9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | Professional Development Sessions
Recognizing and Coping with Compassion Fatigue
Presenter: Christina Phillips, Professional Education Connections
You love your job. You love your library. You love helping patrons and giving them the extra attention that lets them know you care. But there are days when you’ve given just about all you have to give. At the end of the day, you feel drained, or irritated, or both. You may have achieved “compassion fatigue.” During this session, you’ll recognize the symptoms and the situations that may trigger compassion fatigue and understand how it affects you and your working environment. Explore ways to take care of yourself so you can continue to show compassion and give your patrons the care they need.
Permanent StoryWalk®: Creating Community Through Physical Fitness and Storytelling
Presenter: Jim Gill and Dani Gustavich, Dover Public Library
Have you ever wanted to bring StoryWalk® to your community, but didn’t know how to get started? Do you work at a small library and think that something like StoryWalk® is beyond your reach? StoryWalks® are popping up all over the state and are a great way to combine physical fitness with literacy. Learn how you can bring a StoryWalk® to your community through creative and fun collaborations with other local organizations. Discover how to create partnerships outside the library to bring something of lasting value to your community.
A Collective Look at Onboarding
Presenter: Katrina Plourde, Westerville Public Library
Every phase of the onboarding process with a new employee is important. It is also important to continue the onboarding process for internal transfers to new roles. Every management blog or HR white paper ever written on the subject will give you a new checklist of things you need to do. However, all organizations are not the same and YOUR library may need something completely unique. Explore some of the best practices from a variety of sources on the roles of leaders, supervisors, and peers in the onboarding process. This session includes a Q&A format to talk about your unique situations and how to fine tune some of your processes.
“Ask Me What I’m Reading!” New and Reimagined Approaches to Readers’ Advisory
Presenter: Kristin McCormick, Worthington Libraries; Katy Hite, Upper Arlington Public Library
Explore the variety of ways the Worthington Libraries Readers’ Advisory Team is keeping up with their patrons to recommend their next great reads. From passive displays, booklists and shelf talkers to online book reviews and tailored recommendations via interactive Facebook chats, you’ll learn how to plan and execute readers’ advisory programs for all ages, regardless of library size or budget.
Literacy and Beyond: Kindergarten Readiness for the Whole Family
Presenter: Julia Boxler, Cuyahoga County Public Library; Emily Stupica, Willoughby-Eastlake Board of Education
Every Child Ready to Read empowered Children’s Librarians to not only prepare young people for literacy, but to also engage their parents and caregivers as the little one’s first teachers. With their Kindergarten Club, Cuyahoga County Public Library has extended kindergarten preparedness for both parents and preschoolers beyond literacy into social-emotional readiness by partnering with a school psychologist. Learn how such a collaboration can benefit your library’s families and get your little ones ready to learn!
Behind-the-Scenes Look at Writing “My One Square Inch of Alaska”
Author: Sharon Short
Were there really deeds to just one square inch of Alaska in 1953? Explore how Sharon Short did the research and other fascinating details of her novel. You’ll learn how she stumbled upon the idea and other hair-raising moments from idea to publication.
Feelin’ Groovy: Making the Most of Workplace Wellness Options
Presenter: Miriam Matteson, Kent State University
No matter where you are on the organizational chart, balancing the demands of your personal life and your work life can be a hard thing to achieve. No doubt there may be occasions when you or someone your work with would benefit from some of the formal and informal wellness options that may be available in your workplace. Many organizations offer employee assistance wellness programs, but there are also informal options employees can use to minimize strain and increase overall wellness. In this session, Miriam Matteson, Associate Professor, Kent State University, SLIS, will discuss what healthy work-life balance might look like and talk about ways to make the most of wellness options. She will also explore ways to encourage organizations to place greater value on employee wellness.
Augmented Reality: Programming That’s Captivating
Presenter: Jessica Conley, Tuscarawas County Public Library
Since the release of Pokémon Go, the term “Augmented Reality” has grown in popularity with library customers. How can libraries jump on the AR bandwagon at a reasonable cost? Learn how to create innovative and engaging AR programs that can be adapted for patrons of all ages and technology levels. Discover successful programs and learn how to implement them at your library.
UNPROGRAM: The Patron-Focused Catalog
Presenters: Barbara Satow, Cleveland Public Library (Lake Shore); George Morrison, Delaware County District Library
In our digital world, the OPAC has become the primary gatekeeper for patrons and staff. Looking beyond RDA guidelines, is your catalog serving your population? Join us for a discussion about maximizing the usefulness of your catalog’s records. Possible topics include the use of indexed fields vs. keywords, clarifying content through subjects, descriptions and notes, adding access points for local creators, search strategies, and more. Come with your ideas and pick up some tips to make your catalog work for you.
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Professional Development Sessions
Libraries LAUNCH a Better Workforce
Presenter: Ann Riegle-Crichton, Dayton Metro Library
The LAUNCH initiative embodies Dayton Metro Library’s commitment to workforce development in the Dayton region. Learn how Dayton Metro Library leveraged community resources and partnerships to create job seekers programs and other business and career services and how libraries of any size can do the same.
Public Libraries and Healthier Communities
Presenter: Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Regional Office
A recent Pew study found that health is the number two most searched for information online. Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs and are trusted institutions. They are many times the only source of access to computers or the Internet. Discover no-cost resources for evidence-based health information (in multiple languages) and how to get started with health outreach and programming in your community (including funding suggestions). You’ll leave this session with at least one action item to improve health service in your library.
The Art of Different: How Our Differences (and Similarities) Shape Our Work Culture
Presenter: Julie Whitt, Upper Arlington Public Library
We all bring a unique set of opinions, styles and preferences to our work each day. While there is a great deal of information available about diversity in the workplace, it tends to focus on differences defined by demographics. How might different communication styles, personality differences or even our own unique life experiences make us see things differently? Learn ways to effectively manage the challenges and benefits of differences in the workplace as well as how to foster a culture of shared values.
Hello World: Creating and Promoting a Youth World Languages Collection
Presenters: Becky O’Neil, Collection Development Librarian and Robin Gibson, Youth Librarian, Westerville Public Library
It has been said that books act like mirrors when they reflect our life experiences back to us and books act like windows when they show us the lives of people who are different from us. Gain a better understanding of how to add “mirror” and “window” books in multiple languages to your collections. You’ll learn how to create a world languages collection for the youth in your community including garnering administration support, finding material sources, and promoting the collection.
Memory Café – Meeting the Needs of Patrons in the Community Dealing with Early Alzheimer’s/Dementia
Presenters: Brian Burch, Akron-Summit County Public Library; Karen Elliott, MA, LSW, Alzheimer’s Association
Currently, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. One in nine people 65 years of age or order has the disease. Many patrons who have been recently diagnosed show few, if any outward signs of the disease. How do you serve these patrons when you might not even know who they are? Social engagement is the key. Learn how the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Association worked together to create a supportive and engaging environment for the person with memory loss and their loved ones. You’ll learn how to start a Memory Café in your community and how to make it successful.
Love, Hate and Other Filters
Author: Samira Ahmed
In her debut novel Love, Hate and Other Filters, Samira Ahmed givers a searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age story in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia after a terrorist attack (whose perpetrator shares her family’s name), all while trying to square her dreams of attending NYU to become a documentarian with her family’s expectations.
Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Presenter: Michelle Francis, OLC Director of Government and Legal Services; Jason Elvers, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
Just when you thought you knew everything! Numerous library-related legal questions come into OLC every day. This is an opportunity for you to hear from the experts on the latest legal issues impacting libraries. Jason and Michelle are here to keep you “legal.”
Sustainable Connected Learning
Presenter: Rebecca Ranallo and Megan Barrett, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Connected learning is an innovative approach to youth learning that is based on the principle that learning happens best when it is interest-driven, peer supported, and academically oriented. Cuyahoga County Public Library has spent three years developing rich, outcomes-based programs, and creating a sustainable pool of volunteers with a STEAM background. Rebecca Ranallo, IT Literacy Manager and Megan Barrett, IT Literacy Specialist, will explain how the connected learning model has been implemented at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s 27 branches.
Intellectual Freedom vs. Authoritarianism
Presenter: Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project
We are living in interesting times, as the old curse goes. While our fundamental civil liberties of free speech and privacy are increasingly under threat, more of our community members are engaging in civic participation than ever befroe. What does this all mean for our library professional values? Join Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project to learn about practical ways that libraries can continue to uphold principles of democracy in a time when they’re more important than ever.