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Annual Conference

October 22 - 24, 2015

Empowering Students: Literacy For All

Benton Convention Center 

Winston-Salem, NC

Ensuring that all of our students have access to resources that

they can see themselves in as well as use.

Early Registration is now closed.  You may still register
onsite at the prices listed below.

Early registration for:
(Prices go up after Oct. 9)



Full conference (no lunch incl.) 



Friday Only (no lunch incl.)        



Saturday Only (no lunch incl.)



*Special Rates may apply for students and lifetime members

You will need to make accommodations on your own.
The two closest hotels are the Embassy Suites and the Marriott.
If these are full you may wish to consider another nearby hotel.

Vendors, click here to request exhibit space or view sponsorship opportunities.

Online Registration open until October 9; pay by check or "invoice me" end October 9. 

After October 9, on-site conference registration available

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Take a look at the great lineup of guest speakers, preconference sessions, and authors below!


Conference Overview 

Session Schedule Matrix




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Reservations for

Winston Salem Marriott - $145/night

Embassy Suites Winston Salem 

If you are unable to book a room at the convention center hotels, consider other nearby hotels.

Preconference Schedule

Call to Present has closed


Friday General

Session Keynote



  Luncheon Author 






Saturday General

Session Keynote


 Saturday Closing

Luncheon Author



Dr. Rebecca Constantino

Deborah Wiles


 Dr. Joyce Valenza

Brian Pinkney

Founder of Access Books

Education Consultant

Knowledge and Uses of Libraries Among Immigrant ESL High School Students

2 Time National Book Award Finalist

2 Time ALA Notables List

Author of Revolution


Director of MLIS Program at Rutgers University

BAM 100 Influential Voices of 2014

Ed Tech Guru


Coretta Scott King Award

2 Caldecott Honors

4 Coretta Scott King Honors

Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Winner

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children



Our Preconference Sessions are geared to help you address the unique needs of your students. 

Sailing Into Diversity! - Langston Hughes published his first children's book featuring African Americans and showing 
diversity even within that culture in 1932.  At the time this was a major breakthrough.  Yet even today only
approximately 2 percent of the publishing world features characters of African American heritage or by African
American authors and illustrators.  The statistics are even more daunting for other various minority groups.  Dhonielle
Clayton, author and school library spokesperson for We Need Diverse Books will share their own struggles as authors
as well as what they feel we as librarians can do to both encourage our peers to purchase quality books with minority
voices, but also how we can be a place to address these issues directly so that our students feel supported and
publishers begin to reach out beyond the safety publishing what has worked in the past.  


Dr. Sylvia Vardell, Professor School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Women's University

Sailing into Poetry - Did you notice that the winner of the John Newbery Award, and Coretta Scott King 
Author Honor this year, Crossover by Kwame Alexander, was a poetry book?  So was the winner of the
Coretta Scott King Author Award and John Newbery Honor Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
who visited us last year.  Even How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, was a Coretta Scott King Author
Honor book. The point is clear.  

Poetry is a powerful force in literature that can cover a wide variety of themes, moods, and situations. 
Poetry offers a rich tradition that begins on the playground and with Mother Goose and is meant to be 
heard, to be shared aloud and talked about, providing a social connection as well as a language
experience and a bridge from oral language to reading and writing. Poetry deepens comprehension by
providing vivid imagery and sensory language and offers an emotional and experiential connection. This
session will provide guidance in how to share poetry with children and teach the skills within the
curriculum as well in a variety of playful, meaningful, and participatory ways.

 Jennifer Northrup
Donna Murray, NCDPI, Region 7 Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant
Jennifer Northrup, NCDPI, Region 8 Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant
What's Your Story? - Do you love the art of storytelling? Are you ready to take it up a notch and go 
digital? If so, join us
for this session. We will explore the elements of digital storytelling and tools
that can be used to
create. This is a hands-on session, so be sure to bring a digital device.
 Jennifer Northrup 
Sarah Justice, Transylvania County Schools, Rosman Middle/High School Library Media Coordinator
Jennifer Northrup, Region 8 Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant

Overhauling the Ship: Media Makeovers -
Are you ready to make the school media center an interactive
learning space? Are you just not sure
where to start? Whether you are transforming your space into a
makerspace or a learning commons,
one thing is for sure, you are taking a great first step in making the
library the hub of your school.
Join us to learn more about transforming your space even on a shoestring
budget. We will share
trends and real-life examples that will get you started on your very own media
Kathy Parker, School Library Media and Copyright Consultant, NCDPI

Managing the New Fleet: Digital Age Collection DevelopmentKathy Parker will facilitate this session 
on creating, maintaining
and sustaining quality collections as our libraries transition from print to digital
resources. Participants
will consider the effects of this digital shift on our collections, our own roles, and
those of the teachers
and students we support. Viewing collections through the lens of our professional
standards, we will
examine resources to support our work in aspects of collection management such as
digital content
curation, funding, data driven decision making, material selection, digital transition, etc.
This is an
interactive session so BYOD.

Dr. Sandra Andrews, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services
Training the Crew - Creating Effective Staff Development for Teachers - Dr. Sandra Andrews knows 
that a well trained crew is the best thing to steer a ship. So how do you, as one of the most influential
officers about a ship ensure that the crew not only know about what you can provide them, but see you
as a leader they can depend on?   Media Coordinators play a significant role in coordinating and offering
professional development for teachers and staff within their schools.  This pre-conference explores topics
and delivery methods for staff development presentations.  We will use screencasting, online class
development tools, and apps to work on presentations that you can take back to your schools.  
Come prepared with a device and great ideas for staff development.  


Jennifer Lagarde,  Nationally recognized library advocate and zombie librarian killer.
Maintaining Crew Morale and Focus - Using Digital Tools to Tell Your Story and Chart a Course for Success! - 
In a time when discussions about education are often dominated by standards, high- stakes testing and budget
the important stories of how school library media programs make a difference for students are often lost
in all the noise. As the old saying 
goes, we may not be able to change the direction of the wind, but we CAN 
adjust our sails! Bring your own digital device and learn how to harness the power of today's digital tools to
share the great stuff that is happening in your school and 
to tell the true story of what it means to work with
today's students.


Presenters: Laura Mangum, Vanessa Sasser, Joy Hill, Beth Madigan, and Joanna Gerakios

Discovering Best Practices for Making in the Media Center

(Upper Elementary - High School)

Come MAKE with us! Join three school library media coordinators, a district technology facilitator, and lead media specialist for a hands-on exploration of “making.”  We will share the best practices and project ideas we have discovered on our journeys into “making” in the media center. We will show you how we embarked, the voyages we found most successful, and ideas to help you set sail.  This will be an all “hands-on” deck experience, empowering you to create and design projects that are broadly applicable across content areas. Projects will range from low-tech to high-tech, and will include tactile learning with textiles, green screen productions, Stop Motion with LEGOs and more, and 3D printing.  Along the way, we will discuss curriculum tie-ins and how to implement “making” whether you have a designated space or not. Equipment and supplies will be available for your use during the session.  You’ll leave with a plenty of ideas for charting new routes to learning in your media center!


Friday Evening Author Signing Event: Confirmed So Far!
NC Children's Book Award Winners Coming Soon!
AND NC Young Adult Book Award Winner Coming Soon!




Deborah Wiles




Jenny Hubbard


Paper Covers Rock

And We Stay

A. B. Westrick





Melinda Metz


The Roswell Series
S.M.A.R.T.S. and the Poison Plates

Brian Pinkney


Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

David Biedrzycki

Breaking News: Bear Alert

Me And My Dragon

Kirby Larsen



*She will autograph after her session,
not during the author session.

Dhonielle Clayton


Tiny Pretty Things

Doug Gibson


Tales of a 4th Grade Knight




Future Conference Dates:

October 20-22, 2016


Dr. Sylvia Vardell


The Poetry Friday Anthology (Common Core K-5 edition): Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common  Core

Joyce Moyer 

(2015 EBOB Title)



 Julia Ebel


Max Woody, Chair Maker: A Legacy in Wood.

Dawn Cusick


Get the Scoop on Animal Puke!: 
From Zombie Ants to Vampire Bats
, 251 Cool Facts about Vomit,
Regurgitation, & More!