by Leah Youse
Do you want to create a readers’ advisory genre training but don’t know where to start? Do you want to teach your co-workers the difference between steampunk and space opera — but need to learn yourself? This hands-on training is for you! Save time and money by empowering staff to become genre and subgenre experts. Breathe new life into your readers’ advisory training with interactive lessons and a toolkit of resources. Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.
Can you describe an improvisational game? And why would we want to bring them into the library? Join the Baltimore Improv Group for this hands on workshop to learn improvisational games that help improve staff morale, team building and listening skills. Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
by Tiffany Wilson
Despite the writers’ best intentions, RDA is arguably most explicit in terms of print materials. Cataloging media with RDA requires a little more judgment and a new point of view. This program will highlight the portions of RDA most relevant to media catalogers, the significant difference between AACR2 and RDA, and the media-specific resources available to help out new and experienced catalogers. Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
by Anne Harlow
Library statistics report on what is happening by the numbers, but they aren’t very good at revealing why library services are or aren’t being used—and what might be taking their place. Using a work-practice qualitative study methodology, three Temple librarians have been doing in-depth videotaped interviews with faculty about their acquisition, use, and sharing of course content. The process of coding interview transcripts and conducting post-interview sessions with other subject specialists reveals faculty behaviors that have major implications for library services. Initial findings suggest future directions for course reserves, liaison services, instructional technology support, and more. In this presentation, we will outline our progress and share some of these preliminary findings, opening a discussion about how we might radically rethink some of our core services. Through several hands-on activities, participants can begin to weigh the potential benefits and challenges of qualitative research for their institution, practice generating effective interview questions, and devise a mock plan for conducting a study on a topic most relevant to their institution. Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
“What would happen if we really believed that libraries change lives?” Some might call this a dangerous question, because it challenges some of what we say, hear and do in our libraries. In this workshop, we’ll identify our own mental models of libraries and challenge them, to build a shared vision of what the transformational – and transformed – library might look like.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
by Dorothy Stoltz and Connie Wilson
Libraries = literacy. One of our most important goals is to promote early literacy skills and school readiness in children. In recent years we’ve become familiar with the concept of Every Child Ready to Read and have worked toward integrating early literacy best practices into our programs and storytimes. But what about the parents, caregivers and daycare providers? Are you unsure how to present this important information to an audience that can also benefit from early literacy instruction? This workshop will help you explore how to partner with these caring adults in a workshop setting designed to inspire children to learn and to demonstrate how to accelerate the learning process.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
by Kathy Koster
The John Cotton Dana is the ultimate award for library marketing. Every year hundreds of libraries apply for this prestigious award provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association and EBSCO Publishing. Budget doesn’t matter, nor does the
size of your library. What matters is your plan and process. Get the inside scoop on the JCD from a former winner and 4 year member of the JCD awards committee. Bring your marketing materials to MLA’s Swap and Shop in conjunction with this program. Lunch will be served before this session in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
by Matt Barinholtz and Michael Smith-Welch
MAKER Faires, Maker meetups-- What is it all about? Find out at this workshop which will include hands on projects and demonstrations. The Maker movement includes all ages but is highly engaging to young adults. The Maker movement is a growing community of hobbyists and professionals dedicated to making their own functional devices, whether it be technological gadgets, open source hardware and software, fashion apparel, home decorating or nearly any other aspect of physical life.
by Mary Mannix
In today’s world of shrinking reference services genealogists are a patron base that is not diminishing in size. Family historians continue to frequent reference desks but they do need specialized assistance. Even libraries that do not have significant genealogy reference sources can guide family historians in their pursuits. Sadly, many librarians are afraid of the enthusiastic, talkative genealogist. There are many on-line sources and subscription databases that can help any librarian interact confidently with the dreaded genealogy researcher. This workshop will present an overview of basic genealogy methodology and give any information professional, no matter their background, the tools to speak knowledgeably with a genealogy patron. You don’t need to be afraid any longer. And, you may get the bug yourself. This preconference will be hands-on, bring a laptop if you can.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00.
There are only a few counties in Maryland whose library employees have created associations for workplace and community organizing. Staff Association groups help the different constituencies of a library system come together to support their neighborhoods, to plan social events outside the work day, and to facilitate communication between all staff and the library administration. Learn the basics of how to start a Staff Association in your county library at this informal roundtable discussion.
by Lee Rainie
Lee Rainie is the founder and director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. He is a co-author of Up for Grabs: The Future of the Internet, the first of a multi-volume book series based on Project surveys that is being published by Cambria Press.
Prior to the Pew Internet Project, he was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report and a political reporter for the New York Daily News. He will discuss the Project’s research about the changing world of reading and the changing role of libraries in their communities.
If you’re a first time conference attendee, or want to learn more about the conference and our library association, come to this casual get together. You’ll get to hear about conference tips and library association opportunities from division leaders, interest groups and committee chairs. Mingle and meet other first-timers along with experienced attendees. Hope to see you there!
by Mary Hastler, Monica McAbee and Kate Dunneback
The publicity surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey brought new attention to the topic, but public libraries have always faced complex questions about erotica and sexual content in their collections. What are the boundaries of the categories and labels we use? How do we gauge community standards and the changing views of our customers? How do we balance intellectual freedom and customers’ objections? How can we provide good reader’s advisory service to customers who specifically look for – or wish to avoid – erotic content? Hear from a library director, a selection librarian, and a reader’s advisory librarian about these and other questions, and ask ones of your own during the discussion.
by Caroline Barlow and Rachel Wright
Tweens in your library—do you know what they want? There are currently 20 million tweens in the U.S., a unique demographic with a range of social needs and desires. They’re in your library RIGHT NOW, and this frequently underserved population can benefit from all the services your library has to offer. Join Rachel Wright and Caroline Barlow as they teach you how to navigate this particular world. You’ll identify who, exactly, this group of underserved library users is and how to respond to their needs. You will listen to, share, and generate ideas for collection development, programming, and outreach designed to bridge the gap for this distinctive group of patrons. In the end, you’ll leave with the tools you need to develop practical services for this growing population.
by Mary Mannix
Even libraries that do not administer archives or maintain special collections have materials that they want to see last for as long as possible. Unfortunately, many basic processing practices can do irreversible damage to holdings speeding their unfortunate demise. In this session learn of some basic changes that can be made to processing to alleviate long-term damage and also develop a broader understanding of cost-free preservation measures.
by Johnny Hatton
Emergency Preparedness is a subject that we see in the news every time a disaster strikes. The role played by libraries increases and libraries have been designated as an essential resource in times of disasters. Are you ready? Do you understand the difference between local, state and federal emergency management? Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning? Are you prepared with a disaster preparedness kit on hand in your library? This workshop will answer your questions, allowing you to be better prepared when a disaster occurs.
by June Brittingham, Ellen Dunn, Herb Malveaux and T Peter Ramsey
Librarians from three types of libraries share their perspectives, challenges and triumphs in their daily walk through the maze of privacy, confidentiality and information access issues. This program addresses use of computers in the library, email and chatting, circulations and patron records. There will be time for questions, discussion and a recap of current regulations and policies and how these may affect our role as librarians in the future.
Did your library create a Facebook or Twitter account without carefully considering the purpose and goals of your involvement? If so, you’re certainly not alone. To achieve success using social media, you not only need to be active; you must also have a clear understanding of why you’re using social networks and what you’re trying to accomplish. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to draft a social media purpose statement and goals for their library. The group will also explore strategies for measuring the impact of social media on the organization.
by Sydney McCoy
What is Radical Customer Service? Hopefully, the new norm in libraries. This session will present what libraries around the country are doing to implement new models of service. Can our customers be a part of leading this change? As library professionals, are we prepared to let go of our traditional ideas? Be prepared to brainstorm and share ideas with colleagues from around Maryland and Delaware.
Learn how to meet the needs of your LGBTQ community members through this hands-on sensitivity training workshop. Participants will walk away with specific resources to help them understand their LGBTQ patrons and how to best meet their needs through a variety of library services including programming, collection development, both online and library reference services.
by Janet Lloyd and Donna Sebly
Catherine Bateson says it must be told with the zigs and the zags. Donald Davis says you need bait to do it. What are they talking about? Telling your own story. Come join us for tips on how you can learn to tell the zigs and the zags and what bait you will need. Why? Because sharing your stories is a great way to bring a group together, be they colleagues, friends or family.
by Catherine McGuire and Mary Jo Lazun
A patron walks up to the information desk and asks, “Can you please give me the form to file a motion to have my court case reconsidered?” or… “My ex-wife got a new job with more money. What form do I file to get my alimony changed?” or even… “My neighbor is driving me nuts with his loud music. Someone told me I can complain for quiet enjoyment, but what form should I use to do that?” Do you get these kinds of questions? Are you confused about what to tell your patrons and what information to give them? Because legal filings in Maryland often do not have a specific form that you can easily hand out, you may need more information on just what sources to offer to your patrons. And while the Maryland courts specify format in the Maryland Rules, constructing the actual filing is up to the party in the case. So just what is the best way to serve your library patrons in need? Come to our session and get some answers!
Blogging has been a powerful PR vehicle for Cecil County Public Library and Enoch Pratt Free Library. One of the keys to this success has been the involvement of staff members from across each library system. Blog editors Erica Jesonis and Jessica Keyes will share how collaborative blogging has been an empowering tool for building advocacy, recognizing staff talent, and a timely and easy way to interact with the public.
The Division of Library Development and Services is a division of the Maryland State Department of Education. This workshop will highlight the DLDS activities that support, promote, train and market Maryland Public Libraries.
How do you design a library for today’s children and teens? What is the creative process and how do you engage key stakeholders in order to ensure that the final design will meet the needs of the users as well as be flexible for the future? In this session, we will discuss the design process, the importance of key stakeholders, their roles and share a real life success story! BSA+A is a full service architecture and interior design firm with over 33 years of experience designing library and media centers.
8th–10th May 2013