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Conference Agenda

Wednesday keynote speaker, Hilton Carter

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Items with ($) indicate an additional cost. See below agenda for descriptions of each session.

8:00 - 5:30

  • Registration Table Opens

9:00 - 12:00

  • Introduction to Political Power Theories ($60)

  • Transforming Teen Services: Cultivating Positive Teen Relationships in the Library

  • Creating and Sustaining Meaningful Library Services for Incarcerated People and People in Reentry ($155)

  • Cultivating the Future for Staff & Customers ($60)

  • Equitable, Diverse, & Inclusive Library Programs: From Theory to Best Practices ($60)

9:00 - 4:00

  • The Secret Powers and Challenges of Introverted Leadership ($100)

All Day

  • Future Room (in conjunction with Cultivating The Future preconference)

1:00 - 3:00

  • Harriet Tubman Visitor Center Tour - Group Bus: Sponsored by EBSCO

  • Becker Morgan Group Expanding Your Library

1:00 - 4:00

  • It's Showtime! Planting Puppets in Your Programs ($60)

  • Political Power Theories Workshop ($60)

  • Coworker to Supervisor - How to Manage Previous Peers ($110)

  • Empowering Libraries in the AI Era: A Hands-On Exploration ($140)

  • On point messaging for your library ($60)

3:00 - 4:00

  • A Recipe for Student Engagement: Using Cookbooks to Create More Inclusive Special Collections

  • Farming Seeds of Information - Student / Librarian Projects in the Field

  • From Front Line to Back Office: Considerations for the New Admin Staff

4:30 - 5:30

  • Keynote Speaker: Hilton Carter

5:30 - 7:00

  • All Conference Reception

5:45 - 6:45

  • Ignite 1

7:00 - 9:00

  • BCMLA Meetup: Sponsored by Enoch Pratt Free Library and the State Library Resource Center

  • ACRL-MD Meetup

  • DLA Meetup

8:00 - 5:30

  • Registration Table Opens

9:00 - 12:00

  • Introduction to Political Power Theories ($60)

  • Transforming Teen Services: Cultivating Positive Teen Relationships in the Library ($60)

  • Creating and Sustaining Meaningful Library Services for Incarcerated People and People in Reentry ($155)

  • Cultivating the Future for Staff & Customers ($60)

  • Equitable, Diverse, & Inclusive Library Programs: From Theory to Best Practices ($60)

9:00 - 4:00

  • The Secret Powers and Challenges of Introverted Leadership ($100)

All Day

  • Future Room (in conjunction with Cultivating The Future preconference)

1:00 - 3:00

  • Harriet Tubman Visitor Center Tour - Group Bus: Sponsored by EBSCO

  • Becker Morgan Group Expanding Your Library

1:00 - 4:00

  • It's Showtime! Planting Puppets in Your Programs ($60)

  • Political Power Theories Workshop ($60)

  • Coworker to Supervisor - How to Manage Previous Peers ($110)

  • Empowering Libraries in the AI Era: A Hands-On Exploration ($140)

  • On point messaging for your library ($60)

3:00 - 4:00

  • A Recipe for Student Engagement: Using Cookbooks to Create More Inclusive Special Collections

  • Farming Seeds of Information - Student / Librarian Projects in the Field

  • From Front Line to Back Office: Considerations for the New Admin Staff

4:30 - 5:30

  • Keynote Speaker: Hilton Carter

5:30 - 7:00

  • All Conference Reception

5:45 - 6:45

  • Ignite 1

7:00 - 9:00

  • BCMLA Meetup: Sponsored by Enoch Pratt Free Library and the State Library Resource Center

  • ACRL-MD Meetup

  • DLA Meetup

Introduction to Political Power Theories ($60)  
| 9-12

98% of library funding relies on the political will of voters and politicians. If libraries want to increase or maintain library funding, they have to build political power and influence. There are a wide range of tactics that can be used to build and influence this power, but what are the underlying political advocacy theories that can be applied to all of the activities performed by a library? In this session we will explore many of the tools, tactics, and strategies used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians and discuss applying them to librarianship. Speaker: Patrick Sweeney​​

Transforming Teen Services: Cultivating Positive Teen Relationships in the Library ($60)  | 9-12

Are you looking to revitalize your Teen Services departments? Or maybe you know that the teens are there, but don’t know how to connect with them? In this collaborative session, all kinds of library staff will learn skills for creating an equitable and engaging foundation for Teen Services. Based in connected learning and principles of youth development, this training offers balanced and actionable plans for staff to implement in their library programs and services right away. Speakers: Elizabeth Miller, Elizabeth Mayer


Creating and Sustaining Meaningful Library Services for Incarcerated People and People in Reentry ($60)  | 9-12

People who are incarcerated need access to library services. Implementing these services takes thoughtful planning and a broad understanding of how jails, juvenile detention centers, and prisons function. This session will provide background information and examples of existing library services for people negatively impacted by incarceration. It will cover a range of topics--from physical mail to digital access—and will highlight concerns and possible solutions along the way. Speaker: Jeanie Austin

Cultivating the Future for Staff & Customers ($60)  | 9-12

Future thinking is an important skill to help build more resilient communities. A group of Harford County Public Library staff, funded by a grant from the Maryland State Library Agency, created a future thinking training for all library staff. A small group of staff received additional training to create and present future thinking skills to teens and emerging adults. At this preconference, participants will have a chance to experience the training that was done for library staff, and find out more about the programming for the public. They will also leave with the knowledge and resources to create a program of their own. Speakers: Tracy Miller, Pam Taylor, Annie Kovach, Kelly Mills

Equitable, Diverse, & Inclusive Library Programs: From Theory to Best Practices ($60)  | 9-12

Adult, teen and children's program staff will begin by identifying their own culture, leading to cultural competence and humility for other cultures. This session will give you the tools to identify and avoid pitfalls, remove barriers for the community, and develop programs that represent, include, and celebrate the diversity of the community you serve. Regardless of your own background and identity, you can overcome the fear of "getting it wrong" and develop confidence with specific steps and best practices to get it right. Speakers: Elizabeth Davis, Jill Hutchison

The Secret Powers and Challenges of Introverted Leadership ($100)  | 9-4

Librarianship, a profession with a significant number of introverts, presents a unique opportunity to explore and embrace the strengths and abilities that introverted individuals bring to leadership roles. This workshop aims to provide insights into introversion and power structures, focusing on the four types of introversion, the superpowers of introverts, and what happens to some introverts in power during times of stress and trauma. This very interactive workshop will allow participants to spend time examining real life library case studies that will provide unique insight into human behavior. Speaker: Elaina Norlin

 

Harriet Tubman Tour | 1-3

Join us for a cultural and historical event - tour the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center to learn more and experience the world of Harriet Tubman, leader and liberator in the resistance movement known as the Underground Railway. A group will assemble in the hotel lobby and journey to the site for a ranger-led welcome and introduction to the Park. We will stay 1 hour for a self-guided tour. While we will not experience the fullness of the site (that takes hours), the introduction will be illuminating. Register to be transported to the site via a free van (holds 25) which will leave from the front of the hotel at 12:30 pm or drive the short distance to the site. 

Expanding Your Library  | 1-3

Join Becker Morgan Group on a field trip to the Queen Anne’s County Public Library Kent Island Branch. We will highlight the capital improvement process from the feasibility study through construction, identifying key metrics and considerations when planning for the future of your library. In addition to the design process, we will discuss design principles and important recent trends in the library space. These items include specialty programming areas, increased flexibility, daylighting, security, staff efficiencies, and public vs private spaces within a library. The bus will begin loading by 12:45pm, depart at 1pm, and return to the Cambridge Hyatt by 4pm. Drinks and desserts provided. Space limited to the first 30 people to register.

It's Showtime! Planting Puppets in Your Programs ($60)  |  1-4

Grow interest and participation in your programs by adding a fresh, highly engaging library activity to your repertoire: Puppetry! Puppetry provides a multi-sensory connection to literature. It breathes new life into timeless classics and enhance many narrative experiences. Collect big and small ideas for bringing puppetry into your library. Watch examples of different puppet storytelling styles in action. Participate in hands-on exercises to build your confidence as a performer and bring characters to life. Learn a framework for choosing the best type of puppet for your storytelling idea. Return to your library ready use puppets in your programs! Speaker: Katie George

Political Power Theories Workshop ($60)  | 1-4

98% of library funding relies on the political will of voters and politicians. This workshop delves into essential political advocacy theories with an emphasis on building political power and how to weld it. We'll take time to explore an array of effective tools, tactics, messages, and strategies used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians. You'll be able to adapt these techniques to your library’s financial foundation. Speaker: Patrick Sweeney

Coworker to Supervisor - How to Manage Previous Peers ($110)  | 1-4

Are you actively looking for or eagerly engaged in promotions? We examine the excitement, rewards, pitfalls and demands that come with the progression from co-worker to supervisor. This session is designed to support staff navigating career paths, and Managers who want to inspire their staff to ensure that recognizing potential and promoting from within will maintain healthy dynamics. With an emphasis on the positive effect of strong network activities we share tips and strategies to build empowered leadership. We help identify new networks, setting and maintaining a professional tone while managing the balance between old relationships with new responsibilities. Speaker: Resa Mai 

Empowering Libraries in the AI Era: A Hands-On Exploration ($140)  | 1-4

In this session join me for an exciting journey into the future of libraries with AI. I will provide an insightful exploration of the evolving world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential use in libraries. I will provide library staff with the essential skills to harness the power of AI while making the learning experience fun, engaging and informative. Speaker: Dr. Brandy McNeil

On point messaging for your library ($60)  | 3-4

This workshop will walk attendees through the process of creating a focused, on point message that will provide a basis for promoting and advocating for their library. We will discuss how to distill a message to the most important parts, how to frame a message based on the audience and how visuals can help or hurt your impact. Speaker: Andrea Berstler

A Recipe for Student Engagement: Using Cookbooks to Create More Inclusive Special Collections | 3-4*

Cookbooks are more than just collections of recipes. They are profound documents for cultural memory and identity. As part of the library’s Special Collections student engagement program at The Johns Hopkins University, cookbooks have proved to be the perfect seed to grow interest in using primary sources and to refresh collection development. Learn how a focus on cookery leads to more inclusive acquisitions and opportunities for student learning both in and of the classroom. Speaker: Heidi Herr 

Farming Seeds of Information - Student / Librarian Projects in the Field | 3-4*

Over a six-week period, 22 Delaware Upward Bound students collaborated to change the role of how technology, information, and research can be hands-on and benefit The Nanticoke River Watershed Conservancy. Implementing over 40 projects in 6 weeks, informational skills, science, and librarian standards revealed the interactive process of applying Informational Science knowledge. Walk away with ideas and tools to begin your own community change through librarianship through various stations created for participants. Serving the community at large involving library-based practices was a success. Bringing your computer will also help with this workshop-hands-on session! Speakers: Harry Brake, Melisa Velasquez, Briana Bradley

From Front Line to Back Office: Considerations for the New Admin Staff | 3-4*

!You’ve been promoted! As the newly hired administrative staff person in your organization you’ve got an office and possibly staff to supervise. Now what?! Join this fun and interactive look at the differences to be aware of when transitioning from a customer facing role to an administrative leadership role. Hear about some of the pitfalls that can emerge in the transition and how to avoid them. Learn about the mindshift transformation that takes place and how to strategically approach the new role. Develop a clearer plan for leading your new team and or department. This session is ideal for the newly hired manager or some one seeking a leadership position in their organization. Speaker: Karen Wilson

 

Ignite 1 | 5:45-6:45*

Four mini-presentations on mobile outreach services, professional development evaluations, library social work, and youth services. 1) Mobile Outreach Services Saved the Day! - Lana Montgomery 2) Can Your Evaluation Change Professional Development Programming? - Judine Slaughter 3) Library Social Work Services for Immigrant Communities- Mariel Sass 4) Youth Services Growing Creativity - Elizabeth Mayer 

* These programs are included with the Full Conference Registration (Box Lunch not included)

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