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Concurrent Session 7 (Fri.) [clear filter]
Friday, October 4


But I Found it on the Internet! How the National Library of Medicine Can Help You Locate Reliable Health Information Online
The National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library and plays a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice to improve the public health. This practice not only involves making cutting-edge scientific research available to health professionals, but also in distilling, organizing, and promoting reliable health information for the general public. This workshop will focus on introducing you to, and enhancing your ability to use, four free resources from the National Library of Medicine. You’ll walk away knowing how to help your patrons and students find health information in multiple languages, access consumer-friendly information on human genetics, locate high quality evidence-based research, and more!

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Derek Johnson

Outreach Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Greater Midwest Region
As an outreach specialist with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Derek conducts trainings and outreach to health professionals and librarians on a variety of topics focusing on health information access. Derek holds a bachelor’s in economics from St. John’s... Read More →
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Robyn Woods

Education and Outreach Librarian, Creighton University
Robyn Woods is the Education and Outreach Librarian for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at Creighton University. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, she is one year into working... Read More →
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Laurie Neuerburg

Sciences Reference & Outreach Librarian, University of Iowa
Laurie Neuerburg is the Sciences Reference & Outreach Librarian at the University of Iowa Sciences Library and the liaison librarian for physics, astronomy, and biology. She is interested in information literacy, science communication, and educational outreach. She has an M.S. in... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Windsor VII


Census 2020 - The Impact on Your Library and Your Community
This will also be the first census with an online response option and there will be a role for libraries to play. As a public space with computers and internet access, libraries can expect to see customers coming in and needing assistance. We will discuss what the online component will look like and what messaging and assistance the U.S. Census Bureau will provide.

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Gary Krob

Coordinator - Iowa's State Data Center, State Library of Iowa
Gary Krob is the coordinator of Iowa’s State Data Center, a federal-state cooperative program with the U.S. Census Bureau. The State Data Center is a division of the State Library of Iowa. Gary has been with the State Data Center since 2001 and is also the coordinator of the Federal-State... Read More →
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David Drozd

Research Coordinator, University of Nebraska at Omaha
David Drozd (Drewz) is the Research Coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska Omaha. David has served in this capacity for 15 years and is a specialist in data compiling and analysis. David works with the Census Bureau and its data extensively... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Dapper III


Fostering a Love of Reading (without AR)
During this session, we'll discuss the downfalls of programs like Accelerated Reader and prized-based reading contests. You'll learn research-backed methods to change the school culture to focus on building a love of reading for pleasure, all while increasing students' reading skills!

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Jeralynn Moser

Pk-12 Librarian, Litchfield Public Schools
Jeralynn is a 6th year PK-12 Librarian at Litchfield Public Schools. She is a mother of 2 and wife of an English Teacher. Lover of books, meditation, midfulness, and baseball. Jeralynn is a Technology Coordinator and Title Teacher who is fiercly passionate about her jobs.

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Windsor IX


Innovation on a Shoestring: Free and Cheap Tools
Libraries everywhere are dealing with tight budgets and shrinking staff. Small and medium libraries are particularly hard hit by these issues. So, how are they maintaining a respectable level of technology and library service innovation with little or no money and staff? They are starting new programs, bringing in new resources, and developing new partnerships by harnessing the full potential of new internet tools, technologies, and websites. This session will highlight some very creative responses from small and rural libraries in middle America. Attendees will pick up some great ideas they can take back and use at their own library, no matter what the size, to provide innovative library services and programming.

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Louise Alcorn

Technology Services Coordinator, West Des Moines Public Library
Louise Alcorn is the Technology Services Coordinator at the West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library. She presents nationally, focusing on easy technology solutions in small- to mid-size public libraries. She has authored two books on library technology topics. Louise participates with... Read More →
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Christa Porter

Library Development Director, Nebraska Library Commission
Christa Porter is the Library Development Director at the Nebraska Library Commission. She coordinates the Library Development Team to provide statewide programs and services: Public Library Accreditation, Continuing Education, E-rate training and consultation, Grants to Libraries... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm


Legal Research for Non-Laywers and Librarians
We will cover three subjects that will help non-law librarians serve patrons with legal questions. First, we will describe resources available through the Schmid Law Library’s website that can help people research their own legal questions. Second, we will cover the Nebraska Online Legal Self-Help Center and other official resources available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Finally, we will cover the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) which is housed at the Schmid Law Library and is dedicated to helping inventors and business people explore patents and trademarks.

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Richard Leiter

Director, University of Nebraska - Schmid Law Library
Richard is the Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law
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Keelan Weber

Head of Cataloging and Resources Management, University of Nebraska College of Law, Schmid Law Library
Head of Cataloging and Resources Management Schmid Law Library University of Nebraska College of Law
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Maureen Eck

Supreme Court Deputy Librarian, Nebraska State Law Library
Maureen Eck was named the Supreme Court Deputy State Librarian of the Nebraska State Law Library in May 2018. Prior to that she served as the Library Assistant/Technician in the law library, cataloging and providing reference assistance since April 2014. She received her Bachelor... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Dapper I 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128


Policies for Results
Policies For Results tees up a fresh approach to policy development by constructing policies in 4 parts: the philosophy, the regulations, the procedures, & the guidelines. Learn to identify and apply the 4 parts of a policy in a group exercise. And share your policy pet peeves! Based on the book from the Public Library Association--Creating Policies For Results: From Chaos to Clarity.

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Bonnie McKewon

NW District Consultant, State Library of Iowa
Bonnie McKewon is a consultant with the State Library of Iowa.  She presents workshops and webinars on a wide variety of topics, from succession planning to policy development to inspiring tech savvy trustees.   With an affinity for library board training, Bonnie has conducted... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Fedora II


Public Library Outreach in Your Community
This program will focus on outreach ideas all libraries can use to promote their services to their service communities. Everything from booths at fairs and expos to visits to schools and everything in between such as bookmobiles and offsite outreach programs will be discussed in this presentation. This presentation will provide outreach ideas for public libraries through the lens of both children’s and adult services. Ideas will include no cost and low cost ideas as well as ideas that have some costs associated with them. Other discussion topics will include partnering suggestions as well as ideas on how to find funding for outreach efforts.

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Danielle Day

Youth Services Manager, Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Danielle Day is the youth services manager at Carnegie-Stout Public Library. Danielle received her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. Danielle joined the Carnegie-Stout staff in September of 2008. She serves as the Chairperson... Read More →
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Bill Carroll

Adult Services Manager, Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Bill Carroll is the adult services manager at Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa. He has worked in libraries since 2011, and holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and a MLIS from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Windsor X


Unmaking a Collection: Circulation Growth Through Collection Loss
In 2016, the Cedar Rapids Public Library took on the task of heavily weeding a large and outdated children’s collection at its small branch library and monitored its circulation change. After weeding over 3,000 items from the picture book collection alone, the library experienced a consistent rise in circulation despite fewer operating hours than the year previously. The library has since regularly weeded low-circulating collections, floated certain collections between branches, and allocated the materials budget to maintain a current and patron-driven collection without overburdening staff.
Weeding is an essential part of the life cycle of an item in a library but can be an overwhelming endeavor, physically and occasionally emotionally, for passionate library staff. This session will offer collection teams a personalized account of the process and resulting success of such a task and provide advice for libraries looking to undertake such a project.

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Sarah Voels

Materials Librarian, Cedar Rapids Public Library
Sarah Voels is a Materials Librarian with the Cedar Rapids Public Library and is responsible for the youth and young adult collections.

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Windsor VIII


Using an ALA Carnegie Whitney Grant to Support Women in STEM: A Bibliography Project
Use Google to search “Women in STEM in higher education” and see what comes up. Researching women in STEM is extremely difficult because of the onslaught of public interest pieces, news sources, scholarly articles, blog commentaries, and dissertations written on the subject. Additionally, the word “stem” has several meanings in the scientific community from “plant stem” to “stem cell.” What if you were helping a teacher trying to write a grant to expose female students to careers in IT? Or helping a parent trying to advise a student club for women interesting in coding? In recent years, the spotlight on STEM education has given rise to hundreds of studies ranging from the recruitment and retention of women students to the workplace climate of women faculty and staff. This information was not easily available in one location for use in reports, press releases, curriculum, or grants. In 2018, I was awarded an ALA Carnegie Whitney grant for the creation of an online bibliography that provides easy access for librarians and researchers. With the help of a student research assistant, we created an online Women in STEM Research Guide of over 1,100 articles, books, and theses. Bibliographic themes cover recruitment, retention, barriers, stereotypes, inclusion and biases, campus culture, classroom experiences, and faculty workplace issues. Audience members will be encouraged to link to or refer patrons to this source in their own libraries. This bibliography will be easily discoverable by search engines so it would appeal to librarians from many different institutions where they could share this information.

I will engage conference participants by having them briefly conduct their own research on this topic, explore the Research Guide, and then consider what contacts and groups they might share the information within their own libraries. I will highlight the national grant application process, share the setbacks and lessons learned, the student worker hiring process, work flow procedures, and the future of the project. I will encourage participants to consider applying for an ALA Carnegie Whitney grant for their own projects and will readily answer questions about our experience.

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Heidi Blackburn

STEM and Business Librarian, University of Nebraska at Omaha
I serve as the STEM and Business Librarian at the University of Nebraska Omaha Criss Library. My research interests focus on the status of women in STEM in higher education and active learning in information literacy classrooms.

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm


When Disaster Strikes… Got A Plan?
We will help you decide what disasters to plan for and introduce you to resources for dealing with materials that could be affected by disasters. We will offer advice on navigating the large number of resources available on disaster planning and help you learn how to sift through and use existing resources rather than “re-inventing the disaster planning wheel”. Developing disaster scenarios and hands-on training for staff members can feel overwhelming. We will share our fun, easy training ideas and hacks that will prepare your library staff for any disaster.

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Elizabeth Schauer

Library Specialist to Circulation, Cochrane-Woods Library - Nebraska Wesleyan University
Elizabeth Schauer has been the Library Specialist to Circulation at NWU's Cochrane-Woods Library for three years. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with her Bachelor's Degree in Library Science in 2017. Elizabeth is also the Chair Elect of the Paraprofessional... Read More →
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Terri Raburn

Access Services Librarian, Bryan College of Health Sciences
Terri Raburn is the Access Services Librarian at Bryan College of Health Sciences Library. Terri graduated with an MLS from Emporia State University. She is also the Publicity and Citations Chair of the Paraprofessional Section of NLA. When not cataloging books, Terri enjoys making... Read More →
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Cindy Mumford

Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Cochrane-Woods Library - Nebraska Wesleyan University
Cindy Mumford, former art teacher and public librarian, has been with NWU’s Cochrane-Woods Library for eight years, serving as Interlibrary Loan Specialist and artist aficionado. Cindy has a BFA in Art Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of NLA.

Friday October 4, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
Dapper II