Featured Speakers

Keynote Opening Speaker, October 18th, 8:45-10am, Rooms 100-600

Richard Byrne - Preparing Students for Jobs Unknown

The pace of development in technology, information, and industry means that many of today’s students will have jobs that we can’t envision today. Our challenge today is to prepare students for jobs that don’t even have names yet. In this keynote presentation Richard Byrne will share practical ideas and methods for using current educational technology to prepare students for tomorrow.

Richard Byrne is best known in the educational technology community for his award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. On a daily basis Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches a subscriber base of more than 57,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPad Apps for School, Android for Schools, and PracticalEdTech.com. Richard’s printed work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and columns for Teacher Librarian.

Richard has been invited to speak at conferences and at schools across North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Richard’s work is focused on helping teachers effectively use free technology resources in their classrooms.

In 2012 Richard received a MERLOT Classics Award from California State University’s Chancellor’s Office.  In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their "people to watch" in their 100@30 30th Anniversary celebration (http://techlearning.com/article/26660). Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009.

Richard lives in Greenwood, Maine with his loyal dogs Max and Morrison.


Friday Night Banquet Speaker, October 18th, 7-9 pm, Room C

Terri Kirk Grief - AASL President-Elect 2013-14

Kentucky Library Association
McCracken County High School
6530 New Hwy 60 W
Paducah, KY 42001

Reach Out and Teach Someone

Advocacy. We talk about it all the time. Now is the time for action and we have to stop talking to ourselves and start sharing with the whole community that includes students, teachers, administrators, parents. I know that we aren’t particularly comfortable with sharing our success because it seems like we are bragging and we’ve been taught that that isn’t appropriate. We have to step out of our comfort zones and BRAG on ourselves to tell what we do for our communities. We will practice at this session in a safe environment and share ideas on ways that we can advocate for ourselves.

One of those ways is using ALA President Barbara Stripling’s advocacy for school libraries that includes the Declaration of the Rights to Libraries with public signings. This is for all librarians not only members. I will share the reasons that I think we all need to be members of our professional association in this critical time.

We all have stories. We impact kids and we need to let people know that.
It is time to reach out and teach someone about why we are important.