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Last Day to Save!

October 1, 2010

Today is the last day for “early bird” conference registration–prices for workshops and regular registration go up tomorrow.  Please see the registration page for details.

Also–a note from the registrar: if you have recently attempted to register for full conference, but were unable to do so, please try again.  The problem has been solved!

Two weeks to go–see you all soon!


Session update: Carl Deuker

September 29, 2010

The 2010 WLMA|WALE Conference committee is happy to announce that Seattle-area author Carl Deuker will be presenting  at 9:00 AM on Saturday the 16th (Session 5).  Carl currently teaches in the Northshore School District outside of Seattle. He is the author of On the Devil’s Court, Heart of a Champion, Night Hoops, Painting the Black, High Heat, Runner, and Gym Candy. On the Devil’s Court was YA book of the year in South Carolina; Heart was named book of the year in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee; Night Hoops won in Nebraska; and High Heat also won the Golden Sower award in Nebraska.

His latest novel, Payback Time, is now available in bookstores and, of course, will be available at the conference!

Session information updates

September 25, 2010

Concurrent session information has been updated–you can view the current iteration on the “Sessions” page or by clicking here. Please note that it is still officially a draft as we will continue to shuffle room assignments, so please continue to check back for updates.  Presenters, if you find any errors or omissions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Coker and Barb Engvall.  Thank you!

Register by October 1st!

September 24, 2010


Be sure to register by October 1st to receive the “early bird” discount!

Click here to visit the registration page–don’t miss out!

  • Sherman Alexie
  • Gennifer Choldenko
  • Christopher Harris
  • Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery
  • Alyson Noel
  • Mike Eisenberg
  • Workshops and Sessions
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Much, much more!

See you there!

Hotel reservation reminders

September 13, 2010

When making reservations at the SeaTac DoubleTree, please consider the following options:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 206-246-8600
  2. Call the 1-800 number at 1-800-222-TREE (8733)
  3. Visit our hotel’s website at
  4. Best option: Go directly to the WLMA hotel reservation page

Don’t forget to reference the WLMA/WALE  group code:  WLM

Session hosts needed

September 10, 2010

Want to assist a presenter by hosting a session? Volunteers are needed to welcome and introduce presenters. This is an easy way to get to meet a presenter at a session you want to attend! It also is a way that you can perform a valuable service at your conference. Hosting a session involves helping the presenter with any needs, which may include passing out evaluation forms, managing the capacity of the room, or passing out handouts. It also guarantees you a free seat at the session.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wayne Osborn at .

Session update: Mike Eisenberg

September 7, 2010

Join Mike at 3:00 on Friday, October 15th as he rolls out his new “Big6 By the Month” professional development initiative: Job Security for Teacher-Librarians: Implementing Comprehensive Big6 Information Literacy Programs.

Information literacy for all students is too important to be irregular or hit-and-miss. Teacher-librarians must step up and commit to developing and implementing information literacy programs that are comprehensive (reaching all users), predictable (consistent over time), and accountable (measured and reported). We CAN and MUST do this, and Mike Eisenberg shows the way—conceptually and practically—through his new “Big6 by the Month” approach.

Mike will also be joining forces earlier in the day with Dennis Small and Tara Richerson of OSPI as they highlight the strong connections between Washington State’s Education Technology Standards and information literacy education.  Don’t miss out!

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