The PILLARS Symposium:
Preparation, Information Literacy, Libraries, Academic Resources,
and 21st Century Skills for Transitioning from Secondary School to College
- Why: A three-day symposium that will bring educators and librarians together to share knowledge on the topic of student readiness for college and beyond.
- When: Wednesday, July 7 – Friday, July 9, 2021
- Where: Virtually, from your computer.
- What: This symposium is designed to introduce educators to a wide range of teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st-century classroom. Presenters will share their knowledge on teaching information literacy instruction, writing, using primary resources, bridging the digital divide, and related topics that will prepare secondary students for success in college and beyond. The format will include formal presentations, breakout sessions, and opportunities to connect with educators around New York State. This symposium is presented by and for educators in New York State, and we welcome the perspective of guests from other regions who will join as presenters and attendees.
- Who: Presenters and target audience include but are not limited to:
- Secondary school teachers, librarians, administrators
- Academic librarians, professors, administrators
- First year college transition specialists
- Public librarians – both YA and Adult Services
- Public historians and cultural heritage institution educators
- Students (recent HS graduates and first-year college students)
- Others invested in student success with High School to College Transition
Wednesday, July 7 – Research Skills
9:30 to 10 a.m. – Yoga/Writing Workshop
10 to 11 a.m. – Research Skills for First-Year College Students: The Library’s Role
Leslie Wong Loock, Nassau Community College
Shikha Gupta Joseph, Nassau Community College
Dina Ledwith, Nassau Community College
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Making the Connections for Student Success: Common Themes Found in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, the American Association of School Librarians Standards, and the Common Core State Standards
Caroline Fuchs, St. John’s University
Heather Ball, St. John’s University
1 to 2 p.m. – Developing College-Ready Students: A Story of Collaboration and Active Learning
Jocelyn Ireland, Mohawk Valley Community College
Michael Hoover, P-TECH – Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
2 to 3 p.m. – Don’t Dread the Open Web: Empowering Students to be Confident, Effective, and Inclusive Information Seekers
Christine Fena, Stony Brook University
3 to 4 p.m. – What Today’s Students Need to Know About Research
John Hayward, Naperville Central High School
4 to 5 p.m. – From First Year Experience to Teacher’s Education: A Discussion on Practical Ideas for Information Literacy and Students in Transition
Raymond Pun, Education/Outreach Manager – Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University
Tarida Anantachai, Interim Head – Learning and Academic Engagement, Syracuse University Libraries
Thursday, July 8 – Working with the Community
9:30 to 10 a.m. – Good For Your Soul: A Cooking Show with Ms. Sarah – Dutch Babies for Breakfast!
Sarah Gluck, Queens Public Library
10 to 11 a.m. – Partnering with the Community to Help Students Transition
Carli Wright, Randolph Central School MS/HS
Allison Fischer, SUNY Erie Community College & Daemen College
Maria Lowe, Buffalo & Erie County Public Central Library
Amy Rockwell, SUNY Buffalo State
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Digital History with Timeline JS
Chelsea Gibson, Binghamton University
1 to 2 p.m. – College and Career Pathways at The New York Public Library: Filling the College Access Gap in an Urban Setting
Katrina Ortega, The New York Public Library
Leanne Minkoff, The New York Public Library
2 to 3 p.m. – Data Zines: A Hands-On Approach to Community Curiosities
Tess Wilson, Network of the National Library of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region
3 to 4 p.m. – Digital Research Course: A First Step to College Transitioning
Melissa Balk, Thousand Island High School
4 to 5 p.m. – Reinforcement and Rapport: Supporting English Language Learners in Academic Libraries
Megan Margino Marchese, SUNY Farmingdale State College
Friday, July 9 – Preparing for the Future
9:30 to 10 a.m. – Morning Mindfulness Art Therapy Workshop
10 to 11 a.m. – “Aligning the Curriculums for College Success” High School and College Library Collaborations
Carl R. Andrews, Bronx Community College
Dickens Saint Hilaire, Bronx Community College
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Digital Literacy Skills in an Inequitable Arena: How Will We Address Post-Pandemic Knowledge Gap in Classrooms for Student Success?
Jenna Pitera, Skidmore College
Maria Ishaq Khan, University at Albany
1 to 2 p.m. – An Inadvertent Opportunity: Open Access, Digital Equity, and a High School-College Collaboration
Kristen Totleben, University of Rochester
Danyelle Westbrook, Victor High School
Eileen Daly-Boas, University of Rochester
2 to 3:30 p.m. – High School to College Roundtable
Facilitator – Sue LeBlanc, Madison-Oneida BOCES
Danielle S. Apfelbaum, SUNY Farmingdale State College
Kathy Starks, Owego Free Academy
Amber Wessies, Union University
Theresa Zahor, SUNY Farmingdale State College
Franki Kessler, SUNY Farmingdale State College
Michelle Bishop, SUNY Oswego
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Bridging the Digital Divide (During COVID-19)
Jonathan R. Wilson, East Tennessee State University
Jeri Paddock, East Tennessee State University
This event is presented at no cost to attendees by the Empire State Library Network with generous help from our sponsors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will attendees be receiving continuing education certificates?
Yes. Attendees will have the option to request continuing education certificates for each individual session.
Will attendees be eligible for Continuing Education and Leader Education (CTLE) credit?
This event is a production of Empire State Library Network (ESLN) and is co-produced by New York School Library Systems Association (SLSA).
For more information, please contact the planning committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, we’d like to thank our generous sponsors for allowing us to present this event at no cost to attendees.