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Keys to Elevating Readers with eBooks and Audiobooks

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Gretchen Zaitzeff, District Library Media Specialist, Canyons School District (UT); and Noel Zickefoose, Account Manager, OverDrive, Inc.

Sponsored by OverDrive, Inc.

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Join Gretchen Zaitzeff, District Librarian at Canyons School District (UT), and Noel Zickefoose, Account Manager for OverDrive Education, for a deep dive into best practices for teaching and engaging readers using eBooks and audiobooks.

You learn how to draw and share data with administrators to support students and teachers, plus how to promote, use, and share digital books like a pro. Last (but not least!) you also discover how to connect students to the public library to gain even more access to books.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 librarians, education technology leaders, and school and district leaders.

Gretchen ZaitzeffAbout the Presenters

Gretchen Zaitzeff has worked in school libraries for over 15 years in multiple states and at all levels. Currently, she is the District Library Media Specialist for the Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. She has a master’s in library and information science from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has taught School Library Management in Illinois State University’s post-baccalaureate licensure program. Previously, she served as a board member at large for the Association of Illinois School Library Educators and is the current President of the Utah Educational Library Media Association. An engaging conference presenter, Gretchen connects with audiences and shares her passionate beliefs that information literacy is essential to the preservation of democracy and that the power of school libraries to provide students equitable access to the authentic stories and accurate information is both life changing and lifesaving.

Noel ZickefooseNoel Zickefoose is an Account Manager for schools in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. Noel’s vision is that all students have access to digital books to not only give them the ability to read 24/7/365 on any device, but to help them develop their technology skills so they’re prepared for the future. She is deeply committed to serving the needs of her school partners and thrives on solving problems and ensuring that everyone she supports has a great experience being an OverDrive partner. She has three little girls ages three, six, and eight and loves reading them books in Sora every evening at bedtime. She’s also an avid runner and vegetarian but likes to balance that out with lots of chocolate!

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Sora OverDrive Education, a division of OverDrive, offers the largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and other content for over 59,000 K-12 schools and millions of students worldwide. The Sora student reading app, named one of TIME’s Best Inventions, provides every student with access to the right books and supports the need for required curriculum titles, class sets and pleasure reading. (acquired in 2021) complements Sora with one of the largest catalogs of supplemental resources that “bring books to life.” Founded in 1986, OverDrive – which also provides digital content to public, academic and corporate libraries – is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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