NH School Librarian of the Year in 2010 & Professor at Plymouth State University


Pam Harland has been a librarian for over 25 years working in school libraries, academic libraries, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Research Library. Currently she is Faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University where she serves as the Program Coordinator for the Library Media Specialist and Technology Intergrator programs. She is also on the Board of Directors of the American Association of School Librarians. Pam speaks nationally about library spaces, learning commons, librarians as leaders, and everything in between. She is the author of The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transforming Your Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University, and was NH School Librarian of the Year in 2010. Follow her on Twitter @pamlibrarian.

Pam shares her experiences and expertise in the following sessions:

  • Concurrent session on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Concurrent session on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday ~ The Learning Commons: Blueprint for the Future Ready Library

Equal access to resources and information literacy skills has never been more important. Explore how creating a learning commons can be at the vanguard of preparing your entire school for future readiness. Learn how collaborative teaching, easily discoverable content, and open access to resources support a future ready school. Rethink library spaces and leave with a refreshed perspective as well as tips, tricks, and hacks to empower students with essential academic and life skills.

Thursday ~ From Screwdrivers to Shark Tanks: Meet Competencies Through Collaboration

Learn how students who traditionally used hammers and screwdrivers are now using Samsung tablets, blogs, and a real-world database to document progress, do research, describe projects, and create an innovative invention in the Shark Tank project. A high school English teacher and librarian work together with the Technology Education department (Woodworking, Autos, and Welding) to introduce innovation and technical writing as an intervention for struggling students to meet English competencies.