2011-2012 TL Cafe Season

Be the Change You Want to See
in your Library Media Center.
This is your chance to be heard! June 4
Tell us what support you need to make your media center the perfect learning environment. Advocacy tools? Professional development opportunities? Access to curriculum tools? Other resources?
This project is the brainchild of MEMO President-elect Dhaivyd Hilgendorf, @dhaivyd who will help host the event.
Pre-chat chatter at #memobtc and

Archive Link Go to program #37. Resource-sharing wiki

Two Libraries, One Voice
Even though Shannon Miller's and John Schumacher’s students live 338 miles apart, they connect multiple times throughout the week. This session explores the collaborative tools they use to connect their students with each other and schools around the world.
May --7
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Due to technical difficulties the audio archive for this event isn't available...We are sorry.

2012 Two Libraries, One Voice

Dynamic Duo: English teacher + Teacher Librarian
Creating a Culture of Reading wherever they Go!
April --2
Meenoo Rami
The Nerdy Teacher Nick Provenzano
Moderator Shannon M. Miller
An important discussion around how classroom teachers and librarians should be working together to create a rich literacy environment in our schools.
Session Wikipage with Archive Link

Wanna Play?
Monday March 5th 8pm EST
Denise Colby
Liam O'Donnell
Diana Maliszewski
with **Tiffany Whitehead aka**
The Mighty Little Librarian, Moderating
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NPC? PvP? WoW? Does this sound like a secret code?
Whether or not you know the meaning behind these acronyms, come join three "gaming-positive" educators as they introduce you to gaming @ your library. Hear about the benefits of gaming, discover how to embrace games that respects the users and the medium, and learn how you can incorporate video games into your library - even without paying a cent. Those WoW (World of Warcraft) players in your school and other gamers that enjoy some PvP (player versus player) matches and other types of games will appreciate you and your library's significance to their growth can equal that of a vital NPC (non-player character).

Passion for the Our Profession
What's Love Got to Do with It?
Monday February --6 th 8pm EST
with Joquetta Johnson
Moderated by Matthew C. Winner

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Wii Learning: Engaging Students through Gaming Technology

Monday January 9th - 8pm EST
with Meghan Hearn
and Matthew C. Winner
Moderated by
Jennifer LaGarde & Librarian Tiff
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The Nintendo Wii is a powerful tool for engaging your students and supporting math instruction. No need to be a gamer to score big points here. Learn the In's and Out's and experience lessons aligned with CCSC standards in Mathematics.

OpenMic_SimonScott_TLCafe.jpgLibrary World Smackdown:
Open Mic Night
with Joyce Valenza!

& Moderator Gwyneth A. Jones - The Daring Librarian
Monday December 5th - 8pm EST
At the TL Virtual Cafe on December 5th, 8PM Eastern, we’ll be hosting a tlvirtualcafe/Open_Mic|Learning Tools Open Mic/Smackdown/Karaoke. We’re planning to get ready by building a crowd-souced presentation/book. Please feel free to grab a slide (or several) and be ready to grab the mic on the night of the event and share your faves. We’ll leave the evening with our own dynamic, growable resource book.

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Rock Star Advocacy: Proving Your Worth In Tough Times
November 7th
Jennifer LaGarde
Moderated by Tiffany Whitehead
Session Wikipage
Webinar Archive

A fun and lively discussion to help librarians gather and share data that illustrates their value as instructional partners.


PD with a Twist

October 3rd
with Tamara Cox and Tiff Whitehead
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Webinar Archive

Professional Development does NOT have to be an experience that feels like torture! Tamara and Tiff will share ways that they have put a new spin on the professional development opportunities they offer to their teachers.

PLNsmall.jpgPlay, Learn & Network with SIGMS
The Best Personal Learning Network for Media Specialist
Wednesday September 21th - 8pm EST
Guests: Doug Johnson, Lisa Perez, Carolyn Starkey, Andrea Christman, Laurie Conzemius, Brenda Anderson, Tiffany Whitehead, Maureen Sanders Brunner
SIGMS Webinar Page
Link to Archived Webinar
Learn how SIGMS can support your professional growth through a variety of virtual and face to face professional development opportunities. Hear how to be a contributor to our newsletter, The Scanner. Join us as leaders in our field share how they leverage their involvement with SIGMS to play, learn, and network. You don't have to be a media specialists to play and learn with us!

TL_Cafe_BTSpecial.jpgBack to School Special:

Savvy Starts to a New Year!
Monday September 12th - 8pm EST
(NOTE: changed date due to
Labor Day holiday)
Guests: Gwyneth Jones & Librarian Tiff
Webinar Archive

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A casual discussion to generate ideas on how to build school allies, support new teachers & become indispensable to admin & staff at the beginning of every school year. Featuring how Google tools (forms, docs, & presentation, and more!) can supercharge the library program & classroom throughout the school year. For Teacher Librarians, classroom teachers, tech teachers, admins, & well...everyone!