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Thursday, October 3 • 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Empowering Library Staff: Mentoring from Where You're At

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Fostering a learning environment for patrons is a core value in libraries around the world. This panel of three public librarians hold this as a guide post for librarians’ professional lives and will discuss how they've cultivated and sustained a learning environment to nurture their own and their coworkers’ growth through mentoring relationships. The three panel members are at varied points in their career: one a supervisor in a medium size library and wealth of career experience; one a librarian with an advanced degree in the library science who has worked in a variety of library types; and the third a library assistant with an advanced degree in education. Panel members will focus discussion and activities on building mentor/mentee relationships, how this practice has enhanced and improved their workplace and their job satisfaction, and how attendees can begin the process of building an environment and culture which encourages vulnerability, curiosity, and creativity within their own working cohort.

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Julie Finch

Patron Experience Manager, Urbandale Public Library
Julie is the Patron Experience Manager at the Urbandale Public Library, ILA Vice-President/President-elect, member of both LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management) and Public Library Forum. Her primary values are Inclusiveness, Compassion, Sustainability (Social, Economic, Environmental... Read More →
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Amy Golly

Adult Services Librarian, North Liberty Library
Amy Golly (they/them and she/her), Adult Services Librarian at North Liberty LibraryAmy currently leads adult services and programs in a rapidly growing community, and their biggest professional passion is cultivating programs, services, and partnerships that widen patrons' ideas... Read More →
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Kayla Becker

Adult Services Librarian, Norwalk Easter Public Library
Kayla Becker is the Adult Services Librarian at Norwalk Easter Public Library. She has found a home in libraries and relishes the opportunity to incorporate her teaching background into a dynamic experience for learners of all ages.

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
Windsor VIII