilda Weisburg from School Librarian's Workshop
March 17, 2014: Special Spring Break Edition of TL News Night featuring Andy Plemmons, Shannon Thompson Stacy Ford and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf
April 21, 2014: Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO)
May 19, 2014: Alabama School Library Association (ASLA)








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