A day in Macon…
“How do you deliver excellence?”
A thought-generating question and Donna Milner’s opening salvo at the GLMA Summer Institute: World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries. The Summer Institute is a time for GLMA members to come together in service of the profession to work on tasks pertinent to every media specialist in the state. In her President’s message, Dr. Sherry Grove spoke of the upcoming GaCOMO 2.0 in October with a particular focus on Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 for the 20th anniversary of the state conference. Media specialists are leaders in the school and advocacy for the role is needed to educate the school community of the importance of the media program in learning.
Judy Serritella informed the audience of the current issues of library media services in the state. Media services are now a part of the curriculum department at the Georgia Department of Education within the Office of Standards, Instruction, and Assessment. Media specialists are curriculum specialists and have a strong impact on learning. The GALILEO update included the importance of every school system using the resources of our state’s virtual library in order to continue to provide evidence for funding and the extraordinary need for GALILEO in our schools. Other news from the state included:
- Addition of a system media coordinators listserv
- Status of the GaMedia listserv – transitioning to a new server
- Schools should have received the Character Education DVDs (6)
- Thinkfinity is now a part of GeorgiaStandards.org as a learning resource
- Several schools received Title IID grants, which require the leadership of the media specialist
- 2008 Exemplary and Exceptional Media Programs will be announced at the June 12 State Board of Education Meeting
- Georgia Read More is continuing to add readers
- NEH’s Picturing America program
After breakout focus sessions for elementary, middle, and high school conversations, the membership worked on task force sessions covering:
- Enhancing the GLMA Online Presence
- Charting the Political Action Plan for GLMA (Legislative Update given 6/11)
- Creating a Correlation between AASL and Elementary Level GPS
- Creating a Correlation between AASL and Middle School Level GPS
- Creating a Correlation between AASL and High School Level GPS
- Charting a Course to Improve Information Literacy in GA through Organizational Collaboration
The focus of the Summer Institute is providing time to share ideas and work on issues of concern to Georgia Media Specialists. If you are not currently a member of GLMA, please go here for information on joining the professional organization for Georgia Library Media professionals.
See pictures of the GLMA Summer Institute.
Kris Woods, GLMA Communications Chair