MASL: Challenge Accepted

  • Published: Monday, March 25, 2019

When technology is at the forefront of what we all do, professional development is critical to keep up with the fast-paced, ever changing world we work in.  Our team of trainers help maximize the use of the latest technology tools in schools, libraries, universities and local organizations.

Usually, the training workshops are part of a Membership Service Package, but sometimes they travel to regional events to share their knowledge at conferences or other workshops.

This week, two members of our training team are conducting sessions at MASL (Missouri Association of School Librarians).

Here are a few of the sessions we brought to MASL Spring Conference:

Breakout of the Library– with a breakout-style theme, it brings an innovative way to bring technology and critical thinking into the library or classroom.

Bring your Library to Life with 3D Printing– explore free databases of 3D models and learn how to find and print objects saving time and money.

Exploring EBSCO and Learning Express – learn how to use the online research resources that your school already has access to through their MOREnet Membership.  Dive into the thousands of scholarly articles, ebooks and test prep at your fingertips.

Exploring the World through Google Expeditions- This virtual reality tool allows students to swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a distant museum and more without ever leaving your library!

Take Control of Your Day with Google Calendar- Learn about the hidden gems that are often underused in this free calendar tool.  This is a great way to communicate with teachers, school officials and students about what’s going on in your school library.

Using Forms to Automate your Library–  As a school librarian, you are often asked to collect data.  Google Forms collects information to a spreadsheet, making it easy to filter, sort and report.

John Riley leading a workshop in Parasol 1 during MASL spring conference

If you missed this conference, but are still interested in exploring some of our professional development, visit our training calendar at

If you went to one of these sessions, what were some take-aways you can use in your school library?