If you’re interested in open data portals, learning how to use open data, or you’re interested in establishing an open data portal for your hometown, then this workshop is for you!
Open Data Buffalo is one such portal. One of the goals of Open Data Buffalo is to make public information publicly available to increase transparency so citizens can have a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of the city and the activities of Buffalo’s municipal government.
Oftentimes, though, data can be an abstraction for some and it may be difficult for people to generate insight from datasets that may have dozens of columns and hundreds of thousands of rows of data points.
This session will help librarians understand the importance and applications of data and open data so they can then transmit this information to the general public. Participants will learn about data, the open data movement, data visualization, data analysis, and will learn all of this by utilizing Open Data Buffalo, the City's official open data portal (data.buffalony.gov).
Kirk McLean is the City of Buffalo’s first Director of Open Data. He manages Open Data Buffalo (data.buffalony.gov), the City’s official open data portal, which currently ranks #4 in the nation on the U.S. City Open Data Census, a crowdsourced measure of public access to public datasets in municipalities across the United States. He is the recipient of the 2018 NYS Department of State’s Trailblazer Award in recognition of innovative service delivery for his work on open data. During Kirk’s ten-year tenure at Buffalo City Hall, he has been an advocate for open data, data analysis, innovation, technology, and process improvement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo and lives in Buffalo’s University District with his wife and two beagles.
Practical storytelling skills and creativity unite in this interactive, thought-provoking workshop.
Develop skills to efficiently learn compelling renditions of stories for telling. Method: Some lecture/demonstration, mostly interactive and hands on. Takeaway: A ready-to-tell story, performance, linguistic and story-learning skills. Also, as time permits, we'll explore how classic stories can be relevant today. You’ll learn how to update older stories to reflect 21st century culture. Method: Some lecture/demonstration, mostly discussion and hands-on, including exercises adapted from our book, Storytwisting. Takeaway: Ideas for developing re-imagined stories for all ages, practical tips, ethical considerations.
James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY
Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991. They are the 2018 recipients of the National Storytelling Network's "Circle of Excellence" Award. The Storycrafters have produced twelve award-winning CD recordings. Their 2018 book, "Storytwisting", published by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers, was the winner of the 2019 'Storytelling World' Award.
In addition to their work as performers, Jeri and Barry are healing storytellers at the Stamford CT Hospital psychiatric unit, and were adjunct college faculty at Southern CT State University. Jeri is adjunct college faculty at SUNY New Paltz, and communication coach of public defenders for the New York State Defenders’ Institute, Albany NY. Barry is sound engineer and producer of storytelling recordings at Our Old House Studio, Hudson NY.
They perform and teach their art form in schools, libraries, and other venues all over the US and internationally in the Caribbean and the British Isles. They have been featured performers at storytelling and folk festivals nationally and internationally.
Read more at: http://www.storycrafters.com
Come join SLAWNY members at WNYLRC to enjoy a virtual visit by the one and only Debbie Abilock! She will spend an hour with us talking about the ten major trends in school librarianship over the next decade!
This will be a virtual workshop examining 5 major areas that school librarians will need to focus on in the future:
1. Instruction: algorithms and solutionism, instructional friction
2. Disciplinary literacy: rhetoric
3. Data and Science literacy: source evaluation
4. Civic literacy: DEI, difficult conversations
5. Visual literacy: primary sources, picture books
Debbie will break down each of these areas into 2 trends, for a total of 10 trends.
Attendees will watch the workshop in the WNYLRC training center. 1 hour of CTLE credit is available for this workshop.
Debbie Abilock speaks and consults internationally on curriculum, learning and assessment. Her areas of expertise include teaching academic research including disciplinary literacy, information evaluation and the ethical use of information. As an Internet pioneer in the early 1990’s, she won the Grand Prize for innovative online curriculum from Time Magazine. She was appointed a Library of Congress American Memory Fellow, honored by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker” and received the CSLA President’s Award for curricular leadership. She is past-President of BayNet, a consortium of academic, special and school libraries and has served on a number of education-related advisory boards including the Kettering Foundation’s ALA Center for Public Life; ALA Publishing Division Oversight Board; New Hampshire University System, Granite State School Library Masters Program and the Morocco Library Project. Debbie co-founded NoodleTools, Inc., a company that provides a suite of Web-based tools and services to support academic research, and to help educators as they teach students to comprehend and think critically about sources when they read and synthesize text, data and visual information.
Debbie has over thirty years of practical experience educating gifted and learning-disabled students, as well as an administrator’s understanding of school systems. She served as Assistant Head of the San Francisco School and worked for over 20 years at the Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA as Librarian, Curriculum Coordinator and Director of a Technology, Library, and Curriculum Department. She has authored and managed government and corporate grants for public and private schools which supported technology-infused learning in sciences and humanities.