Simmons MSLA-SIG Conference Tomorrow!

I'd like to take this blog post to shamelessly plug the annual Simmons MSLA-SIG conference happening tomorrow in the Main College Building from 8:30-3:00 p.m.  Though I admittedly had a personal role to play in organizing the conference as the secretary of the Simmons student interest group of the Massachusetts School Library Association, I would encourage anyone interested to come because it promises to be a great day.   We're featuring panelists discussing "how to survive your first year" and "teaching middle school" as well as two presentations that were given at the 15th annual AASL conference this past October in Minneapolis on fostering collaboration and getting multicultural literature off the shelves and into the hands of readers. 

I think this conference also demonstrates what is so wonderful about Simmons and the GSLIS program in general.  The MSLA-SIG is a student-run organization, though the wonderful Dr. Fran Zilonis serves as our advisor.  This conference, which has been going on for several years now, is entirely student organized, and attracts phenomenal speakers from across the state each year.  And it's not just Simmons students and alums who make up the audience - we attract professional school librarians who want to take a great (free!) opportunity to further their professional development.  I think that's remarkable and something to be incredibly proud of.

So won't you join us?  There'll be a continental breakfast and a free lunch provided, and the panelists and presentations we've put together will be thought-provoking and insightful.  You can RSVP at http://bit.ly/Hq5zfV.


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