Here you will find a list of all of the presentations I have given. Links will be added to the slides if possible.

STEAM Powered Libraries
American Library Association May 19th, 2014
STEAM Learning, a framework for teaching across the multiple disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, was the focus for this webinar in Barbara Stripling’s “Libraries Change Lives” series.  This free webinar concentrated on introducing the STEAM philosophy into school and public libraries; highlighting its project-based learning and collaborative qualities.  Libraries of all types are breaking new ground with innovative approaches to STEAM learning.  Nationally recognized speakers include Justin Hoenke, Chattanooga Public Library (Tenn.), Margaret Portier, Fayetteville Free Library (N.Y.) and Matthew Winner, Longfellow Elementary School (Va.).

Public Libraries
21st Century American Spaces: Innovation, Learning and Entrepreneurship:  Workshop for American Corners, Pistoia, Italy, March 19th, 2014
with Leah Kraus, FFL Virtual Branch Director and Mike Cimino, FFL Technology Integration Specialist
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) has a department called American Spaces.  There are bi-national centers, American Centers, Information Resource Centers in Embassies, and American Corners.  American Corners are partnerships with host-country institutions (usually libraries) where the US government helps out with English language learning opportunities, information about U.S. colleges and universities, cultural programs and more. The Fayetteville Free Library shared their experience, as a public library with a makerspace as well as how the library can be an informal learning environment by focusing on skills and creation (STEM, entrepreneurship, etc.) rather than just providing information passively.

What Is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and New Opportunities
American Library Association March 5th, 2014
A free webinar focusing on academic, public and school libraries that are building community and supporting student and user success through making. Nationally recognized speakers include Leslie Preddy, school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis; Margaret Portier, director of innovative family services and Mike Cimino, technology integration specialist, both of the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library; and Tod Colegrove, head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. This is the final installment of “Building Community through Making,” ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar three-part series.

STEAM in Youth Programming
Albany Public Library Staff Development Day November 14th, 2013

Maker Spaces Spark Up Libraries
New York Library Association Annual Conference September 27th, 2013
with Susan Considine, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library
Makerspaces have been created to empower and enrich library service and patrons’ lives. One of the new innovative uses of library spaces is to spark your imagination with new ideas. Makerspaces can be full of tools of all kinds.

If Not for the Library — Makerspaces in Libraries Creating Access to Transformative Technologies and Opportunities
Ontario Library Association Annual Institute on the Library as Place July 10, 2013
Margaret Portier and Stephanie C. Prato of Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) in upstate NY share the FFL experience developing and evolving their Digital Creation Lab, Fab Lab, and details of their unique making and creating programming. They also share how the FFL has challenged assumptions, identified barriers, and engaged the community.

FFL and the Common Core
Common Core Learning Day at the Fayetteville Free Library May 31, 2013
with Meredith Levine, FFL Director of Family Engagement

Making and Innovating in Public and Academic Libraries
NYLA @ BEA May 29, 2013
with Emily Thompson Instruction and Resources Librarian at SUNY Oswego

Leadership on the Digital Frontier (panel)
NYLA @ BEA May 29, 2013
facilitated by Carson Block, Carson Block Consulting, with Kathy Saeed, NYPL Marketing Consultant,  and Geoffrey Kirkpatrick, Director at Bethlehem Public Library

If Not For the Library
Future of Libraries and Museums US Embassy and American University in Rome- Spring Event May 23, 2013
with Leah Kraus, FFL Virtual Branch Director, and Sarah Lawler, FFL Director of Instruction and Outreach
Makerspaces give people access to tools to create, make and to transform their environment and lives. All types of libraries are uniquely positioned to create access to technologies and opportunities for their users that they would otherwise not experience, If Not for the Library. The FFL team will share how the FFL has challenged assumptions, identified barriers and engaged the community through innovative programming and ground breaking technology integration.

Library Makerspaces: Developing a Read-Write Culture in Your Library
NYLA Youth Services Section Annual Conference May 17, 2013
with Heather Matzel, FFL Director of Patron Services

Teen Library Users: Engaging the Next Generation
Computers in Libraries Preconference Workshop April 7, 2013
facilitated by Stephen Abram
There are a ton of great ideas out there using new technologies and great content to attract and retain teen users in the library. This workshop demonstrates how guitars, video, 3D printing, laser tag, iPhone apps, and more can be tied to programs and library use to engage teens and attract them to the library in any community. And, just as important is how to tie this to their needs for homework help, social needs, and reading. The team of presenters is comprised of on-the-ground, in-the-field teen librarians.