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Re: Update on the "Videoconferencing Librarians Interest Group" Dec 8th meeting

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  • From: Susan Allen <>
  • To: "" <>
  • Cc: James Werle <>
  • Subject: Re: Update on the "Videoconferencing Librarians Interest Group" Dec 8th meeting
  • Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 22:34:26 +0000
  • Accept-language: en-US

Hello everyone,
This looks to be a very diverse group. We are looking forward to learning
more and meeting virtually. We are located in south central Pennsylvania
between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

> 1) Please describe your past experience or interest in using
> videoconferencing within your organization.

We have been using videoconferencing in our district for 5 years to teach
Chinese to other school districts in south central Pennsylvania. We have 5
units within our district and are anticipating expanding that to 4 more units
within the next 2 years. Our equipment is Polycom and we use the MAGPI bridge
or our IU bridge for multipoint connections for most of our units. We are
exploring buying our own bridge as we expand the number of units. We have two
staff members who were MAGPI Fellows who coordinate our program. We blog our
events at

> 2) What's the most important thing you hope to get out of participating
> in this group?
We hope to learn more about resources, collaborations and contacts that we
can develop and use as our program grows. Also we are always looking for new
people for our teachers and students to interact with as well as how
librarians are using videoconferencing.
> 3) Are there specific questions, topics, collaborative activities you'd
> like the group to explore?
We are open to anything. The librarians who are participating have some
experience videoconferencing but I am excited for them to learn more about
how libraries are using it.

Sue Allen
K-8 Instructional Technology Specialist
Hempfield School District

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