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Session Descriptions: Day 2 AM Block: Silva #2

  • Session presenters, offerings, locations, and/or schedule are subject to change
  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone

What Hat Are You Wearing Today? Librarian as Tech Coach
August 9, 10:55-11:35am
Darshell Silva, Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, Rocky Hill School

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  • Library, K-12
  • Audience cap: 20
  • Participants are required to bring the device of their choice (tablet, iPad, or laptop) for this session

Attendees will look at the roles they are expected to fulfill as a School Librarian in today's digital learning environment. School Librarians are consistently being turned to as the school's expert for anything that has to do with Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, Media Literacy, and/ or technology which are usually intertwined in many aspects. They will explore what those roles mean and how to prioritize what they are doing in their own school.

Darshell will share tips and resources to help School Librarians fulfill all of these roles and still be the most effective they can be in their position while implementing programs and projects that will impress students, teachers, administrators, and parents. This presentation will give librarians tips and techniques to get it all done.

Darshell Silva has been a Teacher Librarian for 12 years and currently is the Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist at the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI. Darshell is also a Highlander Institute FUSE Fellow, Per Course Faculty at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, and Non-Mentor Faculty for the Johnson and Wales Center for Leadership and Educational Equity Principal Residency Network in the area of Technology Integration.

Darshell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Communications and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies with a specialization in School Library Media--both from URI. She is an RI Society of Technology Educators board member, a member of the Advisory Council for the Source for Learning, a Media Smart Libraries Board Member, and a past President of School Librarians of RI (SLRI).

She is published in the Oxford University Press's African American National Biography, the CDC MMWR, and is currently a reviewer for School Library Connection. Her interests include technology integration, school library media, and community informatics. Darshell lives in Rhode Island with her husband and 3 children.

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