The ALSC Institute was fabulous! My days were filled with interesting sessions, hilarious author talks, and spontaneous get togethers with new and old friends. I was awed by the children’s librarians around the country who continue to find creative solutions to their community’s problems, especially those related to early literacy. Librarians need to be at every local, state, and national discussion about early literacy and how we can make it accessible for all kids.
Here are the slides from the Tech Access on a Budget panel I was a part of. We shared lots of ideas about how to successfully integrate technology tools and programs into libraries big and small, urban and rural. Both sessions included great discussions about how children’s librarians across the country are using tech tools to foster early literacy, teach kids and teens programming skills, and promote collaboration and creative problem solving in the maker-friendly environments also known as the library. Look out digital divide, super librarians are here so your days are numbered!