Imagine the Possibilities

Programs

The array of professional development programs are the highlight of PLA Conference. Over 100 programs—including preconferences and concurrent session programs—will challenge attendees to imagine new possibilities in their libraries and communities. You can filter by keyword, date, type of session, track, topic tags, or level of interaction. Click on each title for more information.

Please note: Dates/times of concurrent program sessions are subject to change.

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Project Outcome Training Workshop: Tools for Measuring Patron Outcomes Presenters: Samantha Lopez, Public Library Association; Crystal Schimpf, Kixal, LLC; Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library; Julianne Rist, Jefferson County Public Library; Christa Werle, Sno-Isle Libraries
    Full Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Advocacy, Organizational Change, Programming/Services, Strategic Planning, Training
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Understanding Identity, Power, Oppression + Liberation: A Justice + Equity Training Presenters: Andrew Harbison, Seattle Public Library; Amita Lonial, San Diego County Library; Lois Langer Thompson, Hennepin County Library; Mia Henry, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College
    Full Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Advocacy, Equity of Access, Hot Topics, Multicultural Services, Social Change
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community Presenters: Scott Allen, Public Library Association; Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine GMR; Margot Malachowski, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region; Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region; Monique Mason, Akron-Summit County Public Library
    Full Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Adult Services, Outreach Services, Programming/Services, Public Programs, Public Services
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Dynamic Planning Institute Presenters: Angela Maycock, PLA; Stephanie Gerding, Independent Library Consultant
    Full Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Administration and Management, Rural and Small Libraries, Strategic Planning
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Literacy is Power and Libraries Provide the Fuel: The Movement that is PA Forward Presenters: Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Pennsylvania Library Association; Mary Garm, Lackawanna County Library System; Candy Abram, First National Bank; Lydia Collins, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region; Amy Krize Suveg, Chester County Library & District Center; Regina Fried, Bucks County Free Library; Paula Gilbert, York County Libraries; Barry Denk, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania; Kathy Silks, Pennsylvania Library Association; Maureen Renzi, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs; Anne Bramlett, West Pittston Library; Kara Beem, Greenlee Partners; William Bova, Greenlee Partners
    Full Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Civic Engagement, Literacy, Marketing, Partnerships and Collaboration, Transforming Libraries
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM From A to T: Serving Transgender Customers Presenters: Rebecca Czarnecki, Denver Public Library; Rebecca Czarnecki, Denver Public Library; Hillary Estner, Denver Public Library; Carrie Wolfson, Denver Public Library
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Adult Services, Diversity, Hot Topics, Inclusion, Youth Services
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM A Social Worker Walks Into a Library: Bringing Social Work Services into Your Public Library Presenters: Jean Badalamenti, MSW, DC Public Library; Jean Badalamenti, MSW, DC Public Library; Leah Esguerra, LMFT, San Francisco Public Library; Elissa Hardy, LCSW, Denver Public Library; Patrick Lloyd, LMSW, Georgetown Public Library
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Hot Topics, Partnerships and Collaboration, Social Change, Transforming Libraries
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM When Design Meets Service: What Global Library Trends Show Us About Future Library Spaces Presenters: Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library; Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library; Justine Hyde, State Library Victoria
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Buildings and Facilities, Innovation, Programming/Services, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Transformation Not Trend: Dismantling Institutional Racism in Public Libraries Presenters: Angela Fortin, Kalamazoo Public Library; Angela Fortin, Kalamazoo Public Library; Caitlin Hoag, Kalamazoo Public Library; Fernando Ospina, ERAC/CE; Judi Rambow, Kalamazoo Public Library
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Diversity, Equity of Access, Inclusion, Multicultural Services, Transforming Libraries
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM New Trends and Solutions for Making Libraries Welcoming Spaces for All Presenters: Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Pennsylvania Library Association; Barbara McGary, James V. Brown Library; Karla Trout, Adams County Library System; Rob Lesher, Dauphin County Library System; James Keller, J R KELLER LLC; Mina Edmondson, Martin Library; Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Pennsylvania Library Association; Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Civic Engagement, Transforming Libraries
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Breaking the Code: An Escape Room Challenge for School and Public Library Collaborations Presenters: Katie Cerqua, Virginia Beach Public Library; Katie Cerqua, Virginia Beach Public Library; Kelly Rottmund, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; Rachel Reinwald, Lake Villa District Library; Ellen Myrick, Publisher Spotlight; Amie Wright, Edmonton Public Library
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Collection Development, Equity of Access, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Youth Services
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Customer Privacy in a Multi-Vendor World Presenters: Jeanne Crisp, Sno-Isle Libraries; Jeanne Crisp, Sno-Isle Libraries; Cindy Gibbon, Multnomah County Library; Patrick Kennedy, BiblioCommons
    Half Day Preconference Tags: Preconference, Intellectual Freedom and Ethics, Privacy, Public Relations, Social Media, Virtual Communities and Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Library Road Trips: How to Build Relationships with Libraries Abroad Presenters: Renee Di Pilato, Alexandria Library; Renee Di Pilato, Alexandria Library; Cynthia Thornley, Alexandria Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Collaborate Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Fundraising, International Issues, Librarianship, Multicultural Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM LibraryReads Best in Debut Authors Presenters: Tina Jordan, AAP
    Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Acquisitions, Collection Development, Programming/Services, Readers' Advisory
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Making Justice: Building Community with Hands-on Learning Presenters: Jesse Vieau, Madison Public Library; Jesse Vieau, Madison Public Library; Veronica Hereford, Neighborhood Intervention Program/Dane County Human Services; Carlos Gacharna, 100state; Nancy Buenger, formerly UW-Madison faculty and Making Justice co-founder; Alan Chancellor, Neighborhood Intervention Program/Dane County Human Services
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Collaborate Tags: Leadership, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Social Change, Transforming Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Millennials Take Over the Library Presenters: Jackie Flowers, Calgary Public Library; Jackie Flowers, Calgary Public Library; Stephanie Nemcsok, Calgary Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Lead Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration, Popular Culture, Public Programs
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Providing Immigration Services in Public Libraries: Making It Possible is Not Impossible Presenters: Madeleine Ildefonso, Los Angeles Public Library/Central Library; Madeleine Ildefonso, Los Angeles Public Library/Central Library; Sara Jones, Marin County Free Library; Michelle Sardone, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Plan Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Advocacy, Civic Engagement, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Public Libraries 101: Fundamentals for Support Staff Presenters: Meaghan O'Connor, District of Columbia Public Library; Kim Zablud, District of Columbia Public Library; Meaghan O'Connor, District of Columbia Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Staffing, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Organizational Change, Support Staff, Training, Transforming Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Talking is Teaching: Opportunities for Increasing Early Brain and Language Development Presenters: Ronna Bach, The Opportunity Institute: Too Small to Fail; Kara Dukakis, The Opportunity Institute; Christy Estrovitz, San Francisco Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Youth, Family Engagement, Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Social Change, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Changing the Patron Ebook Experience Presenters: Christine Peterson, Amigos Library Services; Christine Peterson, Amigos Library Services; James English, New York Public Library; Michael Blackwell, St. Mary's County Library; Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Technology, E-books, Electronic Resources, Innovation, Mobile Technology, Technology
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Assessing and Aligning Service Philosophy, Service Delivery, and Service Points Presenters: Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library; Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library; Meeghan Rosen, Chapel Hill Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Invent Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing, Public Services, User Experience (UX)
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Change and Evolution in 21st Century Public Library Collections and Technical Services Presenters: Shellie Cocking, San Francisco Public Library; Shellie Cocking, San Francisco Public Library; Carol Frost, Pacific Library Partnership; Dale Jenne, San Francisco Public Library; Deanna Lechman, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LIBRARY
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Plan Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Assessment and Evaluation, Collection Development, Electronic Resources, Organizational Change, Technical Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Community as Collaborator Presenters: Amy Holcomb, Skokie Public Library; Amy Holcomb, Skokie Public Library; Vicki Rakowski, Barrington Area Library; Alicia Hammond, Forest Park Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Challenge Tags: Spaces and Places, Facilitation, Innovation, Programming/Services, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM When the Mayor Calls: Answering the City’s Call for Support Presenters: Marcellus Turner, Seattle Public Library; Marcellus Turner, Seattle Public Library; Jo Anne Mondowney, Detroit Public Library; Felton Thomas, Cleveland Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Lead Tags: Administration/Management, Equity of Access, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Social Change, Urban Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Using Fandom to Build STEAM, Summer Camps, and Youth and Community Engagement Presenters: Nyssa Fleig, Salt Lake County Library Services; Nyssa Fleig, Salt Lake County Library Services; Stephanie Anderson, Salt Lake County Library Services; David Woodruff, Salt Lake County Library Services
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Play Tags: Serving Youth, Partnerships and Collaboration, Popular Culture, Programming/Services, Project Management, Trends and Forecasting, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ready, Set, Go… Build Your Learning Organization Presenters: Tanya Sinclair, Pickering Public Library; Tanya Sinclair, Pickering Public Library; Sabrina Yung, Pickering Public Library; Christy Harper, Pickering Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Play Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Human Resources, Leadership, Organizational Change
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Library Digital Literacy Training: Bringing Community Partners Together Presenters: Scott Allen, Public Library Association; Scott Allen, Public Library Association
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Digital Literacy, Equity of Access, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Public Libraries as Partners in the Open Data Movement Presenters: Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library; Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library; Roger Stancil, Town of Chapel Hill, NC; David Green, Chapel Hill Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Technology, Administration and Management, Civic Engagement, Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration, Technology
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Using Human Centered Design to Empower Library Staff to Identify, Test and Implement Service Improvements Presenters: Michelle Frisque, Chicago Public Library; Michelle Frisque, Chicago Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Lead Tags: Spaces and Places, Innovation, Public Services, Transforming Libraries, User Experience (UX)
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Merging Friends and Foundations: Is it Right for Your Library? Presenters: Beth Nawalinski, United for Libraries; Marcellus Turner, Seattle Public Library; Deborah Doyle, San Francisco Library Foundation; Peter Pearson, Library Strategies Consulting Group
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Plan Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Foundations and Friends Groups, Fundraising, Hot Topics
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Push Comes to Shove: Supporting Patrons of Color in Your Institution Presenters: Tonyia Tidline, Not applicable; Tonyia Tidline, Not applicable; Kristyn Caragher, Des Plaines Public Library; Melissa Villa-Nicholas, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Rhode Island; Aisha Conner-Gaten, Loyola Marymount University; Tracy Drake, Chicago Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Challenge Tags: Administration/Management, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Inclusion, Innovation, Social Change
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Success on a Massive Scale: Library Cards for All Students Presenters: Henry Bankhead, San Rafael Library; Henry Bankhead, San Rafael Library; Jenn Laredo, Los Gatos Library; Carol Frost, Pacific Library Partnership; Katie Leach, Pacific Library Partnership; Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library; Nicole Pasini, San Mateo County Libraries
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Youth, Advocacy, Civic Engagement, Equity of Access, Metadata, Partnerships and Collaboration, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices for Youth Presenters: E Lane, Pima County Public Library; E Lane, Pima County Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Serving Youth, Inclusion, Organizational Change, Public Services, Urban Libraries, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Re)Building Latina/o Outreach: Steps to Engaging Your Community Presenters: Miguel Ruiz, Evanston Public Library; Miguel Ruiz, Evanston Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Advocacy, Diversity, Equity of Access, Inclusion, Marketing, Outreach Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Training is Fundamental Presenters: Susan Lyon, Richland Library; Stephanie Anderson, Darien Library; Susan Lyon, Richland Library; Dave Della Terza, Naperville Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Staffing, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Leadership, Personnel and Staffing, Training
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM What Having a WIC Center in Your Library Brings (Besides Crying Babies) Presenters: Mary Wagoner, Houston Public Library; Mary Wagoner, Houston Public Library; Djuina Hammett, Houston Public Library; Drew Alvey, Houston Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Family Engagement, Innovation, Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sustaining Ideation with Progress, Not Perfection Presenters: Christa Werle, Sno-Isle Libraries; Christa Werle, Sno-Isle Libraries; Sarah Sawicki, Richland Library; Heather Scoular, Fraser Valley Regional Library; Seth Ervin, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Invent Tags: Leadership, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Change, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Applying an Equity Lens: Shifting Resources to Reach Low Income Audiences Presenters: Valerie Wonder, The Seattle Public Library; Valerie Wonder, The Seattle Public Library; Tom Fay, The Seattle Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Plan Tags: Administration/Management, Advocacy, Assessment and Evaluation, Organizational Change, Outreach Services, Urban Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM We Stories: Using Children’s Literature to Discuss Race Presenters: Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library; Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library; Adelaide Lancaster, We Stories; Laura Horwitz, We Stories
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Youth, Children's Literature, Diversity, Family Engagement, Inclusion, Social Change, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Libraries Aren’t Neutral: Programming and Resources for the Political Climate Presenters: Elizabeth Ludemann, Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Elizabeth Ludemann, Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Mike Monahan, Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Margaret Peebles, Gail Borden Public Library District
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Civic Engagement, Hot Topics, Programming/Services, Public Programs
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM No Secrets: Preparing the Organization for Your Retirement Presenters: Terry Beck, sno-isle libraries; Terry Beck, sno-isle libraries
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Plan Tags: Leadership, Human Resources, Leadership, Mentoring, Organizational Change, Reference Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Lost in the Library? Never Again with User Centered Design Presenters: Bridget Quinn-Carey, Hartford Public Library; Bridget Quinn-Carey, Hartford Public Library; Maxine Bleiweis, Maxine Bleiweiss and Associates, LLC; Margaret Sullivan, Margaret Sullivan Studio
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Invent Tags: Spaces and Places, Buildings and Facilities, Equity of Access, Inclusion, Multicultural Services, User Experience (UX)
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Reflecting Community: The Importance of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Library Staffing Presenters: Christina Fuller-Gregory, Spartanburg County Public Libraries; Christina Fuller-Gregory, Spartanburg County Public Libraries
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Challenge Tags: Staffing, Diversity, Human Resources, Inclusion, Librarianship, Personnel and Staffing
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM The Accidental Trainer: Teaching Technology in a Modern Public Library Presenters: Monica Dombrowski, Gail Borden Public Library District; Monica Dombrowski, Gail Borden Public Library District; Melissa Ziel, Gail Borden Public Library District
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Plan Tags: Technology, Digital Literacy, Instruction, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Technology, Training
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM The Wonderful World of Being a First-time Director Presenters: Richard Kong, Skokie Public Library; Richard Kong, Skokie Public Library; Peter Bromberg, Salt Lake City Public Library System; Monica Harris, Schaumburg Township Library District; Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, City of Newport News
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Lead Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Career Advice, Leadership, Organizational Change, Strategic Planning
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Building Meaningful Relationships Through Community Engagement Presenters: Maggie Killman, Shaker Heights Public Library; Maggie Killman, Shaker Heights Public Library; Gabriel Venditti, Shaker Heights Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Collaborate Tags: Leadership, Adult Services, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Youth Services
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Library Fandom: Collaborative Collections, Programs, and Spaces Presenters: Samantha Helmick, Burlington Public Library; Samantha Helmick, Burlington Public Library; Sarah Amazing, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Play Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Hot Topics, Marketing, Popular Culture, Programming/Services, Trends and Forecasting
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Strategic Planning for Culture Change and a Dynamic Future Presenters: Brent Bloechle, Plano Public Library System - Maribelle M. Davis Library; Libby Holtmann, Plano Public Library System; Christopher Warren, Auburn Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Administration/Management, Innovation, Leadership, Organizational Change, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Top 5 of 5: A Current Affair Presenters: Kaite Mediatore Stover, Kansas City Public Library; Kaite Mediatore Stover, Kansas City Public Library; Barry Trott, Williamsburg Regional Library; David Wright, Seattle Public Library; Erin Downey Howerton, Wichita Public Library; Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library; Rebecca Vnuk, IndiePicks Magazine
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Broadcast Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Collection Development, Hot Topics, Public Services, Readers' Advisory
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Listen to This: Finding Audiobooks in Languages Other Than English Presenters: Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center; Luz Troiano, New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Plan Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Accessibility (ADA-compliance), Collection Development, Multicultural Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Special Needs Populations
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Re-Envisioning the Library: Engaging Staff and Building Capacity for Change Presenters: Elinor Barrett, Daniel Boone Regional Library; Elinor Barrett, Daniel Boone Regional Library; Maureen Sullivan, Maureen Sullivan Associates; Melissa Carr, Daniel Boone Regional Library; Elinor Barrett, Daniel Boone Regional Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Challenge Tags: Leadership, Leadership, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Think Outside the Books: Building Innovative Programs and Services Through Staff Empowerment Presenters: Brynna Tucker, brooklyn public library; Brynna Tucker, brooklyn public library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Invent Tags: Administration/Management, Innovation, Organizational Change, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting, User Experience (UX)
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM The Path to U.S. Citizenship Can Start at Public Libraries Presenters: Sandra Toro, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Sandra Toro, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Nathan Stiefel, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; Karisa Tashjian, Providence Public Library; Michelle Gordon, Fresno County Public Library; Nathaniel Eddy, Free Library of Philadelphia; Tiffany Nardella, Free Library of Philadelphia
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Play Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Civic Engagement, Diversity, Government Documents and Services, Programming/Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM The Future is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries Presenters: Jennifer Bishop, Carroll County Public Library; Jennifer Bishop, Carroll County Public Library; Liz Sundermann-Zinger, Baltimore County Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Technology, Emerging Technologies, Innovation, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Take Summer Reading to the Streets: Partnering to Reach Children with Barriers to Library Access Presenters: Jessica Link, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Jessica Link, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Kevin Delecki, Cedar Rapids Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Youth, Equity of Access, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Transforming Libraries, Youth Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM LibraryReads Mystery Authors Revealed Presenters: Tina Jordan, AAP
    Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Acquisitions, Collection Development, Public Programs, Readers' Advisory
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Ensuring the Future of Libraries: Connecting the Academy and the Profession Presenters: Susan Hildreth, University of Washington Information School; Susan Hildreth, University of Washington Information School; Joseph Tennis, University of Washington Information School; Deborah Jacobs, Gates Foundation
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Staffing, Human Resources, Librarianship, Library School Education, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Guerrilla Branding: 10 Ways To Make a Big Splash with a Tiny Budget Presenters: David Vinjamuri, New York University; David Vinjamuri, New York University
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Advocacy, Leadership, Marketing, Social Media, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Eliminating Fines and Fees on Children’s Materials to Create a Win-Win for Your Library and Community Presenters: Beth Crist, Colorado State Library; Beth Crist, Colorado State Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Leadership, Administration and Management, Inclusion, Leadership, Organizational Change, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Libraries Strengthening the Talent Pipeline Presenters: Andrea Levandowski, New Jersey State Library; Andrea Levandowski, New Jersey State Library; Shirley Biladeau, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Elizabeth Iaukea, Washington State Library; Tammy Westergard, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records State of Nevada
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Reference Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Beyond the Turnstile: Toward Richer Models for Impact Assessment Presenters: Deborah Turner, Drexel University; Deborah Turner, Drexel University; Valerie Garrett-Turner, The Seattle Public Library; Christina Patton, Free Library of Philadelphia; Rena Baker, Cleveland Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Advocacy, Assessment and Evaluation, Diversity
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM From Making to Manufacturing – Next Level Community Engagement Presenters: Connie Behe, ImagineIF Libraries; Connie Behe, ImagineIF Libraries; Megan Glidden, ImagineIF Libraries
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Spaces and Places, Advocacy, Civic Engagement, Hot Topics, Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Refuting the Idea of “Neutral”: Supporting Civic Engagement & Information in the Library Presenters: Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library; Amy Koester, Skokie Public Library; Amy Holcomb, Skokie Public Library; Mimosa Shah, Skokie Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Spaces and Places, Civic Engagement, Facilitation, Intellectual Freedom and Ethics, Public Programs, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Drag Queen Story Hour: Reading Fabulously Presenters: Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library; Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library; Kat Savage, Brooklyn Public Library; Leigh Fox, Brooklyn Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Youth, Children's Services, Diversity, Inclusion, Programming/Services, Youth Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Turning Common Heritage into Common History: Preserving Local African American History Presenters: Rikki Chesley, Athens Regional Library System; Rikki Chesley, Athens Regional Library System; Valerie Bell, Athens Regional Library System
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Digitization, Diversity, Genealogy, Local History, Marketing, Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Your Neighbor is a Writer: Curating a Local E-book Collection Presenters: Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library; Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library; Kady Ferris, Multnomah County Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Invent Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Collection Development, E-books, Innovation, Project Management, Readers' Advisory
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Agile Goes to the Library Presenters: Elizabeth Tracy, Whistler Public Library; Elizabeth Tracy, Whistler Public Library; Chelsea Jordan-Makely, Whistler Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Challenge Tags: Administration/Management, Organizational Change, Project Management, Technology, Training, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Coach Your Team to Greatness Presenters: Maggie Snow, Anoka County Library; Maggie Snow, Anoka County Library; Stacey Hendren, Anoka County Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Staffing, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Mentoring, Organizational Change
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The Library Card Challenge: Local Leaders Collaborating for Increased Access to Educational Resources Presenters: Angela Goodrich, Urban Libraries Council; Angela Goodrich, Urban Libraries Council; Emily Samose, Urban Libraries Council
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Leadership, Children's Services, Leadership, Partnerships and Collaboration, Transforming Libraries, Youth Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Finding Focus: Strategic Planning through Collaborative Drawing Presenters: Thomas Lide, Richland Library; Thomas Lide, Richland Library; Susan Lyon, Richland Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Imagine Tags: Leadership, Facilitation, Inclusion, Social Change, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM MakMo: The LA County Library’s MakerMobiles Presenters: Leticia Polizzi, Palos Verdes Library District; Leticia Polizzi, Palos Verdes Library District; Jesse Walker-Lanz, County of Los Angeles Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Play Tags: Spaces and Places, Equity of Access, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Public Services, Technology
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan Presenters: Hollie Trenary, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Hollie Trenary, Cedar Rapids Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Plan Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Marketing, Organizational Change, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Trends and Forecasting
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Making Digital Inclusion a Priority in Your Community Presenters: Candelaria Mendoza, San Antonio Public Library; Candelaria Mendoza, San Antonio Public Library; Richard Milk, San Antonio Housing Authority; Jordana Barton, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Haley Holmes, San Antonio Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Digital Literacy, Equity of Access, Inclusion, Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Innovative Approaches to Circulating WiFi Hotspots Presenters: Mikael Jacobsen, Skokie Public Library; Mikael Jacobsen, Skokie Public Library; Suzanne Wulf, Niles Public Library; Daniel Landsman, New York Public Library; Maria Meachum, Wilmington Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Invent Tags: Technology, Collection Development, Emerging Technologies, Innovation, Mobile Technology, Social Change, Technology
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Presenters: Mary Davis Fournier, ALA Public Programs Office; Mary Davis Fournier, ALA Public Programs Office
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Leadership, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Partnerships and Collaboration, Public Programs, Social Change, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM The ABCs of DNA: Helping Patrons Unravel the Mystery of Genetic Information Presenters: Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region; Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region; Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine GMR
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Broadcast Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Literacy, Outreach Services, Privacy, Reference Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM The Youth Opportunity Design Approach (YODA) Presenters: Christopher Noll, Noll & Tam Architects; Christopher Noll, Noll & Tam Architects; Anthony Bernier, San Jose State University; Alyson Yarus, Noll & Tam Architects
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Spaces and Places, Administration and Management, Buildings and Facilities, Civic Engagement, Project Management, Youth Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Building Community: A New Approach for a New Era Presenters: Christie Lassen, Howard County Library System; Christie Lassen, Howard County Library System; Valerie Gross, Howard County Library System; Sonya Durney, Portland Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Civic Engagement, Marketing, Partnerships and Collaboration, Public Relations, Social Change
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Aligning STEM Programming with Next Generation Science Standards Presenters: Renee Neumeier, Evanston Public Library; Renee Neumeier, Evanston Public Library; Katie LaMantia, Schaumburg Township District Library; Janet Piehl, Wilmette Public Library; Tyler Works, Indian Prairie Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Play Tags: Serving Youth, Children's Services, Innovation, Programming/Services, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Utilizing Project Outcome and Dashboard Software to Facilitate Data-Driven Programming Decisions Presenters: Caroliegh Frentzel, Richland Library; Caroliegh Frentzel, Richland Library; Sarah Sawicki, Richland Library; Sarah Gough, Richland Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Plan Tags: Administration/Management, Community Surveys, Knowledge Management, Programming/Services, Research and Statistics, Strategic Planning
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Library Live and On Tour: On the Road to Outreach Services Presenters: Courtney Novotny, Fraser Valley Regional Library; Courtney Novotny, Fraser Valley Regional Library; Janeen Parent, Fraser Valley Regional Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Inclusion, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Transforming Digital Learning at Calgary Public Library Presenters: Carrie Kitchen, Calgary Public Library; Carrie Kitchen, Calgary Public Library; Jessie Campbell, Calgary Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Invent Tags: Technology, Digital Literacy, Instruction, Programming/Services, Technology, Transforming Libraries
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye: Strategies and Best Practices for Sunsetting Legacy Programs Presenters: Katy Hite, Worthington Libraries; Katy Hite, Worthington Libraries; Alexandra Skinner, Oak Park Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Challenge Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Facilitation, Guidelines and Standards, Programming/Services, Trends and Forecasting
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Great Expectations: Customer Service and the Future of Libraries Presenters: Alicia Snarr, Maricopa County Library District; Alicia Snarr, Maricopa County Library District; Brianna King, Maricopa County Library District
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing, Public Services
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM No Strings Attached: Preparing for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Private Funding Presenters: Angela Stanley, Georgia Public Library Service; Jennifer Lautzenheiser, Middle Georgia Regional Library; Denise Funk, Dekalb County Public Library; Alexandra Beswick, Cobb County Public Library System; Micah Newsome, Columbia County Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Plan Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Budget Planning and Finance, Foundations and Friends Groups, Fundraising, Intellectual Freedom and Ethics
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Creating Inclusive and Sustainable Employee Wellness Initiatives Presenters: Aiden Street, Pioneer Library System; Aiden Street, Pioneer Library System; Rebekah Lynam, Pioneer Library System
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Staffing, Administration and Management, Hot Topics, Human Resources, Organizational Change, Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Curious about #FreeLibraryofPride? A Successful Collaborative Story Presenters: Mary Marques, Free Library of Philadelphia; Mary Marques, Free Library of Philadelphia; Sara S. Palmer, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rodriguez Branch
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Diversity, Inclusion, Marketing, Outreach Services, Public Programs, Public Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM To Connect and To Serve: Building Community with Law Enforcement Presenters: Jennifer Fay, Salt Lake County Library Services; Jennifer Fay, Salt Lake County Library Services; Vern Waters, Salt Lake County Library Services; Trish Hull, Salt Lake County Library Services Magna Branch
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Leadership, Civic Engagement, Equity of Access, Hot Topics, Leadership, Partnerships and Collaboration, Urban Libraries
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Library Programs Upside Down Presenters: Leigh Skowronski, Gwinnett County Public Library; Leigh Skowronski, Gwinnett County Public Library; Jessica Logan, Gwinnett County Public Library; Yuliya Hadzhieva, Gwinnett County Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Facilitation, Innovation, Learning Commons, Public Programs, Trends and Forecasting
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Let’s Make a Deal! Creative Collection Floating Opportunities Presenters: Mary Wagoner, Houston Public Library; Mary Wagoner, Houston Public Library; Sara Karow, Houston Public Library; Fred Schumacher, Houston Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Imagine Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Collection Development, Innovation, Organizational Change, Resource Sharing, Technical Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM How to Adult: Teaching Life Skills to Teens Presenters: Kayla Marie Figard, San Mateo County Libraries - Belmont Library; Kayla Marie Figard, San Mateo County Libraries - Belmont Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Imagine Tags: Serving Youth, Information Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Serving Low-Literacy and Multilingual Communities at Your Library Presenters: Laura Bartlett, National Institutes of Health; Laura Bartlett, National Institutes of Health; Carrie Gould-Kabler, Center for Public Service Communications; Julie Robinson, Kansas City Public Library; Michael Honch, ICF
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Play Tags: Serving Adults, Advocacy, Diversity, Literacy, Multicultural Services, Special Needs Populations
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Collective Impact Models That Work for Tackling Grade Level Reading and Other Big Goals Presenters: Emily Dowdall, Reinvestment Fund; Emily Dowdall, Reinvestment Fund; Jenny Bogoni, Free Library of Philadelphia
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Leadership, Advocacy, Facilitation, Innovation, Leadership, Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Creating a Continuum of Customer Experiences Presenters: Mouahmong Yang, Anythink Libraries; Erica Grossman, Anythink Libraries
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Spaces and Places, Adult Services, Assessment and Evaluation, Buildings and Facilities, Children's Services, Innovation
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sharing the Wealth: A 50/50 Renovation Project using Taxpayer Dollars and Private Fundraising Presenters: Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library; Lori Fisher, Baker Free Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Foundations and Friends Groups, Fundraising, Partnerships and Collaboration, Rural and Small Libraries
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Developing a Data-driven Staff Training Program Presenters: Aimee Fifarek, Phoenix Public Library; Aimee Fifarek, Phoenix Public Library; Jeriann Thacker, Phoenix Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Technology, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Digital Literacy, Mobile Technology, Technology, Training
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Engineering Partnerships: How to Take STEAM Programs to New Heights in Your Community Presenters: Heather Thompson, Kenosha Public Library; Heather Thompson, Kenosha Public Library; Jen Fait, Kenosha Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Youth, Children's Services, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Youth Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Moving from Compliance to Inclusion Within the Library Presenters: Cristen Williams, Arlington Public Library; Cristen Williams, Arlington Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Plan Tags: Spaces and Places, Accessibility (ADA-compliance), Buildings and Facilities, Diversity, Inclusion, Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Imagine the IMPACT: Empowering Employees to Lead from Anywhere Presenters: Rebekah Lynam, Pioneer Library System; Rebekah Lynam, Pioneer Library System; Aiden Street, Pioneer Library System; Lisa Wells, Pioneer Library System
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Challenge Tags: Leadership, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Leadership, Mentoring, Organizational Change
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Voices of Amiskwaciy: Exploring Reconciliation through ‘kiskêyihtamowin’ in an Indigenous Digital Public Space Presenters: Raquel Mann, Edmonton Public Library; Raquel Mann, Edmonton Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Invent Tags: Technology, Digital Libraries, Diversity, Emerging Technologies, Multicultural Services, Social Change, Technology
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Hire for Fit: Best Practices for Hiring to Your Culture Presenters: Donna Walker, Jefferson County Public Library; Donna Walker, Jefferson County Public Library; Julianne Rist, Jefferson County Public Library; Sandie Coutts, Jefferson County Public Library; Tim McClelland, City of Boulder Library & Arts; Susan Dobbs, Anythink Libraries
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Lead Tags: Staffing, Administration and Management, Assessment and Evaluation, Human Resources, Leadership, Personnel and Staffing
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM A Cup of Conversation: The Living Room @ Your Library Presenters: Laurie Covington, Houston Public Library; Helen Chou, Houston Public Library; Carmen Peña Abrego, Houston Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Diversity, Inclusion, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM How One Small Library Strives to Be the Community’s University Presenters: Cherilyn Fiory, Upper Dublin Public Library; Cherilyn Fiory, Upper Dublin Public Library; Lauren Smyth, Upper Dublin Public Library; Jennifer Roberts, Upper Dublin Public Library; Molly Kane, Upper Dublin Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Administration/Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Organizational Change, Partnerships and Collaboration, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Libraries Taking the Lane: Using Bikes to Connect Communities Presenters: Emily Weak, Oakland Public Library; Emily Weak, Oakland Public Library; Karen Greene, Pima County Public Library; Dan Beringhele, Berkeley Public Library; Erin Sanders, Oakland Public Library; Jody Lazar, Winter Park Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Collaborate Tags: Spaces and Places, Adult Services, Equity of Access, Hot Topics, Innovation, Outreach Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Project Outcome in Practice: Using Outcome Data to Measure and Improve Impact Presenters: Brent Bloechle, Plano Public Library; Samantha Lopez, Public Library Association; Carrie Herrmann, Boone County Public Library; Amy Mikel, Brooklyn Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Plan Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Hot Topics, Organizational Change, Programming/Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Crossover Appeal: Books that Work for Teens and Adults Presenters: Tina Jordan, AAP
    Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Acquisitions, Collection Development, Programming/Services, Readers' Advisory, Young Adult Literature
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Ditching Dewey: How to Make Searching Your Collection Engaging, Not Enraging Presenters: Melissa Chiavaroli, Cumberland Public Library; Melissa Chiavaroli, Cumberland Public Library; Danielle Skeldon, Cumberland Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session High interaction (examples: facilitated discussion; small group collaborative work; hands-on activity or application) Track: Imagine Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Adult Services, Collection Development, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Innovation, Organizational Change
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM How to Start Training Your Staff to be More Culturally Competent Presenters: Izabel Gronski, Oak Lawn Public Library; Izabel Gronski, Oak Lawn Public Library; Angela Romano, Oak Lawn Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Challenge Tags: Leadership, Diversity, Hot Topics, Inclusion, Leadership, Organizational Change, Training
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM ECRR and Family Engagement: Positive Impacts for Libraries and Communities Presenters: Clara Bohrer, West Bloomfield Township Library; Scott Allen, Public Library Association; Susan Neuman, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University; Donna Celano, La Salle University
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Play Tags: Serving Youth, Children's Services, Family Engagement, Programming/Services, Youth Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Breaking Barriers to Employment: Embedding Legal Services in Public Libraries Presenters: Meaghan O'Connor, District of Columbia Public Library; Meaghan O'Connor, District of Columbia Public Library; Heather Hodges, Neighborhood Legal Program Services; Maya Sheppard, Neighborhood Legal Services Program
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Civic Engagement, Inclusion, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Growing a Regional Studies Center Presenters: Jennifer Spirko, Blount County Public Library; Jennifer Spirko, Blount County Public Library
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Collaborate Tags: Serving Adults, Genealogy, Local History, Popular Culture, Programming/Services, Public Programs
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Using Personae to Simplify Your Multicultural Outreach Strategies Presenters: Denice Adkins, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri; Heather Moulaison Sandy, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri; Denice Adkins, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri
    Concurrent Program Session Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout) Track: Broadcast Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Advocacy, Marketing, Multicultural Services, Public Relations, Social Media

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Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 23, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

The PLA 2018 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.


Accessibility

PLA has put in place features to ensure the conference is accessible to all.

Appropriate Conduct

All participants are expected to observe the rules and behaviors described in the Statement of Appropriate Conduct in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events.

Attire

There is no formal dress code at the PLA Conference. What’s most important is to dress for comfort.

Canvassing

Canvassing of PLA Conference attendees during programs and at the conference venue (outside of the areas approved by PLA for exhibitors) is strictly prohibited. If this activity is encountered, violators will be directed to cease immediately. PLA provides many opportunities for representatives from for-profit and non-profit organizations to make conference attendees aware of their services and products. These include: exhibiting, advertising, sponsoring, and as approved by PLA, program planning. For information on participating in PLA Conferences and professional development events, contact the PLA office at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org.

Conference Logo

The custom logos of the PLA 2018 Conference are the property of PLA. Anyone wishing to use the logos in their communications and promotional materials must: 1) Seek permission from PLA; and 2) Submit communication/artwork incorporating the logo to PLA for final approval. The logo may not be modified and must be reproduced in its entirety (i.e., no outlines, cropping). To request the use of the logo, companies should contact Carly DiVito at Corcoran Expositions at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com; all others should contact PLA at 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org.

Exhibits

Interested in exhibiting at PLA 2018? Contact Carly DiVito, Corcoran Expositions, at 312-541-0567 or carly@corcexpo.com.

Hashtag

The official conference hashtag is #PLA2018.

Media

Contact Heather Cho, ALA Media Relations & Campaign Specialist, 312-280-4020 or hcho@ala.org. Please review our conference media policy.

Membership

ALA and PLA membership is managed by the ALA Membership & Customer Service (MACS) unit. You can join or renew/rejoin/add to your membership using ALA’s secure online form; or you can print and fill out a membership form and fax or mail it in; or call 800-545-2433 and press 5. Direct your membership questions to MACS at customerservice@ala.org or 800-545-2433 and press 5. MACS representatives are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Central.

Photographic Images

Registration and attendance at or participation in the PLA 2018 Conference constitutes an agreement by the registrant to PLA’s use and distribution of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Sponsorships

To discuss PLA 2018 sponsorship opportunities, contact Corcoran Expositions, Matt McLaughlin at 312-265-9655, matt@corcexpo.com.

Registration & Housing

Problems or questions regarding registration or housing? Contact Experient at pla@experient-inc.com or 800-424-5249 (U.S. and Canada)/847-996-5829 (all other countries). Experient representatives are available Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Eastern.

Venues

Most conference events—including all preconferences and concurrent program sessions—will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Additional events will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, and other venues as indicated.

Other Questions

Contact PLA, 800-545-2433 x5PLA (x5752) or pla@ala.org; or find someone to help in the PLA Staff directory.


PLA 2016 Archive

Looking for handouts and other information from the PLA 2016 Conference, which took place April 5–9, 2016 in Denver, Colo.? The PLA 2016 Conference website has been archived at http://2016.placonference.org.

View the list of past PLA Conferences from 1983 to present.