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OverDrive Sora

Visit us at AASL booth #919 to hear presentations from our partners! You'll learn all about Sora, OverDrive's student reading app, and can see how others are implementing digital content to engage their students and staff. Each session also offers a chance to win a Lenovo Tablet, so don't miss out.

*Schedule may be subject to change.

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Thursday, October 21nd

Barbara Bailey

OverDrive Education

Marketplace Masterclass

6:00pm MST

OverDrive Marketplace is the Sora reading platform's central purchasing and administrative hub, providing access to a huge catalog of content, tools and insights you need to deliver a successful digital service for your school. Join us for a tour of all that Marketplace has to offer. Add to calendar

Friday, October 22nd

Presenter: Dr. Tiffany Hall

Salt Lake City School District (UT)

Reach all your readers: Best practices for inclusive digital curation

6:00pm MST

An effective school library houses resources that offer not just mirrors of students’ own lives, but windows into the perspectives of others. Discover best practices for curating an equitable, inclusive digital collection in this presentation led by Dr. Tiffany Hall, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for Salt Lake City School District (UT). Learn how her district — one of just three in the state with certified librarians in every school — has prioritized creating collections to reach all its readers, leveraging unique formats, nonfiction content, world language titles, books about race and racism and more to get students reading. Add to calendar

Presenter: Whitney Howton

Shelby County School District (AL)

Making the case for digital resources: A how-to for librarians

1:00pm MST

If you build it, they will come — right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case when it comes to the school library. Often, librarians are their own best advocates when it comes to educating their school community about the digital and print resources right at their fingertips. How can you become a champion for your own library? Find out in this presentation with Whitney Howton, librarian at Shelby County School District (AL). Attendees will walk away with creative new outreach ideas, best practices for staff and student training and more to get circs up in no time! Add to calendar

Presenter: Ashley Addis

Cache County School District (UT)

How we’ve successfully promoted our digital library - and you can, too

10:00am MST

Cache County School District (UT), will share the best practices they've embraced to help boost their district and school digital library checkouts by 61% over the last two school years. Discover how CCSD has leveraged a variety of formats and channels to spread the word and engage students in reading, from posts on the school’s homepage and bulletin boards to Instagram and on-demand lesson plans for utilizing digital books in the classroom. If you’re struggling to promote your digital collection, or just looking for some fresh ideas, this is the presentation for you. Add to calendar

Saturday, October 23rd

Lisa Pockrus

Ogden School District (UT)

Shannon Johns

Ogden School District (UT)

The curious librarian’s guide to collection curation

11:30am MST

When you’re cultivating a digital collection to meet the needs of all your student readers, purchasing titles is often just the first step. You’ll also want to optimize your collection so that it’s easily searchable and discoverable — and that’s where curated collections come in handy! Join Library Specialists Lisa Pockrus and Shannon Johns from Ogden School District (UT) for a primer on why, how and when to curate digital book collections. Attendees will walk away with curation best practices and new ideas for how to use curation in their own school communities, whether it’s to minimize holds, celebrate holidays, reflect trending topics or meet the unique needs of diverse student populations. Add to calendar

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Friday, October 22nd

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General Session

Room: Ballroom A-H

8:00am-9:00am MST

School librarians play such a vital role in the long-term success of their students, we’re honored to help promote their leadership role by supporting the AASL School Leader Collaborative and sponsor the Friday General Session. Come hear this group of five superintendents and administrators share their insights on the importance of having school librarians in every school.

Sean Doherty

Superintendent (Retired), School District of Clayton, Missouri

April Grace

Superintendent, Shawnee Public Schools, Oklahoma

Kelly Gustafson

Principal, Wexford Elementary School, Pennsylvania

Joel Hoag

Principal, Freedom Intermediate School, Tennessee

Kathy Carroll

Lead Library Media Specialist, South Carolina

Kathryn Roots Lewis

Retired Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Oklahoma

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Friday, October 22nd

Presenter: Monica Flint


The path to personalized learning: How ebooks & audiobooks meet student needs

11:40am-12:40pm MST

Building an inclusive, district-wide digital collection that serves your entire school community can seem challenging - but sometimes all it takes are small steps that lead to big success! Join Monica Flint, Library Supervisor at Davis School District (UT), to learn how a collaborative approach to digital collection management - including a shared district collection, customizable school accounts, staff trainings and more - helps address students’ reading and learning needs, no matter where they are. Add to calendar

Sora by OverDrive

Discover Sora:

Visit DiscoverSora.com to find out how you can activate Sora for your district or get a 60-day trial! The best part? All new accounts come loaded with hundreds of no-cost titles. Sora Overview Brochure

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