Past Conference Info

2018

Preconference

WEDNESDAY MAY 2nd

9:00 - 12:00

CREATING AND MANAGING A HUMAN LIBRARY

Laksamee Putnam - Research and Instruction
Librarian, Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University,
Alan Simpson - Assistant Manager, Howard County

Library System, Savage Branch, Allison Jessing - Events and Seminars Manager, Howard County Library System, Robert Wetherall - Consultant, Delaware Division of Libraries 

A Human Library is composed of people with titles
that reflect aspects of their life story where they have experienced bias, prejudice, discrimination, or
hardship based on their identity, race, religion or
another factor. During a Human Library event, Human Books are available for Readers to “check out” for an
open and respectful conversation around the topic of
their title. Human Libraries are places where touch questions are expected, asked and answered. Learn
how Human Libraries have been implemented within academic and public libraries and how they have
impacted those communities.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

Sponsor: ACRL-MD
This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education. 

9:00 - 12:00

ADVOCACY BOOTCAMP

James LaRue - Director of Office, ALA Intellectual
Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation,
Marci Merola - Director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy
Have you always wanted to learn more about how to
effectively advocate for libraries but don't know
where to start? The ALA Advocacy Bootcamp is the
perfect place to begin. The Advocacy Bootcamp will cover basics such as messaging, networking, community engagement and Intellectual Freedom. Attendees will also learn about key issues impacting their state and will learn to create an advocacy plan for their library. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from true advocacy experts.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.
Sponsors: MLA LAIG and Friends of the Delaware Libraries

This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education. 

9:00 - 12:00

FACING THE CHALLENGES OF RE-ENTRY: How MD Public Libraries Can Assist Young Ex-Offenders in Attaining Success in the Community

June Brittingham - CE Libraries (DLLR), Janet Lane - Director of Justice Re-
investment, Governor’s Office, Richard Alchin - Delaware Ex-Offender Advocate
Thousands of incarcerated men and women in Maryland, many of them
young adults will be released from prisons in the coming year and will become
part of your community whether visible or not. The challenges they face and
the barriers they must overcome are huge. How can your local library assist in providing useful information that will be helpful to this population? Join us for an interactive workshop to discuss these barriers, hear what is needed and what is being done throughout the state to offer assistance and participate in small group brainstorming sessions to create helpful and encouraging programs that would work in your library.

Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.
Sponsor: CE Libraries This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education. 

9:00 - 4:00

INTRO TO STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

Maureen Sullivan - Past President of ALA, winner of the 2016 Joseph W. Lippincott Award, and Facilitator and Curriculum Developer for the 2017 MD Library Leadership Institute
Working in Library administration-especially as an associate director or new director-is challenging work. Unfortunately, there's no “user's guide” to help. But, we can learn a great deal from those who have been there. This workshop involves a panel of seasoned and experienced library administrators willing to share advice on topics like relationships, boards, and politics. Former human resources administrator for the University of Maryland and Yale University libraries, Maureen Sullivan will facilitate this enlightening session.
Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.
Sponsor: Maryland Library Leadership Institute & the Maryland State Library
This program is worth 6 contact hours of continuing education. 

9:00 - 4:00

THE LIBRARIAN’S GUIDE TO HOMELESSNESS

Ryan Dowd - Executive Director of Hesed House
Do you have patrons who bring in too many bags? Smell really bad?
Panhandle in your library? Argue with you and other patrons? This
interactive training is much more than simple “sensitivity training.” You
will learn why homeless individuals do what they do and the practical
tools for resolving problems. There is a special focus on mentally ill and/or
addicted patrons. After this training, you will have more confidence with
homeless patrons. Dowd's book, The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness will be published in 2018 by the American Library Association.

Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Sponsor: DLA/MLA-PSD

This program is worth 6 contact hours of continuing education. 

1:00 - 4:00

LIGHTS, CAMERA...ACTION! Revitalize Programming through Live Action Puppet Theater

Kristin Bodvin - Library Associate III, Programming Specialist Outreach Services, Erin Snell - Library Associate, Outreach Services, Belinda Bauman - Library Associate, Outreach Services, Lana Montgomery - Library Associate, Outreach Services, Kelly Gordon - Library Associate, Outreach Services, all from Carroll County Public Library

Experience an entertaining and interactive puppet show performed by seasoned puppeteers. Be inspired to create puppet performances to enthrall your community and boost program attendance. Through lively discussion we'll share how to plan, create, and perform a puppetry experience that fits your needs. Additionally, we'll brainstorm ways to overcome challenges you may meet while integrating puppetry into your library. Flash your backstage pass for a behind the scenes look at how the magic happens.

Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Sponsor: CSD

This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education. 

1:00 - 4:00

POSITIVE YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL ACTION THROUGH LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITIES

Tricia George - Teen Services Librarian, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT,

Madyson Frame, freshman film major at Stevenson University in Maryland
Why do teens find value in participating in social action and civic engagements projects? How can libraries promote and support youth and community led social engagement and social action projects? What value does youth-led civic engagement bring to the community? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this pre-conference in which library staff and community members will facilitate discussion and learning related to bringing youth-led social action and civic engagement activities to libraries.

Lunch will be served in the restaurant from 12:00 to 1:00pm.

Sponsor: MSL
This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education. 

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9:00 - 11:00

LIBRARY PRIVACY LAW, ETHICS AND THIRD PARTIES: How Libraries Must Evolve in the Era of Data Sharing, Data Analysis and Security Breaches

Denise Davis - MLA President and Director Emerita of Cecil County Public Library, James LaRue, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Erica Karmes-Jesonis - Technology Services Manager, Cecil County Public Library 

Private corporations that have failed to protect personally identifiable consumer data from hackers or have used data contrary to the interests of consumers are undergoing scrutiny. Libraries are governed by state privacy laws and guided by their ethical commitment to respect and protect users' privacy and data. What are the implications for libraries as we consider expanding online service options, new opportunities to collect and analyze patron data, or contracts with vendors to provide enhanced or new services? Have we taken adequate precautions in this complex environment? Do our users have adequate options to protect their privacy? Learn more about these issues as well as state privacy law in Maryland and Delaware; how libraries are updating policies and practices to protect user data; the potential to negotiate contracts with vendors that protect library users' data; and more.

 

Sponsor: IFP
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

UPDATE FROM THE MARYLAND AND DELAWARE STATE LIBRARIES

Irene Padilla - MD State Librarian, Tamar Sarnoff - Branch Chief, MD Public Library and State Networking Branch, Leslie Bowman - Director, Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, John Owen - Assistant Branch Chief, Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Dr. Annie Norman - DE State Librarian, Beth-Ann Ryan - Deputy Director, Delaware Division of Libraries

The Delaware and Maryland State Libraries will share updates about state programming and initiatives. Come hear what has been happening in Delaware and Maryland regarding STEM and Tech education programming, early childhood literacy and learning, staff development opportunities, capital projects, accessibility services, and much more.

Sponsor: Maryland State Library and Delaware Division of Libraries
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

A HOBBIT, A JEDI AND JAMES BOND WALK INTO THE LIBRARY: Lessons on Change from Fictional Characters

Andrea Berstler - Executive Director, Wicomico Public Libraries

Change is not only inevitable, but it's a wonderful plot device. Fictional characters provide us with some great illustrations of successful ways to manage change, take advantage of opportunities provided by those changes, and keep an organization's mission in focus at the same time. Sponsor: LDD

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 11:00

EMBEDDED LIBRARIANSHIP, Eradicating Achievement Gaps

Christine Kamt - Storyville Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library-
Woodlawn Branch, Tyler Vachon - Librarian II, Baltimore County Public
Library-Woodlawn Branch, Rachel Zukowski - Youth Services Coordinator,
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Christine Freeman - Early
Literacy and Children’s Services Manager, Montgomery County Public Library
This presentation will describe embedded librarianship projects that were designed to engage our community in non-traditional settings. The locations and partners were chosen specifically to address different achievement gaps in school readiness and academic performance. The first used embedded librarianship in the waiting room of WIC, to promote early literacy to the families receiving services. The second was visiting a community Health Center during their vaccination clinics, and the third partnered with three area barbershops visited in support of Summer @ Your Library 2017. Best practices will be shared for those interested in replicating or creating embedded librarianship projects.

Sponsor: CSD
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

ONBOARDING IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES

Russell Michalak - Director of the Library and Learning
Center, Monica Rysavy - Director of Institutional
Research, both from Goldey-Beacom College
The Director of the Library and Learning Center (LLC)
instituted in 2017, a formal online orientation by
requiring all student workers in the library, academic
resource center, and office of information technology
to take a pre-test, watch an online training video, and
take a post-test to successfully communicate the
departments' goals, history, and power structure
(Bauer, 2010). Onboarding student workers, with varied schedules, who are expected to be competent with the job competencies of all job roles in an academic library department can be challenging.

Sponsor: DLA-CRLD
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

THE ONLY CONSTANT IS CHANGE: Adapting for the E-resources Environment

Leigh Ann DePope - Head of Acquisitions, Maggie Saponaro - Head of Collections Development, and Kelley O’Neal - Spatial Data and Maps Librarian, University of Maryland, College Park 

Leigh Ann DePope, Maggie Saponaro and Kelley
O'Neal will talk about the on-going e-resource review process implemented at UMCP, each discussing their respective roles in the process and the communication that developed across departments to facilitate the review process.
Sponsor: ACRL-MD
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

SHOW ME THE MONEY: How to Help Your Customers Navigate the World of Grants

Alyssa Checkai - Librarian III, Pam Bowling - Library Associate, April Tull - Library Associate, all from Anne Arundel County Public Library Funding Information Network Team 

Want to help nonprofit organizations in your area? Funding Information Network (FIN) partners offer resources and training on how to search and apply for grants. Learn about what it means to ba a FIN and how it can benefit your community. Discuss how to improve and expand your FIN's programming, marketing, networking and outreach. 

Sponsor: PSD
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

AGGRESSING AND REGRESSING: Understanding Microaggressions and How to Reduce Occurrences at Your Workplace

Jasmine Harris, Sarah Jane Miller - both Assistant Library Managers, Baltimore County Public Library Microagressions may sound like a new term, but the damage they cause is prevalent. Join Jasmine Harris and Sarah Jane Miller, to learn more about what they are, why they harm, and how to address them. Tools and talking points will help attendees feel empowered to ensure libraries are welcoming for all.

Sponsor: SSD
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Using Data Visualization to Finally Make Sense of It All

Michael Gannon - Chief Operating Officer, Colin Khern - Business
Intelligence Analyst, Lynn Stonesifer - Chief Materials Management, all from
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS)
Running a library efficiently is crucial to its long-term success. That means
monitoring appropriate staffing, ensuring visitors have the services and
resources they want and need, and overseeing the proper distribution of the
collection. But it's not so easy to do when your data is buried in Excel spreadsheets and Google documents! The Maryland State Library has implemented Tableau, a data visualization software, throughout all public libraries in the state. See how PGCMLS is using it for enhancing collection development, monitoring circulation patterns and analyzing programming metrics.
Sponsor: PSD/TSD
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

9:00 - 10:00

TIPS FOR BOOKING AN AUTHOR PROGRAM FOR YOUR IBRARY

Beth Nawalinski - Executive Director of United for Libraries: Association of
Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations
A great way to promote reading and provide a fun program for readers is
to hold an author event. Authors are often eager to find a venue for
promoting their work and readers always enjoy hearing the story behind
the writing. Beth and a panel of speakers (including an author) will share
best practices for finding speakers, event planning, marketing and publicity, advance logistics, and day of event tips for a successful author program.

Sponsor: DLA-FODL This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education. 

10:30 - 11:30