We still have space for you to attend “My College Freshman is Your High School Senior” on May 31.

This program will give librarians of all types (academic, school, and public), as well as teachers, college faculty, and administrators a rare opportunity to come together to discuss common concerns and strategize ways to best prepare students as they proceed through the educational system and into the workforce. Our speakers will address topics such as 21st century skills, educational and informational literacy standards, innovative collaborations, student-centered technology and pedagogy, and — of course — assessment.

DATE: Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch included!)


9:00am — Registration and light breakfast
9:30am — Welcome remarks
9:45am — Panel discussion

Moderator: Ellen Madigan Pratt, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, Mt. Wachusett Community College

Katie Conboy, Incoming Provost and Senior Vice President, Simmons College
Donna Maturi, Head of Reference and Information Services, Peabody Institute Library, Danvers and Instruction/Liaison Librarian
Merrimack College
Amy Short, Senior Director of Library and Media Services for Boston Public Schools
Rebecca Wolfe, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future
David Wyman, Associate Professor of English, Mt. Wachusett Community College

11:15am — Table discussions
12:00pm — Lunch/networking
12:45pm — Discussion recap
1:00pm — Keynote address, featuring:

Patricia Crosson, Senior Advisor for Academic Policy, MA Department of Higher Education
Aundrea Kelley, Deputy Commissioner for P-16 Policy and Collaborative Initiatives, MA Department of Higher Education

2:30pm — Closing remarks and evaluations


  • Main location: Gardner, MA — Mt. Wachusett Community College, South Cafeteria
  • Satellite location: West Barnstable, MA — Cape Cod Community College, Wilkens Library (Panel and keynote will be streamed live, with local discussion.)

This is a free event for librarians, teachers, faculty, and administrators in Massachusetts, but registration is required. Registration closes on Monday, May 20.  If you are a school or academic librarian, we especially encourage you to invite your colleagues from the teaching staff or faculty to join you for this unique event! (Each person should register separately so we have an accurate headcount for lunch.)

REGISTER online for either location: http://tinyurl.com/awspn6v