Workshops 1 & 2

Curating Open Ed Resources #GoOpen (Angela Baker)

What is #GoOpen?  This session will provide an overview of the #GoOpen initiative and how Georgia is providing OER content to teachers.  How did Georgia vet and align the OER content?  How is Georgia maintaining OER content for use?  It will also focus on how Georgia is collaborating with other states on best practices involving OER content and how districts can begin collaborating/sharing OER content.  Additionally, time will be provided to review OER resources in Teacher Resource Link to save for use going back to school!  Participants will want to bring a laptop or tablet.  Participants will leave with valuable content that can be used in the classroom.

Angela Baker was a middle school teacher for 14 years. She began her career as a 7th grade ELA and Reading teacher. During the 14 years, she taught 6-8 grades ELA, Reading, Literacy, and Journalism.  Angela left the classroom in 2011 to work at the Department of Education.  At the DOE, Angela is responsible for SLDS applications Teacher Resource Link, Professional Development, and Learning Object Repository.  In addition, she is the State liaison for initiatives such as Future Ready and #GoOpen.  In her spare time, Angela fosters dogs for multiple rescue groups.  And loves to travel.  Angela has visited over 50 countries outside of the US.

Getting the Most from GALILEO: The Media Center, the Classroom, and Beyond (Russell Palmer/GALILEO & Tim Turner/EBSCO)

This 90 minute hands on review and discussion will focus on K12 resources in GALILEO, including a look at general resources for students, the research process, ebooks, and more.  We will take a look at some of these resources in action, and share in an active discussion about ways GALILEO resources can be used in the classroom and beyond. We will spend some focused time on using EBSCO ebooks, with our special guest from EBSCO Tim Turner.  Next, we will do some “outside the box” thinking about GALILEO and research, and discuss ways to integrate GALILEO into your day, both technically and philosophically.

Russell Palmer Assistant Director, GALILEO Support Services joined Georgia’s Virtual Library,  in August 2016 and leads the GALILEO Support Services team. He coordinates functional and configuration support and training for GALILEO resources.  Russell’s research interests include information literacy, reference and user services, and resource sharing. Russell has been invited to speak at conferences nationally and internationally, including ALA, LOEX of the West, and the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy. He earned his MLIS at Florida State University, and his AB in English at University of Georgia.

Grant Writing and Grant Management for Researchers, Searchers, and Knowledge Seekers (Danny W. Blitch, MPA, GPC)

Every grant project begins with an idea, a solution to a unique problem or a project to build a better mouse trap! Grant ideas become great projects only after the research nets the perfect prospect. Join us to discuss ideas, opportunities, and dive deep into grant writing and project management. We’ll look at critical keys to success, lessons from the field, and Grant Management’s necessary role. Learn how to develop your team, the knowledge tools to answer the grant questions, and insights about how to craft a grant proposal to get the most points for your answers! Time is built in for questions, sharing, and networking.

Grant Opportunities for Libraries

Danny W. Blitch, MPA, GPC is employed by the City of Roswell and works as a grant development consultant with grant experience at a County Board of Education, a Regional Development Center, and, a State University’s Development Office. He is responsible for a
municipal grant program which has been awarded more than $65 million in federal, state, local government grants and private donations. As a consultant, his work has produced $24 million+ in government grants for clients nationwide. He is an original GPC™ and co-author/editor of the 2016 book “Prepare for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential.” Mr. Blitch is a former Chairman of the Grant Professionals Foundation, serving on its Board of Directors from 2007 to 2015.  Contact him at

Public Library-Public School Library liaisons (Wendy Cornelisen & Elaine Black)

Join us for a conversation on building relationships between school and public libraries. We all want the students we serve to be future ready. How can we work together to achieve this goal? We’ll share examples of existing
partnerships and brainstorm ways to build new ones.

Wendy Cornelisen is the Assistant State Librarian for Library Innovation and Collaboration with the GA Public Library Service. She has more than 15 years of experience working in and with public libraries. She holds leadership roles in the Georgia Library Association and is past president of the Tennessee Library Association. She earned a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee.
Elaine Black is the Director for Youth Services at Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia’s state library. Prior to joining GPLS in 2007, she was the Events and Outreach Manager at the Gwinnett County Public Library in suburban Atlanta.

Trash to Treasure: Creating Wearable Accessories from Defunct Technology (Linda Martin)

In this hands-on session, participants will take computers or audiovisual equipment apart and explore how to take the “interesting bits” to create jewelry, using basic jewelry-making techniques and your imagination. Here is your chance to tinker, learn a new skill, and help keep technology out of the landfill! (Audience: grades 4+)

Linda Martin, Queen of the Library!

She is a School Librarian who puts the bling in Makerspace.