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Concurrent Session 6 (Fri.) [clear filter]
Friday, October 4


ALA Emerging Leader as the Catalyst to Your Career
The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations. Learn from 4 EL alumni about their experience with the program, as well as tips and tricks for future engagement.

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Tess Wilson

Outreach Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Tess Wilson is an Outreach Librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where she connects folks with resources for community conversation and civic change. She is passionate about issues of intellectual freedom, data rights, and online privacy. 
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Madeline Jarvis

Adult and Information Services Manager, Marion Public Library
Madeline Jarvis is the Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library.  She and her team cultivate collections, services, and partnerships to serve the Marion community.  She is passionate about identifying and eliminating barriers to resources for her... Read More →
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Sam Helmick

Public Services Librarian, Burlington Public Library
Sam Helmick is the Public Services Librarian for Burlington Public Library. She currently serves as the ALA Councilor of ILA, the ILA Public Library Forum and ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable Membership chair, on the Iowa Governor's Commission of Libraries, and as a member of the... Read More →

Derrick Burton

Library Director, Luise V. Hanson Library- Waldorf University
Derrick Burton is the Library Director of Waldorf University.

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Dapper III


All Things Infrastructure
This session will take attendees on an expedition of technology resources, tips and tactics. Attendees will learn how to select the best types of network technology, how to properly conduct a competitive procurement for E-rate eligible services, how to maximize E-rate funding, and also receive information about obtaining the newly released Technology Toolkit, an IMLS grant-funded project from Internet2. If technology is something that you prefer to avoid, you’re not alone. Attend this informative session to share your horror stories and be comforted by these two experienced presenters. Holly and Tom have logged thousands of miles in support of rural and urban public libraries. Ample time will be provided to ask questions of these infrastructure experts. Topics will be relevant to Nebraska and Iowa public libraries, and surrounding states.

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Tom Rolfes

Education I.T. Manager, Nebraska Office of the Chief Information Officer
Tom Rolfes is employed by the State of Nebraska Chief Information Officer. He coordinates telecommunications policy, infrastructure and funding development for educational institutions. He is the consortium lead for Network Nebraska, a self-funded statewide network consortium with... Read More →
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Holly Woldt

Technology Support Manager, Nebraska Library Commission
Holly Woldt is responsible for the continuing success of the Nebraska Library Commission’s Public Computer Center Project known as the BTOP grant and provides library technology support to local libraries throughout the state. She develops and implements training and policies and... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Dapper II


Bridging Borders with Diverse Books
Students and teachers long for relevant and diverse books that
reflect their lives and give them windows into the worlds of others. The Lincoln Public Schools curates the “best of the best” diverse books through the work of the MOSAIC Committee. In this session, the presenter will share tips and
strategies for enhancing your multicultural collections. Learning Objectives: Identify sources for reviewing multicultural literature, Explore ways to curate and share multicultural collections, Promote multicultural literature

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Joy Harvey

Coordinator of Library Services, Lincoln Public School
Joy Harvey is a former school librarian and special education teacher. She now works as the Coordinator of Library Services for the Lincoln Public Schools. She coordinates the MOSAIC Multicultural Book Collection for the Lincoln Public Schools.

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am


Diversity & Inclusion Unconference Session
Participants will discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to all types of libraries in an open space for brainstorming, collaborating, and inspiration. The session will begin with attendees establishing discussion ground rules and then attendees will divide into small groups for flexible conversations focusing on their interests. Come prepared to participate and share! The small groups will each have a general theme or topic to help get the conversation started. From there, the conversation will flow wherever participants take it. Partway through the session, attendees may choose to join a different table/topic of interest to them; however, if they are deep in conversation, they may choose to stay at their original table. If time allows, a representative from each table will be asked to share out some important takeaways with the large group. This session is focused on providing a safe space for purposeful and relevant discussion relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries and the communities we serve.

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Cara B. Stone

Instruction Librarian, Iowa State University
Cara B. Stone serves as an Instruction Librarian at Iowa State University in Ames. Prior to that she worked as Coordinator of Information Literacy Instruction and User Experience Librarian at Grand View University. She serves on the ILA Executive Board and chairs the ILA Committee... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am


Do Not Pass Go Player One, Gaming and Virtual Reality at the Library
This panel discussion will share how the Council Bluffs Public Library and the Lied Public Library - Clarinda have introduced board games programming and lending at their libraries as well as Virtual Reality. The Lied Public Library in Clarinda hosts monthly adult games nights as well as maintains a growing board game lending library of 40+ titles. The library also has a mobile Virtual reality system with monthly programs at the library as well offsite events Clarinda has also just installed 4 high-end teen gaming PCs in their teen area.
The Council Bluffs Library maintains a collection of 125+ board games, a circulating collection of 800+ video games, a virtual reality station, and three video game console stations supporting six systems. The library hosts regular gaming events for children, teens, adults, families, and assisted-living communities. Outside of scheduled programs, board games can be checked out and played within the library.
With an emphasis on cooperative and social games, the libraries board game collections provide constructive activities for patrons as well as flexible programming opportunities for librarians. As teens use popular video game platforms to socialize, a gaming space allows disadvantaged youth to stay culturally connected and to improve their social standing within their peer groups.

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Andrew Hoppmann

Library Director, Lied Public Library
Andrew Hoppmann has been the library director at the Lied Public Library in Clarinda, Iowa for the past eleven years. During his tenure at Clarinda he oversaw the development of positive community/government relations with the library, as well as expansion of funding, and services... Read More →
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Ben Johnson

Adult Services Manager, Council Bluffs Library
Ben Johnson is the Adult Services Manager at the Council Bluffs Public Library where he has worked for the past ten years. During his tenure at Council Bluffs he oversaw building, technology, and digitization projects. Prior to Council Bluffs, Ben worked at the Criss Library at the... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Dapper I 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128


Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines
Dark chocolate, red wine, and stem cells - what do these have in common? All have been reported in the news as having health benefits. Often the first place your patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to help their patrons look more critically at health issues that are being reported in the news media. Actual news articles and research reports will be included for critique.

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Samuel Watson

Academic Outreach Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region
Sam Watson is the Academic Outreach Specialist with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region (NNLM-GMR). In this position he works primarily with health science/academic librarians and community colleges to help promote the National Library of Medicine’s... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Windsor VII


Primer on Archival Preservation Techniques
Librarians without formal training in preservation are often responsible for managing unique, one-of-a-kind manuscripts and/or photographs that are of value to their communities. This session will provide information to those who have unique materials in their care and want to learn more about making them accessible and preserving them. How do you keep fragile materials safe? How do you keep them organized? How do you make them available? Learn how to manage and preserve materials and how best to balance archival theory with local best practices.

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Mary Ellen Ducey

University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Mary Ellen Ducey serves at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Libraries as the University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian. As an associate professor in this role, she supports research and scholarship relating to archival collections, including the exploration of resources... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Windsor VIII


Teen Summer Camps: Challenging Traditional Programming for Teens
Library camps provide us with opportunities to make meaningful connections with teens during the months when they are most difficult to reach. In previous years, teen program attendance was extremely low, reaching less than fifty teens. It was time to make a change. Cedar Rapids Public Library offered free teen camps for ages 12 to 18 at both of our library locations and offsite with residential facilities, providing access by removing barriers financially and physically. Focused on creativity, teamwork, and fun, our project based learning camps covered subjects from writing to making escape rooms. Each camp is unique in its theme, but the implementation is similar for each. Teamwork and social skills layered with fun activities and productivity allow for dual purpose learning. While exploring and designing, teens were also learning communication skills, cooperation, and problem solving techniques. Library camps allowed teens freedom to create and share. Teens left camp feeling accomplished and excited about their work. Librarians left knowing teens achieved more than a digital trophy.
This session will focus on our findings from the past three years, how the camps were created and how we’ve adapted. We will discuss ways to scale the camps to best fit in your libraries. During the session, we will look at team building exercises the campers went through and the collaborative processes put in place to encourage teamwork. You will have a chance to view completed projects from the teens, including their board games and escape rooms. We will discuss the benefits of immersive learning, with teens leading as innovators. It’s time for teen programs to be more responsive and uncover teens’ potential as creators, inventors, and collaborators. Challenge traditional summer programming for teens!

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Molly Garrett

Programming Librarian, Cedar Rapids Public Library
Molly Garrett is a Programming Librarian with the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Her work focuses on developing programs for young adults and performing outreach to area schools and youth centers.

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Fedora II


What is Community, Really?
Using information from current research, business models, and real world examples, the changing concept of community will be explored and what that means for libraries. Part of that concept is the idea of belonging and the current epidemic of loneliness.

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Kim Kietzman

Director, Altoona Public Library
Kim has served as the director at the Altoona Public Library in Iowa for nearly 10 years. She has also started a new library, found a love of long range planning, and embarrassed herself at storytime.

Friday October 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am
Windsor IX