Tuesday, November 18, 2008

School Library Journal Leadership Summit: Can You Hear Me Now?

During the School Library Leadership Summit, I was honored to moderate a panel titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” During the session, attendees and presenters explored the growing availability of digital formats in the school library session, the various hardware “containers” used to store literature, and the benefits & challenges of purchasing digital media. Librarian Philosopher Dr. Barry Bishop posted his summary of the session here. Find out more and add your observations, questions and comments to the Summit wiki or Ning.

I have compiled some posts that address the need for research that supports the use of audiobooks in the classroom & school library in this post.

Thanks to School Library Journal for coordinating and hosting this amazing FREE event! This was my first time attending, but not my last. I plan to add the SLJ Summit to my calendar every year.

Thanks to the expert participants on the panel. If you would like to continue your conversation with them, feel free to use the contact information below:

Daniel R. Albohn, Manager, New Business Development, Sony Inc.Daniel Albohn is the manager of business development for the Sony eReader, a portable digital book reader. Contact Daniel Albohn at Daniel.Albohn@am.sony.com

Caroline Barni, Director of Marketing, Playaway / Findaway World.Caroline Barni is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Playaway, a pre-loaded digital audio player. Contact Caroline Barni at cbarni@playawaydigital.com

Steven Potash, President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc. OverDrive distributes over 100,000 premium eBook, audiobook, music, and video titles to a network of over 6,000 libraries and online retail websites. For information on OverDrive’s school download initiative, contact Claudia Weissman, International Business Director, cweissman@overdrive.com

Pamela R. Smith, Senior Vice President, BWI and Follett Library Resources. Pamela Smith is one of the two Senior Vice Presidents who are responsible for the overall success of BWI and Follett Library Resources. Contact Pamela Smith at Pamela.smith@flr.follett.com or Chris Schubert, Director of Marketing at cschubert@flr.follett.com

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