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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Session E (Thursday) [clear filter]
Thursday, August 8

4:30pm PDT

Becoming the Village - A community inspired approach to partnering with Indigenous communities.
This presentation looks at Greater Victoria Public Library’s journey, or better said, the start of the journey to becoming a methaforical village - a safe, respectul, informed and caring space, conducive to meanigful collaboration and community building.  GVPL approaches library services from a community inspired model, and partnering with Victoria Native Friendship Centre was a crucial step in connecting with local Indigenous communities. To advance the process of reconciliation, in the last two years, Greater Victoria Public Library engaged in a series of new initiatives related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, including collection development,  territorial acknowledgement , community engagement and programming, as well as staff professional development.
This presentation will showcase some of GVPL innovative ways of engaging with Indigenous communities, such as “Reconciliation: Opening the Door to Conversations”, a special four part speaker series created in partnership with Victoria Native Friendship Centre, this conference session will mostly focus on the cultural learning and significant impacts these programs and events had on GVPL patrons, staff and work environment.

How will delegates benefit from this session?
• Concrete examples of how Indigenous cultural learning impact staff personally and professionally
• Best practices and strategies to connect with local Indigenous communities and work together towards reconciliation
• Since we plan an interactive session, based on experiential learning, this session will open a door to an honest discussion about the challenges and the rewards of connecting with Indigenous communities


Fatima Ferreira

Senior Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library
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Delia Filipescu

Public Services Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT

4:30pm PDT

Framework-Friendly Assessment: Learning How Students Construct Authority
While the transition from the Standards to the Framework has had an exciting impact on instruction and practice in colleges and universities, the development of the dispositions and knowledge practices described by the Framework is more challenging to assess. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to employ a Framework-friendly assessment tool that directly addresses the concept that “Authority is Constructed and Contextual” by analyzing sources using a taxonomy composed of three interrelated facets. The presenters will begin by demonstrating the tool’s potential power, briefly sharing data from a new, multi-site study that utilizes this taxonomy, and that builds on an initial pilot study, the results of which have been accepted for publication in the April 2019 issue of College & Research Libraries.  The presentation will then address how participants can employ the taxonomy at their own institution -- the workshop is conducted using a "gradual release of responsibility" pedagogical approach that models the use of the taxonomy and subsequently guides participants until they are able to employ it themselves, independently and confidently.  Ultimately, participants will leave the workshop ready to return to their own institutions and make use of a tool designed for engaging in internal library assessment to improve understanding of student work, for creating opportunities for more thoughtful engagement with faculty, and for improving their instructional practices so that students are equipped to evaluate 21st century sources. 

1) Participants will be able to articulate what insights into student research are possible with the use of the faceted taxonomy.  2) Participants will be able to accurately classify unfamiliar source materials using the faceted taxonomy.  3) Participants will be able to articulate at least one potential application for the faceted taxonomy at their current institution. 


Mary Thill

Northeastern Illinois University
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Master of Library Science Program, MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University
The M.L.S. program at MTSU consists of 36 credits, with all courses online except for two field experiences to help produce practice-ready librarians. Each course is tailored to individual student interest, and students are allowed to propose alternative electives in other disciplines... Read More →

James Rosenzweig

Education Librarian, Eastern Washington University

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Willow 1

4:30pm PDT

Rewriting Harry Potter: Creating Intergenerational Magic
JK Rowling’s expansion of the known wizarding world in the United States via the Pottermore website created considerable excitement, but also sparked controversy regarding the misrepresentation and appropriation of Native American cultures. By way of response, we invited our community to help build an #OwnVoices narrative. By contributing their personal traditions and experiences, each program participant helped establish an authentic and respectful community ‘fanon’ (fanfiction that is perpetuated as though canon). An integral part of the process was creating volunteer opportunities tailored to each individual’s interests, skills, and drive. Our goal was to provide a meaningful experience that was rewarding for both the volunteer and the library. The result was a ‘partnership’ between Ilvermorny (the American Hogwarts) and eight libraries. WAMPUS (Wizarding Accreditation of Magic Proficiency for the Unconventionally Schooled—the wizarding equivalent of a GED) and middle and high school students could register to attend ‘classes,’ many of which were intergenerational, over a three-month semester. We will share a bit of the magic (for example, the 6’ animatronic sorting statues and the tesla coil used for wand matching), important lessons we learned, and ways you might use or adapt the program for your own library. We will also share how this program is evolving into a social advocacy focused Harry Potter club as well as a ‘tech-quity’ program series intended to give girls (especially of non-dominant community groups) firsthand experience in a variety of STEM careers. 

1)    To give an example of a series that integrated connected learning, intergenerational and patron driven programming to meaningfully engage our community, then discuss ways to adapt these programs for any size library. To provide examples of and discuss how to reframe standing programs to draw in new audiences.
2) To explain how we redesigned our volunteer program around the talents and interests of community members instead of around set tasks. To discuss how this restructuring strengthened our connections not just to teens, but also to their families. Additionally, to examine how restructuring diversified our volunteer force so that it better reflects our communities demographics.
3) To demonstrate the magic by recreating the sorting and wand matching experience, then revealing the community engagement opportunities behind everything. To discuss how ‘house points’ became intrinsic motivation for participation and how that can be replicated or adapted.

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Elenya Herring

enherring@kcls.org, King County Library System
I've been a teen services librarian for 6 years and specialize in unconventional intergenerational and connected learning programming with a focus on engaging marginalized youth and their communities. This has included organizing Meow Fest, an internet cat video festival that brings... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Riverfront Ballroom B

4:30pm PDT

The domino effect: how migration to Alma lead to organizational change
 In December 2016 Montana State University Library migrated to Ex Libris’ Alma unified resource management system.  In the first year using the system, as new workflows were identified, opportunities to streamline processes arose. As a result, in July 2018 the Collection Development (CD) and Resource Description & Metadata Services (RDMS) departments were merged into a single department, Collection Access and Technical Services (CATS).  The formation of this new department has in turn led to physical changes to the technical services area at MSU Library.  The presenter will address the workflow changes, the process of merging the departments, and describe the physical changes currently underway. 

1.) Share how workflows were affected by the migration to the new library management system, 2.) Share how the decision to merge departments was reached, and 3.) Address the physical changes resulting from the merger.  


Amy Foster

Head of Collection Access and Technical Services, Montana State University Library

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Willow 2

4:30pm PDT

Three practical ways to improve every meeting, forever!
Most of us dread having to attend meetings just for the sake of meeting.  There’s nothing worse than sitting around a table (or webcam) with folks consulting a vague agenda, where outcomes are not clear, decisions are not followed through on, and nothing gets communicated back to stakeholders.  This combination can be toxic to overall morale.  In this session University of Alaska Southeast’s Library Dean Elise Tomlinson will share some free online tools and practical steps she has developed to significantly improve the outcomes of departmental meetings.  This includes how to collaborate on agendas, remove the need for someone to take “minutes”, provide a way to increase accountability and close the loop on action items, and still get minutes out to stakeholders by the end of the meeting.  Dean Tomlinson uses humor and lessons learned from 10 years of running meetings (the good, bad, and the ugly), to show how anyone can improve their process with a few quick and easy changes. 

Attendees will learn how to:
1. Set up collaborative agendas where everyone gets a chance to be heard while eliminating the need for a designated note taker.
2. Increase the accountability of team members and prevent action items from falling through the cracks.
3. Improve timely communication to stakeholders including marketing the hard work of library staff and faculty.

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Elise Tomlinson

Library Dean, University of Alaska Southeast
Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 30 years. She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, in 2006, and became the Regional... Read More →

Thursday August 8, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Riverfront Ballroom A

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