Keynote Speaker: John Schumacher
John Schumacher (AKA Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs®. He served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named the title Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." He has also served on ALSC’s Children and Technology committee, AASL’s Best Websites for Teachers and Learning, two readers’ choice award committees, the School Library Month Planning Committee, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature selection committee. Visit his blog at http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/
Michelle Oakes: Michelle is a third-year library media specialist at Salmon River Central's middle school and holds a Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Buffalo. She has previously presented at the NYS Council for the Social Studies Conference, as well as the North Country School Library Systems Conference.
Tanya Roy: Tanya is the Literacy Coach at the South Lewis CSD. Trained in special education, reading, and elementary education, her focus has always been on literacy. Tanya was trained in the Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University in best literacy practices. Tanya is also trained in NYC Common Core ELA implementation. Most recently, she has begun working with Questar on the updated NYS ELA Assessments.
Ginger Tebo: Ginger has been the Library Media Specialist at Clifton Fine Central School for seven years, where she serves a student population of just over 300 students in grades Pre-K to 12. Previously, she was the Children's Librarian at Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, NY for six years.
Carleen Huxley: Carleen is an assistant librarian at SUNY Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate the college's information literacy program. She schedules library instruction classes, and works to find new and creative ways to teach students information literacy and college level research skills. She is passionate about her role as an information maven and she believes strongly in the role of libraries as the center for self-learning and enlightenment.
Luncheon Speaker: Rebecca Donnelly
Rebecca Donnelly was born in England and has lived in California, Florida, and New Mexico. She has an MA in Humanities and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. These days she writes and runs a small rural library in upstate New York. Her debut middle-grade novel, How to Stage a Catastrophe, the story of a children’s theater in the Florida panhandle, was published by Capstone Young Readers in April 2017. Visit Rebecca's site at https://rebeccadonnellywrites.com/
Eric Alan: Eric is currently the high school librarian at Franklin Academy in Malone. He was previously the Regional Services Librarian for the Northern New York Library Network. Eric also is a Coast Guard veteran, and can be found helping out at the local AMVETS, streaming some online gaming, or helping out on his farm back home. Eric has been in the library field for 6 years.
Lynn Miller: Lynn was born and raised in Erie, PA and went on to attend Clarion University majoring in library science and secondary education-social studies. She worked for seven years at Tri-Valley Central School while attending SUNY Albany’s MLS program and starting a family. Lynn went on to be hired by Sullivan County BOCES as their School Library System Director and obtained her school administrator’s certificate while attending SUNY-New Paltz. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, tracking down her genealogy and is addicted to quilting. Lynn lives with her two 20-something sons who boomeranged back home and continue to provide endless episodes of stress, anxiety, love and mirth.
Krisha Greene (Copenhagen CSD), Deanna Henry (LaFargeville CSD) and Patty Nortz (Belleville Henderson CSD): This group of librarians have been working collaboratively for the past 2 years to plan for, and implement Makerspaces into their K-12 school library media centers. They are excited to share with you what has worked and what they continue to work on.