Takeaways from Information Power



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Stacy Smith shows off her binary code ankle bracelet at Information Power.

We asked school librarians who attended last week’s Information Power 2016 – Libraries Make it Happen … Be a Maker! to share their thoughts on what they learned or took away from the annual institute. Here were their responses.

From Melissa Snider, Colter Elementary School, Jackson:

I am always inspired by the quality and commitment of the school librarians in our state, who serve rural communities and often wear many hats as computer teachers, tech teachers, and makerspace innovators, in addition to expertly managing multiple grade levels and schools. I find myself motivated by our time together and the opportunity to share stories of our successes and challenges. This year, I was glad to start understanding what the elements of a makerspace are, and begin thinking of ways I could integrate DIY and innovation opportunities into my school library lessons.

Lori Clark-Erickson, Jackson Hole High School:

Wyoming School Librarians are GREAT!!! The updated information on the WYLD resources provides the Wyoming students, reliable, comprehensive, and eclectic information…. Access to ALL! (And a big thanks to ChrisVB.) Future Ready Librarians – lead, teach, and support! It was a terrific conference!

Angie Spann, Rock Springs High School Academic Learning Center

I attended Info Power 16 and came away with many new contacts and networking opportunities. Also, I have several ideas for makerspaces, how to convince others that they are necessary, and many new resources to include. I enjoyed my time so much I volunteered to help next year!

Information Power is just one way for Wyoming school librarians to connect. Find more ways on our school library resources page, or contact our school library consultant Paige Bredenkamp at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331.

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