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Media Specialist / Librarian Strand

IntegratED 2018

February 21–23, 2018

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Calling All Media Specialists and Librarians!

We have a surprise for you. This year, we have created a special add-on to the IntegratED (IPDX) conference facilitated by the Library Girl herself, Jennifer LaGarde. She’ll be joined by some talented friends: Tavia Clark, Len Bryan, and Colette Cassinelli.

What is the Media Specialist / Librarian Strand?

The Media Specialist / Librarian Strand is a special day designed just for you. The Strand takes place the day before IPDX (February 21). When you register for the two-day IPDX conference, you also get a special day of workshop content at APDX for only $30.

This new strand will help you gain new perspectives on media literacy, advocacy and strategies to work with peers and technology. In just one day, you will gain job embedded skills and ideas alongside a group of your peers to help support your personal goals and to help you build a district/building vision for the future of your space.

Why register for both?

We think IPDX would be a great fit for Media Specialists and Librarians. The mission of IPDX is to provide all educators with a supportive community where they can collaborate to develop practical strategies for integrating technology into teaching and learning. Plus, when you register for the IPDX conference, the Media Specialist / Librarian Strand is only $30.

Event Logistics

Where does the event take place?

The Sheraton Hotel at the Portland International Airport in Portland, OR.

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What else is included?

Participation in the Media Specialist / Library Strand comes with two meals on Wednesday. In addition, participants are also able to attend the two keynotes from AcceleratED and take part in a lunch unconference tailored to job alike challenges and inspiration.

Where can I find the full event schedule?

The full schedule can be found through the Sched app.

About the Facilitator

Jennifer LaGarde

Jennifer LaGarde

Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl!) is a lifelong educator and learner. With over twenty years of experience in public education, Jennifer has served as a classroom teacher, a teacher librarian, digital teaching and learning specialist, district level support staff and state wide leader as a consultant for both the NC Dept of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for Instructional Innovation. In addition to her numerous articles on best practice, Jennifer runs the award-winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don’t have to be superhero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.


Tavia Clark

Tavia Clark

Digital Innovation Coach
Friday Institute

Colette Cassinelli

Colette Cassinelli

Library Instructional Technology
Sunset High School

Len Brian

Len Bryan

Digital Media Specialist
Hillsboro School District


Amazing Race - Destination AWEsome! (School Librarian Edition)

In this session, Tavia and Jennifer will lead participants through a race to explore the awesome work school librarians do within their role, new strategies and tools & resources they can use to offer more engaging learning experiences for students. This PD experience will allow participants to create things to implement immediately and reflect on their personal growth. Participants will work collaboratively in teams to race through challenges, road blocks and speed bumps - all on a journey to become more AWEsome!

Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the School Librarian's Role in a Post-Truth World

At the end of 2016, The Oxford Dictionary named “post truth” its word of the year, citing as its definition: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” In an age in which information is abundant, easy to access and often overwhelming AND in which there’s economic incentive to mislead consumers, discerning fact from fiction has become THE “21st Century skill.” In this session we’ll explore the fake news phenomenon, discuss its impact on our students, teachers and society, put our own source evaluation skills to the test and discover ways that school librarians (along with other colleagues) can lead the charge as defenders of facts in a post truth world.

Stranger Things (Have Happened): Turning Your Advocacy Game All the Way Up to 11

You don’t need superpowers, an unlimited supply of Eggos or even membership in the Hawkins Middle School AV club to turn how people perceive libraries and their impact on student learning upside down. In this fun, 80s themed workshop, we’ll take aim at some school library sacred cows demogorgons and begin the important work of creating an epic advocacy campaign that focuses on what matters most: students.