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"The 2011 CMCIG Spring Workshop was held at Wright State University, in the Charles & Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center (ERC). Sixteen attendees listened intently and participated in the workshop, themed “Local Resources and Collaborations”. Stephanie Bange, Director of the ERC, gave an overview of audiobooks, their usefulness in the classroom, audiobook evaluation and awards. She shared some anecdotes about her recent experience as a member of the 2011 Odyssey Award Committee and gave everyone 5 audiobooks to add to their library’s collections. The group headed over to WSU’s Bolinga Center, the home of the Virginia Hamilton & Arnold Adoff Resource Center. There, Dr. Dana Murray Patterson explained the history of the resource center, allowing everyone access to the collection — reference materials, personal readings and books written by Hamilton and Adoff — used by Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff to research information for their books. ThinkTV (Dayton area PBS station) Educational Projects and Services Manager Mary Anne Kirk talked about the free streaming video and teacher instructional materials available on local PBS websites. Such programs as “Our Ohio : Exploring Our Heritage” and “World War II : Exploring Your Local History”, streamed through ThinkTV, were highlighted. Mary Anne said that (hopefully) soon all the streaming programming available through individual PBS stations will be gathered into one umbrella website. A highlight of the tour of the ERC was the 3,000 item collection of the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, available for loan to Ohio libraries through OhioLINK. In the afternoon, the group gathered at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, where we were given a docent-tour of the permanent exhibit “Prejudice & Memory” by Holocaust survivor Renate Frydman. At the conclusion of the business meeting, attendees were able to wander through the museum at their leisure." -- Stephanie Bange, Wright State University, Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group, ALAO Newsletter, 6/2/11
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