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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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Session F (Friday) [clear filter]
Friday, August 9

10:30am PDT

A hard look in the mirror: reflecting on the role of the librarian
What do you see as the role of a librarian today? What makes us valuable and unique? What are you doing in your current job that you could STOP doing? Why? What could you start doing? The answers to these and many other questions are the building blocks of the Greater Victoria Public Library's Community-Inspired Service Model and rethinking the role of the librarian in our organization. 

• Participants will learn more about being a Community Inspired Library.
• Participants will evaluate their own service models through a Community Inspired lens.
• Provide attendees with a creative toolkit of ideas and practices that can be taken back to their libraries.  

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Delia Filipescu

Public Services Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library

Fatima Ferreira

Senior Librarian, Greater Victoria Public Library

Jennifer Rowan

Coordinator, Library Services, Greater Victoria Public Library
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Tracy Kendrick

Coordinator Library Services, Greater Victoria Public Library

Friday August 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Riverfront Ballroom B

10:30am PDT

Active Shooter Survival Training
With the prevalence of mass shooting events in the U.S., it’s essential to know how to respond appropriately to these deadly situations.  In this presentation, participants will learn how to recognize the warning signs preceding these attacks.  You’ll become familiar with the dynamic, nationally recognized guidelines that can be applied to any situation or environment to help save lives.  Individuals will understand how to cultivate innate survival skills to master your fear and act quickly and decisively during an emergency.  Participants will also get tips on building community partnerships with first responders to help in preparing for an active shooter emergency. 

•    Recognize pre-attack indicators displayed by a violent person in order to avert an active shooter event.
• Become familiar with nationally recognized active shooter guidelines that can be applied to any situation or environment.
• Better understand how the human body reacts under stress and how to utilize emergency survival skills to react appropriately.
• Build community partnerships with first responders in order to be better prepared for an active shooter emergency.

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Paul Victor Jr.

Librarian & Professor, Eastern Washington University
I'm actively involved in coordinating with emergency first responders to offer safety & security training to our library employees. My goal is for all employees to have the skills they need to deal with difficult situations and stay safe. I’ve researched, published & presented... Read More →

Friday August 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Willow 1

10:30am PDT

Everyday Data
In this workshop, we’ll explore the data that surrounds us and permeates our lives. We’ll complete a creative exercise to capture a “data snapshot” and talk about the discoveries prompted by this type of noticing, which is new to many. We’ll then talk about how data visualization can be used to explore and find patterns in more formal data, and do a brief exploratory project using library survey comments. 

Bring colored pens and pencils if you have them, and be ready for some fun learning! 

After this workshop, students will be able to:
1. Articulate what data is, how it surrounds us, and why it is important;
2. Use visualization techniques to explore relationships and patterns in a data set;
3. Apply best practices for data visualization to other collections of data in formal and informal settings.

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Ellie Dworak

Information Design & Data Visualization Librarian, Boise State University
Ellie is super excited about data visualization, library assessment, and color palettes. She also loves typography, hand lettering, barre fitness, Neil Gaiman, and tending her garden. She lives in Boise Idaho with her husband, three dogs, and a small flock of homing pigeons.

Friday August 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Willow 2

10:30am PDT

No More Silos: Implementing Self-Management to Fully Empower Staff
When challenged to create an organizational chart for your library that was patron-focused, it is unlikely we would come up with the cumbersome, siloed
org charts we now have. The Hillsboro (OR) Public Library did away with traditional departments, replacing Circulation, Reference, and Technical Services
with four quadrants that speak to the experiences we want patrons to have. How did we do it? By learning from the self-management, or holacracy,
movement, and implementing a new structure that prioritized supporting staff expertise, allowed for significant cross-training, and empowered staff to
manage their own time and participate more fully in organizational projects.

1. Upon completion, participants will understand the principles behind holacracy and self-management.
2. Upon completion, participants will have developed a clear action plan for implementing potential organizational changes in their own libraries.
3. Upon completion, participants will have obtained a set of resources from outside of the library world to assist in structural organizational change.

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Stephanie Chase

Director, Hillsboro Public Library
Stephanie Chase is Director of the Hillsboro (OR) Public Library. Prior to Hillsboro, Stephanie coordinated service strategies to libraries for BiblioCommons and was the Director of Library Programs and Services for The Seattle Public Library. Stephanie is the founder of the Green... Read More →
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Hillary Ostlund

Library Manager -- Cultivate!, Hillsboro Public Library
Hillary works at the bustling Hillsboro Public Library where she works hard on matching people's strengths to positions in library service, staff training and development, and employee culture. Hiring has become her middle name :-)

Friday August 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Riverfront Ballroom A

10:30am PDT

Reading the Region 2018-2019: Award Books from the Pacific Northwest
In this age of distraction, reading a good book remains one of the best ways to focus. This program will help you discover the best reads of our beautiful region. Join members of the PNLA Board and others for a rapid round of book talks featuring award winning titles for 2018-2019 from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Books for all ages and interests will be previewed and displayed. Award programs and reading initiatives from throughout the region will be highlighted. Come away with new recommendations for your collection and some great advice for your diverse readers.  

1. Knowledge of award programs in our region. 2. Specific knowledge of the best titles for the year published in our member states and provinces. 3. Interaction with PNLA board members who do the book talks and better understanding of our region in general. 


Janelle (Jan) M Zauha

Humanities & Outreach Librarian, Montana State University

Friday August 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

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