SESSIONS

2016

 
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9:00 a.m. Sessions
 
Trustee 2.0

Laura Ross-Giroux, Alberta Library Trustees' Association

Dr. Tanya Pollard, Alberta Library Trustees' Association; Westlock Intermunicipal Library Board

Audience: Board/trustee members

You're new and you've taken the Board Basics workshop, but now what? There is more to being a trustee beyond knowing the Libraries Act and Regulations. This workshop will quickly guide trustees through the issues and expectations they will face in governing a library. This session will touch on policy and bylaw development, board/staff relations, collaborative relationships, community engagement, advocacy, resources and other topics related to being a trustee.

 
Outreach Programming

Angie Thom, Jasper Municipal Library

Kim Felteau, Jasper Municipal Library

Audience: Public library staff, Managers

Outreach programming can be a simple and effective way to reach populations that you are not seeing in your library. Whether you do it on your own or in partnership with another organization you will be connecting your library to new people. Kim and Angie will discuss the development of Jasper Municipal Library's outreach programs and what it has taught them about their community. We will spend time brainstorming ideas to take back to your library.

 
Never Stop Learning: The Makerspace / Learning Commons Connection

Willow Schnell, New Sarepta Public Library

Audience: Public library staff, School library staff, Managers

Find out how to do less work, with fewer staff, in less time, with less money... in order to better meet the changing needs of more people, in new and amazing ways, with more rewarding results for everyone! All this is possible while working within any or all of the Makerspace, Learning Commons, or High School Redesign framework.

 

This session is for Public and School Library newbies who are curious or just starting out, as well as for veterans of the Makerspace/Learning Commons world who are looking for some fresh ideas, promotion strategies or tips on resource sharing. We will also be exploring the High School Redesign connection and what libraries can do to jump on the bandwagon!

 
L2D (Learn to Drive) @ Your Local Library Kit Initiative and Program

Nancy Keough, Swan Hills Public Library

Dave Mckenzie, Alberta Office of Traffic Safety

Audience: Public library staff, School library staff, Board/trustee members, Managers

Join Nancy and Dave as they present the L2D (Learn to Drive) at your Local Library kits, which include new and upcoming developments as the program enters Phase 2 of kit distribution.

 

In this session Nancy and Dave will discuss how to engage your community in the L2D program and how to find unlikely partners to help you in delivering this program in your library. They'll share their newly-developed step-by-step teachers guide and other resources that will help train the trainer.

 

A simple conversation can develop into a meaningful program that can help change the way libraries are viewed in their communities. Learn how to partner within your community and how to reach out to organizations and schools. Attendees will leave feeling comfortable and able to run this session in their own communities.

10:45 a.m. Sessions        Back to top
 
Transformed People, Transform People

Dan Jelinski, Train to Retain Learning Systems

Audience: everyone

Self-awareness is the key that unlocks personal effectiveness and authentic leadership. The interconnected facets of our inner life—thoughts, values, beliefs and emotions— unconsciously spill out into our attitudes and behavior. Healthy introspection encourages us to look at the leader within and celebrate the inherent strengths we all possess. The result: increased energy, positive workplace relationships and heightened productivity.

 

In this micro-workshop, Personal Resilience and Recovery Coach, Dan Jelinski, will invite participants to explore their inner world. Personal transformation is based on how well we know and trust ourselves. The insights of modern and ancient wisdom will provide the road-map for this journey.  

 

Participants will discover the two secrets to personal resilience and organizational success:

 

  1. “Work harder on yourself, than you do on your job.”

  2. “Transformed people, transform people.”

Budget Saving Ideas for the Secondary School Library Learning Commons

Jamie Davis, The Alberta Library

Audience: Public library staff, School library staff

LearnAlberta.ca’s Online Reference Centre (ORC) resources provide an easy to use, fully-funded jumping off point for three key components of the new school library learning commons policy. Join this session to learn how the ORC can help learning commons staff create student-focused programming, develop information literacy skills, and provide secondary students and staff 24/7/365 access to a virtual library. Learn more about how the ORC can become a vital part of your secondary school learning commons.

 
Breaking Barriers: Becoming an Inviting Library

Deborah Cryderman, Camrose Public Library

Jean Keetch, Rimbey Municipal Library

Audience: Public library staff, School library staff, Board/trustee members, Managers

Jean and Deb will share a variety of ways to break the real and perceived barriers that people face when determining whether or not they will access the library. With examples from their own libraries and other libraries around Alberta, Canada, and the world, they plan to provide attendees with some examples of barriers we may or may not recognize and solutions to them.

 
Connecting the Dots: Play & Early Literacy Skills

Wendy Hodgson-Sadgrove, Westlock Municipal Library

Audience: Public library staff, School library staff

The availability of programs and services for infants, toddler and preschoolers is crucial to the development of language, literacy, social and motor skills. Learn how your library can provide/tweak present programs for grown-ups and children that model interactions by playing, reading, singing or talking.  Help patrons take the fun of learning home and turn once-a-week-at-the-library programming into on-going-programming. You will come away with the necessary building blocks to start (or build on) fun and exciting early literacy learning at your library.

 
1:30 p.m. Sessions         Back to top
 
Transformed People, Transform People

Dan Jelinski, Train to Retain Learning Systems

Audience: everyone

Self-awareness is the key that unlocks personal effectiveness and authentic leadership. The interconnected facets of our inner life—thoughts, values, beliefs and emotions— unconsciously spill out into our attitudes and behavior. Healthy introspection encourages us to look at the leader within and celebrate the inherent strengths we all possess. The result: increased energy, positive workplace relationships and heightened productivity.

 

In this micro-workshop, Personal Resilience and Recovery Coach, Dan Jelinski, will invite participants to explore their inner world. Personal transformation is based on how well we know and trust ourselves. The insights of modern and ancient wisdom will provide the road-map for this journey.  

 

Participants will discover the two secrets to personal resilience and organizational success:

 

  1. “Work harder on yourself, than you do on your job.”

  2. “Transformed people, transform people.”

 
Adult Programming For Every Library

Sheila Drummond, St. Albert Public Library

Michelle Steinhusen, St. Albert Public Library

Audience: Public library staff

Most public libraries aren’t able to offer the full range of adult programming they’d like because of a lack of staff and funds. The smaller the library, the truer this is! How can libraries with even very limited resources offer creative, effective programs that will bring the community to the library?

 

Michelle and Sheila will talk about the success they’ve had with cheap and easy programs in two different parts of the province. The trick is to engage people in activities that they’re already doing or would like to do. Learn how to plan and carry out popular programs like Stitching in the Library, Armchair Travel, Genealogy Club, and Creative Writing or Memoir Writing. You’ll also get encouragement to take advantage of trends like colouring for adults.

 

A School/Public Library Branch in a Community Centre Setting: Challenges and Successes

Tatiana Tilly, Red Deer Library

Audience: Public Library Staff, School Library Staff

The Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library is part of the multi-use G.H. Dawe Community Centre in north Red Deer. It includes two schools, a swimming pool complex and an arena. In addition to being a full service public library branch, the Dawe Branch is the school library for St. Patrick's Community School. What is it like to run a public library branch in this setting? Is it possible to be a true community library to people of all ages and walks of life when you have to attend to the needs of a busy K-9 school?

 

This session will:

 

  • look at the range of community partnerships that ensure a variety of programming to all demographics with limited library staff resources.

  • share the challenges and successes of running a school/public library branch in a community centre setting.

  • brainstorm how to achieve the balance between the needs and goals of a school and public library in one space.

 
Using Social Media Effectively - How to Create a Social Media Plan

Caleigh Haworth, Marigold Library System

Audience: Public library staff, Managers

Most of you may be familiar with Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Some of you may already use these tools for your libraries. But are you using them effectively? Let Caleigh show you how to create a social media plan so you can get the most out of social media and effectively market your library, programs, and services.

3:00 p.m. Sessions        Back to top

Advocacy in Action

Julie Collison, St. Albert Public Library

Audience: Public library staff, Board/trustee members, Managers

 

St. Albert Public Library has been lobbying for additional space for over a decade using a variety of means to garner Council support and funding. Over the last three years we have run an advocacy campaign with particular efforts in the last couple of months of 2015, which resulted in City Council voting unanimously for a new branch library. The work we did will be of interest to Library Boards and managers and communications staff who are in a similar position. I can present the different elements of the campaign, share the visuals, strategy and outcomes, with lessons learned.

 
Creating Fire from Sparks: Implementing Great Ideas

Jordan DeSousa, Yellowhead Regional Library

Cera Dixon, Yellowhead Regional Library

Jocie Wilson, Yellowhead Regional Library

Audience: Public library staff, Board/trustee members, Managers

Join the YRL Client Services Librarians for a fast-paced, PechaKucha-style presentation for programming, technology and Polaris ideas to inspire your library's future services and how YRL can help you implement them quickly and effectively.

Linked Data: The Future of Resource Discovery for Libraries

Wendy Sears Ilnicki, Yellowhead Regional Library

Audience: Public library staff, Board/trustee members, Managers

Heard the term “linked data” but don’t know what it means? Come and learn about this innovative new process for helping libraries and their collections thrive on the web. Discover the best practices for exposing, sharing and connecting pieces of library data to the Internet outside of the traditional public access catalogue displays.

Repair, Recycle, Reorder   NOTE: Limit of 18 attendees...so sign up quick!

Wendy Hodgson-Sadgrove, Westlock Municipal Library

Audience: Public library staff, School library staff, Board/trustee members, Managers

Libraries are repositories for the past, present and future so it’s integral that they (libraries) keep their materials in the best shape possible. Some books come to the repair table being “too well loved.” Others are prey to modern “cheap and cheerful” binding, their lives being seen as short-lived to begin with. Some have suffered the trials and tribulations of their journeys throughout the province. The ability to do basic repairs and practice preventative care cost-effectively is essential to keep our library collections in good shape. We’ll discuss and learn about basic book repair, preventative care practices and take some time to answer your questions. We’ll also look at different ways to keep library collections in good shape without taxing your limited funds or personnel.

 
 
 
 

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