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Empathic design, often referred to as empathetic design, takes a user-centered approach with empathy and compassion towards your user. Through observation and listening, empathic design calls libraries to analyze and apply what users need with empathy and purpose. Through visualization and creativity, you will develop knowledge and skills to identify critical needs of your library. Counter to individualistic ideals and gratifications, you will learn the importance of seeing the library through the eyes of others with compassion and grace, putting aside preconceived notions to establish a library that seeks solutions to the problems of the people they serve. 
 
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn empathy skills and translate it to empathic design.
  • Find deeper meaning to people’s needs through observation and motivations.
  • Discover and identify behavior to influence problems and solutions.
  • Develop creativity and practical application in empathic design.
Presenter:

Jennifer Blair is the Head of User Services and Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University. Her role is dedicated to the user experience, including marketing the library, and teaching. She has extensive experience teaching online courses in design and computer literacy. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Graphic Design, a M.A in Education with an emphasis in Educational Multimedia, and a M.S. in Library and Information Studies. Her experience in academic and public libraries as well as work experience in art and design allow her to employ visionary strategies to enrich progress and enhance advancement for students.
 

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7/10/20242:30pm to 3:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Whether you’re a newly minted library staffer responsible for the budget for Summer Reading, a Director concerned with making the most of your budget, or have budgeting responsibilities somewhere in between, budgeting can be intimidating. Join Wendy Bartlett, Collection Development & Acquisitions Manager for Cuyahoga County Public Library, and learn basic budgeting do’s and don’ts, how to be ready for unexpected decreases in funding, how to cope if you mess up, and how to educate yourself about the bigger budgeting picture. You’ll leave with practical ideas (and tools!) that will make working with the budget a pleasure rather than a chore.

Learning Objectives:
  • Basic budgeting do’s and don’ts
  • Prepare for the unexpected
  • How to handle a mistake
  • Understanding the bigger budgeting  picture 

Presenter:

Wendy Bartlett serves as the Collection Development & Acquisitions Manager for Cuyahoga County Public Library, a position she has held since 2009. Before that, Wendy was the branch manager for the Beachwood Branch of CCPL, and before that, the Assistant Director of the Kent Free Library. Wendy was the Regional Manager of the Cleveland-Pittsburgh Borders stories before joining the library world. She also served as a Councilperson for the Village of Lodi, her hometown in her twenties, where she first learned about budgeting for government agencies.

 

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7/17/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) offer staff a way to connect with other staff members across their organization that share similar identities, backgrounds, or life experiences. Not only can ERGs provide support and resources to their members, they can serve as a collective voice to communicate changes or areas that need additional support within the organization. This webinar will discuss building an ERG that aligns with the goals of the organization and supports staff both in the group and in the organization.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • How to differentiate between affinity groups and employee resource groups and determine what works best for your organization.
  • How to build an ERG that aligns with the goals of the organization and supports staff both in the group and in the organization.
  • Discuss how to keep the momentum going and encourage engagement with the groups.

Presenter:

Kristy Lorenz is an Information Services Specialist with Columbus Metropolitan Library at the new Reynoldsburg location. She has been with the organization since 2016, primarily working in Public Services. In 2021, Kristy accepted a temporary assignment with the Marketing & Communications team in preparation for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Sesquicentennial. In this capacity, Kristy orchestrated a series of large-scale events and campaigns, enhancing the library's engagement across its main hub and 22 branches. In 2020, Columbus Metropolitan Library began creating the infrastructure for employee resource groups to further the organization’s DEI goals. Kristy was one of the founding members for the employee resource group initiative and served as one of the first leaders of the Working Caregivers group.

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7/18/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


All libraries are filled with stories, and we're not just talking books. In this presentation, we will look at organic ways to grow your digital communities on all the common social media platforms. We'll look at strategies that amplify your social media presence and show you free tools that you can use to create standout content. Whether social media is your main job, or something you're just trying out, this presentation gives you the tools to make your life easier.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what social media channels are right for you + what types of content you should post
  • Takeaway several strategies that can help you grow your channels organically
  • Gain knowledge of free tools that exist that can streamline your content creation
Presenter:

Connor Dunwoodie is an Emmy-winning storyteller, and the founder of Chronicle Creative, a video production and digital content studio based in Columbus, OH. Connor has spent the better part of a decade in the digital storytelling business.
 

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7/24/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Everyone says “we offer good customer service to our patrons,” but there is often a gap between saying and doing. The Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) has developed a customer service plan based on action statements meant to empower staff in service consistency, putting our words into action. Join SRLS staff as they discuss the creation of the Patron Experience Toolkit, a resource designed to support staff in developing their skills to serve a diverse community.

Presenter:

Rebecca Camp  has been working in Public Libraries for 12 years, and is currently serving as the Patron Experience Manager for the Sequoyah Regional Library System.

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7/31/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Do you work as a solo archivist in a public library, historical society, small college or government setting? Join your colleagues as we discuss how to juggle your priorities while preserving and providing access to your collections. Participants should be prepared to share examples of challenges and successes in their work and should have basic knowledge of archival concepts.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn how to manage their resources
  • Participants will learn how to leverage their collections
  • Participants will learn how to tackle digital preservation
Presenter:

Christina Zamon serves as Head of Special Collections & Archives at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 20 years of experience in the field, she is an active member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, Archives Management Section and College and University Archives Section of SAA, and the immediate past president of the Society of Georgia Archivists. In addition to her experience as Head of Special Collections & Archives, Zamon previously worked as Head of Archives and Special Collections at Emerson College, Archivist at the National Press Club, rare books acquisitionist at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a clean-up cataloger for the Frick Art Reference Library. She has published two books on the topic of being a solo archivist, The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository (2012) and Alone in the Stacks: Succeeding as a Solo Archivist (2024).

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8/6/202410:00am to 11:30amMelissa Lattanzi


The LGBTQ+ 101 training is designed to create a more inclusive and understanding workplace environment by providing participants with foundational knowledge and skills related to the LGBTQ+ community. This session will also incorporate intergenerational aspects of work, identity, and communication. This training aims to foster empathy, respect, and inclusivity towards individuals of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding LGBTQ+ Terminology: Participants will familiarize themselves with key terms and concepts related to sexual orientation and gender identity, including but not limited to LGBTQ+, transgender, non-binary, and cisgender.
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces: Participants will learn practical ways to create inclusive and welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ colleagues, clients, and customers, including language usage, policies, and organizational culture.
  • Enhancing Communication and Engagement Across Generations
Presenters:

Amanda Cole joined Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce as the first Executive Director in March of 2019. Her work in the non-profit sector began while a student at Antioch College during her first co-op directing an AmeriCorps program serving at-risk youth living in vulnerable communities. Since then she has been a servant leader and community activist. Amanda attended Wright State University where she pursued studies in non-profit management. After graduating she began a successful career in fundraising and development and returned to her alma mater, Antioch College, to run the annual fund and alumni relations departments. Her move to NEO was spurred by a wonderful opportunity to join the Museum of Contemporary Art leading the development department. Additionally, her community involvement and training includes leadership and change facilitation through Points of Light Youth Leadership, People’s Institute for Undoing Racism, and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. 
An avid reader and consumer of podcasts, Amanda has been most inspired by Encyclopedia Brown to choose her own adventure. 

Dr. Jennifer E. Bosco (she/her) brings 20+ years of expertise in areas of business development, workplace culture, and inclusive practices. Jennifer serves as the founding Inclusion Hub Director for Plexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce for Northeast Ohio. Jennifer is also the founder of Bosco Consulting, a firm that guides businesses and organizations to align their vision and goals with a highly diverse, productive, and inclusive workplace. Her community actions include serving on the Board of Directors for Talespinner Children’s Theatre and as a member of an advocacy advising group for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. She earned her doctorate in international and multicultural education with a concentration in human rights from University of San Francisco where her research focused on antiracism activism and the intersectionality of race and gender.
 

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8/7/202410:00am to 11:00amJeff Laser


This interactive presentation will foster library staff confidence in engaging with community youth by addressing common challenges faced in the workplace. It will also cover best practices through the lens of mental health and social justice.

Learning objectives:
  • At the end of this session, participants will be able to collaborate effectively as part of a professional team to more confidently engage with youth patrons.  
  • At the end of this session, participants will be able to better analyze their system’s code of conduct and how it addresses behavior with a social justice lens.
  • At the end of this session, participants will be able to engage responsibly and sensitively when mental health issues arise.
Presenters:

Maggie Gall-Maynard (she/her/hers) has a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and a MLIS, with a focus in youth librarianship, from Kent State University in Kent, OH. Maggie has served youth patrons in public libraries in Columbus, OH, Syracuse, NY, West Carrollton, OH and is currently a School Library Media Specialist at Tippecanoe Middle School in Tipp City, OH. She is also certified with Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and hiking with her husband, David, and daughter, Aspasia. Email: mgallmaynard@tippcity.k12.oh.us Instagram: MrsMaggieLovesBooks



Amanda Feuerstein (she/her/hers) has a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Amanda taught Spanish at a college level for four years and then high school Spanish for seven years. Post-pandemic she made the switch to being an Information Services Assistant at Dayton Metro Library’s West Carrollton Branch in West Carrollton, OH. She is currently studying for her MLIS at IUPUI.
 

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8/15/20242:00pm to 3:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with your peers. This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder an hour before the meeting. We hope you will join us. 

Email topics ahead of time to Jeff Laser.

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8/20/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


This presentation aims to provide library workers with practical strategies and tools for developing outreach and in-library programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Participants will walk away with practical ideas for engaging with their community and concrete suggestions for successful and rewarding programming for adults with IDD.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will recognize the value and rewards inherent in providing services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Participants will learn concrete first steps for implementing programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Participants will learn details for at least three programming models to use with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Presenter:

Rebecca Wolfe
is the manager of the Grabill branch of the Allen County Public Library in Indiana. She worked for twenty years as manager of a large suburban branch of ACPL before moving in 2022 to the beautiful Grabill branch, which is a rural branch with its own hitching post for equine visitors. For the past decade, Rebecca has focused on programming for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This work led to recognition as one of Library Journal's 2024 "Mover & Shakers."

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8/21/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


We've been circulating Roku devices to our patrons since 2015. It's a way for them to experience streaming video without the investment and confusion and offer access to programs we can't offer or purchase in other ways. Discover how we made this streaming world accessible and what lessons we learned along the way. Be ready to experiment and enhance your existing physical and downloadable offerings.
 
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand how Rokus (and similar appliances) and streaming services work for consumers
  • Understand how you can provide access to these for your community
  • How to make sense with and keep up with the world of streaming to continuously improve offerings.
Presenter:

Gerry Vogel, Avon Lake Public Library 
Gerry has been assistant director of Avon Lake Public Library since 2006. Gerry and his family stopped using cable shortly after getting their first Roku in 2015.
 

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8/27/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Sustainability is one of the nine core values in librarianship. This webinar, which will focus specifically on the environmental aspect of sustainability, is geared towards all library staff that are interested in bolstering their library and community against the effects of climate change. It will highlight examples of how librarians can increase their library’s environmental capital through practices, collections, spaces, programs, and strategic plans.
 
Learning objectives
  • Participants will learn what environmental sustainability means in the context of librarianship.
  • Participants will understand why environmental stewardship is necessary and important for libraries.
  • Participants will gain strategies to increase the environmental capital at their library by applying the obtainable examples given in the webinar.
Presenter:

Emily Lindberg is a Youth Services Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library and earned her MLIS from Valdosta State University with a specialization in youth services. In 2021 she was certified as a cycling instructor from the League of American Bicyclists, which she uses to educate people who bike and drive how to share the road safely and legally.  Emily recently worked alongside city planners to develop an active transportation plan for Lakewood, Ohio.  She continues to work as an advocate for pedestrians and bicyclists by implementing programs aimed at giving residents the information, skills, and practical experience they need to take advantage of existing and future active transportation infrastructure.
 

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8/28/20242:00pm to 3:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


In our roles as supervisors and leaders, the importance of self-care is often acknowledged but frequently overlooked. Our attention is dedicated to managing our organizations, supporting our employees, and achieving our objectives. Neglecting personal well-being can detrimentally impact our teams, whereas embracing a regimen of healthy self-care can significantly enhance our effectiveness and that of our employees. Recognizing the importance of self-care is a key characteristic of effective leaders. This session will guide you in identifying when to shift your focus inward and provide essential insights into the questions to ask to begin prioritizing self-care. 
 
Presenter: 
Ragan Snead, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Library System


 

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9/4/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Here is your opportunity to talk book discussion.  Here from your peers on what works what doesn't.  Bring your challenges and share books for book discussion.  Please send Jane Carle any items you would like to discuss.

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9/4/20242:00pm to 3:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Neurodiversity is a concept that encompasses autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette’s, dementia, mental health conditions, dyspraxia and other intellectual disabilities. This umbrella term is more commonly used by organizations and individuals to help define who they are and what they care about. As the neurodiversity movement grows, you may find more individuals using those labels and concepts in your library. This webinar will help participants learn more about neurodiversity and how to serve their community.

Learning Objectives:
  • What is neurodiversity?
  • The neurodiversity movement
  • Online connections with neurodiversity
    • Misinformation and mental health online
  • Communication
    • People first versus identity first language
Presenter:

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead worked in libraries for nearly a decade and now consults and trains librarians. She regularly researches and writes for librarians, educators and parents. Carrie has published 5 books, with two coming out in 2022 including a new book co-authored with two school librarians with ABC-CLIO: Advocating Digital Citizenship: Resources for Library and Classroom. In 2021 she received an Outstanding Reference Title award from the Reference & User Services Association of ALA. Carrie is the founder of Digital Respons-Ability, a mission-based company that has educated tens of thousands of students, parents and educators in digital citizenship. Her company’s curriculum and work can be found in multiple states and countries. Carrie is a sought after trainer, former TEDx speaker, adjunct instructor and loves to teach others.
 

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9/5/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Take this opportunity to share your successes and challenges via a roundtable discussion. You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us Please send topics you would like discussed to Jeff Laser.
 

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9/5/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with your peers.  This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your email when you register and 1 hour before the meeting.  We hope you will join us.  Please send agenda items/questions to Yvette Wasko.

 

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9/6/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


EBSCO online services supply a great wealth of information and services to aid in many day-to-day events for library patrons across Ohio.
 
EBSCO products are available in all public libraries in the entire state offering all citizens 24/7 access to numerous popular periodicals (Ex: Consumer Reports, People, Atlantic, Time, Sports Illustrated), homework assistance and very helpful information including Small Business Start-ups to Hobbies and Crafts Ideas and Projects.
 
David Lubin will present a thorough update on all these products, including recent product enhancements to provide a general overview to ensure that libraries use these valuable products to their full potential.  These products have recent upgraded features such as providing audio, translator options, improved PDF viewer mechanisms and the ability to set up access on mobile devices.  
 
Learning Objectives: 
  • The Scope and content of the resources available.
  • The Various interfaces available to search these products.
  • How to do detailed and specific searches either by topic or to look within particular publications.
 
Presenter:
 
David Lubin is the Regional Sales Manager for EBSCO Publishing specializing in the K - 12 and Public Library Markets. David has consulted in the North American library market on Media and Electronic Resources for over 20 years.  David has lived in Northeast Ohio for the past 5 years and served the state in this role during that period.
 

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9/10/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Step into the future of library work with our foundational workshop, "AI is Here, Now What Do I Do as a Library Worker?" Designed specifically for library professionals, this beginner’s guide will equip you with the knowledge and skills to seamlessly integrate AI into your everyday workflows. Join us for this engaging and informative workshop and take the first step towards becoming proficient in using AI to revolutionize your work in the library. No prior experience with AI is required—just a curiosity and readiness to embrace the future of library services!

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand Generative AI and Overall AI:
    • Gain a clear understanding of what generative AI is and how it fits within the broader context of artificial intelligence.
  2. Explore Future Applications of AI in Libraries:
    • Discover the potential ways AI can transform library services and operations.
  3. Integrate AI into Everyday Individual Workflows:
    • Learn practical methods to incorporate AI tools into your daily tasks.
    • See real-life examples of how AI can streamline routine processes, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of service provided to library patrons
Presenter: Arnessa Dowell

With more than two decades of award-winning experience in the library field, Arnessa Dowell has worn many hats, starting as a Page and eventually taking on the role of Library Director in four different institutions working at academic, public, and federal government libraries. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University with a focus in academic librarianship and special collections. Additionally, she earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Alabama with a concentration of Executive Leadership. Ms. Dowell is a passionate advocate for blending strategic planning with AI to expeditiously achieve the desired outcomes. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Dowell has focused on using libraries as dynamic platforms for fostering community engagement, promoting inclusivity, and raising the bar for customer service. Her signature approach involves crafting strategic frameworks that not only adapt to the changing landscape of library services but also position libraries as innovative hubs.

In the ever-evolving library landscape, Ms. Dowell wants to stay at the forefront of driving meaningful change. Her unwavering commitment revolves around solidifying libraries as integral community pillars, powered by the integration of AI technologies and thoughtful strategic planning.
 

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9/11/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Conducting a book talk for teens and middle school students requires engaging presentation techniques, relevant book choices, and ways to capture their interest. 

Learning Objectives:
  • The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of book talking in schools: what works best and what doesn’t
  • Understand the basic components of a book talk presentation
  • How to find the most appealing titles for middle graders and high school students

Presenter:

Mel Vavra is the Teen Librarian at Brunswick branch of the Medina County District Library System. She has been making the public library memorable for teens since 2015.   


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9/12/20242:00pm to 3:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


You've successfully determined your patron's information need... now what? This webinar will provide strategies and techniques that library staff can put into practice to get the most out of the resources to which all libraries in Ohio have access, including databases, websites, online archives, and more. The presentation will also take a fresh look at some familiar information resources and will suggest ways to utilize them in innovative ways.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a working knowledge of a variety of information sources.
  • Learn practical searching skills to apply within any information-searching environment.
  • Identify novel uses for established information resources.
Presenter:

Don Boozer is Manager of the Literature Department and Homebound Services at Cleveland Public Library as well as Coordinator of the Ohio Center for the Book, the Buckeye State's affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. He is also an adjunct instructor at Kent State University's School of Information where he teaches the reference service and

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9/18/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


Public Speaking can be an intimidating experience for most people. However, when we choose to see Public Speaking with an “overcomer mindset,” visualizing what we can do, we emerge as empowered and confident communicators. This workshop will focus on creating dynamic presentations from start to finish with an organized plan. Special topics such as dealing with nervousness, presenting with a confident vocal quality and learning how to capture the audience’s attention will be addressed.  
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Adopt effective strategies for dealing with nervousness
  • Engage the audience’s attention with your voice
  • Choose words to capture the audience’s attention
  • Create speaking notes to effectively communicate your message confidently
Presenter:

Marilee Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP is certified and licensed Speech Pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy where she sees children and adults. She is also a professional speaker and been presenting for over 24 years. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College where she teaches Public Speaking. Currently, she speaks for corporations, in healthcare and for other organizations on effective communication, Public Speaking and motivational topics.  As a kid who stuttered, she couldn’t imagine being a speaker or a Speech Pathologist! In her presentations, she shares a message of discovering an “overcomer mindset” and being able to do things you never thought were possible! 
 

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9/19/20249:30am to 3:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Faced with dismal reading scores and school readiness in Charleston County (SC) K-8 students, Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) created new Storytime standards prioritizing early literacy, raising awareness on school readiness, and leveraging staff expertise to address community needs. Through intentional Storytime practices and collaboration with Charleston County School District, CCPL is challenging post-COVID bridges and barriers to school readiness. Participants will learn what CCPL does and how to adapt our framework for your community.

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the importance of intentionally sharing early literacy information with parents/caregivers.
  •  Gauge the changing landscape of storytime needs in a post-COVID world.
  • Identify methods for partnering with your school district to help children on their journey to school readiness.
  • Learn how to establish and implement Storytime standards at your own library.
Presenters:

Cassie Welch (she/her) is the Children’s System Coordinator at Charleston County Public Library (SC). She has a B.A. in Elementary Education (K-6), an Early Childhood Certification (PK-3), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science. She has over a decade of experience in education and libraries working with young children and the adults who care for them. She believes in the necessity of diverse children's literature and the importance of helping parents, caregivers, and educators develop a child's early literacy and early years skills.


 
Kristin Hare is a Children’s Services Manager at Charleston County Public Library where she has become a leader in EDI work, serving on CCPL’s Strategic Vision Planning Committee, EDI Committee, and Children’s Annual Booklist Committee, as well as serving as the Chair of the South Carolina Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table. She holds a B.A. in English and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

 

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9/24/202410:00am to 11:00amJeff Laser


Back to the Book XXIII will begin the morning with how to read a book in 5 minutes and introduce guided reading focusing on the historical fiction genre.  In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to bring one of your favorite books to share at your table.  This will be followed by a session on merchandising and we will end the day with author Amanda Flower.  You won't want to miss Back to the Book XXIII.
 
RA Toolbox: “Read” a Book in Five Minutes 
The book industry is lit! Since the invention of the printing press in 1440, there have been an estimated 159,564,880 books put out into the world (Google did a count in 2010 of 129,864,880 books and UNESCO estimates there are 2.2 million books published each year since). Patrons rightly look to library staff for help selecting their next books from the billions from which to choose. Sadly, “read all day” is not in our job description, so how are library staff supposed to keep up with an ever-changing literary landscape? This interactive session will provide practical knowledge and free resources that would enable staff to “read” a book in five minutes so they can better assist in reader’s advisory and stay abreast of the publishing industry. 
 
Guided Genre Reading Round Table (GGRRT): Introduction to Historical Fiction 
Modeled off the Chicago-area Adult Reading Round Table, the Guided Genre Reading Round Table (GGRRT) will lead library staff through an in-depth genre study. Over the course of a year, we will explore historical fiction, with a specific focus on the biographical, fantasy, literary, mystery, and romance subgenres. This first session will provide a general overview and identify popular tropes and genre trends. A reading list will be supplied; while it is not required, it is recommended to read through some of the titles. The GGRRT is dedicated to the development of readers’ advisory skills and the promotion of reading for pleasure. 

Presenters:


Ris Labib, a librarian in the Business, Government, & Science division at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, believes in the power of a good book. She has been talking with others about books -- in a professional and personal capacity -- since middle school and was even on NPR! Her favorite genre is dark fantasy. 





Amber Salmon has 20 years of experience in public libraries and is currently a librarian in the Business, Government, and Science Division at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. She is the co-leader of specialty book clubs like: Think & Drink Book Club, Romance Book Club, and Speculative Fiction Book Club. Her favorite genre is historical romance.


Featured Author:  Amanda Flower
Amanda Flower is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author of over fifty mystery novels. Her novels have received starred
reviews from Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Romantic
Times
, and she had been featured in USA Today, First for Women, and Woman’s World. Her first Emily Dickinson Mystery, Because I Could Not Stop for Death, was a Agatha Award winner and Mary Higgins Clark Nominee. She currently writes for Penguin-Random House (Berkley), Kensington, and Sourcebooks. A former librarian, Flower and her husband own a farm and recording studio, and they live in Northeast Ohio with their adorable cats.

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9/26/20249:30am to 4:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


Here is an opportunity to share your successes and challenges with your peers.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email and a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Melissa Lattanzi.
 

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10/1/20241:00pm to 2:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


Have you ever wondered what assistive technology options exist to break down the barrier between library collections and our patrons with visual impairment or blindness? Join this webinar to get an introduction to built-in accessibility features on today's smartphones and see how they can be used to access library apps. We'll go over the basic gestures to get you started as well as tips for navigating. This will include a brief demonstration using the Libby app, but the skills can apply to any accessible digital collection.
 
***Attendees are encouraged to bring a mobile device (and headphones for it if you won't have a space to yourself) to participate in the practice portion of the presentation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand why working with a mobile device's native accessibility features is important to equitable library service.
  • Identify and explain accessibility features native to Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.
  • Borrow and listen to digital audiobooks using only their hands and ears (no vision required).

Presenter:

Alyssa Hanson has been the Web Specialist at the Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) since 2016. Her work has included redesigning, building, and maintaining ICPL’s website as well as leading the front-end design work on ICPL's catalog, app, and other web projects. While not coding, she also works on the Info Desk helping people with technology and reference questions. She is continually looking for ways to improve the usability and accessibility of ICPL and its web presence as well as opportunities to help others learn more about accessibility.
 

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10/2/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with other directors and deputy directors. This meeting will be held via Zoom, which is user-friendly for all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email and a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Jonathan Harris.

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10/2/20243:30pm to 4:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Join us for our ever-popular Day for Public Service! This year we are focusing on psychological safety and building connections in the workplace.

Morning Session:  Psychological Safety
Evidence shows that when teams have psychological safety, they're more willing to acknowledge their own mistakes and figure out how to prevent them from moving forward. They're also more comfortable raising problems and exploring innovative solutions." During this session, we will focus on the "why," "what," and "impact" and create a call to action. 
 
Learning Objectives:
  • How the foundation of a learning culture is psychological safety
  • Being able to take risks without fear of reprisal
Presenters:

Krista L. Allison, J.D. 
Krista L. Allison currently serves as a Program Support Strategist for Stark Education Partnership, Inc., and an Educational Consultant/Coach for the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Ohio Department of Education State Support Team Region 9 in the areas of cradle to career, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework, family and community engagement, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

For over 20 years, Krista has served in leadership roles at the state, county, and school district levels. Mrs. Allison has advised public officials on education regulations, provided training and coaching to education leaders, and created and implemented strategic policies, programs, and systems to address the equitable academic and non-academic needs of all students in Ohio schools.   Mrs. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. She is an Institute for Educational Leadership Policy Fellow, Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellow, and a member of Leadership Stark County’s 35th Class Signature Program.
 
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni, M.Ed., LPC
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni has been at United Way of Greater Stark County since 2013.  She is currently the Vice President of Diversity, Culture, and Engagement. She launched United Way’s Project Blueprint in 2019, a board and committee preparedness program designed to recruit, train, and place ethnically diverse leaders into policy-making roles to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies.  Flo also represents United Way on the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County, which introduced the 15-Day Unity Challenge to the community in August of 2020.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and works as a PRN Counselor at CommQuest’s Detox Unit.  She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, in addition to master’s degrees in both Leadership Studies and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in the social service, mental health, and criminal justice fields for over 30 years.

 

Afternoon Session:  Building Connections in the Library with Effective Communication
Communication is the key to success in the workplace. We have the desire to communicate better but the missing piece is the “know-how.” In this presentation you will get the “know-how” to…. 
  • Express your ideas in a clear and concise format
  • Listen with intent rather than with an agenda
  • Manage communication breakdowns
  • Communicate effectively with difficult people
 When we get the “know-how” we build a connection with others which leads us to become effective and confident communicators!

 
Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire techniques through listening and verbal communication for building connections with co-workers and patrons in the Library
  • Implement strategies for managing communication breakdowns     
Presenter:

Marilee Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP is a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy where she sees children and adults. She is also a professional speaker and has been presenting for over 24 years. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College where she teaches Public Speaking. Currently, she speaks for corporations, in healthcare and for other organizations on effective communication, Public Speaking and motivational topics.  As a kid who stuttered, she couldn’t imagine being a speaker or a Speech Pathologist! In her presentations, she shares a message of discovering an “overcomer mindset” and being able to do things you never thought were possible! 

Other Locations and Dates to Attend
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 at Avon Lake Public Library
Wednesday, November 20, 2024 at Stark Library -Main Library

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10/8/20249:30am to 3:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Join us for an engaging teen book discussion webinar where you'll discover insights from two successful teen book discussion programs.

Learn from Christina Getrost, who will share the secrets behind her long-running high school book club, a joint effort between Stow-Munroe Falls High School and Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, which averages 30 students each month.

Hear from Danielle Weiser-Cline of Kingsville Public Library about her unique approach to running a coffee shop teen book club.

Presenters:

Christina Getrost has worked as teen librarian/adult reference librarian at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Stow, Ohio since May 2000. Prior to that she was a children’s librarian for several years at the Kent Free Library in Kent, Ohio, having obtained her BA and MLIS from Kent State University. Christina's other current professional commitments include serving as the President of the Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards Council. 




Dani Weiser-Cline serves as the Youth Services and Outreach Coordinator at Kingsville Public Library, a small rural library in Northeast Ohio. In this role, she designs, implements, and runs all programming for children from birth to age 18. She is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University where she takes a philosophical approach to understanding out of school learning environments. She holds an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism, a B.F.A. in Acting, and a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre and Design. She loves helping youth of all ages find their next favorite book!


 

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10/9/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Readers' Advisory can feel scary because we want our patrons to leave the library with books that are perfect for their mood. Keeping up with the book world can be a daunting task, too. Learn some basic skills that will help you provide good RA service and be a more informed and passionate Readers' Advisor.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Define Readers' Advisory service in a public library.
  • Talk about appeal factors with patrons and listen actively to readers.
  • Use common resources to make reading suggestions and expand their own knowledge of popular books.
Presenter:

 Mary Olson is Readers' Advisory Librarian at Medina County District Library. Her duties include training, direct service to book clubs, promotional writing, collection development, and programming. She is the 2015 Allie Beth Martin award winner and the 2016 Pat Carterette Award winner.
 

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10/16/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Digitization is a big project. Where do you start? What systems do you use and what resources are available for you? This webinar will introduce foundations of digitization for libraries that want to begin a digitization project.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore digitization plans, and how to select resources for digitization.
  • Discover necessary tools such as content management systems and metadata.
  • Learn about the Digihubs in Ohio and what resources they provide
Presenter:

Penelope Shumaker is a Library Consultant at the State Library of Ohio. She specializes in Digitization and CE for library staff. She manages the Ohio Digital Network (ODN), which is the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service hub for Ohio. She has Master of Library and Information Science (Kent State University) and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cedarville University).

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10/17/202410:00am to 11:00amJeff Laser


Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with your peers.    This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Jeff Laser.

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10/17/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


We are excited to start this new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility networking group. Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with your peers.    This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Jeff Laser.

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10/24/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


Here is an opportunity to talk with your peers to share ideas, successes and challenges.  This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly for all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email and a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Melissa Lattanzi.



 

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10/29/20242:00pm to 3:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


Join us for our ever-popular Day for Public Service! This year we are focusing on psychological safety and building connections in the workplace.

Morning Session:  Psychological Safety
Evidence shows that when teams have psychological safety, they're more willing to acknowledge their own mistakes and figure out how to prevent them from moving forward. They're also more comfortable raising problems and exploring innovative solutions." During this session, we will focus on the "why," "what," and "impact" and create a call to action. 
 
Learning Objectives:
  • How the foundation of a learning culture is psychological safety
  • Being able to take risks without fear of reprisal
Presenters:

Krista L. Allison, J.D. 
Krista L. Allison currently serves as a Program Support Strategist for Stark Education Partnership, Inc., and an Educational Consultant/Coach for the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Ohio Department of Education State Support Team Region 9 in the areas of cradle to career, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework, family and community engagement, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

For over 20 years, Krista has served in leadership roles at the state, county, and school district levels. Mrs. Allison has advised public officials on education regulations, provided training and coaching to education leaders, and created and implemented strategic policies, programs, and systems to address the equitable academic and non-academic needs of all students in Ohio schools.   Mrs. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. She is an Institute for Educational Leadership Policy Fellow, Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellow, and a member of Leadership Stark County’s 35th Class Signature Program.
 
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni, M.Ed., LPC
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni has been at United Way of Greater Stark County since 2013.  She is currently the Vice President of Diversity, Culture, and Engagement. She launched United Way’s Project Blueprint in 2019, a board and committee preparedness program designed to recruit, train, and place ethnically diverse leaders into policy-making roles to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies.  Flo also represents United Way on the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County, which introduced the 15-Day Unity Challenge to the community in August of 2020.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and works as a PRN Counselor at CommQuest’s Detox Unit.  She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, in addition to master’s degrees in both Leadership Studies and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in the social service, mental health, and criminal justice fields for over 30 years.

 

Afternoon Session:  Building Connections in the Library with Effective Communication
Communication is the key to success in the workplace. We have the desire to communicate better but the missing piece is the “know-how.” In this presentation you will get the “know-how” to…. 
  • Express your ideas in a clear and concise format
  • Listen with intent rather than with an agenda
  • Manage communication breakdowns
  • Communicate effectively with difficult people
 When we get the “know-how” we build a connection with others which leads us to become effective and confident communicators!

 
Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire techniques through listening and verbal communication for building connections with co-workers and patrons in the Library
  • Implement strategies for managing communication breakdowns     
Presenter:

Marilee Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP is a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy where she sees children and adults. She is also a professional speaker and has been presenting for over 24 years. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College where she teaches Public Speaking. Currently, she speaks for corporations, in healthcare and for other organizations on effective communication, Public Speaking and motivational topics.  As a kid who stuttered, she couldn’t imagine being a speaker or a Speech Pathologist! In her presentations, she shares a message of discovering an “overcomer mindset” and being able to do things you never thought were possible! 

Other Locations and Dates to Attend
Tuesday, October 8, 2024 at Bainbridge Library
Wednesday, November 20, 2024 at Stark Library -Main Library

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10/30/20249:30am to 3:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with other staff involved in library outreach.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Melissa Lattanzi.

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11/12/20242:00pm to 3:00pmMelissa Lattanzi


Figuring out what teens want to read can be tricky. This webinar will offer communication tips and familiarize you with titles, authors and trends that will help ensure teens won’t leave the library empty-handed.
 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn questions you can ask teens to help them find their next good book
  • Recognize some concerns that may arise during a Teen RA experience and appropriate responses
  • Familiarize yourself with popular titles, authors and trends, as well as perennial favorites.
Presenters:
 
Mel Vavra is the Teen Librarian at Brunswick branch of the Medina County District Library System. She has been making the public library memorable for teens since 2015.   


 
 
 
 
 
Natalie Keller is a Reference Librarian at the Brunswick branch of the Medina County District Library System. From 2021-2024, she served as an Associate with MCDL, where she gained Reference experience with all ages, including children and teens. She earned her MLIS from Kent State in May 2024 and is excited to grow into her new specialization in Adult Services. Possessing an English Literature degree from Kenyon College, she loves to channel her passion for literature into her Reader’s Advisory interactions

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11/14/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Join us for our ever-popular Day for Public Service! This year we are focusing on psychological safety and building connections in the workplace.

Morning Session:  Psychological Safety
Evidence shows that when teams have psychological safety, they're more willing to acknowledge their own mistakes and figure out how to prevent them from moving forward. They're also more comfortable raising problems and exploring innovative solutions." During this session, we will focus on the "why," "what," and "impact" and create a call to action. 
 
Learning Objectives:
  • How the foundation of a learning culture is psychological safety
  • Being able to take risks without fear of reprisal
Presenters:

Krista L. Allison, J.D. 
Krista L. Allison currently serves as a Program Support Strategist for Stark Education Partnership, Inc., and an Educational Consultant/Coach for the Stark County Educational Service Center and the Ohio Department of Education State Support Team Region 9 in the areas of cradle to career, Ohio’s Whole Child Framework, family and community engagement, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 

For over 20 years, Krista has served in leadership roles at the state, county, and school district levels. Mrs. Allison has advised public officials on education regulations, provided training and coaching to education leaders, and created and implemented strategic policies, programs, and systems to address the equitable academic and non-academic needs of all students in Ohio schools.   Mrs. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. She is an Institute for Educational Leadership Policy Fellow, Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Fellow, and a member of Leadership Stark County’s 35th Class Signature Program.
 
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni, M.Ed., LPC
LaFlovia “Flo” Ginanni has been at United Way of Greater Stark County since 2013.  She is currently the Vice President of Diversity, Culture, and Engagement. She launched United Way’s Project Blueprint in 2019, a board and committee preparedness program designed to recruit, train, and place ethnically diverse leaders into policy-making roles to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies.  Flo also represents United Way on the Dismantling Racism Coalition of Stark County, which introduced the 15-Day Unity Challenge to the community in August of 2020.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and works as a PRN Counselor at CommQuest’s Detox Unit.  She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, in addition to master’s degrees in both Leadership Studies and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in the social service, mental health, and criminal justice fields for over 30 years.

 

Afternoon Session:  Building Connections in the Library with Effective Communication
Communication is the key to success in the workplace. We have the desire to communicate better but the missing piece is the “know-how.” In this presentation you will get the “know-how” to…. 
  • Express your ideas in a clear and concise format
  • Listen with intent rather than with an agenda
  • Manage communication breakdowns
  • Communicate effectively with difficult people
 When we get the “know-how” we build a connection with others which leads us to become effective and confident communicators!

 
Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire techniques through listening and verbal communication for building connections with co-workers and patrons in the Library
  • Implement strategies for managing communication breakdowns     
Presenter:

Marilee Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP is a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy where she sees children and adults. She is also a professional speaker and has been presenting for over 24 years. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College where she teaches Public Speaking. Currently, she speaks for corporations, in healthcare and for other organizations on effective communication, Public Speaking and motivational topics.  As a kid who stuttered, she couldn’t imagine being a speaker or a Speech Pathologist! In her presentations, she shares a message of discovering an “overcomer mindset” and being able to do things you never thought were possible! 

Other Locations and Dates to Attend
Tuesday, October 8, 2024 at Bainbridge Library
Wednesday, October 30, 2024 at Avon Lake Public Library

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11/20/20249:30am to 3:30pmMelissa Lattanzi


Assessment is a key component of determining the success of library programming and services. Knowing where to begin with assessment can be a difficult task, made even more challenging by the large variety of programming and services in need of assessment. This webinar will introduce basic assessment concepts and connect them to practical approaches to engaging in library assessment with a focus on library instruction and library programs. Key aspects of library assessment will be discussed, including the importance of determining who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain an understanding of assessment basics, including the distinction between formative and summative assessment.
  • Identify at least three potential approaches to assessment that can be applied to library instruction or programming.
  • Understand the importance of addressing who, what, when, where, why, and how when planning library assessment.
Presenter:

Dr. Kawanna Bright (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University. Dr. Bright earned her PhD in Research Methods and Statistics from the University of Denver in 2018. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Bright worked as an academic librarian for 12 years, with a focus on reference, instructional services, and information literacy. Dr. Bright’s current research focuses on assessment in libraries, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries, the application of research methodology to the study of LIS, and the importance of the liaison librarianship role in academic libraries. Dr. Bright provides consulting and training for libraries and other information organizations in support of EDI efforts, strategic planning, and project development.

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12/3/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


Are you overwhelmed and stressed by your current demands or perplexing patrons? Do you struggle to prioritize your well-being because stress seems to be in the driver's seat? If so, it's time to Get Off the Stress Train Express and rejuvenate your mind, body, and physical and mental energy. Uncover the three stages of stress and how each phase can derail your intentions, goals, wellbeing, and beyond. Gain access to simple and efficient stress busters that you can incorporate into your daily routine, 365 days a year. Explore three down-to-earth practices to boost your energy levels and cultivate Bounce-Up Momentum™ in stressful situations, even with a few minutes to spare. Unlock the power of the Resist the Rescue Technique, integrating the fundamental principles to create effective boundaries.

You'll feel recharged, energized, and able to "bend, not break" during life's demands.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the three stress levels so you can manage them, preventing stress from overwhelming you.
  • Apply three easy-to-implement techniques into your daily routine to effectively navigate stressful situations.
  • Learn the Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Technique, eliminating stress and activating relaxation.
  • Establish and protect your boundaries by integrating fundamental practices that facilitate achieving a balance personally and professionally

Mj Callaway delivers outcome-focused programs that include humor, real-life stories, and strategic self-mastery tools you can implement immediately. As a two-time cancer warrior and domestic abuse survivor, Mj shares that every setback is an opportunity to create your Bounce-Up™.
She's the creator of The Bounce-Up™ Principle, a Certified Virtual Presenter, Certified Change Management Specialist, and a Leadership Liaison for the National Speakers Association. In addition, Mj has earned a Holistic Resilience Certificate from Point Park University and four Gold Awards from the Parenting Media Association.

She blends her management, sales, speaking, and journalism experiences to create interactive and impactful workshops. With more than 2,000 consumer magazine features under her pen name, she's interviewed everyone from youth entrepreneurs to CEOs, non-profit founders, and professional athletes. 

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12/4/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


We are excited to start this new genealogy networking group. Here is an opportunity to share your challenges and successes with your peers.    This meeting will be held through Zoom which is user friendly to all devices.  You will receive a link in your confirmation email  a reminder 2 hours before the meeting. We hope you will join us. Please send agenda items/questions to Jeff Laser.

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12/4/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


Elevate your library work to new heights with our intermediate workshop regarding A.I. This session is designed for library professionals who have a basic understanding of AI and are ready to deepen their knowledge and application of AI tools and techniques in their workflows. Join us for this comprehensive workshop and take your AI knowledge to the next level. Equip yourself with the expertise to lead AI initiatives and make a significant impact on your library's future. Participants should have a foundational understanding of AI concepts and a willingness to engage in more technical discussions in order to apply the knowledge.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Deep Dive into Generative AI and Applications:
    • Enhance your understanding of generative AI and their applications that are most helpful to library work.
  2. Strategic Implementation of AI in Library Services:
    • Learn how where to strategically implement AI solutions to address common library challenges and improve service delivery.
    • Investigate case studies and best practices from libraries that have successfully integrated AI into their operations.
  3. Optimize Individual and Team Workflows with AI:
    • Discover advanced techniques to optimize both individual and team workflows within the library using AI
Presenter:  Arnessa Dowell

With more than two decades of award-winning experience in the library field, Arnessa Dowell has worn many hats, starting as a Page and eventually taking on the role of Library Director in four different institutions working at academic, public, and federal government libraries. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University with a focus in academic librarianship and special collections. Additionally, she earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Alabama with a concentration of Executive Leadership. Ms. Dowell is a passionate advocate for blending strategic planning with AI to expeditiously achieve the desired outcomes. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Dowell has focused on using libraries as dynamic platforms for fostering community engagement, promoting inclusivity, and raising the bar for customer service. Her signature approach involves crafting strategic frameworks that not only adapt to the changing landscape of library services but also position libraries as innovative hubs.

In the ever-evolving library landscape, Ms. Dowell wants to stay at the forefront of driving meaningful change. Her unwavering commitment revolves around solidifying libraries as integral community pillars, powered by the integration of AI technologies and thoughtful strategic planning.

 

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12/10/202410:00am to 11:00amMelissa Lattanzi


Join us for networking meeting of special libraries.  Come share your successes and challenges with your fellow special libraries colleagues.  This will be virtual via Zoom you will receive the link to the meeting 2 hours prior to the meeting.  Please send topics of interest to Jeff Laser.

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12/10/20242:00pm to 3:00pmJeff Laser


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