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PNLA 2019 Conference

Centennial Hotel - Spokane, Washington

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

4:00pm PDT

Connecting the dots, disciplines & critical thinking
Disciplinary Learning Communities can learn a lot about the library through a workshop on critical thinking in their discipline. Starting with the appropriate infographic (focusing on prototypes for engineering, for example), librarians can help students brainstorm about critical thinking in their major, in their academic planning for four years, and then lead students to brainstorm about how their discipline would think through researching a problem. In the end, students think about thinking, but are introduced to the disciplinary resources that will serve them in their college and professional career. Critical thinking skills are highly regarded by future employers, sadly lacking in many of students, and appealing to the leaders of learning communities, more so than another library session might seem. Critical thinking demands engagement, and students working in small groups make connections while they reckon on how their specific field thinks through researching a problem. Librarians walk away knowing they helped students with metacognition while helping them understand they have a disciplinary database, specific reference tools, writing style guides, and librarians who want to intentionally connect their disciplinary needs to the tools in the library that will serve them.  

Understand importance of critical thinking from employers' perspective.
Increase awareness of students' (lack of) critical thinking skills, as is evidenced in the research.
See one possible model of connecting critical thinking to academic planning and disciplinary library research.

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Kellian Clink

Librarian, Minnesota State University, Mankato
I am passionate about student success. I have done library instruction for 32 years. My liaison work is with social work, sociology, anthropology and psychology. Off hours, I hike (England every year, this year Dorset), kayak, and read a book every day.

Friday August 9, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... drone?
An introduction to flying robots! This session will get participants acquainted with drones & UAVs. You'll get up to speed on what they are, how they work, and what they can be used for. We'll learn a little about selecting good drones for libraries, with special attention given to durability and cost. You'll get an overview (pun intended) of flight basics, laws, and safety. We will then look at developing programs for all ages, including best practices, lessons learned, and ideas for community partnerships.

Participants will leave the session with an understanding of drone fundamentals, develop criteria for choosing drones for library programs, and be prepared to design drone programs at their home library.

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Tyler McLane

Librarian, Coeur d'Alene Public library

Friday August 9, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Riverfront Ballroom A

4:00pm PDT

Podcasts Get Lit
Two KCLS librarians share about the experience of starting a new podcast from the ground up- with tips on tech tools, writing for audio, interview techniques, marketing and more. Get inspired to start your own podcast and reach new audiences that already love stories and listening. Learn why data says now is the time to launch your library podcast,  the basic tools you need to get started on budget, and ideas for making compelling content that patrons will love.

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Emily Calkins

Readers Services Program Coordinator, King County Library System Panelist
Emily is the Readers' Services Program Coordinator for the King County Library System, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She is also the co-host of the library’s podcast, The Desk Set. Emily has presented at Emerald City Comicon... Read More →
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Britta Barrett

Librarian, King County Library System
Britta Barrett is a voracious reader and a librarian at the King County Library System. She has previously worked in the curatorial department of the Museum of Popular Culture, the small press graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics, and as a music journalist. When she’s not reading... Read More →

Friday August 9, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Riverfront Ballroom B

4:00pm PDT

Supporting Student Success: Library Access for All Students
FVRLibaries service area includes 23 different school districts with nearly 80,000 students with uneven access to the public library and a diverse array of support to school media centers. Connecting our students to FVRL resources in a convenient, streamlined way became one of the ways we seek to support student success. To facilitate easier access for students to library resources and build stronger relationships with our schools, we are working to provide digital library access to all students using their student ID numbers through our ConnectFVRL program. Join us for an engaging session on why we have taken this challenge on and how we are approaching the initiative.  We will share the successes and challenges we’ve encountered so far, and will provide you with some of the tools and basic steps to take in order to replicate this program at your library.

Participants will:  Understand benefits to conducting this type in their community.  Become familiar with logistical and practical considerations for working with teachers, school administration, library colleagues and internal stakeholders.


Justin Keeler

Outreach/Partnerships Director, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

Friday August 9, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Willow 1

4:00pm PDT

Tough Topics Story Times
To improve community health, we cannot be afraid to have difficult conversations, even with our earliest learners. One of the best ways to introduce children ages 4-11 to a tough topic is through books before the difficult situation has occurred.
Tough topics story times use picture books to gently explore themes of death and grief, mental health, and divorce. These story times can be held as special events or be incorporated into your existing story times. Learn the developmental stages of child grief and the research behind exploring tough topics through books. We will discuss ways to acknowledge Children’s Grief Awareness Day and how to create hands-on activities to assist children in working through difficult subject matter. Resources on community partnerships that can provide emotional support to families will be included, as will booklists on each tough topic. 

1.    Participants will learn the ages and developmental stages of child grief.
2. Participants will understand the importance of social emotional learning for preschool and elementary aged learners.
3.    Participants will be equipped to discuss difficult topics with families in a story time setting, connect families to community resources, and to advocate for tough topics programming in their library. 

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Mandi Harris

Youth Services Librarian, Coeur d'Alene Public Library

Friday August 9, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Willow 2

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