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Thursday, August 10


Creating the Sustainable Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach
It is critical that libraries not only survive but that they thrive. Embracing triple bottom line sustainability helps better weave the library into the fabric of the community, campus, or parent organization. It also moves the discussion of sustainability beyond just the environment to also encompass financial and social (e.g. workforce, community) sustainability.

Audience engagement will be achieved with real-world table-top discussions interspersed throughout. Participants will leave armed with three things to improve organizational survivability/sustainability. Participants will receive a copy of Shaffer's 12 steps, as well as leave with their three sustainable goals for their library. Shaffer embarked on this study as there was no similar research existing in the library science field, despite it being crucial to the long term survival of libraries. The findings are the result of his doctoral dissertation research, and are being used in a how-to book, to be published by Libraries Unlimited in early 2018 titled Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach.

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Shannon D. Jones

Director of Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina
Shannon’s career in libraries spans 20 years. Currently, she is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In this role, Shannon assumes leadership for all aspects of the library including strategic planning, budgeting, technology integration... Read More →

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Dr. Gary Shaffer

Director, MMLIS Program, University of Southern California
GARY SHAFFER is director of the ALA-accredited master of management in library and information science program at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and assistant dean and director of USC Libraries’ Center for Library Leadership and Management. He... Read More →


Libraries and Literacies are One and the Same: Empowering Adult Learners' through Information Literacy
The College of New Rochelle (CNR) is in the midst of an initiative to support student success by addressing the needs of the whole student. This initiative is funded through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) First in the World (FITW) grant. The potential role of librarians as mentors for supporting undergraduate research has not been investigated in depth, despite the fact that librarians play a key role in supporting undergraduate research. The study incorporates librarian mentorship and instruction of information literacy skills to develop enhanced undergraduate research skills that increase a student's persistence toward graduation.

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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 →


Libraries, Librarianship, and the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program
Julius Rosenwald, former president of Sears, Roebuck, Co. and an elite businessman, desired to improve the well-being of mankind through access to education. A number of Southerners are familiar with him as the founder of the Fund that established more than 5,300 rural schools in 15 Southern states. However, there is a major piece of the puzzle missing; the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program, 1927-1947. This groundbreaking program contributed to and established more than 10,000 libraries to include book sets, bookmobiles, and physical locations to increase literacy among African Americans as a means to increase educational opportunities.

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Shaundra Walker

Interim Library Director, Georgia College, United States of America
I serve as Interim Library Director of the Ina Dillard Russell Library at Georgia College.  In my role, I provide strategic leadership, guiding a team of library professional and support staff in enhancing and communicating the value and role of the library.  I am a graduate of... Read More →

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Aisha M. Johnson-Jones

Supervisory Archivist, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Aisha serves as Supervisory Archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Lecturer in Archival Studies at Clayton State University. She earned her PhD from Florida State, and focus on the African-American struggle for library equality.


Democratic Histories: Strategies for Engaging African American Communities in the Archival Process
Archivists who work on African American collections are increasingly more aware that traditional sites of African American agency and autonomy are becoming more unstable. The need to capture the perspectives and histories of these institutions is urgent.The challenges become more acute when communities recognize the need to preserve their legacies but do not have the resources or support to make it happen. How can libraries, museums, and archives bring these individuals into the world of archives and empower them to protect and share their stories?The panelists will discuss their experiences working with black colleges, churches, neighborhoods and families.

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Shaundra Walker

Interim Library Director, Georgia College, United States of America
I serve as Interim Library Director of the Ina Dillard Russell Library at Georgia College.  In my role, I provide strategic leadership, guiding a team of library professional and support staff in enhancing and communicating the value and role of the library.  I am a graduate of... Read More →


Skyla S. Hearn

Chief Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, DuSable Museum of African American History
Skyla S. Hearn is the Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Skyla champions the unsung cultural and societal contributors from African American communities and other groups not of the hegemony.

Chaitra Powell

African American Collections and Outreach Archivist Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chaitra Powell earned her MLS from the University of Arizona in 2010. In 2012, she was an IMLS fellow for the HistoryMakers, with a placement at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City, CA. She earned her ACA designation in 2013 and finished a certificate in digitization... Read More →
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Holly Smith

College Archivist, Spelman College Archives
Holly Smith is the College Archivist at Spelman College. She received a B.A. in History and Black Studies from William and Mary, an M.A. in History from Yale University, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science & Archives from Simmons College.


Librarian Writer Supports Courageous Conversations, Critical Multiculturalism and Communal Networks
Librarian-author Roland Barksdale-Hall, recipient of the 2015 BCALA National Leadership Award and the county's public housing authority library director, wrote "Leadership Under Fire Communicating, Teaching and Setting Communities at Liberty"(Amber Books, 2016) because of gunfire, policing and the pain of our youth. Today's youth ran up and asked. "What are you going to do?" He struggled with what to do and changed in the process. He chose to act under fire, inspire hope and will tell the story of a library modernization,collaboration and community engagement.  Quinby Street Resource Center identifies needs, develops innovative intergenerational programming and offers the following information services:

·         Employment—find a better job, plan an exciting career

·         Career planning—help in applying to college or technical schools

·         Computer training—assistance in using computers, writing letters

·         Community programming & cultural celebrations—storytelling, tours, courses about nutrition to workshops about tracing your roots.

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Roland Barksdale-Hall

Library Director and Author, Quinby Street Resource Center
Roland Barksdale-Hall, library director, Quinby Street Resource Center, is a storyteller, faculty member at Writing Success, and author of Leadership Under Fire, Communicating, Teaching and Setting Communities at Liberty (Amber Books, 2016). He tells the story of a library modernization... Read More →


Orchestrating Collaborations: A Systematic Approach to Gaining Campus Allies
The James E. Shepard Memorial Library at North Carolina Central University has formed strategic alliances with several academic departments and community partners to enhance campus-wide engagement. Our partnerships have resulted in national and local research presentations, an increase in diverse and collaborative programming, professional development for library staff, and an upsurge in request for information literacy instruction. This presentation will highlight how our library established avenues to demonstrate the library's value and its impact on campus-wide and community engagement.

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Danielle Colbert-Lewis

Reference Librarian, James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University
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Jamillah Scott-Branch

Head Reference Librarian, North Carolina Central University
Jamillah Scott-Branch is the Head of Research and Instruction at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC. In this role, she manages the library’s instruction and outreach initiatives, Interlibrary Loan, Government Documents, and is responsible for identifying emerging... Read More →


What is Community Engagement/Outreach? How Can I Use It To Have an Impact on Diversity, Recruitment, and Tenure?
More and more libraries' strategic plans have begun to include Outreach and Community Engagement to engage and learn more about our users and our community to meet their evolving needs.  We have become faced with supporting our institutions' Community Engagement Mission and initiatives, by identifying priorities, seeking programs to undertake and plan, objectives to achieve within in the communities we serve.  And, we are expected to do this without additional funding, or staffing.In this session, participants will walk away with: 

1) Operational definitions for Community Engagement, Outreach, Diversity, and Recruitment; 
2) Planning Tools; 
3) Examples of events and How to use Community Engagement/Outreach to earn Tenure.

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Fannie M Cox

Outreach & Reference Librarian, University of Lousiville  BCALA Involvement: Recently re-elected to the 2017-2019 Executive Broad Co-Chair for the Recruitment and Professional Development Committee Co-Chair for the 8th National Conference of African American Libraries... Read More →

Friday, August 11


Review, Renew, Reconnect: Revitalizing Your Heritage Committee
Want to enhance your library's community programming and activities? Want to share the history, contributions, and achievements of a particular group with your library patrons? Consider forming or revitalizing your library's heritage committee. This presentation, focused on an African American heritage committee, seeks to share information on how such a committee benefits the library system, staff, and library patrons; and offers specific steps and guidelines on how to run an effective and productive committee.

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Michelle D. Carnes

Division Chief - General Information Services, Chicago Public Library
Librarian, civic engager, volunteer, life-long learner, Michelle is a nineteen year veteran with library experience in both the public and academic sectors. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University... Read More →
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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.


Social Change Book Club: Creating a Safe Space to Discuss Community Issues
A group of Denver Public Library African American librarians started a non-traditional book club called R.A.D.A.: Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action, to achieve footing within the Denver community. The R.A.D.A. is bold in its delivery by promoting reading for social consciousness, encouraging an exchange of ideas, and community sharing. The selected books (identified in this program presentation) have enabled lively discussion and very enriching sharing. R.A.D.A.'s goal is to continue this diverse and inclusive book club approach. This program overview highlights the promotion, operation and impact of R.A.D.A., as well as suggestions for forming a similar book club at your library.

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Tracy Crawford

Curator, Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County, Queens Library- Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center
Tracy Crawford is the Curator of the Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County which is located at Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. In her work as a librarian, she develops and manages collections, provides public service, and coordinates... Read More →

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Hadiya Evans

LPA, Denver Public Library - Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Hadiya Evans is a program & exhibit planner for the Blair-Caldwell African American Research branch of the Denver Public Library. She has worked for both the library and the Friends Foundation gaining perspective of the library through the lens of an employee, fundraiser/advocate... Read More →
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James Allen Davis Jr.

Denver Public Library, Librarian
James Davis is a Librarian for the Denver Public Library, he has worked in public libraries for 15 years, and has served as a mentor and coach in library services. James has facilitated book discussion groups and created programs to enhance community engagement and outreach. James... Read More →


Reimagining the Public Library for Community Success

Information centers are adapting their methods to provide outside-the-box services to patrons that will enrich their lives. San Antonio Public Library's collaborative model of librarians and adult education instructors under one roof facilitates an intersection of traditional service with cutting edge intervention, providing job resources, literacy instruction, financial counseling, veterans’ assistance, high school diploma completion, and more, for a new millennium approach of holistic service that empowers and impacts the community educationally and economically.



Training Officer, City of San Antonio
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DL Grant, Jr.

Branch Manager, San Antonio Public Library
DL Grant loves libraries and all types of architecture


Community & Civic Engagement
Attendees of this session will learn how to make a positive impact in their community and library's system. Heyward has formed strategic partnerships to enhance joint initiatives such as weekly GED classes, Coffee with a Cop, Summer Food Program for kids, Northeast Corridor Quality of Life initiatives, Community Engagement Conversation with city officials, and Fatherhood & Re-Entry Forums. She will share how her staff identified various community needs, what they've learned to make strategic partnerships successful, and how they've built trust with their patrons to bring opportunities and the people who need them together.

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Shannon D. Jones

Director of Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina
Shannon’s career in libraries spans 20 years. Currently, she is the Director of Libraries for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In this role, Shannon assumes leadership for all aspects of the library including strategic planning, budgeting, technology integration... Read More →

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Shanika Heyward

Regional Manager, Indianapolis Public Library
Shanika Heyward, the Indianapolis Public Library’s Fort Benjamin Harrison and East 38th Street Regional Manager, was raised in the community she now diligently serves. Shanika earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science in 2010 from Indiana University’s School of Library & Information... Read More →


Digital Access for All: Creating a Mobile Hotspot Lending Program at Your Library
The Little Elm (TX) Public Library began a mobile hotspot lending program in October 2016. This presentation details the program's planning and implementation, and provides advice on starting a hotspot lending program of your own, including determining the need for the program, researching costs, leveraging library advocates, and handling concerns and objections.


Tezeno Lynette Roberson

Director, Little Elm Public Library

Saturday, August 12


Library Services to the Physically Handicapped and Blind Can Save Lives
We often don't hear about library services for blind and physically handicapped individuals. However, large type formats and audio books in traditional library services meet only a fraction of their needs. Hear how the Talking Books Department of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library impacts this community. More than simply access to technologies and recreational reading, we help differing ability citizens stay connected to the community, have an opportunity for lifelong education and recreation, improve their quality of life, and even save lives.


Grace Goins

Supervisor of Talking Books Service, Evansville Vand. Public Library
Just because you have a disability, doesn't mean limitation should be placed on your mind.


The Digital Bridge Project: Putting Computers in the Community
Digital literacy is an essential life skill which transcends age, race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomics. Discover the positive outcomes that occured when the Durham County Library, the Durham Housing Authority, the WiderNet Project and the United Way collaborated to bring digital literacy, technology training, workforce development,and free computers to local residents of all ages. Learn the value of community partnerships and ways to connect with others to achieve shared goals and outcomes.


Joyce Briggs

Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator, Housing Authority of the City of Durham
Family Self Sufficiency- Elderly and Disabled Advocate

DeLois R. Cue

Branch Manager, Durham County Library
DeLois Cue earned her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University, and has served in a variety of library positions in both academic and public libraries. She is interested in educational policy, believes in the power of lifelong learning, and strives to... Read More →

Tammy Jacobs

Education Program Manager, Durham Housing Authority
I have been with the Housing Authority for 7 years. I am with the Resident Services Department which is the Human Services division of the Authority. I work primarily with the education programming for youth who live in our public housing communities. We serve 16 public housing communities... Read More →
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Cliff Missen

Clinical Assoc. Professor, [email protected]
We've developed an off-line "Internet in a Box" for communities lacking Internet bandwidth. Our eGranary Digital Library is installed in over 1,600 locations, including 20+ U.S. prisons.


Collaborative Partnerships: A Key to Preserving and Providing Digital Access to Historical HBCU Collections
Digital collections at HBCUs have an impact on the research and scholarly community at large. Libraries must be open to engage with internal and external partners to build and preserve these collections. Collaborative partnerships offer opportunities for HBCU libraries to expand resources and knowledge for developing digital collections. This presentation will discuss the approaches and successes of partnering with campus academic units and other institutions to build and preserve digital collections.

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Netta Cox

Serials Librarian, F.D. Bluford Library, F.D. Bluford/N.C.A&TSU
Netta Cox is currently the Head of Serials/Librarian at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical... Read More →

E. Francene Moore

Reference Librarian, North Carolina A&T University
E. Francene Moore currently serves in the reference department of F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T State University as an assistant professor. Her primary goals are to deliver information literacy education, promote new library technologies, deliver quality enhanced support to assigned... Read More →
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Iyanna Sims

Head of Bibliographic, Metadata & Discovery Services, North Carolina A&T University
Iyanna Sims is currently the Head of Bibliographic, Metadata and Discovery Services at North Carolina A&T State University's F.D. Bluford Library. She received her masters in library science from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor of arts in English from Elon University. She... Read More →


The Three M's of Library Fluidity: Mobile, Malleable, and Made for You.

How does a library evolve to fit the needs of patrons beyond books? Professionals of Outreach and Programming in the St. Louis, MO region present strategies that effectively redefined the library as a mobile and fluid institution. These approaches served all patrons by promoting literacy to all, providing work experience in the library, and archiving neighborhood histories through programming. The overall outcomes each resulted in a better understanding of what the library can offer users.


Mobile: Bookmobile services and Outreach to all ages

Malleable: The Library as a Career.

Made For You: Programs that archive the patron’s voice.

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Crystal A Harris

Manager, Bookmobiles and Mobile Services, St. Louis County Library
Crystal Harris is the Manager of Bookmobiles and Mobile Services for the St. Louis County Library. She was the Manager at the Natural Bridge Branch and the Adult Programmer for the St. Louis Public Library. Crystal earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... Read More →
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Jessiree Jenkins

Adult Service Provider, St. Louis Public Library

John Newcomer

Regional Branch Manager, St. Louis Public Library


Here & There: Diversity Initiatives In & Out of the Library
UT Libraries' Diversity Committee provides successful leadership for the Libraries in meeting the needs of its constituencies through cutting-edge programming. We will review strategic approaches for two programs. Our Lunch and Learn program invites the community to engage in conversations surrounding difficult, timely topics selected through surveys by our community. Creating thought-provoking presentations for our Black Issues Conference allows the committee to interact directly with regional community groups, challenging them and us to consider new perspectives on an array of diversity topics. We'll share methods for success and how we organize these programs to engage with our community.

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Melanie Allen

Health Sciences Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries
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Michelle Brannen

Interim Head of Scholars' Collaborative & Media Literacy Librarian, The University of Tennessee
Hi, I am the Media Literacy Librarian and the Interim Head of the Scholars' Collaborative at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. In this position, I head The Studio, a media production lab, am the subject liaison for both Journalism and Electronic Media and Studio Art... Read More →

Elizabeth Greene

Manager, Library Dean's Office and Human Resources, University of Tennessee Libraries
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Thura Mack

Coordinator for Community Learning Services and Diversity Programs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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