Professional Development

Professional Development Program Options

School & Library Level-Ups: How to Gamify Your Reading Programs
In this professional development session, teachers and librarians will learn about “Gamifying” as a fun and engaging way to help children and youth patrons achieve reading goals and work on reading skills. Participants will learn about the basics of game theory, strategize their goals for improving/increasing their reading programs, and develop media-based gamified program structures. Finally, they will practice a “gamified” experiential reading list activity and gain hands-on practice using media production and game design for a fun way to keep kids reading all year long.

How to Make the Most of Your Computer Lab
Have you ever wanted students to explore the possibilities of your computer lab beyond checking email and social media? In this workshop, educators and librarians will learn to use the available programs and technology in their computer labs so that they can offer their own exciting media production programs. Participants will learn the basics of media literacy and animation through a short hands-on exercise. Librarians and teachers will also gain tools for coaching students to “read” visual images as texts. We will explore how their computers can be used to help people create all different kinds of arts and media: posters, brochures, videos, flyers, slideshows, memes, screenplays, digital paintings, music, and much more. Finally, participants will complete a mock-assignment using free online digital platforms to gain competency with the technology and the process patrons and youth will undertake.

Media Education in Public Libraries 101
Millions of people visit public libraries every year, but not all of them checkout books. More and more, computers are becoming a mainstay of public library usage. How can librarians incentivize use of computers by adding in a media education component? In this professional development session, librarians will explore the various ways their libraries can feature 21st-century cutting-edge programming, even in the absence of expensive technology. Librarians gain media curriculum development tools and write drafts of possible first-run media programs with guidance and support by veteran media educators/producers and teaching artists. This session also looks at trends, top Internet usages at public libraries, and helps librarians work through the challenges such digital demand imposes.

Using Video to Promote Your Library/School/Classroom
In the digital age, maintaining an online digital presence and “brand” plays a vital role in connecting with the public. In libraries, it ensures that the public is getting the most out of the opportunities you have to offer. For schools and teachers, it keeps parents engaged and in the loop and can serve as an attention-grabbing information source. In this professional development session, participants will learn how to plan, script, storyboard, film and edit an effective promotional video that helps increase awareness about their library/school/classroom (can be tailored to meet any individual’s needs). Training in the basics of camerawork and cinematography as well as interviewing and public speaking, they will learn to create video PSAs to be used for promotional purposes. Skills practiced will include strategizing the message you want your video to send, developing a visual aesthetic for your video, scripting/storyboarding/planning, and creating a plan for the digital life of your video.

Using Arts and Media To Teach Literacy Skills
By the end of this training, teachers and librarians will have the knowledge base and confidence to engage children and youth in media-making activities that build literacy skills. Participants will acquire methods of integrating media arts principles into literacy activities, even when media-making technology itself may be unavailable. Librarians and educators will also undertake a storyboarding/video poem project, experiencing firsthand the engagement of multiple intelligences to reinforce literacy skills that they will eventually lead youth through.