Dr. Marson represented the Department of Library Science at the annual Book ‘Em Conference held at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, NC on February 23. The event brought together more than 75 authors, all interested in fighting illiteracy. The day’s activities included book signings, panel discussions and individual writers speaking about their works, and the writing and publishing businesses in general.
Some of the characters in attendance were the Cat in the Hat, Rumpelstiltskin, and Puck!
Dr. Kaye Dotson and Rita Anderson from Martin County Schools (MLS 2011) presented Leadership, Vision, and Partnerships: The Foundation for Expanded Formats of Education at the NCSLMA (N.C. School Library Media Association) conference in October 2012.
Dr. Kaye Dotson from our department, Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake from the ECU Dept. of Higher Adult and Counselor Education, and Rita Anderson (ECU MLS 2011) published a recent article on partnering and online education:
Dotson, K. B., Dotson-Blake, K. P. & Anderson, R. (2012). Partnering to expand opportunities: School library leadership in high school online education. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 9 (5), 33-42.
Kevin Vickers (MLS 2011) reports that his school, Sun Valley Elementary in Monroe, NC, came in 1st place in NC and 2nd place worldwide in the Read for the World Record. The students spent their summer vacation reading for 2,567,912 minutes. About 684 students participated, tracking their reading minutes online throughout the summer.
According to Vickers, school library media coordinator, “They just went all out. Their hunger for reading did not end when the summer did.” Students tell him in the hallway that they’ve been reading and it opens a dialogue about what they read, how long they read, and what they learned.
In addition to reading, students improved their computer skills by using a website to track their minutes. Vickers also made graphs to illustrate how many minutes the grade levels had read, opening a discussion about math and graphs. “It was all tied in to information technology,” Vickers said.
Congratulations to Jennifer (Jen) Baker, who is the new media coordinator at Pamlico County High School.
Last fall, Kevin Vickers (MLS 2011) completed his National Board certification.
Dr. Elaine Yontz collaborated with Dr. Tom Terrell, Librarian at Granville Central High School, to facilitate a session “One to One to Win: How School Librarians Can Make the Difference in the New Normal” at the 8th Annual Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit sponsored by the Teaching Resources Center at ECU’s Joyner Library, 02/02/2013.
Dr. Jami Jones and Dr. Barbara Marson presented at the NCATE Program Review Training session at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA on January 25. They discussed their experiences in writing a successful program report.
In August of 2012, the ECU MLS program received and continues with full NCATE recognition for the initial preparation of school librarians under the 2010 AASL standards, based on the report that was submitted and reviewed.
Our condolences go to the family of Lynda Lee Stine Werdal, MLS graduate (1983), who passed away on January 26, 2013. She served as librarian with Burroughs Wellcome and later at Joyner Library at ECU in the Interlibrary Loan Department.
Some of the December 2012 graduates with Dr. Marson at the College of Education Graduation ceremony, December 14.