Mar 11, 2019

Upcoming Teacher Librarian Learning Opportunities

Blog post authored by Lynn Kleinmeyer

Maggie Picket presents to Grant Wood AEA Teacher Librarians

Last week saw the third of our four Grant Wood AEA Teacher Librarian workshops. The “Curating Collections” workshop focused on creating inclusive collections, not only in the stories and authors, but also in regards to format and accessibility features.

Although many of our Grant Wood AEA Teacher Librarians shared in the day’s learning, we recognize that many were unable to attend. We wanted to pass along some important information to extend the learning and to celebrate upcoming learning opportunities.



Continuing Conversations about Collections

Workshop conversations were centered around intentionally curating collections that include all learners. After returning from the workshop, Cedar Rapids Teacher Librarian Renate Bernstein found a rather timely article in her inbox and shared the American Libraries article “Unintentional Inequity: Examining Equity Gaps in Our Libraries.” Although it has a public library focus, we thought we’d share with you as additional “food for thought.”


Upcoming learning opportunities  

During the workshop, we also shared several announcements about some additional upcoming learning opportunities that might be of interest!


Final Teacher Librarian Workshop for 2019:

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on May 7 for our “Supporting and Celebrating Digital Citizens” workshop! For more information and to register, visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning site and search course #167825.


It was announced at last week’s workshop that we’re hoping to have some additional guests for this final workshop. We’re encouraging you to invite your administrator(s)! Be on the lookout for an “official” invite you can share later this month!


Iowa Association of School Librarians Future Ready Librarian EdCamp


Iowa Association of School Librarians EdCamp logo


On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Iowa Association of School Librarians, in conjunction with Future Ready Librarians and Edcamp, will be hosting the first ever IASL Future Ready Librarians EdCamp. For more information and to register, visit the IASL Future Ready Librarians EdCamp site.


Building Bridges


Building Bridges Conference graphic


On Tuesday, April 16, Grant Wood AEA will be hosting the Building Bridges, a Accessible and Assistive Technology Conference. This year’s theme is “Making Learning Awesome for All,” very much in line with the tenets of librarianship and creating inclusive experiences. For more information, visit the Building Bridges website.


4 Cs Summer Camp


Save the Date for Grant Wood A E A 4 see's summer camp. June eleventh through thirteenth two-thousand eighteen.


Tuesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 13, the Digital Learning team will be hosting the 2nd 4Cs Summer Camp. The “camp” is two and a half days of learning and deepen your understanding and implementation of the 4Cs for your students. For more information, visit the DLGWAEA 4Cs Summer Camp site, or to register visit the Grant Wood AEA Professional Learning site and search course #167947.


This information can also be found on our #gwaealibs blog page!


As always, thank you so much for all that you do, and for letting us join your on the journey! Please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Lynn Kleinmeyer is a GWAEA digital learning consultant where she works to support school librarians. Prior to joining the Digital Learning Team, Lynn served as a K-5 teacher librarian. Reach out to Lynn with questions or suggestions at or @THLibrariZen.