Thursday, October 21, 2010
Welcoming cocktail reception for early arrivals.
Sponsored by Capstone Publishers
Friday, October 22, 2010
11:00 am–6:00 pm
Registration, opening lunch & presentations/sessions
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:00 am–2:30 pm
Breakfast, lunch, presentations/sessions, & closing
This year’s summit will take place on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 in Chicago. As always, the goal of the summit is to tackle an urgent issue that school librarians and other educators are facing; this year’s topic is “The Future of Reading.” We plan to explore the latest trends and developments in literacy and technology, and identify ways in which librarians can make a genuine difference in their communities.
While there’s a lot about books and reading that remains constant, we’re experiencing a sea change. For starters, ebooks and other digital content have challenged the basic notion of what constitutes reading and books. There’s also been a proliferation of handheld reading devices, like the Kindle and iPad; social networking is often the go-to resource for discovering and discussing books; and new formats, like graphic novels, are changing the traditional reading landscape. We’ve invited a number of prominent authors, illustrators, editors, technologists, scholars, reading specialists, librarians, and other educators to weigh in on this rapidly changing world, focusing on the impact these changes will have on school librarians and librarians who work with young people.
Some of the themes we’ll explore include:
The bulk of this year’s summit will consist of rapid-fire presentations—to provide attendees with as much information in as lively a fashion as possible. Following these presentations, there will be “Continue the Conversation” sessions, where attendees will have an opportunity to mingle with presenters. In addition, keynote speeches will frame the summit and there will be several panels presentations as well. Also, look for a fun gadget palooza of reading devices, a face-off debate on the iPad and picture books, and much more.