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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Thursday, August 8

10:30am PDT

Building Digital Collections with Minimal Infrastructure: Hands On with CollectionBuilder for Teaching and Exhibits
Bring your laptop to build your own digital collection during this session.

CollectionBuilder is an open source project for building library digital collection and exhibit websites driven by metadata and hosted on lightweight infrastructure. After providing well-structured metadata and a directory of digital files, CollectionBuilder utilizes Jekyll static web generator to create a website for visualizing, browsing, and accessing the collection. Developed by the University of Idaho Library to provide a viable alternative to bloated infrastructure systems, CollectionBuilder is “Librar* Optimized,” enabling librarians to take greater ownership over their projects and lowering barriers to development.
This workshop will introduce the three main use cases of CollectionBuilder:
1) the creation of stand-alone library digital collections and exhibits
2) the creation of “skins” to apply on top of the data/metadata from current digital collection management systems such as CONTENTdm
3) a pedagogical tool for learning about digital libraries concepts, web skills, and digital literacy via hands-on, project-based learning
To demonstrate the project, the workshop will walk through creating a new website using CollectionBuilder-GH, a version designed for learning experiences with simple deployment on GitHub Pages free hosting service. This project provides a depth of learning opportunities and development possibilities, lowering barriers for users to make their work open to the world. Participants will be introduced to the development tools and workflows used in the project, and learn about how to use the tool in their own teaching or to create new exhibits.

Understand the CollectionBuilder project and use cases, in particular for hands on teaching about digital library foundations.
Learn the basics of working with plain text files, CSV data, Markdown, and Jekyll projects.
Learn the basics of Git, GitHub, and GitHub Pages to deploy a new website.

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Devin Becker

Head, Data and Digital Services, University of Idaho Library
University of Idaho Library

Olivia Wikle

Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Idaho Library

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Willow 1

10:30am PDT

Exercises to Teach Communication Skills
This is a hands-on session where attendees will participate in exercises that teach communication skills.  I have used these exercises in communications courses taught through the Oregon State University Honors College and the UEngage program.  I have also used them with adult groups for team-building and individually as ice-breakers.  There are exercises emphasizing focus in groups.  Others emphasize cooperation or trust.  If past experience repeats, everyone will be laughing so much, they won’t realize how much they are learning.  Participants will leave with a hand-out describing the exercises they learned and the skills that each one emphasizes.  
1. In group work, only one person can have the focus at one time and each person must be expecting the focus at any time.  2. Let go of unimportant mistakes and don't think about them again.  3.  Unspoken agendas interfere with a group working well together.


Maura Valentino

Scholarly Communications Librarian/Assistant Professor/Head of Digital Initiatives, Central Washington University

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Riverfront Ballroom B

10:30am PDT

Free Food: Hands-on food programming in the library
Hands-on food programs in the library sound too risky? ImagineIF Libraries has incorporated making and eating food into programs for adults and reaped the rewards of increased engagement and greater community connection. Participate in a food program at the session, and leave ready to try food programming in your library.
1. Understand what goes into planning a fun and safe food program
2. Identify outcomes possible from diverse styles of food programs
3. Feel empowered to try a food program in your library

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Megan Glidden

Senior Librarian, ImagineIF Libraries

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Riverfront Ballroom A

10:30am PDT

Health & Safety for Library Staff
Health and safety is a very important, but often overlooked topic when it comes to library operations. Lethbridge Public Library has spent the past few year re-focusing on health and safety and ensuring management and staff are well informed of all our health and safety policies and procedures.

The session will review what Lethbridge Public Library has done in regards to health and safety and how other libraries can translate that information to their organizations. Topics covered will include:
Evacuation, shelter-in-place and lockdown plans
Crisis response plans
Health and safety policies
Staff co-operation and training
Working with your municipality
Workers compensation responsibilities
Mental Heath in the workplace

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Bonnie Mikalson-Andron

Manager: Business Development, Lethbridge Public Library

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Willow 2

10:30am PDT

Trans Info: The absolute basics on transgender issues in libraries
This session provides introductory information regarding the transgender experience and related issues; serving public library users who are transgender or non-binary; and topics related to library staff who are transgender or non-binary.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn vocabulary/terminology used by this community. This knowledge will help facilitate positive interactions with library users and staff members who are transgender or non-binary. This includes information about the importance of using someone's affirmed name and pronouns.

Attendees will learn about areas of library services where transgender library users may experience challenges, such as signing up for library cards. The presenter will also discuss areas where they may be better served, including collections and programming, as well as about outreach opportunities to this community.

Information will also be provided regarding the experiences of transgender library staff, how their identity influences their experiences within the library, and how to create and foster a more inclusive workplace.

The program will conclude with a brief question and answer session.

1. Improve understanding of transgender people and issues; dispel myths and misconceptions.
2. Build a vocabulary that respects transgender library users and/or staff and increase comfort level when interacting with transgender people in the library or community.
3. Draw attention to areas of library services that can be improved for transgender library users.

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James Parrott

Collection Management Librarian, Lewis & Clark Library
I am the Collection Management Librarian at Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. I started in this position in April 2017. I have an MLIS from Valdosta State University, located in my home state of Georgia.My topics of interest include equity, diversity, and inclusion; underserved... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

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