AA Highway Library Staff Conference

Octavia Sexton, Appalachian storyteller, will be the keynote speaker at the AA Highway Library Staff Conference on May 20 at Ashland Community and Technical College.

The libraries of ACTC, Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC), and Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) are jointly sponsoring this Road to Success professional development conference for library staff in schools, communities, and colleges located along the AA Highway.

In the keynote address, Eastern Kentucky native Octavia Sexton will share stories from a rich tradition of Kentucky and Native American folklore and share ideas about how stories influence who we are and who we become. Concurrent sessions will cover literature choices, technologies, resources, services and successful programs.

In American Classics: Jesse Stuart and His Work, Stuart scholar Edwina Pendarvis will discuss what constitutes classic literature and why reading classic literature is important for college and life.

In Graphic Novels: Theyre Not Just For Kids Anymore, ACTC librarian Pam Klinepeter will give an overview of popular graphic novels and how they may be used to support subjects from literature to history to science.

In Social Media for Libraries: Engaging the Digital Native, GTCT librarian Tess Burns will explore Web 2.0 and how it can best be used by library patrons.

Other sessions include Personal Security and Security in Your Library, How to Get the Most Out of the Kentucky Virtual Library, Libraries of Appalachia, Community Read program, Philanthropy and Libraries, iRead: Using Technology To Get Reading Back In Your Schedule, and Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts.

The conference will be held at ACTC Technology Drive Campus. The registration fee is $25, and the registration deadline is May 6. To register or for more information, go to the MCTC library web page at http://maysville.kctcs.edu/Academics/Library/About_Us. For questions, contact Sonja Eads at 606-759-7141, ext. 66126.