NEKLS’s 2011 School Librarians’ Workshop will feature Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian, author of the Best School Librarian blog.   [at]

Buffy’s keynote presentation, Fight the Filter, will kick off a day of practical, hands-on learning.


Program highlights include:

  • Fight the Filter, Buffy Hamilton
    Internet filtering policies are a significant area of concern and frustration for school library media specialists across the country. How can school library media specialists create a participatory culture of conversation with filtering policy decision makers? How can we as school library media specialists become a voice of leadership in our efforts to provide equitable access to web-based information sources? In this session, we’ll explore the reasons for the current state of restrictive filtering policies and discuss concrete strategies for effectively challenging and changing filtering policies.
  • Tools for Managing Professional Information Overload, Heather Braum, NEKLS
    Struggling to keep track of all the content you need to read, watch, listen to, and share professionally to stay up-to-date, but can’t manage it all? Learn about five free, online tools, including Evernote and Diigo, that can help you manage professional information overload.
  • Placing a Hold on the Love of Reading, Diana Weaver and Cathy Coronado, Atchison
    A commitment to get popular books in the hands of students to keep them reading was just the first step in building a school-public library partnership in Atchison. Join Atchison Middle School Media Specialist Cathy Coronado and former Atchison Public Library director Diana Weaver as they share experiences of school and public library partnerships in Kansas.
  • Hands-on fun with our Technology Toy Box, NEKLS tech staff
  • Booktalks with a Bang, Sara Churchill (joining us virtually from Blair, Nebraska)
    Sara will highlight a few ways to create book talks that will grab people’s attention. Using Google Lit Trips, iMovie, GarageBand, and more, multimedia presentations will gain the attention of kids and adults alike. Student created Google Lit Trips and iMovie Book Talks will be displayed.

The workshop will take place at the Northeast Kansas Library System office at 4317 W. 6th Street in Lawrence. Cost of the day is $15, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register online, or submit a registration form by fax or e-mail.

registration formFor more information about the workshop, contact Brenda Hough at the NEKLS office – (785) 838-4090, or by email at