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2019 ITEM Fall Conference:
Come Together

October 10-12
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park, MN


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KEYNOTES (and more keynotes!)

Our keynote for Friday's lunch is Kristina Holzweiss, 2015 SLJ School Librarian of the Year, author of Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community, as well as a number of books for kids on Makerspace ideas. Her keynote will be "
It's Not Your Grandparents' Library Anymore!" Libraries have transformed learning for students of all ages, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, gender identities, religions, and academic abilities. Libraries are places of possibilities! In a society of "No, but" libraries are worlds of "Yes, and!" Learn how to transform your library program into a 21st century learning environment that your students will engage and empower your students. Your library will never be the same again.

On Saturday morning, Kelly Holstine, an English teacher at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee and the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, will give the keynote, "
Courageous Connections: Every Heart Matters." This presentation highlights the importance of owning flaws and prioritizing one’s own mental health in order to make more authentic connections with others. Holstine will reveal the roles that vulnerability and courageous connections have in creating equity for every heart. She will also reveal how working through her own personal struggles has helped her to become a better teacher and a healthier human being. Holstine will additionally share how her personal journey of being a gender nonconforming, lesbian, teacher has helped her to be an advocate for at-risk students.

Saturday afternoon's keynote will be Sarah Park Dahlen, an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University. She researches and publishes on Asian American children's literature and transracial adoption and co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, an open access journal. In this talk, Dr. Dahlen will give a brief history of diversity activism in youth literature and librarianship and then more specifically address Asian American children's literature. 

The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest is located right off I94 in Brooklyn Park. ITEM has reserved a block of rooms for the conference for just $134 per night. Please be sure to choose (or mention) the ITEM block. You can make your reservation online here.


The Silent Auction is back! Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing an item so we can plan for bid sheets, space, etc.

Please take a moment to nominate an individual or team for the Outstanding Contribution Award. This award is open to anyone who has made an outstanding contribution to their school’s library, media, technology or integration programs. ITEM will award up to three people, partners or teams. Nominate teacher(s), para(s), tech(s), integrationist(s), media specialist(s), administrator(s). If nominating more than one person, please include all names and emails if possible. Award winners will be presented during the fall conference (Friday lunch) and receive a 1 year membership for ITEM.

Lars Steltzner was a champion of school libraries and of ITEM. In his honor, donations to the Lars Steltzner Memorial Fund will be used to help pre-service librarians/teachers/tech integrationists and those employed as a librarian or similar position (such as a tech integrationist) for three or fewer years to attend the ITEM Fall Conference. Visit the application for more information.

Of course there will also be exhibitors, authors, the ITEM Bookstore, the Fellowship Dinner, social time at Omni Brewery, tons of great sessions, and more! Visit the website for details, the schedule, and information about exhibitors and authors as they sign on. Information is being added all the time, so check back or let us know if you don't see what you're looking for!

Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM)
PO Box 130555, Roseville MN 55113
admin@mnitem.org - mnitem.org

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