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Thursday, March 19 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Lightning Session: “But... what do I do with it?” Low stakes, high impact technology professional development

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During the summer of 2013, Cook Library equipped a new library instruction classroom with 30 Apple iPads for student use during information literacy instruction sessions. The library aimed to capitalize on the potential mobile technology represents in the future of education through engaging students in active learning and promoting creative instruction. However, as the devices arrived, a staff survey revealed that the majority of instruction librarians felt uneasy about planning information literacy instruction for an iPad-equipped classroom. At Cook Library, we responded to this challenge through building a low-stakes, high support-peer learning network. This support has included the creation of an iPad teaching circle and discussion group, organizing an “iPads for Librarians” professional development program, and biannual iPad teaching demonstrations. This lightning talk will use Cook Library’s case study to illustrate easy steps libraries can take to create a community of practice around new technology initiatives to maximize impact and empower staff.

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Kimberly Miller

Learning Technologies Librarian, Towson University

Thursday March 19, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall

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