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NCSLMA 2013 Annual Conference

October 3-5, 2013

Leading From The Library:  Connecting, Collaborating and Innovating


Location : Benton Convention Center
Winston-Salem, NC

We’re ready to roll and waiting for you to join us! 

We have some inspirational guest speakers and winning authors joining us this year.

Our Pre-Conference Sessions are geared to helping you meet the professional standards in the new evaluation tool, use digital content to develop the persistent library and the 21st Century library media program (with Jennifer LaGarde - aka Library Girl) and use data to improve your library services.  The School Tours and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art session are sure to delight as well.  Our fellow librarians are contributing some great concurrent  session topics on alternative research methods, using web 2.0 tools, working with the community, collaborating with teachers, best practices, storytelling and professional development.  You’ll have a difficult time deciding which to attend.

Don’t forget about the All-Conference Reception Friday night! It is sure to be fun with music, refreshments, prizes, and all of our guest authors waiting to meet you.  Don’t miss the Minute to Win It! incentive we have going with the hotels for the conference (see Conference Highlights Flyer below for details).  Also when registering, remember to check the box if you plan to attend the free Friday Luncheon, so that there will be a ticket in your packet.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

Joann, NCSLMA President-Elect

Participant Information

Call To Present

Click here to submit a session proposal for NCSLMA 2013

July 31, 2013

Conference Volunteer

Conference Registration

Pre-Registration Form
Pre-Registration Ends 9/25

Housing Form
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Online housing registration is now CLOSED.  
Please contact the Embassy Suites or Marriott directly for their current availability and rates.  If you need assistance with securing a reservation at an overflow property, please contact Kay Calzolari at
336-728-4237 or
[email protected]

Vendor Registration

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Conference Sessions

Session Descriptions

Conference Highlights Flyer

Schedule Matrix

During/after the conference visit Edmodo for session handouts and more!  For a complete list of Edmodo codes for each session please check your Annual Conference Program.

Featured Guests

Keynote Speaker: R. David Lankes

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse.  Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference.  Past projects include the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, the Gateway to Education Materials, AskERIC and the Virtual Reference Desk. Lankes’ more recent work involves how participatory concepts can reshape libraries and credibility.

Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society.  He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies.  He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.     
His book,The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.    




All Conference Luncheon Speaker:  Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fourth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas.  In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year.  In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students.  Donalyn currently facilitates the community blog, The Nerdy Book Club and co-writes a monthly column for Scholastic’s Principal-to-Principal Newsletter.  Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post.






Toast and Tales Breakfast Storyteller/Author:  Joan Leotta


At the Toast and Tales Breakfast, greet the Morning as Joan Leotta portrays one of Front Royal Virginia's premiere Innkeepers, Fanny Stewart, aunt of famous Belle Boyd, Confederate spy.  Her Aunt Fanny promises to "tell all" about the Belle Rebelle's exploits, and not just those undertaken while the daring girl lived with the Stewarts! Prepare to laugh!

Joan Leotta has been writing and performing since childhood.  Her “motto” is Encouraging words through pen and performance.”  Her newest work, Giulia Goes to War is book one of a four part series, Legacy of Honor, that traces the women of a family and how they find love and independence from WWII era through the Desert Storm era.  Her other books include Massachusetts (Scholastic), Christmas Gift (Warner), Complete Guide to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia (Norton) and Tales Through Time: Women of the South (an anthology of short historic fiction co-authored with Edith Edwards, published by Lulu).  She is working on the second book in the Desert Breeze Legacy of Honor series, Letters From Korea.  Her poetry has been published in many journals and has won several awards over the years as have her short stories (both for children and in mystery genre).
Joan’s articles, short stories, poetry and photography have appeared in many newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post and Woman’s Day, Crimestalker, and St Anthony’s Messenger and OMDB.com.  She performs folklore shows and one-woman shows on Civil War and Revolutionary war figures at venues up and down the east coast from schools and libraries to museums, fairs and festivals.  Joan also teaches writing, creativity, and storytelling for children and adults. She lives in Calabash, NC with husband Joe.  You can learn more about her at www.joanleotta.comwww.joanleotta.wordpress.com, see her schedule at Joan Leotta, Author and Performer on FB and contact her to speak to your group at [email protected].

Closing Keynote Speaker:  Michelle Luhtala


Michelle Luhtala is the department chair of New Canaan (CT) High School Library, which received a number of prestigious awards in the last few years.  Michelle facilitates a professional learning community for over 4,000 school librarians at edWeb.net/emergingtech.  She serves on the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Board of Directors and two Connecticut Digital Library advisory boards.  Michelle is a contributing author to Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers, and is frequently published in professional literature for educators and school librarians.  Michelle has written articles for American Libraries, Knowledge Quest, eSchool News, Teacher Librarian and has been interviewed by Education Talk Radio.  She blogs at Bibliotech.me

Growing School: Librarians as Professional Developers. Abilock, Debbie, Kristin Fontichiaro, and Violet H. Harada, eds. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2012.




Closing Author Luncheon: Alex Flinn


Alex Flinn is the author of ten novels including Beastly, a #1 New York Times bestseller which has been made into a motion picture.  She has four other fairy tale-based novels, A Kiss in Time, Cloaked, Bewitching, and her most recent, Towering, a modern retelling of Rapunzel.  Her first novel, Breathing Underwater, was named an ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults and is the only novel included in Liz Clairborne’s “Love is Not Abuse” dating violence prevention curriculum for schools.  Her books have received honors including Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, International Reading Association Young Adult Choices, and Junior Library Guild selection, as well as local and state readers’ choice awards.  She is a non-practicing attorney who lives with her husband, daughters, and way too many pets in Miami, Florida.  



2013 NCCBA Picture Book Winner: James Dean


James Dean, the creator of Pete the Cat, and illustrator of Pete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes, our 2013 NCCBA winner in the Picture Book Category, will be attending our conference. 




2013 NCCBA Junior Book Winner: Wendy Mass

Our 2013 NCCBA winner in the Junior Book Category, Wendy Mass will be attending our conference to accept her NCCBA award for The Candymakers



Author Signing Reception

Meet our guest authors and have your books signed.  Join in the fun with music, food, the vendor fair, a scavenger hunt, and prize winners.

Alan Wolf

Allan Wolf is an author and performance poet living in Asheville, NC.  His poetry has appeared in many diverse publications from Lady Bug Magazine to the North Carolina Literary Review.  Wolf’s many books showcase his love of history, research, and poetry.  Titles include Zane’s Trace (winner of the 2009 North Carolina Young Adult Book award)
and New Found Land (winner of a Lion and the Unicorn Honor for Excellence in North American Poetry).
His latest verse novel, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, was awarded the prestigious Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for the best poetry book of the year by Bank Street College.  Watch is also on this year's NCYA Book Awards list for both High School and Middle School.  With literally hundreds of poems committed to memory, Wolf travels the country presenting author visits and poetry shows for all ages.


Sheila Turnage

Sheila Turnage (www.sheilaturnage.com) is from eastern North Carolina, just like Miss Moses LoBeau, the protagonist from Three Times Lucky.  Her first novel for children,Three Times Lucky, is a Newbery Honor Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book, and an Edgar Award finalist.  It has been
nominated for several state awards and has been licensed in five countries.  The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, a companion to Three Times Lucky will release in early 2014.

Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a Raleigh children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories, and history into stories of discovery.  Her books include chapter book NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal, CCBC Choices-honored picture book One Million Men and Me, Ellen’s Broom (a Junior Library Guild selection and
North Carolina Children’s Book award nominee), Tea Cakes for Tosh (a fall 2012 SIBA Okra Pick and Highly Commended title by the Charlotte Zolotow Award committee) and Hope's Gift (a 2013 winter/spring SIBA Okra Pick). 

Find out more at

Terry Collins

An award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, Terry Collins now writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels for readers of all ages.  Some of his latest published titles include biographies of Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong, a historical fiction accounting of Ancient China, and a graphic novel on the unsung heroes of World
War II.  He recently stepped down as editor of Pine Whispers, the newsletter of the North Carolina Poetry Society, after a tenure of two years.  A National Board Certified English instructor, he now teaches literature and creative writing to share his love of the written word.  He still lives in his hometown of Mount Airy, NC, with his family and a personal library that outgrew his house decades ago.  Despite a lack of shelf space, he will always believe a person can never have too many books.


Jenny Hubbard

A former high-school English teacher, Jenny now writes books, plays, and poems in her hometown of Salisbury, NC.  Paper Covers Rock was a finalist for the prestigious William C. Morris YA Debut Award, earned a Gold Medal
Award from the National Parenting Publication, and was named by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, and School Library Journal as a “Best” of 2011.  Her second young-adult novel, And We Stay, will be published by Random House in January 2014.  You can follow Jenny (and her rescue dog Oliver) on Twitter at HubbardWrites.


Victoria Schwab

The author of the young adult novels The Near Witch and The Archived, along with the upcoming sequel The Unbound, as well as several other upcoming novels.  Victoria suffers from a wicked case of wanderlust, but when she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she can usually be found tucked in the corner of a coffee shop in Nashville, sipping tea and dreaming up monsters.



Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in North Carolina.  An avid reader and world traveler who spent several years in the Peace Corps, Megan now lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Madman’s Daughter is her first  novel, in a planned trilogy.  Her novel is on our 2013-2014 NCYABA List.


Monika Schröder

Monika Schröder grew up in Germany and has worked as elementary school teacher and librarian at American international schools in Egypt, Chile, Oman and India.  She is the author of three novels for young readers.  Her book SARASWATI'S WAY was a NC Middle School Battle of the Books choice for 2012/2013.  She currently lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and their dog Frank.

 Visit her at: www.monikaschroeder.com

Wendy Mass

Wendy is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels for young people (which have been translated into 15 languages), including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and Finally.  Her most recent books are The Candymakers and 13 Gifts.  Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled “Mr. Monk Goes to the Theatre,” which aired during the show’s second season.  She tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they’re collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector.  She lives with her family in New Jersey.

Our 2013 NCCBA winner in the Junior Book Category, Wendy Mass will be attending our conference to accept her NCCBA award for The Candymakers. 



Additional Conference Information


Past Conference Information:

2013 Conference Website
2012 Conference Website
2011 Conference Website
2011 Pre-Conference Sessions
2011 Conference Sessions at a Glance (with handout files linked)
2011 Conference Program
2010 Conference Sessions at a Glance 
2010 Conference Program
(No 2009 NCSLMA Conference due to AASL Conference in Charlotte, NC)   
2008 Conference Program 
2007 Conference Sessions 
2006 Conference Sessions 
2005 Conference Program

Future Conference Dates:

October 9-11, 2014

October 22-24, 2015

October 20-22, 2016