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Speaking Announcement

I am so excited to announce that Travis from 100 Scope Notes and I will be speaking at this year's Spring Institute! SI is an annual conference for youth librarians put on by our very own Michigan Library Association. This year it's in Ann Arbor, so I am looking forward to exploring Michigan's eastern side more.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.  Blogs, Blogs, Blogs: Think it, Write it, Use it

Blogs are everywhere and they can do a lot more than just tell you what John Smith had for lunch on his day off. Find out how you can use blogs to help you plan programs, keep up with reading trends, collect marketing ideas, and more. Plus, learn how, you too, can enter the Blogosphere and start a blog of your own and why you may want to.

 I will be at S.I. both days, so I hope to meet some new friends and see some old ones. If you are going to be there, please say Hi. I promise to out-awkward you. I will try to remain somewhat dignified.
If you can't make it, just know that Eric Litwin will be there. Jealous, right? I plan to be really obnoxious and geek out all over the place about Pete the Cat. Maybe I can get my stuffed Pete signed? It's probably better if you won't be there to see me embarass myself.

We are still working on our presentation so if you have an idea for something we should make sure to cover, please leave a comment.


Scope Notes said…
Way to spread the word! I'm looking forward to it. Now i just need to get those notes typed up...
Anne said…
Should be fun!
Abby said…
Oooh, fun! If I was in Michigan, I would totally go to there!

And hey, I did a session for our Indiana conference last year on collection development with blogs, and the handout's here:

Just in case that might be helpful as you guys get your stuff together. :)

(I'm planning to do another session this year on using blogs for programming, so I'm sure I will be interested in the stuff you guys do for SI, too!)

Sarah said…
Wow, awesome!! Many congratulations!
Michele said…
Very cool! I think I'll be attending that session. I'm excited about Eric Litwin too, so you definitely won't be the only one geeking out. I made a total idiot of myself last year over Markus Zusak, but I think everyone did.
Anne said…
Haha! Could Markus have been any nicer (and dare I say it... dreamier)?
Michele said…
He was a total sweetheart! I stood there like "DUUUUUR" while he signed my book. He even spelled my name right, which my own grandmother could never do.
Shannon said…
I am there listening to you speak! Great job!!!
Anne said…
Thank you Shannon! Come say hi if you get a chance.

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