Repurposing the Librarian: Using the Hybrid Classroom to Emphasize the Need for School Media Specialists
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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With a Hybrid model of learning for the 2020-21 school year, one librarian has found a way to prove how necessary her expertise is in the district. Originally asked to teach enrichment classes during the hybrid model, Library Media Specialist Dani Newman counter-offered her administrator by saying she would be happy to do that, but wanted to also find a way to circulate books for all her students. During this workshop, she will discuss how she developed a plan, discussed it with administration and teachers whose classes would be involved, and set it in motion. Newman will talk about how she is being used a push-in technology expert for both teachers and students and how she is using the Enrichment classes to develop "tech leaders" in the school. During a time when many librarians or their libraries are being "repurposed," Newman will the describe the way she has been utilized in a different way, while maintaining the distinction of being the School Library Media Specialist.

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Dani Newman
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Dani Newman, MSEd, is in her third year as a Library Media Specialist at Fillmore Central School District in Fillmore, NY. While the school is a PK-12 school, she primarily teaches PK-6.Newman serves as the Middle School Drama Co-Director and the Odyssey of the Mind advisor. She also coaches archery and softball.  Newman is the Chair of the Cattaraugus-Allegany School Library System's Communication Coordinators Committee (C3). Previous to her position at Fillmore, she worked as a high school English teacher in Olean, NY, and Smethport, PA. She also worked as an adjunct professor of English Composition at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Newman, a mother of five grown children (and grandmother of one), lives in Smethport, Pennsylvania.

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