May 1, 2009
Information Fluency in a Virtual World
- Presentation (.pdf)
Stephen Abram, MLS, is the immediate past-president (2008)
of SLA and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association and Vice
President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix
Institute. He has been VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest and
Publisher Electronic Information for Thomson. He ran libraries for Suncor,
Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson and Mayer and Hay Group.
Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as one of their first "Mover
and Shakers", the 'key' people influencing the future of libraries and librarianship.He has been awarded SLA's John Cotton Dana
Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian
of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information Studies at the
University of Toronto. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto,
Faculty of Information Studies. He was President 2002 of the Ontario Library
Association.He gives over 100
international keynote talks annually to library and information industry
conferences and writes articles and columns for Information Outlook, Feliciter,
Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, and Library Journal.He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling
Out Front with Stephen Abram and the Stephen's Lighthouse blog.
May 1, 2009
Even If It Doesn't Make Sense, It Works
Life & Times Of
Born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent, Jimmy Santiago
Baca was raised first by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. A
runaway at age 13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum
security prison that he began to turn his life around: he learned to read and
write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry.During a fateful conflict with another
inmate, Jimmy was shaken by the voices of Neruda and Lorca, and made a choice
that would alter his destiny.Instead
of becoming a hardened criminal, he emerged from prison a writer. Baca sent
three of his poems to Denise Levertov, the poetry editor of Mother Jones.The poems were published and became part
ofImmigrants in Our Own Land,published in 1979, the year he was released
from prison. He earned his GED later that same year. He is the winner of the
Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage
Award and for his memoir A Place to Stand the prestigious International Award.
In 2006 he won the Cornelius P. Turner Award. The national award recognizes one
GED graduate a year who has made outstanding contributions to society in
education, justice, health, public service and social welfare.
Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and
teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American
Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.
He has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers,
libraries, and universities throughout the country.
May 2, 2009
Dr. Susan Deese-Roberts has long been intrigued by the
question:How do students learn?Beginning with her dissertation research in
1983-84 and continuing into her post-retirement teaching, Dr. Deese-Roberts has
studied numerous learning style theories and curriculum design systems.In roles as library instructor, faculty
developer and teaching assistant trainer, she has distilled several approaches
to learning styles into practical techniques and strategies for the
classroom.In her presentation, she will
share her insights into what students are thinking while we are teaching and
how we can lead that thinking.
Dr. Deese-Roberts is Professor Emerita, University
Libraries, University of New Mexico.While pursuing her doctoral studies, she established the University's
undergraduate tutoring center.She held
positions in the University Libraries as Director of Zimmerman Library Public
Services and Director of Tireman Learning Materials Library.She wasthe first director of faculty development at the University and also
coordinated the Teaching Assistant Resource Center.After retiring in 2005, she continues to
teach in the Freshman Learning Communities program each fall semester; teaching
a seminar class linked to a writing course.Dr. Deese-Roberts served as President of the College Reading and
Learning Association and a member of the American Library Association and the
Association of College and Research Libraries.