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A Publication of the Florida Association for Media in Education Winter 2012


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FAME Officers President President-Elect Immediate Past President Treasurer Secretary

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Jeanette DiRocco Pat Franklin Dawn Gibbs Sharon Henderson Dr. Sheila Brandt Dr. Cora Dunkley Lisa Horton Holly Ruffner Lucretia Miller Henry Haake Sandy Trujillo Debbie Rothfield

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Florida Power Library What I Did On My Summer Vacation Pat Franklin


Building a Reading Incentive Partnership Melanie Tahan

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Looking Ahead with Ways and Means Melaine Tahan, Ways and Means Chairperson

Editorial Staff Rhoda Cribbs, Editor Laura Symanski, Graphic Designer


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Too Shy to Present Lou Greco

Edmodo: The Gift that Keeps on Giving Jesse Gates

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SSYRA Laurie Arnez, SSYRA Chairperson


Buffy Hamilton — the Unquiet Librarian Lou Greco


Publisher Florida Association for Media in Education 1876-B Eider Court Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Phone: 850-531-8343

Sandy Ulm Scholarship Jill Dudley, FAME Scholarship Chairperson

Board of Directors 2009-2012

FTR Award Winner Kristin Cashore

Lights, Camera, Action Karen Robinson, Jim Harbin Media Chairperson



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First of all, thank you for taking the time to read our FAME publication, the Florida Media Quarterly and for making FAME a part of your professional life. We are at a pivotal crossroads for our organization. Since 2007 we have lost almost fifty percent of our conference attendance and membership. There have been a multitude of circumstances that have brought us to this place which have been somewhat beyond our control.

Lou Greco President, FAME Director for Instructional Technology & Media Services St. Johns County School District

FAME Mission Statement FAME advocates for every student in Florida to be involved in and have open access to a quality school library media program administered by a highly competent, certified library media specialist. FAME is a collaborative, responsive, dynamic network for Florida library media professionals.

However, now is the time to take the bull by the horns and move forward. As I mentioned at the closing session of the FAME Conference, I see this as a temporary obstacle that we as a group of school librarians can overcome. We need to reinvent our profession for the digital age as well as our professional organization. We are the literacy and technology experts on our campuses. Now more than ever we have the ability to organize and optimize how we work in our schools and as a profession via the benefit of web conferencing and all the social media tools. All organizations are made not only of the leadership, but of each and every member. FAME needs YOU now more than ever. What will YOU do for FAME and our profession of school librarianship? There are many ways to build up our state organization and our profession. We need all hands on deck to assist in making FAME the best state school librarian organization in the United States. Our conference is well known throughout the country and we expect to keep it that way. This year, please find your place in FAME and share your unique gifts and talents. I’d like you to join me, the FAME leadership, and all FAME members in working toward some common goals. During this upcoming year I would like to see each of us try to make some of these goals listed below our personal goals. By the time of our 2012 FAME Conference occurs, I want us all to look back on the year and see how we have made the year better for school libraries and librarians in Florida. Together we can accomplish these! Goal 1- Increase Membership 1,000 FAME members! We can meet this goal if each member can recruit just one other colleague to join. If you have other great ideas for increasing membership contact Sue Shaw. Goal 2 – Local, Statewide, & National Advocacy – We need every member to contact their personal legislator and local school board member. Print out the legislative platform and discuss it with your local representatives. Each member needs to invite at least one school board member to one of your school library events during the school year. You’ll be surprised, they do show up and you will be amazed at how quickly they can become your allies in defending school library programs. For more information about the Legislative Committee contact Deb Svec | Florida Media Quarterly | Winter 2012 | Page 4 |

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Goal 3 – Free for Members FAME Online Professional Development –Take at least one online professional development course offered by FAME this year. The first course will be a one-hour session offered on January 5th at 3:30 via an Adobe Connect session on “How To Use Edmodo”. For more information or suggestions for the Professional Development Committee contact Dr. Nancy Teger. Goal 4 – Florida Media Quarterly (FMQ) – Increase amount of articles demonstrating best practices in school libraries representing authors from all five regions of Florida. Consider writing an article this year. It doesn’t take that long. Send your articles to Rhoda Cribbs. Goal 5 – Capitalize on our “brands” (SSYRA, FTR, and Jim Harbin Student Media Festival) Make sure you participate in at least one of FAME’s signature programs. Contact Laurie Arnez, Jodi Delgado, or Karen Robinson if you have questions or suggestions for any of these programs.

Goal 6 – Exponentially increase our use of Social Media to connect with one another and advocate for our profession. Connect with FAME via Facebook, Twitter, and Edmodo. Goal 7 – FAME Conference Attendance 1,000 We need everyone to attend the conference. Just like membership, if everyone who attended the 2011 conference invited a colleague we would be over 1,000 next year. Share a hotel room and car pool to the conference. We would also be thrilled if you would submit a concurrent session proposal or Exploratorium presentation. It is a pleasure to serve as your president this year, please contact me if you have questions or suggestions as you think out of the box for ways FAME can improve. With much appreciation, Lou Greco

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Florida Teens


I like to think about how my characters would fare in real world situations sometimes, and today, I’m thinking about what the conversation would be like if I tried to tell Katsa that she won an award. I think she’d be extremely confused. People knew her story and thought it was a good one? Really? People voted for her? Why would they do that? To be honest, I’m not sure I could get Katsa to understand it. Maybe Po could help explain. I don’t expect he’d be particularly surprised by any of it.

Bitterblue and is coming out soon. When I began writing Bitterblue, I lived in Jacksonville, Florida. Every day, I took a sunset walk along the St. Johns River and watched the long-legged birds preening themselves and napping and squawking at each other on the pilings. I’m from Pennsylvania. The birds of Florida were a revelation to me; we don’t see birds like that up north and inland.

Then I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and finished writing Bitterblue. Readers of Graceling may remember the I myself was both surprised and delighted to learn that character of Bitterblue, who is ten in Graceling. She’s Graceling had won the Florida Teens Read Award. It can be eighteen in the book that bears her name. Her castle sits on hard for a writer to finish a book and have to let go of it. a river that I describe as being “wide as a bay,” and there’s The book is suddenly no longer hers; it belongs to readers. a scene where she stands by that river with Po, watching the It feels like a personal loss to the writer, and it can be scary long-legged birds preening themselves on the pilings. too—what if her book gets beaten up in the big bad world? In my heart, those birds are Florida birds, that wide river is But now I realize that I needn’t have worried. Graceling the St. Johns, and those pilings are the ones I saw on my found its home and the place where it belongs. Florida! walk every day. When a writer misses a place, she writes it Thank you so much, readers, for loving this book and taking into her books. Do you see why I feel a special connection such good care of it. You are a comfort to the author’s heart. to the readers of Florida? Thank you also to the tireless media specialists of Florida I thank you for this honor, with all my heart. And I think who make this program possible. I hope you’re proud of the that once Katsa came to understand that people actually did work you do. decide to give her an award, she would be proud. I’d like to mention, before I close, something for Florida – Kristin Cashore readers to watch out for in my next book, which is called


Sandy Ulm Scholarship

Jill Dudley FAME Scholarship Committee Chair Hellen Caro Elementary

The Florida Association for Media in Education Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2011 Sandy Ulm Scholarship, which is given to an individual who is studying to become a school library media specialist. This year’s winner is Yurima Don, Media Specialist at Pinecrest Academy South in Miami FL, who is pursuing her masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of South Florida. The Sandy Ulm Scholarship began in 2001 in honor of Sandy Ulm, first president of FAME and Department of Education Liaison for many years. Ms. Ulm was instrumental in merging the Florida Association of School Librarians, the Florida Audiovisual Association and the Florida Association of Educational Television into one association, the Florida Association of Media for Education (FAME) and she served as its first president. She later supported the concept of a state-wide union catalog and also developed the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program. The FAME Sandy Ulm Scholarship Award is open to individuals: • who are registered in a university certificate or Master's course of study in Library Science or Educational Media or related field as approved by the Scholarship Committee, • who are currently enrolled in at least one course for credit in their designated program, • who maintain a minimum of 3.0 average on a 4-point scale for previous academic work, • who live and/or work in a county in the State of Florida, • who are or plan to be a school library media specialist, and • who are a member in good standing of FAME. | Florida Media Quarterly | Winter 2012 | Page 6 |

Florida Power Library s your school immersed in information literacy? Do you have to calm the crowd of teachers who want to collaborate with you? Does your administration make sure the media center is a stop on every important school tour? Do your circulation statistics and the consistent buzz of student activity make you smile? If you answered yes to these questions, you are a good candidate for the Florida Power-Library School program. Visit for more information. Here are some thoughts from some FPLS's.


Joanne Pryor, Pat Franklin and Ginger Carter (Orange County recipients)

Students and Pat Franklin (far right) proudly display their banner.

Jenny Beyer, Ramona Mauro and Eugene Trochinski, principal..

“I am from the first group of FPL winners and cannot express how enlightening the process was. Compiling the evidence brought to light the good and the bad which helped me and the media center. Being a Florida Power Library fully immersed my school in the true power of the library.” – Ginger Carter

about how the media center meets the information and literacy needs of our school as a whole. Receiving the Florida Power Library Award put the media center in the spotlight and reminded everyone that the library is truly the heart of the school!” – Jenny Beyer and Ramona Mauro, Library Media Specialists

“Becoming a FP-L challenged me to seek out teachers with whom to collaborate. I had been collaborating with teachers, but not on the scale I do now.” – Joanne Pryor, Winter Park High 9th Grade Center, Media Specialist.

Receiving the Florida Power Library School Award was beneficial to us in two ways. First, it was a wonderful way to evaluate our program to find out what the criteria is for an outstanding library program and to make sure our library is meeting this standard. Second, because of this designation, our administration took a good look at our library media center and thought we needed some updating. We received mounted projectors and a new audio enhancement system. Our library was freshly painted and new carpeting was installed. We were able to design new signage and enhance our picture book area for our toddlers who come in for story hour with our day care class. All in all, applying for and receiving the Florida Power Library School Award was a great experience. – Pat Franklin

“With the collaboration of our media specialist and our teachers, our ninth graders checked out more books than any 9th grade class in our county’s nineteen high schools and thus had the highest 9th grade FCAT reading scores.” – David Stanley, Winter Park High 9th Grade Center, Senior Administrator “Obtaining the Florida Power Library designation at Dr. Phillips High School was an extremely beneficial experience. The process gave us the opportunity to take a comprehensive look at our program and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses so we could make it even better. The entire DPHS staff and administration pulled together to provide feedback

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What I Did on Summer Vacation

George Washington Institute for Teachers

ow are you going to spend your summer vacation? Do you like vacations where you are constantly learning? Do you like to be with fun people who share your passion for learning and teaching? Do you like to be wined and dined in a fabulous atmosphere?


If so, you might want to apply to attend the George Washington Institute for Teachers. This institute was established in 1999 and is a competitive summer program open to teachers (and librarians) from only 16 states. Luckily Florida is one of these states. A wealthy donor (we are never told who) has funded slots for teachers from Florida so why not take advantage of the opportunity that this wonderful benefactor has provided for us?

Pat Franklin Timber Creek High Orlando, Orange County

On the first day of the workshop, volunteers from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association will transport you to Mount Vernon, the home of our first president. There you will be pleasantly surprised to find that your accommodations resemble a bed and breakfast. Your room is beautifully decorated with your own bathroom. Meals will be catered or provided at one of the lovely fine dining restaurants on the Mount Vernon property. The first night of the workshop, guides will take you on an evening tour of the

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Your only obligations to this institute is to create a lesson plan and send it to the institute to be shared with others as well as perform one in-service session for your colleagues. All of your accommodations, meals and transportation are paid for.

monuments in Washington, D.C. I was a little worried since the rest of the week was to be spent entirely on the Mount Vernon property; however, the workshop was so awesome and the people attending it were so much fun, there was always something to learn and do. Did you know that after George and Martha died, Mount Vernon was sold and had several owners? When it was put up for sale in the late 1800s, it was in disarray and no state or national agency would buy it. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association fundraised and with private donations purchased the property and refurbished the house and the grounds. Workshops during the week were presented by nationally renowned scholars. These scholars spoke about George Washington’s personal life, his career as a military officer and his service as the first United States president. Historians also spoke about the time period in which he lived, bringing to life the music, art and literature of the period. We learned about the politics, social customs and economics of the time. We were given time to research any area of study that held our interest. Material is presented through interactive workshops and Socratic seminars. Learning is fun with these outstanding scholars. Did you know that George did not win one battle in the French and Indian War? Between stimulating lectures and discussions, we were led on every tour offered at Mount Vernon such as the Garden Tour, the Gristmill Tour, the tour of the Mansion and even the National Treasure 2 tour. We were even taken to George Washington’s distillery. Did you know that George produced some of the best whiskey in the colonies? The teachers wiht whom you interact at this workshop are from all parts of the country and like you, they are lifelong learners. Working in groups, they will share ideas

with you and stimulate you to collaborate with teachers in every content area when you return to your school. Your enthusiasm will be contagious and your students will learn so much about the period and about the man George Washington really was. Did you know that George designed a 16-sided treading barn that was innovative for the time? To apply for the George Washington Institute for Teachers, school librarians must go to the website and fill out the application. This includes mailing in an application form, a resume, a short essay on why you want to attend, letters of recommendation (just write it for your principal and he will sign it), and a letter explaining that you understand that Northern Virginia can be hot and humid in the summer. I found that amusing since Washington summers cannot even come close to the heat and humidity of Florida! Your only obligations to this institute are to create a lesson plan and send it to the institute to be shared with others as well as perform one in-service session for your colleagues. All of your accommodations, meals and transportation costs are paid for. Did you know the two most prestigious positions in Washington’s time were landowner and surveyor? Since George had little family money, he became a surveyor. If we truly want to show our principal and our teachers that we care about our professional development, we must attend workshops that stimulate us to collaborate with our colleagues. The George Washington Institute for Teachers has four fabulous one-week sessions each summer. Check out to apply and to see all the resources you can begin using right now with your students. Spend your summer having fun and learning about the remarkable role that George Washington played in creating the country we live in today and why he truly is the “Father of our Country.”

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Building a

Reading Incentive Partnership

Melanie Tahan Liberty Pines Academy in Saint Johns County

ne of the main goals of media centers is to promote a love of reading. A great incentive for students is to involve the support of a local or regional sports team with your reading program. This year, the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks and Liberty Pines Academy worked together to create a Chum’s Champions Reading Program that will work alongside an existing reading incentive program.


Located in St. John’s County, Liberty Pines became the first (and likely of many schools) to become a part of the Chum’s Champions program. The LPA reading program sets individual goals for students from kindergarten through the eighth grade, rewarding students who meet those goals throughout the year. The potential incentives range from Sharks-themed school supplies to a ticket to the Sharks’ Education Appreciation Night game against the Spokane Shock in April of this school year. “Our reading rewards program has caught on like wildfire since the Sharks joined our initiative in stressing the importance of reading,” LPA Principal Randy Kelley said. “We have had to increase our subscription to Accelerated Reader because we have so many students participating this year. We have a real win-win scenario happening and I think it’s just amazing.” The exact nature of the reading program depends on each student’s grade level. At Liberty Pines, kindergarten students have “Chum Buddy” goals that involve reading with their parents, while those in grades one through eight set quarterly Accelerated Reader goals to strive for.

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Looking Ahead with Ways and Means Melanie Tahan, Ways & Means Chairperson

he Ways and Means Committee was established to help FAME discover and implement various ways to raise funds for our organization. FAME is currently experiencing its most difficult financial condition in the history of the organization. The 2011-2012 Ways and Means Committee aims to continue fundraising efforts throughout the year and provide fundraising activities for FAME at the annual conference to improve our financial situation.

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The program’s incentives increase as the year goes on. Students in the Accelerated Reading program who meet their first quarter goal receive a Sharks pencil, those who meet their first two goals earn a Sharks school supply kit, and those who meet each of their first three goals will be rewarded with a ticket to the April 28 Sharks game. Finally, everyone who meets all four quarterly goals will attend the school’s Chum’s Champions reading reward party at the end of the school year. “Thanks to the Sharks’ support of our reading programs this year we have had the most participation ever,” said LPA Reading Rewards Coordinator Melanie Tahan, who added that over 900 LPA students met their first quarter goal. “Our students are very excited when Chum comes to visit and are looking forward to being able to attend a Sharks game by meeting their reading goals.” Chum and the Sharks have committed to work closely with Liberty Pines throughout the year to continue building the program’s momentum. Chum plans to participate with students during our Children’s Literacy Week and will attend our reading rewards parties to give out autographed photos and other special prizes. Building a business relationship like this in a time of major financial cutbacks can really make a difference in a reading incentive program. Get ready to call a sports team near you to build a reading incentive partnership that works for you!

The County Silent Auction Baskets that were auctioned at the 2011 FAME conference raised $1309. We encourage all counties to submit a basket next year. Vendors and individuals can also submit baskets if they want to assist in this fundraising effort. The committee will also sell inventory such as FAME logo polo shirts at the annual conference and other official FAME events during the year such as regional workshops and leadership sessions. We hope to increase the number of baskets at the 2012 conference and are looking for additional fundraising ideas. Fundraising ideas the committee is pondering include an author’s social hour, a raffle of items from vendor sponsors ($1 ticket), and a FAME web site fundraising section with unique promotional materials. We would also like to suggest the sale of vendor ads to our 2012 FAME Conference Program. We’d love to have more input and suggestions. Please send additional ideas for fundraising to Melanie Tahan:

We’d love to have more input and suggestions. Please send additional ideas for fundraising to Melanie Tahan:

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Too Shy To Present? How About the 2012 FAME Conference Exploratorium? ver the years, several different conferences I have attended such as ISTE and AASL have had “poster sessions” or “exploratoriums”. The idea is a little bit like a science fair, except there is no competition, just learning. We will implement a FAME Exploratorium next year at the annual conference. Start thinking now about what you have a passion to share.


Concurrent sessions and large group sessions have great benefits at large conferences, however, Exploratoriums offer a more intimate and personal learning experience for both the person presenting and the person who is viewing and discussing the project. If you are the type that enjoys sharing your work, but are a little intimidated by large group presentations, this may be the venue for you. Participants wander through the Exploratorium and stop at displays that interest them. There are items to view on the boards, or videos playing on laptops or iPads, and always a willing presenter to discuss their project. Every time I attend an Exploratorium I come home with tons of ideas and write plenty of notes to myself. They also jumpstart your brain to see how you can tweak the ideas you see for your own school. They also provide more opportunities for more people to share and collaborate, thus increasing the learning for everyone. They are just one more reason you should attend the FAME annual conference. As much as I am a proponent of online tools for sharing, there is nothing better than talking face to face with a colleague and sharing the exciting things happening in your library. You may consider teaming up with your reading coach or a classroom teacher to present. To see some additional photos of examples of Exploratorium displays go to the FAME Facebook page or the FAME Edmodo site and you can see samples of the booths at the recent AASL (American Association for School Libraries) conference in Minneapolis in October. Details on how to submit your proposals for the Exploratorium will be on the FAME website in January.

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Edmodo The Gift that Keeps on Giving f you’re lucky, like me, then you were fortunate enough this month to get your raspberry rhubarb jam in the mail from the Jam & Jelly of the Month Club. My brother gave me a membership to the club last Christmas as a joke. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving for the whole year,” he likes to tell me. And although the raspberry rhubarb can’t touch the grapefruit marmalade as my overall favorite, I have to admit; it is pretty neat to get another Christmas present only a month and a half until next Christmas. This year at the FAME conference, Lou Greco and I took the Jelly of the Month Club’s idea. No, we didn’t hand out free jelly and jam, but we did think it would be great if attendees were still getting ideas and learning from the FAME conference for an entire year. We wanted to create a conference that would simply be the beginning, the spark, for a yearlong combustion of collaboration and learning. The way we tried to achieve this was through the incorporation of Edmodo into the FAME conference.

I Jesse Gates Instructional Technology Coordinator, St. Augustine

If you’re not familiar with Edmodo, fret not. It’s a safe and secure social learning network. When I describe it to people, I usually tell them it’s a Learning Management System (LMS), like Moodle, Blackboard, or Web CT, combined with a social network like Facebook. The end result is a powerful LMS that enables the easy sending and sharing of all types of files and the ability to connect and share ideas with other students or educators from all around the world. It’s an incredibly powerful web-based platform, and it’s completely free. Teachers here in St. Johns County have embraced Edmodo for use in their classrooms and the students are thrilled to be using it as well since it can be accessed through their smart phones and it has the look and feel of a social network, a realm they inhabit instinctively. All of our St. Johns County media specialists have a shared Edmodo page where they can communicate with their colleagues and share their ideas safely and seamlessly with one another. What we have found here in St. Johns County, and others across the country are finding as well, is that Edmodo works not just as a classroom instruction tool, but also as a professional development tool. Therefore, for the first time, we asked presenters at this year’s FAME conference to put their presentation materials onto Edmodo, so that attendees could access these materials and connect with other educators across the state. We were grateful that so many of them agreed to do so, and the results were downright amazing. For example, Rose Kebe and Vance Edeker, who’s Bam,

Kick it up a Notch session was filled to the brim, even incorporated Edmodo into their presentation on how to add some “spice” to your media center, having the attendees answer poll questions in real time! The attendees were actively involved in their own learning and were even rewarded with fresh baked cookies from Rose and Vance at the end of their session! Since the end of the FAME conference, over 350 attendees have joined the FAME Edmodo page and have connected with media specialists all across the state and country to share their thoughts and ideas in a rhapsody of collaboration six weeks after the conference has ended! Although we have a long way to go to match the Jelly of the Month’s year-long track record of giving, we were successful in making the FAME conference more than a two or three day learning conference. We challenge you to continue this collaboration on Edmodo by finding and connecting with your fellow FAME members across the state so that we are all learning innovative and creative ideas for the entire year, not just once a year. Please continue to check the Edmodo site, especially if you presented at this year’s conference as you may find many attendees are still looking to collaborate with you. Also, count on seeing more collaborative tools such as Edmodo and Twitter being used here at FAME. Who knows, in addition, maybe next year everyone will get a complimentary jar of raspberry rhubarb jam at the FAME conference!

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Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award

Laurie Arnez Library Media Specialist SSYRA Chair Sea Gate Elementary School Naples, FL

Many people are curious how a book is selected to be on the SSYRA list. The SSYRA committee/readers are made up of 20 library media specialist selected throughout the state. Each member serves a three year term. They are responsible for reading the recommended books, discussing and assisting in selecting the books and designing the curriculum activities for the books. This year we have made some changes in the process. Beginning in May, I began going through the recommendations that were made by library media specialists. Most of the recommendations were from the link on the web site. Each nominated title must be: • Appropriate for students in grades 3-5 and/or grades 6-8 • Fiction only • The author lives in North America • Published within the last 4 years I began contacting the publishers, requesting a copy of each book be sent to the readers and committee members. Beginning in June, we each began receiving boxes of books. What a book lovers dream come true…boxes and boxes of brand new books! With this new method of receiving the books, we were able to begin reading earlier than ever, as well as save over $3000 in shipping costs. The committee and readers have received approximately 400 books this year. The committee holds preliminary discussions on some of the books online via our Good Reads group. But the most important part of the process is our selection meeting we have in April. The selection meeting is a very intense weekend spent discussing the books. You can just imagine what it is like

to lock 20 librarians in a room for 2.5 days to discuss 400 books. Everyone has strong opinions on their favorite books! The committee tries very hard to meet the needs of all groups and to select titles that the students will enjoy and keep them excited about reading. There are several exciting changes that we are working on for next year. Currently, anyone may access the curriculum connections, booklists, student record list, bookmarks and questions on the web site. We are working on several free additional resources that will be available next year to download from the website: • Colored spine labels with the logo and current year • Colored brochures with an explanation of the SSYRA program and current titles • Posters with the book covers • Power point and/or book trailers • Individual bookmarks for each book • Interactive smart board activities • “I voted” stickers • Winning book poster • Certificate of participation. Beginning next year, only FAME members will have access to these resources. It is through the support of FAME members that we have a very successful SSYRA program. So if you know of any library media specialists that are currently not members of FAME and participate in the SSYRA program, please encourage them to join so they may continue to participate in the SSYRA program next year.

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Our FAME 2012 Keynote Speaker

Buffy Hamilton – The Unquiet Librarian

Lou Greco

uffy Hamilton the “Unquiet Librarian” will be our keynote speaker at the 2012 FAME Conference. She is a national school library leader and was the chair of the Digital Learning Commons at the October 2011 AASL Conference in Minneapolis. The AASL Learning Commons 2011 was a physical and virtual space to not only share and celebrate your passions but also to discover new ones. You can visit the Learning Commons by going to


She is very excited about participating with us at the FAME 2012 conference. She not only wants to do the keynote, but wants to actively be involved with our learning. You can begin to learn more about what Buffy is doing in her school library by following her blog via the RSS feed on the FAME Edmodo page. You will easily find ways you can incorporate many of the ideas she shares into your program. Listed below is her “About Me” section from her blog.

Buffy Hamilton I’m a high school librarian and teacher at The Unquiet Library in Canton, Georgia, with nineteen years of experience as an educator as a high school English teacher, technology integration specialist, and librarian. My master’s degree is in English Education (2003) from the University of Georgia, and my Ed.S. is in School Library Media/Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia (2005). I’m passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for students and teachers. My interests include social media, participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, digital composition, personal learning environments, and social scholarship. I’m a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker who loves dogs, shopping, running, music, and poetry.

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Lights!! Camera!! Karen Robinson Jim Harbin Media Chairperson

tudent filmmakers from around the state gathered at the Bonnet Creek Resort on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 for a day of celebration. Award recipients for the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival came with cameras, tripods and editing equipment in tow as they participated in workshops and video contests throughout the day.


Many workshop participants enjoyed hands-on digital storytelling experience with iPads and iPod Touches while others worked with Adobe products. Contest participants were given the prompt, “If Shoes Could Talk� and were directed to produce a two-minute video using their imaginations, storyboards and a camera. Elementary competitors were allowed four hours to write, edit and produce a two-minute video while junior and senior high students were allowed five hours. Winning students in each age category were awarded iTunes cards. Their class was awarded Adobe editing software. The Jim Harbin Awards Ceremony honored over 200 students representing 59 schools and 16 districts. First, second and third place award recipients received certificates and trophies. 92% of all schools were represented at the ceremony. The elementary and secondary awards ceremonies are available for viewing at 2011 Harbin Awards Ceremony - Elementary and 2011 Harbin Awards Ceremony - Secondary Awards.

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How do I get permission for using the music portion of a song to accompany a video production being submitted for the Jim Harbin media competition? My students wrote completely original lyrics, but sing it to the music of another song being played in the background?

There may be another challenge along with requesting permission to use the music desired. Adding or deleting lyrics from a work may constitute creating a derivative work, which potentially violates the right granted to copyright owners to create derivative works based upon their works. When you write the publisher of the music you wish to use, which is where I would recommend your starting your quest, you need, in the body of the request, to be seeking permission to: 1. Record the segment (define the length of the segment) 2. Use original lyrics with the segment 3. Submit a video, containing the modified segment, to a state competition that may also qualify for national and international judging 4. Allow the modified music segment to be publicly performed, as part of the finished video production, both within your school district and in venues utilized by the competition judges. If the publisher is not the copyright owner, in general, they will redirect your request to the appropriate sources. However, one of the problems in trying to obtain permission to use copyrighted music is that there may multiple owners of copyright involved and the time to complete your project may not meet the timeframe to receive your responses. I generally recommend using copyright cleared, royalty free, background music for productions where students choose the appropriate theme and feel to match the message of their presentation/production. Lyrics can be added to such productions and you are easily able to provide documentation to support the use of such music with the Jim Harbin application.


I maintain an e-learn site for my elementary school media center. I wanted to use pictures of various characters on the site to promote different fiction books. I would link to the site of the character’s author. Is using clipart of the character (which I copy and paste from the author’s site) on my site permissible under copyright law?

The waters are still being tested in regard to copyrighted content taken from one source and being placed on the Web. At this time, it appears if a very small portion is taken from a web site and placed on your “restricted access” web site, for instructional purposes, with full credit being given, it may possibly qualify for Fair Use. If your web site is not restricted so that anyone could access it, prior permission should be obtained from the host site of the material you wish to use.

Even if placing the copyrighted content on a restricted, access, network in your district, I would recommend that you link to the book and its characters, rather than copying and pasting from the author's site.

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Gary H. Becker National Copyright Law Consultant A “Question of Copyright” is an ongoing column authored by Gary H. Becker, national Copyright law consultant and retired, public school system, technology administrator. If you have a question, please send it to You will receive an individual response and your question may appear in a future edition of FMQ. Requests to withhold names will be honored.


39th Annual FAME Conference

he 39th Annual FAME Conference was held October 5 – 7, 2011 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. If you were one of the lucky people who were able to attend, I hope your experiences were as wonderful as mine! “Looking into the Mystery of Lifelong Learning: Guided Inquiry” was the theme. Two amazing Keynote Speakers, Marilyn Johnson and Carol Kuhlthau inspired us! There were approximately 700 attendees, 90 engaging sessions, 6 best practice workshops, 20 outstanding featured authors, 61 exhibitors, and 30 sponsors. What a wonderful response to FAME especially considering the tight economic times!


Pat Dedicos FAME Immediate Past President 904-312-4371

A sincere thanks is extended to the hardworking FAME Conference Committee under the direction of Sandy McMichael and Vange Scivally. All members of the team “thought outside the box” to develop and present a conference that would be valuable and beneficial to all! Certificates of participation as well as certificates for presentations were developed by the Professional Development Committee in order for attendees to receive credit for attendance at the local level. Now is the time to start developing a plan to attend the 2012 FAME Conference. President Lou Greco is hard at work preparing the 40th Annual Conference. The theme is “Energized School Libraries for the Next Gen Student”. Let your administrator know about the conference and its theme. Be on the lookout for more promotional information that will be useful to you in planning for the conference. Collegial sharing and educational workshops and sessions are sure to energize you as well as your students! Thanks for your continued support.! Together we can fulfill the mission of FAME!! FAME advocates for every student in Florida to be involved in and have open access to a quality school library media program administered by a highly competent, certified library media specialist. FAME is a collaborative, responsive, dynamic network for Florida library media professionals.

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2011 FAME Breast Cancer Walk n Thursday evening, October 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM FAME Conference attendees experienced “a first of its kind” at any FAME conference—The Breast Cancer Walk. In order to have a meaningful life, part of my theme during my Presidency was to encourage FAME members to make time for themselves! ProQuest sponsored the ProQuest Walk for Breast Cancer Research in Memory of Kristina Blum. The debut event was a success. Members walked or ran the beautiful path around the grounds of the Hilton Bonnet Creek and the Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria servers handed out water bottles as attendees past by. ProQuest rewarded runners with handy insulated water bottles and health bars. Keri and Kris Welhart of Stroco, Inc. graciously provided pink breast cancer bracelets and pins. The Breast Cancer Foundation provided literature. Participants did the walk in honor or in memory of someone! This was a time not only to take care of self, but to give back to others! The fellowship was wonderful! This was a memorable event that will continue to be an annual event at future FAME Conferences! Mark your calendar now so you can be part of this gathering!


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Florida Media Quarterly (FMQ)

is the Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) electronic magazine published quarterly. Each issue includes articles of interest to all media specialists. Special columns focusing on technology, copyright, and book reviews, as well as feature articles on topical issues are written by colleagues and specialists to keep media specialists on the cutting edge. FMQ is available online in PDF format from the FAME website at

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Format Submissions should be in Word or Word Perfect documents. Articles should be clearly written and may be accompanied by black and white photographs, charts, or graphs; however, please do not embed your visuals into the text.

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| Florida Media Quarterly | Summer 2011 | Page 15 |

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