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Sunday, June 27 EST

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Presenters: Keara Rubin

Cherokee County School District (GA)


Cherokee County School District’s Keara Rubin will share her success expanding student reading options by utilizing the Metered Access Concurrent User and Class Set lending models and the Sora app’s “Add a library” feature. She’ll also share how her district highlights student work by publishing it in their digital collection

Monday, June 28 EST

Presenter: Angela Daigle

Millard Public Schools (NE)


Don’t miss Angela Daigle’s story of introducing the Sora student reading app as part of her district’s 1:1 implementation process. Angela will explore how she has leveraged librarian input and usage data to inform her digital collection development, and how the district is budgeting to meet increasing demand.

Tuesday, June 29 EST

Presenter: Melissa Jacobs

New York City Department of Education (NY)


Attendees will learn how the NYC School Library System responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a diverse and culturally reflective digital collection that filled barren book deserts, met the digital reading needs and interests of students and families, and innovatively connected with three NYC public library systems.

Presenter: Susan London

OverDrive Education


Learn new strategies to meet the needs of your school community and discover best practices for building an inclusive digital collection that reflects not only your own community, but amplifies the experiences of all authors and marginalized populations.

Presenter: Jeanette Whisenton

Jackson Public Schools (MS)


Keeping students reading during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for educators. Hear how Jackson Public Schools (MS) Teacher Resource Center Coordinator/Lead Librarian Jeanette Whisenton has used the Sora reading app to successfully deliver reading resources to students during these unprecedented times.

Gaelyn Jenkins

Greenville County Schools (SC)


With the Sora student reading app’s Public Library CONNECT (PLC) feature, kids can access age-appropriate ebooks and audiobooks from the local public library in addition to their school’s digital collection. Discover how the Greenville County Schools (SC) are using PLC for summer reading, ESOL support and much more.

Nella Szilagyi

Leslie Poulos

Wethersfield Public Schools (CT)


Join Library Media Specialists Nella Szilagyi & Leslie Poulos of the Wethersfield Public Schools (CT) for an eye-opening exploration of how they’re maximizing access, diversity and inclusion through curation and promotion of their digital collection.

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Presenter: Mary Keeling

Newport News Public Schools (VA)


Funding. Training. Monitoring use. Loading record into the ILS. Reporting. Newport News Public Schools (VA) Library Media Services Supervisor Mary Keeling will cover all this and more during an in-depth look at best practices for managing technical services work flows to support innovative learning environments in school libraries.

Presenter: Caroline Hughes

Ann Arbor Public Schools (MI)


Interested in promoting student voice and choice with Sora? Attendees will hear from Caroline Hughes, Media Specialist at Ann Arbor Public Schools, on ways to facilitate student engagement in collection development to increase free choice independent reading. In the last 6 months, hundreds of students across all grades have participated!

Presenter: Sam Garchik

Ottumwa Community School District (IA)


Hear the Ottumwa Community School District’s (IA) digital shift story from High School Librarian Sam Garchik, who will share how they successfully adopted digital class sets for high school and middle school and are now planning to use ebooks in additional courses this fall.

Presenter: Angie Jameson

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools


Bathroom barcodes. Themed social media posts. Integration with the morning announcements. Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools (OH) Library Media Specialist Angie Jameson will explore all this and more as she shares the creative ways she’s promoting Sora to her students and boosting reading engagement.

Wednesday, June 30 EST

Joanna Dunn


Dianne Pang

Hawaii Department of Education (HI)


What goes in to creating a successful statewide digital collection? Join Joanna Dunn, Shelly Lau and Dianne Pang of the Hawaii Department of Education to find out. They’ll cover the setup process, funding, how the digital collection’s incorporated into the library, promotion, the benefits of district-level collections and much more.