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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

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Thursday, August 10
 

10:00am

Library Outreach: Telestory Video Visitation. Connecting Incarcerated Parents and Their Children Through Books
How do we break the school to prison pipeline?  Today's public library's approach is to guide incarcerated parents with the tools to help their children learn alternative means other than what may be seen at home in the past.  Outreach Services at Brooklyn Public Library made the first successful connection to an NYC Department of Corrections facility thus paving the way to the launch of the "Telestory" program which provides incarcerated parents a virtual way to visit with their families. The Telestory Video visitation program has expanded with the City's 3 library systems to provide free live video services for families who wish to visit with their incarcerated loved ones. This unique program is offered at 21 public library branches across New York City.

We will share successful patterns of how to conduct these visits and the results these visits have made on the lives of the participants.


Moderators
avatar for Sandra Michele Echols

Sandra Michele Echols

Assistant Dean, College of New Rochelle
S. Michele Echols, Assistant Dean Gill Library at The College of New Rochelle, President of the New York Black Librarian’s Caucus(2016-2018), New York Library Association (NYLA) Councilor-at-Large representing Academic Libraries, and Adjunct Professor at ASA College in New York... Read More →

Speakers
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Brenda Bentt-Peters

Community Outreach Supervisor, Brooklyn Public Library
Brenda Bentt-Peters has worked for Brooklyn Public Library for over 15 years, currently as Supervisor of Community Outreach Services, where she directs the out-posts sites, providing books and services for homeless residents in Brooklyn. She also creates public awareness programs... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Ivy I (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

10:30am

I Have A Problem With That: Engaging Our Community
In 2004, the African American History and Cultural Events (AAHCE) committee was formed at Richland Library to address related concerns and to provide enhanced, system-wide programming for the African-American community on a recurring basis. Our foundational program was "I Have a Problem With That", a roundtable discussion addressing minority issues. Join us as we share our experiences with this successful platform, and discuss ways which we have developed supplemental programming for the African American community that sets the stage for successful community conversations.

Speakers
avatar for Quincy Pugh

Quincy Pugh

Film and Sound Manager, Richland Library
Quincy Pugh received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Augusta University(GA) in 1982 and a Master of Librarianship from the University of South Carolina in 1988. Pugh has been the Film and Sound Manager at Richland Library since 1989. In this capacity and as chair... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Ivy I (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

3:30pm

Yoga While You Work
We will cover the benefits of brief meditation before, during and after work. We will perform seven poses you can do while at your desk to help you wake up, calm down, and relieve tension. No mat required. 

Speakers

 
Friday, August 11
 

10:00am

Journey Towards a Doctorate: For Working Professionals
For some librarians, obtaining a doctorate is a dream they wish could come true. It can be difficult enough to work out the logistics of balancing work and home obligations, without adding school into the mix. The presenter will discuss her journey of making the dream of obtaining a doctorate a reality. By careful examination of institutions, programs, and tuition costs, the presenter applied and matriculated into a program that best fit her needs. This program will allow attendees the opportunity to think outside the box, and realize additional options to receiving a doctorate besides taking the PhD route.

Moderators
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Nichelle Hayes

Librarian in Charge of Center for Black Literature and Culture, Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL)
I'm interested in history, genealogy, community service and literature. Follow my blog https://thetiesthatbindblog.wordpress.com/. I'm the Treasurer of the Indiana Black Librarians Network, affiliate of BCALA, (IBLN). http://indianablacklibrarians.net/ Follow us on Facebook... Read More →

Speakers
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Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz

Assistant Professor/Librarian, Onondaga Community College


10:30am

Five Steps to Leading Library Staff Through the Valley of Change!
Managing library staff is no different from any other business and during times of budget cuts and transitions. Change is one of the greatest challenges an administrator or leader can face. Library administrators and leaders must learn how to manage staff experiencing frustration when faced with significant change.

Speakers
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Dorothy Hargett

Librarian, Head of Access Services, Regent University
Dorothy Hargett is a Librarian and Head of Access Services, at Regent University Library in Virginia Beach, VA. As the Head of Access Services she is responsible for providing leadership and overseeing all aspects of the management and functions of the Circulation and Interlibrary... Read More →


11:00am

Accolades and Acquisitions of the First: African-American Pioneers in Library Leadership

Participants will explore several African Americans who were the first to breach homogeneous institutions in librarianship. As the first, these African Americans leverage their achievements to enact an institutional culture of change, advocate for authentic leadership and organization integrity in the evolution of library services for African Americans.  Consequently, under their leadership, foster collaboration and forged partnership in librarianship for the self-actualization of African Americans pursuing careers as librarians.


Speakers
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Janice M. Young

Librarian, VA
Janice has worked in traditional and specialized libraries, and federal agencies, over the past two decades. She received her undergraduate degrees in Communications and Sociology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master of Education from Regis University, and a Master of... Read More →


1:00pm

How about a job in Iowa, California, or North Dakota? Exploring opportunities outside your comfort zone
While recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce is a high priority in the librarian profession, data shows that it is often difficult to attract librarians from under-represented groups to certain geographic regions. Are MLIS graduates of color reluctant to consider positions in some locations due to a perceived lack of diversity, or concerns for the high cost of living, or other factors? What can these libraries do to reach out to minority job seekers and become attractive options? In this interactive workshop, human resource professionals will foster an open conversation with librarians about the risks and advantages of moving to unfamiliar locations for that first, or next job.

Speakers
avatar for Leo Agnew

Leo Agnew

Director, Human Resources & Diversity Programs, University of Iowa Libraries
Leo Agnew has 27 years of human resource experience which includes 17 years as an HR director in ARL Libraries. In his current role, he supports the mission of the UI Libraries by overseeing human resource and diversity program activities which include organizational analysis and... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Kjaer

Kathryn Kjaer

Head, Library Human Resources, University of California, Irvine, Libraries
Kathryn is the Head of Library Human Resources at the University of California, Irvine Libraries, where she oversees librarian recruitments and the librarian academic review process. She coordinates and promotes diversity and inclusion efforts within the Libraries such as the library-wide... Read More →


1:30pm

Resume, Interviewing, and Salary Negotiation Tips for Librarians
An informal discussion/Q&A session where you can gain an insider's perspective on the librarian recruitment process from two experienced HR Directors. Get tips on how to make your application stand out and how to navigate the interview process. Find out how to be your own best advocate for professional development and career advancement. Explore negotiation strategies to ensure you get the most out of your offer package. All questions are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Leo Agnew

Leo Agnew

Director, Human Resources & Diversity Programs, University of Iowa Libraries
Leo Agnew has 27 years of human resource experience which includes 17 years as an HR director in ARL Libraries. In his current role, he supports the mission of the UI Libraries by overseeing human resource and diversity program activities which include organizational analysis and... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Kjaer

Kathryn Kjaer

Head, Library Human Resources, University of California, Irvine, Libraries
Kathryn is the Head of Library Human Resources at the University of California, Irvine Libraries, where she oversees librarian recruitments and the librarian academic review process. She coordinates and promotes diversity and inclusion efforts within the Libraries such as the library-wide... Read More →


3:00pm

Visual Lit: Using Graphic Novels to Engage Adults
Graphic novels aren't just for children and teens! Learn more about how public libraries can engage grownup comic readers with book clubs, lectures, displays, and art activities. Learn about programs and community engagement that can bring attention to a quickly growing genre.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda H Davis

Amanda H Davis

Adult Services Librarian, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Amanda H. Davis is an Adult Services Librarian at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina. She received her MLIS from Valdosta State University and is a proud ALA Spectrum Scholar and ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow. Her professional interests include public librarianship... Read More →
avatar for Angel Truesdale

Angel Truesdale

Adult Services Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Angel Truesdale is an Adult Services Specialist with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina. During her six years at the library, she has developed and implemented a wide range of tech-centric programs and trainings for adults. Angel's interests also include workforce development... Read More →


4:00pm

Self-Publish Your Success
Which would your family most likely keep as a memory of your words: a loose leaf manuscript or a printed book? Self-publishing a book preserves your passion, experience, or muses, which can be a priceless adventure for you and future generations. Whether you want fame and fortune with countless book sales or simply one book as an accomplishment, you will expand many skills, to use on your current job or other endeavors. This session will show you the five steps to self-publishing, where you can find success when publishing short stories, poetry or manuscripts as special keepsakes.

Speakers
avatar for Judine Slaughter

Judine Slaughter

Executive Director, United Black Writers Association, Inc
How many collections do you have at home or at work? Whether it is pictures, poetry, or personal stories, Judine Slaughter will help you find success in self-publishing. Her daughter earned $40k in college scholarships after Judine published her book of poetry. After self-publishing... Read More →


4:30pm

Engaging & Educating the Community - An African American Perspective
The panel will describe how IndyPL African American History Committee (AAHC) / Center for Black Literature and Culture (CBLC)  reaches out to African-American community in Indianapolis. IndyPL AAHC/CBLC presents the diverse accomplishments and heritage of African Americans to the general public. Our major annual programs are Meet the Artists (MTA) and Fall Fest/Slammin' Rhymes . MTA is an engaging showcase of various artistic mediums by burgeoning artists. Fall Fest is an afternoon of inspiration and cultural edutainment using interactive programming. Other programs have focused on violence prevention such as Kin, Killing Kin (KKK) and the accomplishments of women of color like Women of a New Tribe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghB0JcYQqqA  Meet the Artists 2017.   https://youtu.be/AGykDRE8pUs Center for Black Literature and Culture.   

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Freeman

Lauren Freeman

Circulation Supervisor/AAHC Committee Member, Indianapolis Public Library
Lauren Freeman has been working for the Indianapolis Public Library for over 10 years and has been actively serving on the African American History Committee for 6 years. She is currently the Circulation Supervisor for the Outreach Branch where she has the privilege of riding the... Read More →
avatar for Nichelle Hayes

Nichelle Hayes

Librarian in Charge of Center for Black Literature and Culture, Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL)
I'm interested in history, genealogy, community service and literature. Follow my blog https://thetiesthatbindblog.wordpress.com/. I'm the Treasurer of the Indiana Black Librarians Network, affiliate of BCALA, (IBLN). http://indianablacklibrarians.net/ Follow us on Facebook... Read More →


 
Saturday, August 12
 

10:00am

Black Books Matter: An Examination of Augusta Baker's Bibliography Books About Negro Life for Children
Explore librarian Augusta Baker's rationale for creating Books About the Negro for Children (BANFC) and the three criteria she used (i.e. language, theme, and illustration) to identify books. Baker used language because she was cognizant that demeaning terms could damage black youth's self-esteem. Baker chose theme because black life needed to be represented holistically. Thirdly, she focused upon illustrations because portrayals of blacks should be visually appealing. This talk illustrates how BANFC served as a resource to educators, parents, and others who actively sought (yet had difficulty unearthing) non-stereotypical, well-written and thoughtfully illustrated children's books about black life.

Saturday August 12, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Ivy I (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

10:30am

Bringing It: Library Youth STEAM Education Programs Out in the Community
Learn about the weekly maker club that we held at Bayside-Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, a K-8 public school. Each week we had a hands-on, STEAM related activity for the kids. We had programs such as creating their own light-up LED plush monsters; stomp rockets, 3D printing, and more. Our digital literacy project conducted in collaboration with the Phoenix Project of Marin, an organization that helps at-risk youth will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Etienne Douglas

Etienne Douglas

Community Library Specialist/Webstar Coordinator, Marin County Free Library
avatar for Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez

Librarian, Marin County Free Library


Saturday August 12, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Ivy I (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

11:00am

Getting to Know You: Connecting to the Community
Hear how a branch library in Denver took the information learned from their community conversations and tried some new approaches on how to bring a neighborhood together that's seen rapid population growth since 2014.  Library programs, community partnerships and other ideas will be highlighted.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

Senior Librarian, Denver Public Library


Saturday August 12, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Ivy I (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

1:00pm

How to Get Youth to Sign Up For Blackness: Black History Month and Beyond
When I was raised in the 1990s, the formal education I received around blackness centered on important figures like Tubman, Douglass, and King. Their contributions could and cannot be underestimated when it comes to the hungry pursuit of social justice. However, what I learned did not explain how my father could be black and Costa Rican. It did not introduce me to Negritude. In short, my education was weak in terms of diaspora. My talk highlights discourses and ways librarians and educators can conspire in highlighting blackness as a global phenomenon and not one restricted to the continental U.S.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Spencer

Katrina Spencer

Literatures & Cultures Librarian, Middlebury College
Katrina Spencer loves creating engaging programming for the students who frequent the multicultural student center.


1:30pm

New Approaches to Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage: How the Chicago Public Library is teaching youth about care and access in special collections.
Libraries, archives and special collections have committed themselves to doing outreach to k-12 student populations. Traditionally, this outreach has frequently been done through the use of guided tours, classroom visits, and special programming. However, new media and access to readily available technologies have propelled information professionals to incorporate such technologies into teaching and learning. This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of the tools necessary to introduce collections care and access to high school students in special collections utilizing technology.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Drake

Tracy Drake

Archivist/Archival Specialist, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library | Chicago Public Library
Tracy Drake is an archivist at the Chicago Public Library. Tracy holds a BS in African American Studies from Eastern Illinois University, MA in history from Roosevelt University, and MSLIS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Lawanda Miller

Adult Services- Reference Librarian, Chicago Public Library
Lawanda Miller is Adult Reference Librarian at the Chicago Public Library. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science with concentrations in Archival and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services Certificate, from Dominican University, River Forest, IL.


 

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