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Incorporating eBooks into the Curriculum: Engaging Your Whole School Community with Digital

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Joanna McNally, high school librarian; with Betsey Lee, middle school librarian
Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited, OverDrive and School Library Connection


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eBooks have become an essential component of the K12 curriculum. A successful shift toward digital means engaged students, teachers incorporating new resources into their lessons and enthusiastic administrator support. But how is this achieved?

High school librarian Joanna McNally and middle school librarian Betsey Lee, have successfully used eBooks in a range of situations. They showed how to get all of the stakeholder groups at your school on board with eBooks. Joanna and Betsey shared how to teach students to use eBooks meaningfully, how to help teachers incorporate them seamlessly into their teaching, and how to gain buy-in from administrators and parents.

Topics included:

  • How should an eBook program be managed?
  • How do you communicate the value of eBooks to teachers, administrators, and parents?
  • How do eBooks affect collection development?
  • How can you align eBooks to curriculum standards?


joanna mcnallyJoanna McNally has been the librarian at Orange High School for five years. She was featured as a Gale Geek in March 2015. Joanna co-teaches a digital citizenship course and serves on several building and district committees, including assisting with the BYOD initiative at the high school and also with creating a K-12 Technology Skills Graph that relies on the ISTE Standards as its framework, with a large emphasis on research and information literacy. Prior to working at Orange, Joanna worked at Charles F. Brush High School as the librarian and district Library Coordinator, where she wrote an LSTA grant to transform the library into a learning commons/library cafe. Earlier in her career, Joanna worked for the Lakeshore Northeast Ohio Computer Association (LNOCA), supporting INFOhio locally to nearly 250 school libraries. She is a Past-President of OELMA, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and has also served as an AASL Regional Representative. Joanna was recognized in 2003 by SLJ in People to Watch.

betsey leeWith over 25 years of teaching experience, Betsey Lee is currently working with sixth – eighth graders as the Librarian and Tech Integration Specialist at Brady Middle School in the Orange City Schools, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher in the Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland, Ohio where she also worked as a District Resource Teacher for technology and as an Elementary Media Specialist. Additionally, she has served as a Media Specialist in the Mentor and Euclid school districts. Betsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Education from Allegheny College, as well as a Master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University, with Elementary (K-8) and Library Media (K-12) certifications. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) and the PTA. She was chosen as the Orange City School District Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2012, and with her library colleagues, she received the OELMA 2013 Outstanding School Library District Award.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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