Thursday Program Descriptions

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Professional Development Sessions

Beginning Reading Instruction: Bridging the Gap Between Early Literacy and Reader’s Advisory
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Track: Services to Youth
Presenter: Dani Gustavich, Dayton Metro Library

Digraphs, diphthongs, and graphemes – oh my! How many times have you been asked how to teach a child to read? We know all about early literacy skills and readers’ advisory, but Library School skipped the piece in between! During this session, you will explore those confusing “ph” words and learn ways to use this knowledge to aid in teaching kids to read.

Core Competency: Customer Service
Sponsor: Children’s Services Division

 

So You’ve Spit in a Tube
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Track: Engaging the Community through Programs
Presenter: Kellen Freeman, Delaware County District Library

Companies specializing in personal DNA kits are now advertising during prime time, providing availability in pharmacies and supermarkets, and sponsoring the Olympics. These companies promise to show you who you are inside by analyzing your genetic code, but are they really everything they promise to be? What do we do when patrons come to us with questions about these services? Can that little tube of spit really tell you everything about your ancestry? This session will aim to answer those questions by introducing you to the basics of genetic genealogy, detailing the differences between the four main testing companies, covering concerns and considerations, and introducing resources that can help turn these tests into a valuable genealogical resource.

Core Competency: Patron Instruction
Sponsor: Special Collections Division

 

Retention Strategies
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Carl Allison Jr., Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

You supervise talented employees and top performers. Keeping the best is tantamount to your success. The job market is open, how do you keep the superstars? During this session, you will learn about various retention strategies you can implement for retaining highly-skilled staff members, including stay interviews, individual development plans, and talent assessment programs.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division

 

Making Project Outcome a Reality at Your Library
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Track: Building Exceptional Teams
Presenter: Carl Allison Jr., Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

You supervise talented employees and top performers. Keeping the best is tantamount to your success. The job market is open, how do you keep the superstars? During this session, you will learn about various retention strategies you can implement for retaining highly-skilled staff members, including stay interviews, individual development plans, and talent assessment programs.

Core Competency: Human Capital Management
Sponsor: Marketing and PR Division