Sneak Peek: Create Your Learning Commons with Pam Harland


Are you empowering your students as experts? In her video series with School Library Connection, Pam Harland will walk you through seven steps you can take to transform your school library into a vibrant learning commons. In this sneak peek (below), Harland provides numerous ideas for how you can start tapping into your students’ passions and skills to empower and engage. The full workshop—with coverage including connecting students with information, using space as a resource, and the virtual learning commons—is available to School Library Connection subscribers here.


Pam Harland MLIS, is a librarian at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, NH. She has worked in public libraries, academic libraries, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as a research librarian. Harland received the 2009 Intellectual Freedom Award from the New Hampshire School Library Media Association and is the recipient of the 2010 New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award for Educational Media Professionals. She is the author of The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transform Your Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2011).

Sneak Peek: Nancy Everhart on Autism and Your School Library


How are you observing National Autism Awareness Month?

While individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might have difficulties with communication, library settings can play an important role in facilitating speech development and information exchanges with people beyond their family. By engaging in library activities, these students have the opportunity to interact and communicate with others, thus exposing them to typical communication styles.

In this free sneak peek of her six-part video workshop on School Library Connection, Dr. Nancy Everhart introduces us to her topic (above) and outlines some effective communication strategies for working with students with ASD in your school library (below). The full workshop—with coverage of technology, preparing students with ASD for a library visit, designing your library environment, and responding to challenging behaviors—will be available to School Library Connection subscribers on April 22nd.



Nancy Everhart, PhD, is Professor, School of Information, at Florida State University. She earned a master’s in educational media from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in library science from Florida State University. Everhart is the primary investigator for the IMLS-funded Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services), enabling librarians to better serve patrons on the autism spectrum. She is a past president of AASL, current co-chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards revision committee, and in 2012 received the School Librarianship Award from the International Association of School Librarianship. Everhart is also the author of over 100 publications.

Sneak Peek: Gretchen McCord Tackles Copyright


How well do you get copyright, really? Many important aspects of copyright law are frequently misunderstood by K-12 librarians (and teachers, administration, and other K-12 educators), significantly diminishing the effectiveness of our educational system. School librarians have the opportunity to be leaders on copyright issues in their buildings and role models of good digital citizenship for their students.

Thankfully, Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, is here to help us out. In this free sneak peek of her eight-part video workshop on School Library Connection, McCord introduces us to her topic (above) and dispels some common myths about fair use guidelines (below). Subscribers can access the full workshop here, to learn more about the purpose of copyright law, licensing, the dangers of self-censorship, and how to develop effective school policies dealing with copyright.



Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, is an attorney specializing in copyright and other legal issues related to digital information. She is the founder and principal of Digital Information Law, which provides online and face-to-face training in copyright law and related areas and publishes a range of materials, including the quarterly journal Copyright & New Media Law, established in 1997. Gretchen currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the Amigos Library Services Board of Directors, and the American Library Association Legislative Subcommittee on Copyright. Her previous activities include serving on the City of Austin Library Commission, as President of the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, and as President of the Texas Library Association. Gretchen is the author of, among other publications, the books What You Need to Know about Privacy Law: A Guide for Librarians and Educators (2013), Fair Use: The Secrets No One Tells You (2014), and Copyright in Cyberspace 1 and 2: Questions and Answers for Librarians.

Twitter: @GMcCordLaw