Pat_ScalesThe Keynote Address will be given by Pat Scales, Library Consultant, Spokesperson for First Amendment issues and Columnist for School Library Journal (“Scales on Censorship”).

Pat. R. Scales has tirelessly worked as an advocate for children’s reading and intellectual freedom throughout her distinguished career.  After working for more than twenty-five years for Greenville Middle School in Greenville, SC, Pat became the director of library and information services at the state’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.  Among her many professional activities, she has served as President of ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), chaired the 2005 Arbuthnot Lecture Committee, 2003 Caldecott Award Selection Committee, 2001 Wilder Award Selection Committee, and 1992 Newbery Award Selection committee. Awarded the SCLA/SIRS Intellectual Freedom Award in 2001 and named one of the Movers & Shakers: People Changing the Future of Libraries by Library Journal in 2000, Pat continues to share her expertise with librarians through her SLJ Column, “Scales on Censorship.”

In the morning we will visit University School of Nashville. There will be two sessions, each offering several workshop choices. Everyone will be able to attend two different workshops.


Workshop One:
Whoa…I’m a Kids’ Librarian, Not a Web Designer!—Tips for Designing an Elementary or Middle School Library Web site.

This interactive session will review best practices in school library Web design as well as allow participants to view and critique numerous elementary and middle school library Web sites  You will be sure to come away with ideas you can use to create a new library Web site or “spruce up” the site you already have.

Presented by Carolyn Harris, Lower School Librarian, Franklin Road Academy; Jennifer Arvin, Lower School Library Assistant, Franklin Road Academy; Bettie Parsons Barger, Academic Technology Integrator, K – 8.

Workshop Two:
Livin’ on the Edge: Controversial Fiction and Graphic Novels.

YA novels, including graphic novels, now include content about peer pressure, illness, divorce, drugs, gangs, crime, violence, sexuality, incest, oral sex, and female/male rape. Critics of such content argue that the novels encourage destructive or immoral behavior. Others argue that fictional portrayal of teens successfully addressing difficult situations and confronting social issues helps readers deal with real-life challenges. What are we as librarians to do when confronted with these issues in collection development?  What are some classroom teachers doing to “hook” independent school students to read “edgy” adult novels?  What are some “hot” books for teenage boys and girls?

Presented by: Marty Vaughn, Director, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN. Katie Archambault, Librarian, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN. Robbie Quinn, Librarian, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN. Sean Kinch, English Faculty, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN.

Workshop Three:
Students with Learning Differences: All Schools Have Them!

This workshop will help you understand that meeting the needs of students with learning differences actually helps you better meet the needs of all students you serve.  What are learning differences? How can libraries provide services to these populations?  We will cover Audio and eAudioBooks, including textbooks (both free and fee); Assistive Technologies; Subscriptions, Software and Freeware; Website design and ideas; and a Bibliography of books and websites. We will not be focusing on physical disabilities, but on learning differences such as dyslexia and related disorders, and ADD, & ADHD.

Presented by Kathy A. Fester, Library Coordinator, Shelton School & Evaluation Center, Dallas, Texas. Shelton is an EC-12 private school of just over 800 students, where every child has a learning difference.


Workshop One:
Latest and Greatest of Web 2.0

The web is evolving faster than most of us ever imagined, and the impact it’s having on education is profound. This talk will highlight some of the cooler tools now available that you can use in your libraries to enhance learning for your students.

Presented by Shelly Drumm, Emerging Technologies Trainer for BCR, Aurora, Colorado.

Workshop Two:
Say GB to PP: Goodbye PowerPoint, Hello High Tech Alternatives to Student Projects.

Tired of students creating the same old PowerPoint presentations?  Join the Battle Ground Academy librarians as they tour the high tech world of student projects:  ToonDoo, Photostory, Logitech QuickCam presentations, and more.  Attendees will leave with not only the nuts and bolts of implementation, but also ideas to jump start your move away from Powerpoint-world.  Bring your own success stories and ideas to share!

Presented by Angela Klausner, Erin Barclay, and Susan Gaultney, Librarians at Battle Ground Academy in Nashville, TN.

Optional Afternoon Workshop:
Using Follett’s Destiny to Enhance School Projects

This session will focus on using Follett’s Destiny Library Automation Program to develop special project areas that can enhance school projects.  Participants will be asked to bring a school project they currently use as a collaborative tool with a classroom teacher.  Participants will learn how to create a project page within the library catalog in order to enhance research capabilities for their students.

Presented by Alice Bryant, Middle School Instructional Librarian at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN.


In the evening we will visit Montgomery Bell Academy for a cocktail reception, bluegrass music, and dinner. We’ll hear a presentation about “Current Issues in Publishing” given by John R. Ingram.

John R. IngramMr. Ingram is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately held companies with businesses in inland marine transportation, book printing, and digital content distribution.  Within Ingram Industries, he is Chairman of Ingram Content Group which includes Ingram Book Company, the leading wholesaler and distributor to the book industry; Lightning Source Inc., the leading provider of print on demand services for publishers, and Ingram Digital.  Mr. Ingram is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and Princeton University and earned his master of business administration degree at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the Boards of Vanderbilt University, Montgomery Bell Academy, and The Harpeth Hall School.

  • View Mr. Ingram’s thought-provoking powerpoint presentation. Be patient, it may take a long time to load, it’s 17.1 MB – it will be faster if you save it first and then open it.

In the morning the attendees will divide into two groups. One will visit Oak Hill School, a Pre-K through 6th grade coed school. The other group will visit Father Ryan, a Catholic high school. Each group will be able to choose from a few workshops.


Workshop One:
Reading Parallel Narratives: Fiction and Nonfiction for Middle School Readers.

Using the framework of Arts Integration, we will explore parallel texts in fiction and nonfiction as a way to discover and examine history. The presentation will be interactive, using art, performance and written exercises. Bring your paper and pencil, your inner artist, and your willingness to perform on the smallest stage in the world!

Hailed as “a strong new voice in children’s literature” by Kirkus Reviews, Helen Hemphill grew up in Texas and now lives with her family in Nashville, TN and Austin, TX. Ms. Hemphill is a graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College and holds an MA in English literature. She is on the Southern Artistry register at the Southern Arts Federation and is a Teaching Artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission. Her debut novel Long Gone Daddy won the Teddy Award for young adult fiction from the Writers’ League of Texas and was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age. Her second novel, Runaround, was named a 2007 Top Ten Youth Romance by Booklist and to the Best New Books for the Classroom by Book Links. It was recently released in paperback. The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, her newest novel for middle school readers, was cited in Best Children’s Books by Bank Street College, to the Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended List and was honored with the Virginia M. Law Award for “most distinguished book for young adults on Texas History” by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Workshop Two:
Got Excitement? Adding Pizzazz with Author Visits and Book Fairs

In a roundtable setting, hear from two Nashville area librarians experienced in successful author visits and book fairs.  Want to host an author but don’t know where to start?  Need a new twist on a knock-your-socks-off book fair?  Then join us for a lively discussion, and please bring your own success stories and ideas to share!

Presentors: Debbie Sandwith, Middle School Librarian and Director of Libraries on the Red Gables campus of The Ensworth School;  Angela Klausner, Middle School Librarian and Director for the three libraries at Battle Ground Academy.


Workshop One
 Your Cheatin’ Heart Will Tell On You: Preventing Plagarism.

The best way to prevent plagiarism is through planning. This session will provide examples of research projects that encourage students to interact with primary sources first to generate their own ideas and thesis. Examples will also demonstrate paraphrasing and using quotations, note taking, and using NoodleTools for note taking and citations.

Presented by Joan Lange, librarian at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, TN; and Karen Phillips, Library Director at Brentwood School Library in Los Angeles, CA.

Workshop Two
So Much to Provide…So Little Space: High School Library Websites for the 21st Century

Online catalogs, search engines, databases, bibliographic tools, website organizers, blogs, virtual libraries, summer reading lists, author visits, Web 2.0 programs, student book reviews, digital storytelling and the list goes on and on….What is the best ways for high school librarians to organize their websites in order to deliver information in the clearest and most useful formats?  This interactive session will review best practices in high school library web design as well as allow participants to view and critique many high school library websites.

Presented by Christy Foreman and Elaine Demeter, Father Ryan High School.

Workshop Three
“Speed Sharing” Library Management Issues

This workshop will use the “speed dating” format in which each participant will rotate to meet and talk with other participants for 3-5 minute segments.  This method promises to be a quick and fun way to share tips, questions and concerns.  Participants should come with 2-3 good ideas or questions related to Library Management issues.  Possible topics to discuss include: annual reports and reporting, budgets and asset allocation, library/classroom management, library operating systems, working with “difficult” people, using Web 2.0 to aid in record keeping, dealing with rapid change & long-range planning, keeping faculty and students interested in the library, etc.

Moderated by Jean Bruce, The Ensworth School, Devon Farm Campus.

** This workshop was replaced by a special discussion of Cushing Academy by Liz Gray and Carolyn Hilles **

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010


Workshop One:
Newbery, Caldecott, and More… The Inside Scoop!

Learn how the Newbery, Caldecott, and other major awards are chosen, how the committees operate, and how to get on one of the committees. We will discuss our involvement in the exciting world of children’s literature, our participation on these committees, and how to involve students in the excitement.

Presented by Robin Smith, The Ensworth School. She has served on the Boston Globe-Horn Book, Geisel, Coretta Scott King, and Caldecott committees. She is a reviewer for The Horn Book magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage. Dean Schneider, The Ensworth School. He has served on the Hans Christian Andersen, Newbery, and Arbuthnot committees. He writes for Book Links magazine, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, and occasionally for The Horn Book Magazine.

Workshop Two
Get a “Kick” out of Your Kindle and “Flip”Over Your Flip Camera:  Technology Tips for Leary Librarians and Terrified Teachers

Technology innovation is happening so fast that we all have to work hard to keep up!  Hear about Phoebe Warmack’s experiences with Kindles at Woodberry Forest as well as discover from Barry McAlister how quick and easy it can be to teach students and teachers how to use flip cameras and integrate video into school projects.  (Attendees will get a “hands-on” opportunity to learn while they create their own projects with a flip camera.)

Presented by Phoebe B. Warmack, Director, William H. White Jr. Library, Woodberry Forest School and Barry McAlister, Associate Director of Video Production and Graphics at Montgomery Bell Academy.

  • Download Phoebe Warmack’s Kindle powerpoint.

Workshop Three
Ken Burns, Watch Out!:  Connecting Students with the Future by Pursuing the Past in School Archives Using PastPerfect Software

Students who are “weaned on” YouTube are hot on the heels of Ken Burns!  This workshop will show how four high school students researched primary documents in their school’s archives using PastPerfect software to make a documentary film that “wowed” their teacher and classmates. Emphasis will be on the research aspect of this film.  Participants will get to see Montgomery Bell Academy’s Virtual Archives where users have access to over 1400 items using PastPerfect software.  There will also be discussion about how to start a school archives as well as how to “grow” an archives.

Presented by Mildred Tilley, Director, Montgomery Bell Academy Library, and Dr. MaryEllen Pethel, History faculty and Archivist, Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN.


Workshop One
“Hot Off the Press”: New Books for Children and Great Ways to Display Them.

This workshop will let AISL members take a peek at some great new childrens’ and YA books as well as give the group some unique book display ideas.  Following the presentation, there will be books for sale.

Presented by Amy Masonis from Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Nashville’s premier independent book dealer. Amy has a degree in Museum Exhibit Design and is a freelance artist in addition to her “day job” at Davis-Kidd.

Workshop Two
College Libraries 101

This lively and humorous class presentation is designed for high school seniors.  Easily adaptable to any school, the aim of this presentation is to make seniors aware of what to expect from their college library.  After the presentation, students go to their own college library websites and answer questions to help them become aware of what will be available to them as university students.  Some students find that their college libraries even have text message reference!

Presented by Donna Clark, Upper School Instructional Librarian, The Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN.

Workshop Three
Technology integration: Helping teachers use technology in the classroom.

Even in schools fortunate enough to have a technology integrator, the librarian can and should play a role in encouraging technology use in the classroom. This session will discuss a little about that role and introduce some of the tools that can help teachers and students use technology for research, collaboration, and presentation.

Presented by Karen Douse, Director of Library and Information Services, The Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN. Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Online School for Girls. Co-presented by Molly Rumsey, Technology Integration Specialist and Middle School Math Faculty; and Alice Bryant, Middle School Instruction Librarian; The Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN.



Robert Hicks photoOne of Nashville’s most fascinating historians and writers, Robert Hicks is the author of two moving novels about the Civil War and its aftermath, THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH and A SEPARATE COUNTRY.  Mr. Hicks was born and raised in South Florida and moved to Williamson County, TN 26 years ago. An avid collector Widow of the Southand preservationist, Hicks lives in a late-eighteenth-century log cabin named ‘Labor in Vain.’

Working both as a music publisher and in artist management, Hick’s interests remain broad and varied. A partner in the B. B. King’s Blues A Separate Countryclubs in Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles, Hicks serves as ‘Curator of Vibe’ of the corporation.

In the field of historic preservation, he has served on the Boards of Historic Carnton Plantation, the Tennessee State Museum, The Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.  THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH was born out of Hicks’s many years of work at Carnton and his passion for the preservation of the remaining fragments of the battlefield. A SEPARATE COUNTRY is a novel based on the life of confederate general John Bell Hood and is set in 19th century New Orleans. Following the publication of A SEPARATE COUNTRY, author Lee Smith described Robert Hicks as a “master of voice, character, and atmosphere– here is a born storyteller who has found an unforgettable story to tell.”

School visits will include the following:

Montgomery Bell Academy
Grades 7-12 All-Boys School
Mildred Tilley,
Anne Bramwell,

The Ensworth School
Grades Pre-1st-12 Coed on two campuses
Jean Bruce,
Debbie Sandwith,

The Harpeth Hall School
Grades 5-12 All-Girls School
Alice Bryant,
Donna Clark,
Karen Douse,
Susan Timmons,

University School of Nashville
Grades K-12 Coed on one campus
Maura Rankin,
Elizabeth Coble,

Father Ryan High School
Grades 9-12 Catholic Coed School
Christy Foreman,

Oak Hill School
Grades Pre-K—6th Coed School
Chasta Mitchell,



15 responses to “Program

  1. jim sternberg

    What time will session 5 on Friday, 4/16 end–I’ll need to leave immediately after if I were to attend.

    Thanks for the info.

    • aisl2010

      The session at Harpeth Hall on Friday is currently scheduled to finish at 3:15pm Central time, so we’d be back to the hotel before 4pm easily. We are then planning to have a little vendor fair at the hotel late that afternoon before the Skip Anthony Banquet. Before you make your reservations, let me add the official caveat that programs and schedules may be subject to change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. ~ Susan Timmons

  2. Sarah Kresberg

    I may need to leave directly from Harpeth Hall to get to the airport on time. Would we be going back to the hotel for lunch on Friday (which would enable me to pick up my luggage) or would I need to carry my luggage around all day? Is this feasible? Thanks.

    • aisl2010


      We will not be returning to the hotel during the day. We’re investigating whether the bus will have enough storage for your luggage so you don’t have to drag it around all day – I’ll let you know. You’re probably not the only person who will need to leave immediately after the last session. If enough people are interested, you could all share an airport shuttle or taxi and have it pick up at Harpeth Hall. If anyone else would be interested in that, please reply to this comment with your name and email address.

      ~ Susan Timmons

      • aisl2010

        We checked with the bus company, and there will be room for you to store your luggage under the bus during the day so you can leave straight from Harpeth Hall. Also, if there are a few people who want to leave directly from there, you may want to make a reservation with Super Shuttle, it may be cheaper than a taxi:
        ~ Susan Timmons

      • Sarah Kresberg

        Thanks so much. We are going to book our flights today.

  3. Would anyone like to share a room at the Marriott? I have one room rwith double beds already reserved.

    Feel free to contact me via email:

  4. Would anyone like to share a room at the Marriott? I have reserved a room with double beds. Although I hope she can attend, Shelly Dean is not certain about it and probably cannot stay the entire time. Therefore, she encouraged me to continue my quest for an AISL conference roommate.
    Thanks, and Happy New Year.
    Diana Williams
    Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC

  5. Carol Ohta

    Hello Diana,

    Are you still looking for a roommate? If so, I will probably be flying in from Honolulu on Tuesday and leaving Saturday morning, so any days in between that you’d like to share a room would be great.

  6. Evelyn Schwartz

    Hi, I’ll be staying with a friend in the area and was wondering what times the sessions would end each day so I can coordinate times for pick-up. Any advice on the approximate times the morning workshops begin would be very useful as well.

    Thanks! Am very much looking forward to my first AISL conference!

    – Evelyn

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