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Dr. Henrietta M. Smith Featured Speaker at the Archdiocese of Miami/Catholic Library Association Librarians’ Workshop

On Friday, November 20, 2009, Dr. Henrietta Smith and Maria Treadwell, East Coast Assistant Director, traveled to Miami to participate in a workshop for the school media specialists of the Archdiocese of Miami. The workshop, sponsored by the Catholic Library Association (CLA), was the first specifically focused meeting ever held for the media specialists of the archdiocese.

Dr. Henrietta Smith talking at the archdiocese

As the featured speaker, Dr. Smith spoke to the assembled group about collection development, censorship, and storytelling. The 40+ school media specialists were introduced to the various genre of literature for children and young adults and some of the awards given for quality youth literature such as the Coretta Scott King Award, Caldecott Medal, Pura Belpré Medal, and the Regina Medal. In addition, Dr. Smith discussed storytelling, its importance to children of all ages, and concluded her presentation with the story, “The Cat’s Purr.”

USF/SLIS professional development and South Florida educational opportunities were presented by M. Treadwell. The attendees learned about the new Enlightened Librarians Involved in Technology and Education (ELITE) program that will begin in the Fall 2010 Semester and about the opportunities an American Library Association accredited degree offers.

Other topics introduced to the group included Information Literacy and the Skills for Learning to Learn, Educating the Whole Child: Library Resources for the Arts, and the membership benefits of belonging to the Catholic Library Association.

Sister Frances O’Dell, SLIS alumna and executive board member of CLA, was the workshop organizer.

Sister Frances O'Dell (middle) with some attendees

~MT

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