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PLCMC’s 2008 Technology Summit: Digital Youth Wired for Action

For three years the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County has held Technology Summits every year in the spring/summer. In fact, the first Tech Summit featured the wonderful insights of Mr. Michael Stephens (www.tametheweb.com), and the emergence of Learning 2.0 (23 Things). PLCMC’s Learning 2.0 and the Tech Summits were the original creations of Ms. Helene Blowers (www.librarybytes.com).

The second Tech Summit featured Mr. Stephen Abram (http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/) and the Second Life Library Project (http://infoisland.org/) of Ms. Lori Bell.

This year’s summit is being headlined by Ms. Anastasia Goodstein. Anastasia is the author of Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online and the blog Ypulse.com. She is a frequent writer and speaker about youth/teens and media/technology. We are looking forward to a day of inspiration and practical application. In the following information you will find more details about the day’s events and how you might attend and participate.

Don’t miss the 2008 Technology Summit: Digital Youth Wired for Action

Brought to you by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County


The 2008 Technology Summit “Digital Youth Wired for Action” is a high-impact conference designed to inspire new learning and creativity in library staff, educators and others from around the region interested in youth development and learning. The day will be filled with practical tips and methods to help integrate new technologies into the programs and services you offer to children and teens.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Anastasia Goodstein. Goodstein is the author of Totally Wired: what teens and tweens are really doing online. Her blog, YPulse, is a leading media, technology and youth development information source, and School Library Journal recently published Goodstein’s article What Would Madison Avenue Do? Marketing to Teens.

Tickets to this exciting event are just $20 per person. Purchase tickets online through the library’s partnering agency, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (www.plcmc.org/programs/techsummit.asp), or call 704-973-2828. (Note: a $5 handling fee will be added to all Internet and telephone orders.)


8:30–9:00 AM: Registration for Morning Session
9:00 AM: Morning Session: A focus on Teen Services
12:15 – 1:45 PM: Break for lunch (Maps of nearby dining choices will be provided.)
1:45–2:15 PM: Registration for Afternoon Session
2:15-5:00 PM: Afternoon Session: A focus on Children’s Services


ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
First time visiting ImaginOn? Visit the ImaginOn web site for directions, map and underground parking information.

A live audio stream of Anastasia’s presentations will be available on Second Life at Alliance Library’s InfoIsland Open Air Auditorium (103, 117, 33). For more information, contact Kelly Czarnecki at kczarnecki@plcmc.org or IM BlueWings Hayek in Second Life.


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Changes, transitions, faith and being a risk-taker …

In an effort to grow and challenge ourselves in new ways my family and I have decided to take a real leap of faith and move to Seattle, WA. We have always wanted to live in the northwest and decided that this is a good a time as any to make such a move. It comes at a time when we are both seeking new opportunities and learning. In preparing for this we put our house on the market three weeks ago, and it is now under contract which states that we need to be out of it by July 21. I honestly had not intended for it to happen this fast, but it has and we need to move. I have been and will continue to look for employment opportunities, at libraries and museums in the Seattle area. My objective is to find something close to what I have been doing as the Emerging Technology Manager at PLCMC.

In coming to PLCMC two years ago from the Bloomington Public Library and on the heals of being named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker, I wanted to be able to work in and understand a large, more innovative and creative library system. Over the past two years I have been able to work with some amazing people and accomplish some pretty great things (ET News v. 2 issue 2) . I am so thankful for PLCMC and the opportunities that I have been given here. I especially want to thank all of the folks at ImaginOn and Main Library. I’ve never worked with a more professional, bright and dedicated staff than the folks in Virtual Village.

Lastly, some may look at this move and say that is crazy, risky, stupid, etc. He is flying without a parachute or a net. Yes, I agree to some extent that doing this is a bit risky, but sometimes in life we need to do things a bit different by trusting and have some faith that things will work out. Library culture isn’t typically a place that handles risk well, but on the other hand that is the nature of a library (a stable place and space). It is just that risk and challenge is what tends to make things new and sometimes great. it makes us stretch as individuals and as institutions. I feel that living such a risk in my own life then helps me to more fully understand how that process really plays out in many other facets of an organization. I hope that makes sense.

That said, I will be seeking any and all opportunities in the Seattle area that help me grow, learn and discover new possibilities as a contributor in creating experiences for people and communities that enhance and sustain their lives (and ultimately their stories).

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