Keynote Speaker

Pernille Ripp is a teacher, speaker, blogger, and passionate advocate for education. She is an expert in literacy and technology integration. She dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities. She is a Skype Master Teacher; recipient of the 2015 WEMTA Making IT Happen Award; and the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration. 

You can see her work at or follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp


Visiting Author

Matt Phelan is an award-winning creator of the graphic novels "Snow White," "The Storm in the Barn," "Bluffton," and "Around the World." He also has published the picture book Druthers. He has received the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the Carolyn Field Award, and the Jefferson Cup. Mr. Phelan has been nominated for five Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including Best Writer/Artist and Best New Graphic Album.

You can see his work at or follow him on Twitter @mattphelandraws 


Presentations and Workshops

Game On Libraries! Gamification and Game Based Learning to Boost Library Interaction

Carlos J. Diaz, K-12 Teacher-Librarian. The American School of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam).


With Eyes Wide Open: Raising Awareness On Hidden Biases Of Librarians

Veronica Silagpo, Middle School Library Specialist. International School Manila, Manila (Philippines).


A Practical Guide to User Experience Testing: Designing and Redesigning Online and Offline Library Spaces

Kim Beeman, Head of Senior Library. Tanglin Trust School. (Singapore).


Use Social Media to Make Your Library Go Viral!

Carol Youssif, Middle School Librarian. Taipei American School, Taipei (Taiwan).


Fight Fake News: Students Teaching Students with Gamification and Scratch

Terea Marcum, High School English Language & Literature and MYP HS Design Teacher, and Natalie Teske Rector, Library Director. Kaohsiung American School, Kaohsiung (Taiwan).


Where Have All Books Gone?: The Pros And Cons of Distributed Collection

Barb Reid, Head of Library Services and Primary School Teacher-Librarian. United World College SEA- East Campus. (Singapore).


Cultivating a Reading Community

Kelsey Hedrick and Kris Feller, PK-12 Librarians. The Anglo American School, Moscow (Russia).


Pimp My (Lib)guide!

Nadine Bailey, Middle School Librarian/Technology Integrator. Western Academy of Beijing, Beijing (China).


Standards, Concepts, and/or Heuristics? Information Literacy & the Library

Katie Day, Secondary-Teacher Librarian. NIST International School, Bangkok (Thailand), and Kim Beeman, Head of Senior Library. Tanglin Trust School. (Singapore)


Running an After-school Library Makerspace

Rizza D. Ciriaco, Audio Visual Librarian, and Ofelia T. Amores, Circulation Librarian. Miriam College Lower and Middle Schools Library Media Center, Quezon City (Philippines).


Tinder Your Library: Getting Teachers and Students to Swipe Right on Reading

Kurt Wittig, Secondary School Teacher-Librarian, and Angela Erickson, Head of Middle School English. United World College of South East Asia. Dover Campus. (Singapore).


Translanguaging and the Library: One Librarian's Journey From a Chinese School's Perspective

Rebecca Battistoni, Head Librarian. Nansha College Preparatory Academy, Nansha (China).


Finding Your Way With MAP Testing- A Data Driven Library Collaboration

Jennifer Chapman, MS/HS Librarian. Concordia International School, Shanghai (China).


Connect, Collaborate, Consolidate!

Virginia Hand, Secondary Teacher Librarian, and Tanja Galetti, Primary Teacher Librarian. Hong Kong Academy, Hong Kong (China). 


Your Must-have Mandarin Core Collection

Angela Chang, Chief Librarian, and Maggie Chen, Library Assistant, Taipei European School, with Rose Lai, Chinese Librarian, Taipei American School. Taipei (Taiwan).


A Collaborative Technology Infused Digital Response to Literacy Unit

Kathy Rees, Library Media Specialist, and Rick Rees, Literacy Interventionist and Humanities Teacher. Yew Wah International Education School, Guangzhou (China). 


Fostering Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the Library

Cassy Lee, MS Librarian. Chinese American School, San Francisco, CA (USA).


"What Do We Have Here?": A Process to Evaluate Library Services, Collections, and Staffing!

Michelle Fitzgerald, MYP/DP Teacher Librarian. GEMS Academy, Dubai (UAE). 


Dewey Out: Implementing a Classification System That Serves Our Mission

Brianna Pannell and Mandy Friedman, Lower School Librarians. Taipei American School, Taipei (Taiwan).


Establishing a Sustainable Student-Staffed and Managed Learning Center

Joe Schaaf, MYP/DP English Teacher, N-12 Curriculum Coordinator, and Literacy Lab Advisor. International School of Tianjin (China)-- accompanied by four IST high school students and Eleanor Surridge, PreK-12 Teacher-Librarian. International School of Ulaanbaator (Mongolia).


Sharing Library Success: Annual Reports and Advocacy

Lauren Elliott, Secondary Librarian. Shekou International School, Shekou, Shenzhen (China)


Zen in the Library: How to Use Your Library Space to Support Student Wellbeing

Nadine Dewit-Rosevear, Middle and High School Librarian. International School of Beijing, Beijing (China)


Upcycle Library Books: Book Crafts

Eleanor Chen, PYP/MYP Teacher-Librarian. Osaka YMCA International School, Osaka (Japan)


Pernille Ripp

Matt Phelan