AA Highway Library Staff Conference Planned for May 20

Octavia Sexton, Appalachian storyteller, will be the keynote speaker at the AA Highway Library Staff Conference, May 20, 2011, Road to Success, at the Ashland Community and Technical College, at 902 Technology Drive, Ashland, Kentucky. Ashland, Gateway, and Maysville Community and Technical College Libraries jointly sponsor this professional development conference in an effort to provide an affordable, one-day, local opportunity in the regional support area along the AA Highway of the three KCTCS colleges for public, school, and academic library staff. The idea is to encourage collaboration, education, and a chance to interface with other librarians, library staff, and library media specialists.

Sessions that attendees may look forward to are American Classics:Jesse Stuart and His Work by Edwina Pendarvis, Stuart scholar, who will discuss what constitutes classic literature and why reading classic literature is important for college and life; Graphic Novels: Theyre Not Just For Kids Anymore! with Pam Klinepeter, librarian at Ashland Community and Technical College, discussing an overview of popular graphic novels, including historical background and popularity, and how using graphic novels may support subjects from literature to history to science; Louis Mays, librarian at Southern State Community College, will present Libraries in Appalachia and how to serve them; Social Media for Libraries: Engaging the Digital Native by Tess Burns, librarian from Gateway Community and Technical College, will explore what is Web 2.0 and how to take the best advantage of it for library users; Mary Rushing and Deborah Crump, librarians at the Fleming County Public Library, have been collaborating with the Kentucky Gateway Museum center and area schools, day cares, migrant education centers, and higher education institutions to bring reading and reading programs and will share those experiences in Community Read.

Other sessions include Personal Security and Security in Your Library, How to Get the Most Out of the Kentucky Virtual Library, Philanthropy and Libraries, iRread: Using Technology To Get Reading Back In Your Schedule, and Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts.

Cost of registration is $25. Deadline is May 6. Information about the conference and registration maybe found online on the Maysville Community and Technical College library web page under About Us. For questions, contact Sonja Eads at 606-759-7141, ext. 66126.