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Treasure Mountain Research Retreat History

The first "Treasure Mountain" research retreat was created in 1989 by David Loertscher, Blanche Woolls, and Philip Turner. Their dream was to provide researchers in the field of school library media studies an opportunity to share their research, gather ideas, and interact with practitioners "in the field." Involving library professionals in the retreat was thought to be key in ensuring that basic research could produce benefits and applications with meaning and value for school librarians.


Named after the famous Treasure Mountain in Park City Utah where early miners dug a 200 foot hole and extracted $2million in silver, the conference was held at Treasure Mountain Inn overlooking the mountain. Treasure Mountain Research Retreat has no formal organization, has no official connection to AASL (but often meets before its national conferences), and has always tried to run its operation on a shoe string so that most folks could afford to attend.


Each of the seven TM retreats has had a theme; these included:


1989: The Research of School Library Media Centers, TM I October 1989 (Park City, UT) - ski resort - Papers covered the broad spectrum of school libraries.


1991: Information Literacy, TM II June, 1991 (Atlanta GA) -


1992: Researcher Practitioner Partnerships: Applying Qualitative Methodologies to School Settings, TM III October, 1992 (Annapolis MD) - Convent - Ann Irving from England introduced contructivism using information literacy models to the attendees.


1993: The Power of Reading: The effect of Libraries and Reading Promotion on Reading Competence, TM IV June, 1993 (New Orleans, LA); December 1993 (New Brunswick, NJ) - University - The attendees met Stephen Krashen for the first time.


1997: Future Scenarios for School Library Media ProgramsTM V November, 1994 (Nashville, IN) - State Park


1997: Instructional Interventions for Information Use TM VI March/April 1997 (Portland Or)


1999: TM VII AASL Birmingham


2000: Treasure MT VIII January 2000 (San Antonio, TX)


2001: TM IX Information Rich Environments (Nashville, IN) - State Park


2002: TM X Treasure Mountain Institute at the ELMS (Excelsior Springs, MO) - Many doctoral students presented papers for their first time.


2003: TM XI Evidence-Based Practice (Kansas City, MO) - Hotel


2005: TM XII Understanding in the Library (Pittsburgh, PA in conjuction with the AASL National Conference) - Attendees meet Alison Zmuda for the first time.


2006: TM XIII: Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: A Professional Learning Community Discussion, (ALA Conference, New Orleans, June 2006) - Hotel


2007: TM XIV: Into the Center of the Curriculum (Reno, NV in conjuction with the AASL National Conference) - Gambling cassino - Ross Todd and others shake up ideas about the fading model of school libraries  in our quite different world.


Proceedings of the various conferences are available from http://lomcsource.com




Past Treasure Mountains:



Treasure Mountain 12: Understanding in the Library (Pittsburgh)

October 5-6, 2005, noon to noon

Conference Leaders:

David V. Loertscher

at the Gilmary Diocesan Center



near the Pittsburgh PA airport


get directions and telephone numbers from www.gilmarycenter.org

Call for Papers

Papers to research and reflective experience are invited on the topic

Understanding in the Library

This topic can be interpreted very broadly to include the building of understanding through reading, collaboration, information literacy or technology. The paper can be a research report, a report of an action research project, or a reflection on program efforts to increase understanding by a thoughtful practitioner.

An intent to submit a paper should be communicated to David Loertscher at davidl@slis.sjsu.edu and is due in final format no later than September 1, 2005. Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format should use any style manual with which the writer is comfortable. Assume that your paper will be published in the form you submit, so include graphs, charts, tables, or illustrations in the body of the paper. The editor, David V. Loertscher, will screen the papers for appropriateness and quality of content before accepting the paper for publication. The paper should contain title, author and body of the paper plus references and should contain on an accompanying page, permission to publish in the proceedings. Publications in these proceedings does not prclude publication in any other publication. Papers should be copyrighted by the author in the footer of the first page and contain contact information for the author. Proceedings will be available at the conference to all participants and will be available for purchase on www.lmcsource.com after the conference. You need not attend Treasure Mt. to be able to publish in the proceedings. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your topic, contact David Loertscher at davidl@slis.sjsu.edu for advice.

Preliminary Program

Keynote Address:

Dr. Allyson Zmuda


Cadre Member,


Understanding by Design (of ASCD, Grant Wiggins, and Jay McTigue)

Other presentations:


Results of the Ban Those Bird Unit Action Research Project


Update of Research by Ross Todd and Keith Curry Lance


Sharing Research by conference participants


General 24-hour brain drain, thinking, and reflection usually present at every Treasure Mt. Research Retreat

Who's invited? School library professionals and researchers

What happens at Treasure Mountain? Treasure Mt. is a gathering of researchers and practitioners to discuss the research and application of that research to school library media programs. The group meets most often in connection with the AASL national conference but also at other times. News of research and other information are handled through a Blackboard course - Treasure Mountain Online - which anyone can belong to by emailing David Loertscher at davidl@slislsjsu.edu Treasure Mt. has unofficial ties to the AASL Research Committee, and charges minimal amounts to attend or participate in its gatherings. Papers for the retreat are published by Hi Willow Research & Publishing and are available from www.lmcsource.com

Details and Costs

Attendees limited to 90 persons. If you plan to attend:


1. Email Dave Loertscher at davidl@slis.sjsu.edu and tell him: "I am coming to Treasure Mountian and have mailed my deposit to Hi Willow." Then immediately send a check payable to Hi Willow Research and Publishing for $35.00 to hold your seat to:

Hi Willow Research and Publishing

 312 South 1000 East

 Salt Lake City, UT 84102-2411


2. Pay the balance owed by Oct. 1 to Hi Willow Research and Publishing at the above address.


3. What are the costs of the conference? There is no fee for the conference itself, but there is a cost for lodging and meals. Here is the breakdown of those costs:

Registration form should include:

$102 two nights stay, Oct. 4-5*

 $70 one nights stay, Oct. 5**

$50 housing on your own**

*breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch

 **lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch


4. Questions: are to be addressed to:

 Dave Loertscher: 801-532-1165 or davidl@slis.sjsu.edu

 Cell phone: 801-755-1122


5. How do I get from the aiport to the retreat center?

The conference will be held in a facility five minutes for the airport. A shuttle ($5 each way) is available. More details later. Directions for driving are on the Gilmary website at: www.gilmarycenter.org


Almost all registered persons will be recieving copies of the proceedings before the conference. We urge you to scan and read these in preparation, perhaps on the journey there so that the speakers do not have to repeat what they have written. For those that we lacked addresses, copies of the proceedings will be available at the conference.


Rooms are double occupancy, roommates to be selected at registration.


Remember to take the Charlie Brown shuttle to the Gilmary retreat center. You will pay for this shuttle at the retreat center, not to the driver. We will try to arrange with Charlie Brown transportion into Pittsburgh, beginning at 12:30pm on Thursday (6th).


Treasure Mounatin 12 is supported in part by the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (www.ilile.org) through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Department of Education.




Treasure Mountain Research Retreat #11

Kansas City, MO; October 22-23, 2003

Evidence-Based Practice


October 22-23. noon to noon, Kansas City Airport Radisson Hotel, Kansas City, MO

Treasure Mountain #11 is an opportunity for the researchers, educators, and practitioners of the school library media profession to focus on the measurement of impact of school library media programs on learning. It is open to anyone who cares about building a case for the role of a strong library media program in the lives of young people. Each participant should come to the retreat having done background reading, some hard thinking on the topic, and something to share whether that be a piece of formal research, some action research, or some techniques or strategies that have been tried in a local school or district. The anticipated outcome is to boost everyone's understanding whether expert or novice in the topic. Handouts, tip sheets, ideas, websites for about 80 persons are welcome. Formal papers/written experiences/action research will be published as a proceedings.


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