Move past the Edge of Normal: Identifying low-cost and no-cost ways to engage with your community and improve your library’s public access technology
This interactive session will engage participants in using the Edge Benchmarks to identify low-cost and no-cost ways to take their library “North of Normal” through improvements to their public access technology, community partnerships, and organizational planning. The Benchmarks are publicly available at libraryedge.org.
Not Just Playing With Dolls: Teaching Local History with American Girl Dolls
In 2015, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Columbus, Mississippi) began circulating American Girl Dolls (AGD). While CLPL is not the only library in the nation providing AGD’s for checkout, it is one of just a few libraries that provides a localized historical journey through each dolls time period. Through an inter-office partnership, the Children’s Services Department and the Local History Department, worked to create public programming that highlights the history and growth of Lowndes County over time, educates about the importance of civil rights and connects young learners to their local roots. This program would provide those attending with ideas of how they could replicate this program at their library as well as provide partnership and funding ideas.
Being a 21st Century Librarian: How to offer quality computer classes without an IT specialist
This session will show librarians how they can offer computer and technology classes to their patrons even if they, themselves, are not proficient in the ever-changing hi tech world. These tips and resources will make it easy for librarians to offer quality technology education.
Teenagers Assemble!: How we revitalized our teen program with a little help from the Avengers
Paul Daybell and Chelsey Hawkes and Adam Winger and Talysa Brimley
The North Logan Library has taken an out-of-the-box approach to building a super teen program. Over the last two years attendance has increased 2500% with weekly activities with 30+ teens. We will discuss: creative after-hours programming, creating a Teen Advisory Board that works, and adopting a culminating events program model.
Modifiable Music and Movement
Heard about preschool “music and movement” programming but are not sure how it works? Interested in offering “music and movement” but fear it is too expensive, time intensive, or requires too much space? Learn about the concept, join an interactive demonstration of modified programming, and share ideas of your own.
Librarian as Salesman
Ke’el Edwards and Patrick Crowley
A library is a business and every business needs customers. As most librarians typically have not had marketing experience, the idea is daunting. Backed by 30 years of sales and marketing experience, I will offer simple, effective, tried-and-true marketing tactics to turn librarians into successful library “salespeople.”
Titles for Teens: Forty Non-fiction in 55 Minutes
Dawn will give a brief discussion of forty new non-fiction titles for teens in fifty-five minutes.
Take the “ick” out of Med-ick-al Reference Questions
A patron says, “I have [insert rare medical condition].” This may strike terror into your librarian heart. Fear no more! This session will equip you to help your patron with confidence and ease. You will learn about high quality web resources that are provided by the NIH and NLM.
Hagerstown BOUND – A Book Project to Bind a Community Together
Learn how Hagerstown Library leveraged institutional relationships and a variety of free and inexpensive digital tools to produce an inaugural annual book featuring original writing from local authors and start a new Hagerstown tradition focused on content creation, building cultural heritage, and fostering collaboration among community members.
Backpacks and Cache Boxes: Self-Directed Family Programs that Encourage Active Learning
Kylie Fullmer and Brooke Pederson
Presenters Kylie Fullmer and Brooke Pederson, rural library directors from Eastern and Western Washington State, will review the lessons learned and best practices from their successful “leave-the-library,” nature-based programs. Kylie will present about her outdoor backpack kits, ready to be checked out for family adventures. Brooke will present about her local history focused “Cache in Concrete” geocache trail. Attendees will leave with ideas and templates to design their own self-directed, family-friendly, nature-based programs.
Pop Up Libraries
This session will describe and discuss the pop up library I take to our local food pantry and to our local senior independent living center. How it started, how it is organized, and the importance of taking the library out to the community.
Bringing Trivia Night into the 21st Century with Kahoot
Kahoot is a free, web-based platform allowing trivia hosts to create questions (including video). Players respond to questions via a mobile device and are awarded points for how quickly they select the correct answer. Session attendees will participate in a Kahoot trivia session, make a Kahoot and receive programming tips.
The right tool for the job: tech tools that help your patron succeed
Picture the scene: The Elks Club wants to make a brochure, little Timmy is creating a PowerPoint on the Byzantine era, you want to make bookmarks, and there is a group of teens in the back corner looking for something “fun” to do. Let’s look at free online tools that can help your community get things done and make you look like a tech wizard.
Where the Wild Things Are: Cataloging STEM Materials, Kits, and Curriculum Resources
Not sure how to handle the oddball educational materials in your library? Learn more about how-to catalog kits, STEM, and other curriculum materials in your collection. Get clear, practical instructions to deal with them. Don’t be intimidated any longer by games, textbooks, robots, scientific equipment, and other unusual items.
New Directions for Rural Libraries
We will explain to the audience what we do and our vision for assisting rural libraries in their quest to serve and educate their local community.
Be Your Own Graphic Designer
Kim Kietzman and Emily Linacre
Using free online tools, participants can create professional looking graphics for print and social media. Tips for design, crafting a message, and using the rules for specific media will also be covered.
Preserving “born digital” community records
Join us for an introduction to tools provided by Internet Archive for the preservation and access of digitized and born-digital materials. One of the the world’s largest digital libraries, Internet Archive is a leader in the field of preserving and providing access to digital materials documenting community memory.
Active STEM Programs on a Shoestring Budget /Novel un-facilitated STEM Activities for Libraries Short on Time, but not on Imagination!
Keliann LeConte and Anne Holland
Libraries across the country are rapidly adapting to new educational roles in their communities. Learn how the STAR Library Education Network can help you print (free!) mini-exhibits, design your own “Discovery Tables” and even create a rotating display! This session is great for libraries with limited staff and budget, who still want to have a little fun!
Let’s Have Fun!
A link between creative, effective employees and playfulness has been established, but our jobs are often pretty stressful. I will share some low-cost/no-cost ideas that we have implemented in our library that keep the party going!
CFPB: Partnering with Libraries to Financially Empower Patrons
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to help make libraries the go-to source for unbiased financial education resources in every community. Through this program we will provide program ideas, resources and tools; help libraries connect with local partners; share best practices already working in libraries; provide materials that promote financial education; and conduct trainings for library staff and patrons.
Forget-Me-Not: Connecting with Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers
With one in three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illness, providing resources for them and their caregivers is crucial, especially for rural areas that might lack other support systems. Learn about how we developed partnerships and low-cost resources to support this critical need.
Toward Tech Savvy Trustees
To ensure technology advancements in the library, staff must put tech training at the forefront of needed skills. But have library boards shown a similar embrace of technology—are your trustees tech savvy? Gear up for a couple of audience participation games in this session and take home some fun ways to inspire more tech savvy trustees. You don’t need a board of IT specialists, just a board that has moved north of normal in their techie familiarity.
Lights. Camera. Advocacy. Digital Storytelling for Your Library
Ginny Mies and Crystal Schimpf
How can you tell your library’s story to increase public support? Learn how to develop a compelling story for your library, and how to leverage it to show your impact in the community. Walk away with a list of technology tools to develop top-notch stories.
New Books for Children and Teens
Merri Monks and Katelyn Brown
Katelyn Browne (Youth Librarian at the Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa) and I will present a workshop on new books for kids, ranging from babies through teens. We will also cover online review sources. We’ll have the books at the workshop for attendees to view.
In a creative collaborative program with the Madison Middle School and PAGE (Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education) the Madison County Public Libraries worked with 35 girls to create digital stories. It was our hope to inspire young girls to believe in themselves, and become young authors. The PAGE girl’s digital stories were published and cataloged to use with the libraries’ READ WITH ME program. The program has provided the girls the opportunity to give back to the community, and become true authors. Please join us to learn more about the impact digital stories can make at your library.
From Chicken Little to Fred Astaire: Conflict is a Dance
Sharon Morris and Kieran Hixon
Handle conflict with grace: honest, direct, and respectful connection rather than a anger, fear, and drama. Don’t fuss or fume, fight or flee, just have the necessary talk. Ease stress and tension to get to what matters. We will take a creative look at workplace conflict, turbulent supervision, and community relations in order to move you to happiness, flow, and satisfaction.
Elbow Room: The Latest Trends in Library Space Planning
John Paul Myrick
This presentation will provide attendees with current planning paradigms for determining library space needs. There a multiple paradigms out there, from those developed by state library agencies to those designed by professional organizations. This session is designed to help determine the best one for your rural/small community’s needs.
Hack It, Sew It, Fold It, Squish It: Everything You Need for Maker Programs in Your Library
Susan O’Connell and Mara Siegel
Libraries across Vermont have been hosting maker programs through a statewide grant. Learn about five programs that libraries from small to tiny have held – Toy Hacking, E-origami, E-textiles, Squishy Circuits, and Solar Creatures. We will share the curriculum developed for the programs, and then spend some time making things!
Small Libraries but Not Small Minds: Intellectual Freedom in Small Communities
Small towns get a bad reputation for being small minded. But librarians work towards bashing those stereotypes. Intellectual freedom is a value we hold dear whether we are based in big cities, suburbs, farm towns, or our nearest neighbor is five miles away. This session will discuss how issues of internet filtering, self-censorship, diverse collections, and bold programming specifically impact small rural libraries and how to advocate for free thinking and access to information for everyone.
Developing Successful Media Partnerships
As a librarian trying to attract patrons and promote programs, providing a positive look of your library to the community is crucial. The purpose of this session is to help librarians develop effective partnerships with their local community newspapers and other media outlets. This session will teach librarians how to write a press release, how to submit photos to the newspaper correctly and provide them with information on what exactly they can do to get get their library better media coverage.
Outcome Measurement Made Easy: A Free Toolkit for Public Libraries
Attend this session to learn about PLA’s Project Outcome, a free online outcome measurement toolkit that provides libraries with patron-facing surveys, tools for collecting and analyzing the responses, and practical guidance about using the results to take action. In this high-level introduction, PLA staff will discuss how libraries can measure outcomes for their programs and services and hear how small and rural libraries have used the free Project Outcome toolkit to better capture the impact they have on their community.
Lost your Library Mojo?
Burnout, exhaustion, and loss of enthusiasm, is real, and even though we love our work, we can still catch the burnt out bug. Join Gail Santy and tackle this ugly problem head on. Leave with strategies, rediscover your enthusiasm, and return to work refreshed and ready to serve your community.
Top Tips for Patron Technology Training
Crystal Schimpf and Cindy Fisher
Do you help library patrons learn to use technology? Successful technology training uses hands on practice and experimentation, and motivates patrons to continue learning. No technology expertise required! Walk away with eight practical tips that will boost your ability to help library patrons learn technology.
3D Printing Programs in a variety of Small Libraries
Maribeth Shafer and Chris Rippel
In our presentation, we will overview what a 3D printer is, what equipment is needed for a program, how to choose a a 3D printer, how to use it in the library including real life examples from programs in 4 different libraries. We will also discuss teaching people to use the printer, programming options for handing the equipment, and finding a staff member or volunteers to adopt the program.
Digitize It Yourself: A Method of In-House Digitization
In this session participants will learn about the BlackBox DIY Digitization method, a technique of in-house digitization meant for small collections and/or fragile materials that are normally not eligible for traditional digitization processes. Step-by-step instructions will be provided to build your own BlackBox, followed by a tutorial on usage.
How to Break Up Boredom
Angela Smith and Aimee Newberry
How to break up boredom for your patrons, whether they are adults, teens, tweens or families cheap. Our library brings out the human size board games. What a way to loosen everyone up at the conference. Life size Hungry Hippos and Battleship plus other cheap activities.
Gold Nuggets Mining Your Community for Programs
Every community has it’s own gems, folks with amazing talents. Go North of Normal with your programs, utilizing the talents of your local people. Forge partnerships within your community to provide new and exciting programs.
Active Shooter Procedures for Libraries
State Librarian, Mary Soucie will review the North Dakota State Library Active Shooter Procedures and discuss whtat libraries need to consider as they are creating their own procedures.
Reaching the Teachers: Leading a K-12 Faculty Outreach Initiative (Mostly) On Your Own
How do you strengthen your library’s relationship with local K-12 schools when you have 6-8 weekly storytimes, daily reference duties, and no “outreach person”? I will share my experience, advice, and best practices for leading an outreach initiative to the faculty of local K-12 public schools.
Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College and Career Readiness Services
Middle school is a crucial time for teens to begin planning for college and career next steps, frequently they have a hard time getting started. In this session you’ll get the chance to talk about how the library can play a role in supporting middle school youth in this area.