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Sessions at 2016 Maryland Library Association & Delaware Library Association Joint Annual Conference on Friday 6th May

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  • Registration Opens (Terrace Lobby)

    At 7:30am to 7:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • DLA Division Meeting (Rooms 2 and 3)

    At 8:00am to 8:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • MLA Annual Meeting (Crystal Ballroom)

    At 8:00am to 9:00am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Silent Auction (1st Floor Lobby)

    At 8:00am to 10:40am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • DLA Business Meeting (Rooms 2 and 3)

    At 8:30am to 9:00am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Visit the Vendors (Rooms 2 and 3)

    At 9:00am to 9:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Addressing Challenges to Materials in School Libraries (Room 5)

    by Dee Venuto

    Location: Room 5

    Does your library or school have policies and procedures in place to deal with challenges and select materials? Are these clearly communicated with stakeholders? How do we develop collections that support the intellectual freedom rights of youths and our diverse communities knowing that challenges can occur? Participants will be provided an overview of policies, procedures and resources to help library staff prepare for potential
    questions about materials. Dee Venuto has managed two book challenges during her tenure as a high school librarian, and as a result has been given the opportunity to learn and share these firsthand experiences with others.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

    Coverage slide deck

  • Connecting Resources: Becoming a Link to Local Industries (Room 4)

    by Aryn Dagirmanjian, Ray O'Keefe Cruitt, Jeanne (Jean) Lauber and Liz Bowen

    Location: Room 4

    Are there sectors of your community that could use your resources, but don’t? Do you have a job center or business directory that no one knows exists? Are there community partners with whom you share an audience? Whether working with small businesses, job seekers, nonprofits, or others, your library can become a key connector to industries in your area. Hear from a panel of three subject specialists from the State Library Resource Center about ways you can engage specific
    sectors of your community through outreach, resource
    development, and programming to use the library to its fullest potential. This session will focus on Q&A from the moderator and audience.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • De-Stress with Desk Yoga (Room 2B)

    by Valerie Diamond

    Location: Room 2B

    Want to sharpen your focus, reduce stress, and increase productivity? Looking for a relief from backaches, headaches, or that “tired of sitting” feeling? Ready to try a new path to a healthier work day? Then Desk Yoga is for you! Join Valerie Diamond to learn gentle postures you can do at your desk in regular work clothing to melt away tension and fatigue, improve posture and flexibility, and promote a positive outlook. Come ready to move through a guided series of simple seated and standing postures you can use to create your own Desk Yoga Breaks back at the workplace. Desk Yoga gentle sessions have been presented at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Avalon Yoga and Wellness Center, and friends House Retirement Community. No experience necessary – all are welcome!

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Dealing with an Active Shooter (Room 2)

    by Dennis Cornwall

    Location: Room 2

    Gun violence incidents in the U.S. have been occurring more and more often. Mass shootings have taken place in schools, malls, movie theaters, churches and work places. Research shows that if you have thought in advance about what you would do in the event of an incident, your chances of survival are greatly improved. Our safety starts with personal planning and diligence. This program examines the options one has in the event of being caught in an active shooter incident.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Friends and Trustees are Your Best Advocates (Room 6)

    by Susan Schmidt, Ari Brooks, Denise Davis, Sharon Rosenberg and Lynn Wheeler

    Location: Room 6

    Your Board of Trustees and Friends of the Library are
    dedicated to supporting the library system by
    advocating for public dollars, and promoting services
    to elected officials. This is an opportunity to hear a
    panel discussion to learn how to work with these
    volunteers and support their grassroots efforts. At the
    conclusion, you will understand how everyone working
    together can create winning strategies on the local and state level.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • STORYWALK®: Connecting Families, Libraries, and Their Communities (Room 2A)

    by Jackie Cassidy

    Location: Room 2A

    Looking for ways to connect families and the community to reading outside of the library walls? Learn how Storywalk® encourages families to read and engage in literacy activities in their community while they follow story-lined paths through parks, around the library, or as part of a community celebration. Find out how to enhance your community outreach with this inexpensive and versatile project.

  • Turning Reflection Into Action: Talking It Out, Making It Work (Room 1)

    by Mason Brown, Sarah Ward and Stephanie Margolin

    Location: Room 1

    This information literacy instruction action research project began with two simple goals in mind: (1) use comics to (2) help our students focus on the process of asking answerable, engaging and well thought-out research questions. Refining the curriculum through the reflective practice of action research was not part of our original plan, although it became central to the execution of this program. The presenters developed the comics-based curriculum and then, due to a larger-than-expected enrollment (and interest among our librarians), recruited seven additional librarian-instructors to teach 157 students in three simultaneous sessions over eight days. Like true action research, it was in the daily pre-workshop planning meetings and post-workshop reflection sessions with the coordinators and librarian-instructors that the real innovation took place. Not only did this reflection and collaboration make our summer program stronger, but has proven extremely beneficial to our overall library instruction program. By creating our own “community of practice” through reflection and feedback, we have seen an increase in communication with and collaboration among our colleagues, leading to new projects and fruitful discussions about teaching.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Legislative Update: Get Informed, Get Engaged (Room 5)

    by Mary Baykan and Natalie Edington

    Location: Room 5

    Get informed! Learn how libraries fared in the 2016 Maryland legislative session and what legislation and issues face libraries at the federal level. Get Engaged! Discover how to use Engage, an online advocacy tool, to advocate for libraries. Both new and experienced advocates will leave empowered with knowledge and tools to better advocate for libraries.

    At 10:30am to 11:30am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Visit the Vendors (Grand Ballroom)

    At 10:30am to 10:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Adjuncts: Valuable Assets When Planning to Enhance Student Success (Room 4)

    by Pamela Flinton

    Location: Room 4

    Adjunct faculty account for 50% of the workforce in U.S. higher education, 70% at 2-year colleges! According to the American Federation of Teachers, adjuncts teach 37% - 53% of college students every year. Individually and collectively, adjuncts are an invaluable asset as we, librarians and library staff, strive to enhance student success through a good grounding in information literacy (IL) concepts. Learn what support adjuncts need from us and how to create successful programs to engage adjuncts in the struggle to ensure every student has IL concepts to support life-long learning. Gain an understanding of adjuncts that will help to create powerful relationships with members of this group. Question and answer time to delve into the issue and share what your experiences have been in making the most of the vast human capital that adjuncts bring to our students and our institution.

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Inspire Staff to Tech Greatness (Room 3)

    by Jen Bishop, Heather Owings, Kim Smithson and Naomi Keppler

    Location: Room 3

    As technology changes, so should our skill set. In this panel discussion, Carroll County Public Library staff will walk you through the process of establishing a team to review current staff technology skills, evaluating future tech goals, creating detailed development plans, and incorporating tech skill sets into both the interview and evaluation processes.

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Leadership for Change (Room 1)

    by Deborah Gaspar

    Location: Room 1

    Leading change draws on soft skills, technical skills, and organization acumen. Implementing change is challenging as planning must address the complexities of existing practices coupled with a web of interpersonal connections. Seventy-five percent of all change initiatives fail, often because leaders do not address these cultural issues. This session will explore how leaders can anticipate and plan for the impact on staff members as they guide them through the three steps of organizational change. The format will be part presentation and part discussion as participants will engage in a mapping
    exercise and share observations and experiences.

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Making Connections with One Button Studio (Room 2)

    by Jason Byrd, Patricia West and Michael English

    Location: Room 2

    In 2014 George Mason University’s Gateway Library implemented the One Button Studio (OBS), a simplified video recording space that allows users with no knowledge of lights, cameras, or video production to create high-quality video projects with the push of a button. Originally created in 2012 by Penn State University Libraries, the OBS relies on the OBS app and can be replicated by other libraries with customized configurations. We will discuss how the OBS is being used to support unique user populations, such as distance students and instructors, and wider applications of the OBS, such as student presentation practice. We will also address challenges of using this technology and the marketing potential of the OBS for your library. The OBS has equally great potential to assist populations in the public library setting, and we will discuss applications for several public library user populations such as Toastmasters, English-language learners, and job seekers.

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth (Room 2B)

    by Dorothy Stoltz, Phyllis Bontrager and Darrell Robertson

    Location: Room 2B

    This workshop will feature a panel discussing effective practices on the new and emerging role of media mentorship in libraries serving youth. Topics featured: what it means to be a media mentor, how to become the best media mentor I can be, how to offer programs to engage parents on the topic of media, and how to incorporate media conversation starters for parents into existing programs. Through discussion activities, participants will explore ways to support families as they create best practices for their individual family situation. What are you and your library already
    doing that can add to the conversation?

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Public and School Library Collaboration (Room 6)

    by Katryna Cera-Proulx and Mary Beth Jones

    Location: Room 6

    What does a partnership between public and school libraries look like? Can both types of libraries benefit from a relationship that shares resources and connects communities? Here are some specific, real life examples between school and public libraries. The presenters will share their experiences with creating programs and building connections between their two libraries.

    At 10:45am to 11:45am, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

  • Luncheon: Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Philadelphia Free Library (Crystal Ballroom)

    by Siobhan Reardon

    Location: Crystal Ballroom

    Public libraries of the 21st century are no longer about buildings and books. Rather, the 21st century library needs to be outwardly focused on its relationship with communities. Reardon will review the processes the Free Library is undertaking to move in this direction from staffing restructure, to new program offerings, to physical environments that reflect these changes.

    At 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Friday 6th May

    In Clarion Resort Hotel

    Coverage slide deck