Conference Presentations & Handouts

Sunday, October 16

An Aspiring Entrepreneur Walks into a Library...& Wants to Open a Pub
Speaker: Amber De Angelis, Sonya Durney
Join Amber DeAngelis of the Boston Public Library and Sonya Durney of the Portland Public Library as they break down this scenario. What questions should we ask the patron? How should we move forward conducting an industry analysis both local and national in scope? What is their potential market size? What competition might this entrepreneur face? How can they learn about the laws governing this field? How else can the library assist?
Presentation (PDF)
Examining the K16 Information Literacy Gap
Speaker: Jessica Caron, Laura Saunders
This session will explore the current state of IL education for rising college students, including how well IL instruction in high school aligns with the expectations and demands of college curricula. The researchers will share results from a study exploring what the expectations for information literacy abilities are at the college level, and what students are taught in high school. The study involved an initial survey to academic librarians asking which information literacy skills they believe to be most important for incoming college students, and which competencies they believe to be most lacking, as well as which information literacy competencies they would most like to see taught at the high school level. A parallel survey of high school librarians asked them which competencies they actually teach, which competencies they believe will be most important to their students’ college success, and at what level (high school or college) they believe the competencies should be taught. The session will will conclude with recommendations for increasing coordination in the K16 curricula in order to better bridge the skills gap.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Exploring high school and college instructors’ understanding of each other’s expectations for and approaches to IL for their students
2. Identifying approaches to improve the high school to college transition with regard to information literacy.
Presentation (PowerPoint)
Fanfiction & Copyright
Speaker: Richard Freije
Fanfiction has been around for a long time, at least since the time of the publication of the original Sherlock Holms stories in the late 1800’s. Even after all this time, however, the circumstances under which the creation of fanfiction constitutes copyright infringement are not well defined. This talk will analyze the issue of fanfiction within the structure of U.S. Copyright law and will explore issues that are relevant to determine if a work of fanfiction does not run afoul of the copyright laws, either because it does not “copy” from an original in a way that would be illegal or because the copying would constitute “fair use” under the copyright act. Finally, the talk will also discuss the somewhat confused state of the case law in the United States on this issue.
Presentation (PowerPoint)
How to Start or Grow Your Individual Giving Program
Speaker: Amy Eisenstein
This session is for executive directors and development staff who want to raise significantly more money
for their organizations by making the leap into individual/major gift fundraising, but haven’t had the
courage or know-how to get started.
Presentation (PDF)
Leading Tolerance: A How-To Approach
Speakers: Su Epstein
The concept of diversity is well known. But diversity, like the term prejudice, reflects ideas and beliefs, not actions. Tolerance implies action and behaviors. Much like discrimination is the manifestation of prejudice, tolerance is the manifestation of diversity. Leading tolerance is as important as displaying diversity, lets take the next step and learn to leaders of tolerance.
Presentation (PDF)
Making Connections Across Town & Time
Speakers: Jazmin Idakaar & Win Flint
Jazmin will share about a program in a Boston neighborhood that brought together teens and seniors around a quilting project. Win will talk about breaking down misconceptions about Haiti and its history and how to share this eye-opening information with your patrons. Beef up your Black History Month and perhaps change your collection – maybe even your world view. Give Harriet and Sojourner a rest and showcase Black generals who freed half a million. If you think “Hamilton” the play is amazing – wait until you hear the real story of Haiti. It is a goldmine for both students and creatives. Learn how to share this with your patrons.
Handout (PDF)
Reading in the Kitchen: Start a Cookbook Club at Your Library
Speaker: Jessica D’Avanza, Liz Barbour, Nancy Nadeau
Cookbook Clubs are fast becoming a popular new way to engage your community through books and food. Join three Rhode Island public librarians for tips on how to start a cookbook club at your library. Topics include registration, cookbook selection, organizing the tasting, and facilitation of the discussion, along with ideas for special cookbook author events. Following the discussion, Chef/Cooking Instructor Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast, will speak about her service to libraries and her popular program “Feasting from the Cookbook”. She will conclude with a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring a recipe from the popular cookbook author Ina Garten. With their passion for food, these four speakers will offer many ideas to get you and your patrons in the kitchen and visiting your 641.5’s.
The State of the Job Market
Speakers: Eileen Abels, Em Claire Knowles
The presenters will begin with an overview of the LIS job market outlook based on the most recent Library Journal Employment Survey results and placement of recent graduates from the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. They will follow this overview with a discussion of new position titles that are emerging that take advantage of the skills of LIS graduates.
Presentation (PDF)
Tech Savvy Booktalker
Speaker: Nancy Keane
Booktalks are the process creating short “commercials” presented by librarians, teachers, or students in elementary through high school in libraries or anywhere possible to entice children to read a book. The traditional method of presenting booktalks involves face to face presentations telling children about the books. There are a variety of types of booktalks but plot summary is by far the most common. With our tech savvy population, booktalks are evolving beyond the traditional format and involving more innovative technology. In this presentation, Dr. Keane, author of The Tech Savvy Booktalker, will demonstrate a variety of formats including book trailers, pencasting and even the use of augmented reality. Become a tech savvy booktalker yourself.
Handout (PDF)
Yoga Programs for Kids
Speakers: Grace Larochelle, Letty Goerner, Nicole Giroux
In this panel discussion three librarians will share their experiences running yoga programs for kids in the library. They’ll share the steps they took to start these programs, how they structure them, and why they feel they are important for kids and families.
Handout (PDF)

Monday, October 17

Designing Data for Discovery: OCLC’s Linked Data Strategy
Speakers: Rob Favini
Linked data has become a hot topic grabbing a lot of attention in libraries. For some time teams at OCLC Research and product teams have been looking at how linked data concepts impact bibliographic metadata, authority files, discovery and the presentation of library data. This session will look at recent projects and research efforts to highlight examples of how OCLC is using linked data today.
Presentation (PDF)
Deskless Reference
Speakers: Maxine Bleiweis
Why do we have “reference” desks when most patrons look up their own information? Hear about a new approach to traditional reference that places the librarian alongside the patron. Hear about challenges librarians have overcome to make this new approach successful. Guaranteed to be lively and controversial!
Presentation (PowerPoint)
Don't Just Turn it Off & Back On Again: How library IT Workers Can Use Reference Skills on the Job
Speakers: Callan Bignoli, Emily Ferrier, Whitni Watkins, Robyn York
The “reference interview” is a technique familiar to most librarians, used to help an information provider understand and answer a person’s information question. Panelists will highlight key components of the traditional reference interview – such as active listening and communication skills, approachability, and opportunities for instruction – and discuss employing them in an IT environment in order to better troubleshoot and support library systems and their users.
Presentation (Website)
Getting Your Library Noticed: The Art of the Integrated Campaign
Speakers: Celeste Bruno, Matthew Perry
Today, people can learn about your library in so many different ways: social media, traditional news outlets, brochures, flyers, and websites, just to name a few. Workshop participants will learn to develop a campaign that integrates these with a single cohesive message. We’ll discuss developing a campaign message, what makes a news-story, and specific ways to use social media to stand out.
Keeping Up with Social Media
Speaker: Andrea Puglisi, Louise LeClaire, Megan Coffey, Corinne Coveney
Learn why and how libraries have started using newer social media platforms, like Instagram and SnapChat, and what they do to attract followers. Q & A after the presentations.
Our Stories Unite Us: Oral History Development & Support
Speaker: Leah Lubman, Sarah Gluck
In the fall of 2014 Providence Community Library applied for StoryCorps @ Your Library, a grant which pitted Providence Public Library against over 300 libraries throughout the country. Following a swift up-hill battle PCL library was selected along with 9 other libraries, including Ferguson, MO. Since then Providence Community Library has worked to collect 80 interviews from our community and are now looking at ways to support other libraries and organizations in oral history collection. Join us as we discuss our journey in oral history collection, audio equipment loan opportunities, training, and brainstorming ideas for creating projects and partnerships – big and small, at your own libraries.
Presentation (PDF)
Worksheet (PDF)
Outcome Measurement Made Easy: A Free Toolkit for Public Libraries
Speaker: Samantha Lopez, Clayton Cheever
The Public Library Association’s Project Outcome is a free online outcome measurement toolkit that provides libraries with patron-facing surveys, tools for collecting and analyzing data, and practical guidance on using the results to take action. PLA staff will discuss how libraries can easily measure outcomes for their programs and services and share how its participant libraries have used Project Outcome to better capture their community impact.
Presentation (PDF)
Paralibrarian Certification: What MA & NH Have Done & What is the Future?
Speaker: Gerry Deyermond, Heather Rainier, Lori Salotto
Massachusetts is celebrating 10 years of their Paralibrarian Recognition of Achievement and New Hampshire is heading into their 3 rd year! Find out how the paralibrarians/library support staff have benefited both professionally and monetarily! Find out how this can benefit your library patrons and library staff.
Handout (PDF)
Patron, Can You Spare a Dime? Or the Fundamentals of Capital Fundraising
Speaker: Alice Knapp, Maxine Bleiweis
As public library directors in Connecticut urban and suburban settings respectively, Alice Knapp and Maxine Bleiweis had to learn to shed any discomfort in fundraising. They are here to prove it can be energizing, affirming and successful. Focusing on both the broad picture and the finer details, you will hear how they raised millions of dollars and what they learned (positive and sometimes not so!) as they managed capital campaigns and maneuvered the challenges of endowments.
Presentation (PowerPoint)
Preserving Your Library's Story
Speaker: Elizabeth Donovan, Susan Straub
What better way to capture the history of your library than both a short video documentary and a book of essays written by the makers of that history? Find out what the North Kingstown Free Library learned while undertaking this project and how you can apply the lessons learned to your own project. Tips about everything from financing to presentation will be shared. Bring your questions!
Handout (PDF)
Reader's Advisory Panel: Christian Fiction, LibraryReads & Book Spoilers
Speaker: Christine Sharbrough, Jessica Bacon, Katrina Ealy, Alene Moroni
This panel will strengthen your collection development and broaden your RA skills. Explore the Christian Fiction genre, understanding the trends, appeal factors, and common misconceptions. Learn about the LibraryReads program, where librarians nominate new releases for the monthly Top 10 List. Increase your RA expertise by utilizing the website “Spoilers, Sweetie”, spoilers for award winning books. Leave the session armed with new resources to enhance your RA toolbox.
Wikipedia, Libraries, & The Future of Information
Speaker: Alex Stinson, Sara Marks, Greta Kuriger Suiter
Wikipedia needs librarians! Academic librarians can help build and improve Wikipedia. Come hear from three Wikipedia editors all connected to libraries. Learn more about how the Wikipedia Library is helping editors get access to sources from vendors like Project Muse, JSTOR, Gale Products, EBSCO Products, and more. They work to increase librarian participation; improving the quality of entries and sources used. Learn more about how archivists and universities are digitizing special collections and adding them to Wikipedia. This increases discoverability of collections and student interaction with those sources. Learn more about ways to use Wikipedia to develop events and programming that increase information literacy and critical thinking skills.
Presentation (Google Slides)
YA Slam
Speaker: Allison Babin
Join us for the teen version of “Guerilla Storytime”! We’ll have a variety of topics and questions (such as social media tips, working with volunteers, dealing with disruptive behavior, fresh program ideas, and more)! Anyone and everyone can participate if they have ideas, activities, success stories (and #fails) they want to share! Get re-energized at this “unconference” session.

Tuesday, October 18

Adult 101: Life Skills Programs for Teens
Speaker: Elizabeth Tanner
Are your teens prepared for adulting? From etiquette to nutrition, personal finance to time management, the library can support teens in navigating their impending adulthood. Biz Tanner, Teen Services Coordinator at the County of Los Angeles Public Library will discuss her library’s grant funded project to fill the knowledge gap–and you’ll leave with a life skills program for your library.
Adventures in 3D Printing at a Public Library and Our 3D Printer Diary
Speaker: Alex Estabrook, Mike Zeller, Robert Burnham, Walker Evans, Yvette Couser
Our program will describe our experiences implementing a 3D printer and making it available for use by patrons at the Shrewsbury & Merrimack Public Libraries. We will discuss the various challenges we encountered, how we went about overcoming those challenges, and the various services and programs we have used the printer for. Attendees will learn tips and techniques for implementing 3D printing for patrons of their own library.
Better Graphic Design for Libraries
Speaker: Laura Horwood-Benton
Every time you create a sign, a handout, or an instructional brochure, you make a design decision. Do these decisions reflect your library’s mission and enhance your relationship with patrons? Good design is possible regardless of your skill level or resources. Learn more in this humorous session, complete with design “fails” and time for discussion. We will cover:

WHY: The importance of good design in communicating with your users.
WHAT: A primer in the fundamental rules of good design.
HOW: No time? No color printer? No design software? No problem. Also, discover new sources of inspiration! After the session, attendees will have a better understanding of the basic principles of good design, as well as a list of tools and practices to make it easier to pursue good design within their library’s limitations.

Presentation (SlideShare)
Developing Your Own Readers' Advisory Roundtable
Speaker: Molly Moss, Nanci Milone-Hill, Laura Bernheim
Representatives from each of 3 MA Readers Advisory Roundtables come together to speak about how we’ve put together a Readers’ Advisory Roundtable for librarians in our area; i.e. how is it set up, what kind of format is it, how do you choose books, helpful tips and FAQ’s. These types of Roundtables are an invaluable resource to pool librarian knowledge within an area/consortium/network/state.
Handout (PDF)
Enhancing Library Spaces Through Feng Shui
Speaker: Margaret Donahue
Learn how to apply simple and practical principles of feng shui to enhance your library … whether to make reading areas more comfortable or attractive, to create more productive offices, or even to attract budget money! This presentation will include changes some library staffs have made to enrich experiences.
Presentation (PDF)
Guerilla Storytime
Speaker: Clare Dombrowski
Need to spice up storytime? Feeling like you use the same songs all the time? Wondering how to deal with a certain storytime issue? Or do you have favorite activity you want to share with fellow librarians? Come on down to Guarilla Storytime! This informal program allows for sharing around certain questions or just listening and getting new ideas!
Ignite Session
Speaker: List of speakers and contact information
Presentation (PowerPoint) – Download to see notes
Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth
Speaker: Darrell Robertson
This session will discuss effective practices in media mentorship, such as: becoming a better media mentor, engaging parents on the topic of media, incorporating media conversation starters into existing programs & services and examining media mentor resources available to all. Through discussion and sharing, participants will explore ways to support families at their own library!
White Paper (PDF)
Robotics & Coding at the Library
Speaker: Jill Graboski
Newton Free Library (MA) was awarded a 2015 LSTA grant from the IMLS and MBLC for an innovative project called “Code Newton” to teach computer coding through robotics for kids, teens and adults. Learn about our experience with the technology and running programs for all ages. Presentation includes a hands-on opportunity to explore our related robotics and circuitry equipment.
Presentation (PDF)
Trust & Opportunities: Transforming Libraries, Transforming Communities
Speaker: Jean Canosa Albano
We can help conquer our communities’ challenges, with the right tools. Hartford Public Library and Springfield City Library brought residents & city leaders together to tackle daunting issues using the Harwood Institute’s Turning Outward community engagement model. Go home with interactive exercises & real-world examples of how to change the view of libraries and their role in the community.