The Summer Institute for School Librarians will be held on June 15-16, 2011.

The theme is:  Education Innovation:  21st Century School Libraries
Kansas School Librarians = Higher State Assessment Test Scores

The Registration form is available here and registration is $125/person.

We hope you have marked your calendar and are making your plans to attend.  As in the past, this will be another opportunity to learn best educational practices presented by educational experts, be inspired (and entertained) to teach reading and writing by award winning authors, and to spend time networking with school librarian friends.  You will not want to miss it!

This Institute will be held at Emporia State University, The Teachers College, Room 118.  Each day the doors will open at 8:30 a.m.   The sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with lunch provided on-site.  Drinks and food will be provided first thing each morning, during breaks, and at lunch time at no extra cost to the participants.  Maximum registration will be 120 seats filled on first-registered, first-served basis.

As in the past, Day One will be devoted to best educational practices of high interest to school librarians.  Dr. Milton Chen, author of “Education Nation:  Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools” (published by Jossey-Bass), will be the opening speaker.  Dr. Chen’s presentation will be followed by responses by school librarians and other educators who will answer the question, “What does Dr. Chen’s proposed education system mean for school libraries and school librarians?”

Day Two will feature Anna Dewdney, author and illustrator of children’s books, and young adult author, Pete Hautman.

An optional Wednesday night special event is being planned (no extra cost to participants).  It will feature “technology tools.”

Laura DeBaun will once again manage registration.  You may communicate with Laura at or 785-838-4090 (phone), or 785-838-3989 (Fax).  You may send a completed registration form with your school’s PO or check to Laura DeBaun, Northeast Kansas Library System, 4317 West 6th Street, Lawrence, KS 66049.  Please make checks for registration payable to Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians.

The Institute will once again be offered for one graduate credit hour.  The course number is LI755 (Dow).  Tuition for this one-credit hour course for Kansas residents is $245.  Tuition for non-Kansas residents is $628.  ESU summer enrollment began on March 14.  You may get enrolled by calling ESU’s Office of Distance Education, 1-877-332-4249 (toll free) or 620-341-5385.  Jan Gerstner is the administrative assistant who will be happy to assist you.  This course will focus on practical applications of the presenters’ content.  This will be worthwhile, graduate level, but will not require you to spend large amounts of time outside the Institute.  A syllabus will be posted online  approximately May 1 at:

Individuals who enroll for credit must also register and pay the registration fee for the Institute.

The Kansas Summer Institute is an official Kansas State Department of Education event.  It is co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education; the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University; the State Library of Kansas; Northeast Kansas Library System; and the Kansas Association of School Librarians.