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Saturday, 3rd December 2022

Registrations are open.

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM IST

(Indian Standard Time)

American School of Bombay

Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

Early Bird Registration Fee

INR 2000 per participant

Early bird fee available for a limited time only.
Thereafter, registration fee increases to INR 2500.
All proceeds will go toward building libraries in rural parts of India.


We expect this event to fill up soon, so register today to reserve your space.
We hope to see you there! Limited seats available.

1) Exploring Immersive Technologies

2) Artificial Intelligence & Libraries: Disruptor or Ally?

With Alex Johnson

#1 Workshop Description

This hands-on workshop will give participants an opportunity to engage with and explore immersive technologies. From virtual reality headsets to augmented reality displays – how is the American School of Bombay leveraging this technology to connect with and support all learners?

#2 Workshop Description

Artificial Intelligence has begun to disrupt industries previously untouched by the evolution of technology. With AI generated artwork winning competitions, to machine learning written text submitted to magazines – how else might this begin impacting libraries and librarians? Is AI simply a disruptor or can it be leveraged as a powerful ally?

Presenter Bio

Born in the United States and raised overseas, Alexander Johnson is a true third culture kid and third generation international educator. He has a background in Computer Science, and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Working for over a decade in schools as a technology integrationist, design teacher and most recently, as the EdTech Coordinator at the American School of Bombay. A member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2017 – an experienced presenter and workshop leader who has shared his learning at conferences in five countries.

Financial Literacy for Librarians

With Anil Mane

Workshop Description

All libraries operate based on the financial decisions of the leadership and management. The librarian spearheads the procurement of resources while looking at finance/funds/ vendor and resource acquisition.

Through this workshop, participants will become financially literate when the Librarian spearheads the purchase of resources. This workshop will empower you to help teachers and students with the resources they need and also make leadership and management trust you as a reliable financial manager for resources.

Presenter Bio

Anil Mane is the Head Librarian at Edubridge International School. A humble learner open to seeking/learning the best new pragmatic approaches and ideas to apply to student learning. Also, an aspirational learner to be a better version every day and in every way!

Collection Development in International Schools

With Barbara Bowman and Marion Whisnant

Workshop Description

Join us as we delve into collection development in international schools. We will explore ideas related to the why and how of collection development in school libraries, as well as share best practices. In addition, participants will get the opportunity to share learning with each other as a way to improve their own collections.

Presenter Bio

Barbara Bowman and Marion Whisnant work at the American International School of Chennai across all three school sections. They have worked in several places around the world, including Vietnam, Peru, China, and Morocco and have nearly twenty years of experience working in school libraries. They both have advanced degrees in information science/school librarianship and look forward to sharing and learning more about collection development.

Digital Storytelling

With Devanshi Joshi

Workshop Description

The art of storytelling is the ability to build a visual narrative in a way that stimulates the imagination for the listener and transforms hearts and minds. The main objective of this session is to learn different tech-related strategies and ideas to create dynamic stories.

Through this session, participants will explore various tech tools and digital applications to enhance the storyteller’s craft, while creatively magnifying the imagination for the listener.

Presenter Bio

Devanshi Joshi works as an Asst. Educational Technology and iCommons Specialist at the American School of Bombay. Passionate about integrating technology in the classroom, she collaborates with teachers across divisions and subject areas to enhance meaningful learning experiences for students. She also teaches digital citizenship to students across grades K-5 which helps them become responsible and ethical digital consumers and content creators. She is a Google Certified Educator (Level 2) and Apple Teacher.

Evolving Role of Librarians & Publications

With Gizelle Rodrigues and Heeru Bhojwani

Workshop Description

Through this workshop, participants will get a glimpse of different writing activities you can conduct with primary and secondary school students for your library classes. And, how you can use this opportunity to create a community of writers with the parents and teachers. Through an open discussion, we will discuss the role of a librarian, and share ideas, mindset on various topics like – need of a curriculum, collaboration, and other roles that librarians must play and why that is the need of the hour.

Presenter Bio

Gizelle Rodrigues is a Library Educator at the American School of Bombay for the past 16 years. She is one of the Associate Heads of Read Bloom Books where she envisions building literacy in India through reading and writing. She believes that one’s creativity always shines through when you tie reading and writing.
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Heeru Bhojwani has been an iCommons Specialist/Librarian at the American School of Bombay for over 22 years. She is the co-founder of the Liferarian Association. Her articles have been published in Knowledge Quest Article and IBO Blog, describing her belief in supporting the community of librarians, and she has been an Advisor to the School Library Association – First Newsletter – SLAI Scoop FINAL (SLAIndia Newsletter) Vol.1 Issue 1 Oct (002). 2019.
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Promotion of Your Library

With Ketki Bedekar

Workshop Description

Through this workshop, participants will learn new ways to highlight the library and make it an active hub of learning. We will discuss various events and activities librarians that can implement to help students shine.

Presenter Bio

My name is Ketki Bedekar. I am associated with Podar ORT International School from last 4 years as a teacher librarian. One thing that I love about my job is that it provides ample opportunities to explore various technological tools. I have also facilitated sessions on Library Curriculum and Digital Citizenship. I also manage accounts and coursework for “Liferarian Association”. I am open-minded and like to keep myself updated all the time.

How Follett Destiny Discover can help improve students, teachers, and librarians collaboration

With Milly Pannunzio

Workshop Description

Through this workshop, participants with access to Follett Destiny Discover Library System will learn/review how to create attractive, user-friendly Destiny Discover K- 12 collections. Participants will learn how to add print and digital resources such as websites, books, eBooks, videos, and documents saved on your computer to the collections. Also, learn how to add collaborators, including students and/or teachers, to quickly share the resource collection.

This will be a hands-on workshop.

Presenter Bio

Milly Pannunzio has over 25 years of experience in international K-12 schools in Brazil. She is currently the head of the library at Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai. During her career, she has developed and implemented strong library programs and curriculums based on the AASL Shared Foundations and ISTE standards to develop research, digital citizenship skills, and an appreciation for reading.
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Student Librarians. Building Student Agency through the Library

With Preeti Tressler

Workshop Description

Through this workshop, the presenter will share her experience on how she involves students in building a space that represents their voice and choice. The objective is to expose students to participate in Library work through specific responsibilities. This co-planning results in a co-creation of the library while building life skills like teamwork, planning and time management and empowering students.

Presenter Bio

Preeti Tressler is the Research and Resource Facilitator at Shiv Nadar School and is responsible for curating the library collection and organising engagements that support student reading and language skills. She works closely with English teachers. She is a part of the school publications team.

Teaching Research Process: Enriching Learning through Research

With Ngawang Tenzin

Workshop Description

This interactive workshop has been designed for librarians who have taken up a librarianship role in the International school recently. Participants will explore the complex research process and learn how to guide the research process systematically in order to conduct a constructive and independent research assignment in school.

Harvard Project Zero’s visible thinking routines and few other strategies will be touched upon as a tool box to scaffold the development of these skills.

Participants will be challenged to consider when and how they will explicitly teach individual research skills and inspire students to complete independent research projects. The session aims at collaborative discussion and group work. The participants will create the bubble unit for teaching and learning through research and guided inquiry.

Take away: Participants will understand the complex research process and become more confident in teaching and guiding the students to enrich student learning through research.

Presenter Bio

Ngawang Tenzin is a self-motivated teacher librarian who is passionate about promoting the love of reading amongst children and truly believes in contributing to lifelong learning by inculcating Information Literacy Skills amongst students. He understands all three IB programmes (PYP/MYP/DP) and actively promotes academic honesty, and supports student research. A friendly, communicative, open-minded team player with more than 20 years of experience in International School Librarianship, specialising in IB school Librarianship and a TOK facilitator.

Power of a Read Aloud

With Rozmeen Saifee

Workshop Description

Are you looking for new ways to engage your learners in reading? Do you wish for a way to make reading more exciting in your class?

There’s much more to reading aloud than reciting words from a page. It’s a meaningful experience for learners of all ages, and refining it is the key to nurturing love and passion for language, stories and building literacy.

Through this workshop, participants will learn and discuss the most effective ways to cultivate a love of reading in children using the power of a read-aloud.

Presenter Bio

Rozmeen Saifee has been a passionate Teacher Librarian since 2013, always ready to explore, learn and share. Pursuing her Master’s Degree in English Literature, reading has always been her passion, and storytelling – is her forte. Therefore, planning, teaching, and evaluating reading or writing instructions for learners has been her main interest. Having curated a PYP library of more than 15,000 resources, she has the expertise to run an effective and meaningful Reading Program for children.

Let’s Research!

With Ruchi Mahale

Workshop Description

Research skills are being used daily, not just by educators or scholars but young minds who begin their academic journey at the tender age of three.

Through this workshop, participants will learn about the purpose and process of research. Participants will learn how to scaffold the research process for young learners.

Presenter Bio

Ruchi Mahale is the PYP Information and Media Literacy teacher at Oberoi International School, JVLR. She designs and implements research processes for students from nursery to grade 5. She has customised a research model which caters to her school community, and through this conference, she wishes to extend her knowledge and support to her fellow librarians and educators.

Fun and Games in the Library

With Sarah Pickles

Workshop Description

Fun activities to promote books and authors, to learn about library routines, organisation and skills.

We will share different types of quizzes, interactive games and activities that you can adapt for your library and age group.

Presenter Bio

Sarah Pickles is the Elementary iCommons Media Specialist at ASB. She has a Masters in Teacher Librarianship and one in Educational Technology, but her main passion is children’s books. Formerly a classroom teacher, this is her seventh year as a Librarian, and she knows she still has a lot to learn. This is her second year in India. I have previously taught at schools in the UK, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and Indonesia. Originally from England, she has also lived in the United States and Japan. She is passionate about ensuring a diverse collection for a diverse cohort of students at the American School of Bombay.

Strand 1

Library, Digital Citizenship & Technology

Strand 2

IB Core:

Strand 3

EAL: Teaching English to multi-language learners