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Information on the guest speakers:

Denise Colby is a teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She has been a teacher-librarian at Highland Height Jr. P.S. for 8 years and is currently the Literacy Coach for SE6 Family of Schools. She is a member of TACIT (Technology and Curricular Integration Team) and had been the co-facilitator for teacher-librarians in the NE3 Family of Schools for 6 years. Denise has presented at the OLA Super Conference on Kindergarten programing in the library, and promoting the library within the school.

Liam O'Donnell is an award winning children's author, TDSB teacher and gamer. In 2011, he used Minecraft to engage grade 4-6 students at Earl Haig PS working to build their literacy, numeracy and social development skills. Since 2003, he has written about the educational potential of alternative literacies like video games in education journals (Reading Today), magazines (Today's Parent) on his blog “Feeding Change” (http://liamodonnell.com/feedingchange) and elsewhere. He is the creator of the Graphic Guide Adventures and Max Finder Mystery graphic novel series for middle grade readers and used in schools across North America. He is also the two time recipient of the Educational Publishers Association's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing.


Diana Maliszewski is the teacher-librarian at Agnes Macphail P.S. She is also the editor of The Teaching Librarian, the official magazine of the Ontario School Library Association. Diana’s writing credits include articles in The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research and School Libraries. She maintains an education-themed blog, “Monday Molly Musings”, (http://mondaymollymusings.blogspot.com) as well as blogs about the benefits of gaming at home at http://familygamingxp.blogspot.com . In 2010, she completed her Masters of Education degree from the University of Alberta in the Teacher-Librarianship via Distance Learning program. Diana has presented at conferences and workshops all over North America on topics such as gaming in education, graphic novels, popular culture, professional learning communities and children’s literature. In 2008, she was awarded the Follett International Teacher- Librarian of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of School Libraries for her contributions to the field of school librarianship.