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The programs and sessions that you'll find here are preliminary listings. More programs, sessions, and details will be added throughout the spring, descriptions will be updated, and by the time everything is finalized, you'll have more than 2,000 programs, sessions, events, and other opportunities to choose among. The full program and Scheduler will be available in mid-May.

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Beyond Glitz and Glitter: Great Brands Start from Within [$]
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The draw of a sparkling new brand often starts with a glitzy new logo or fun new colors, but great brands start from within. Learn ways to tap into the DNA of your organization to develop a brand that reflects your library’s culture and community. Hear how three libraries – all in different phases of their brand’s lifecycle – moved beyond the glitz and glitter to create brands that resonate with staff and customers alike. Find examples for staff engagement and share your creative ideas about branding for the 21st century library in this workshop-style preconference.

Interests :
Leadership, Marketing, Organizational Change, Professional Development, Public Relations, Transforming Libraries
Cost :
Early Bird: ALA Member($175), Division Member($125), Retired Member($125), Student Member($125), Non-Member($225). Advance and Onsite: ALA Member($185), Division Member($135), Retired Member($135), Student Member($135), Non-Member($235)
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Transforming: Customer & User Expectations
Type of Library :
Public
Boba Fett at the Circ Desk: Library Leadership Lessons from The Empire Strikes Back
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Two public library directors (and Star Wars geeks) share wisdom gained from their first years on the job. Framed by their favorite movie and their efforts to implement organizational change, their perspectives will resonate across the public library galaxy. Both emerging and experienced leaders will find inspiration from lessons like: How minor characters (like Boba Fett or a jaded employee) have major impact; How to promote staff positivity (the Force) and combat negativity (the Dark Side); How a clear mission is essential to instituting change (and combating the Galactic Empire of the status quo).

Interests :
Administration and Management, Leadership, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing, Transforming Libraries
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Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public
Building a Learning Culture From the Inside Out
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Libraries are quickly moving from being repositories for content to full-fledged incubators for new ideas. Using technological tools, innovative spaces, and creative programming, libraries are well-positioned to become an even bigger part of the community’s creative process.
Join a panel of library change agents as they examine strategies for kickstarting a culture of innovation in your library - for your staff and patrons alike. We’ll look at examples both in and out of libraries, address challenges, and discuss what it takes to bring creativity out in the open. Audience participation will be involved.

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Administration and Management, Emerging Technologies, Leadership, Organizational Change, Transforming Libraries
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Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public
CANCELLED The Strategic Plan is Dead; Long Live Strategy
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In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan? The opportunity we have today is to free strategy from the binder and take it back to its roots as the dynamic art of making tough choices with imperfect information. In this interactive working session we will discuss why it is essential today to create “adaptive strategy,” then move into hands-on practice with the widely-used Choice Cascade, a tool you can take home to structure your leadership team’s ongoing strategic dialogue.

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Administration and Management, Leadership, Organizational Change, Strategic Planning
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Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public
Continuing Education for Libraries: A National Conversation
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In 2013, IMLS and OCLC Webjunction began to address Continuing Education (CE) efforts across the field of librarianship through a convening of CE influencers, a white paper, and several targeted grants. The challenges to this sphere are abundant: learners face limited time, funding, and organizational support; providers face questions of sustainability and inconsistent standards for CE delivery; and the overall ecosystem suggests significant duplication of effort. How do we do CE better? Join IMLS and its partners for an overview of progress thus far, and contribute to a national conversation that is certain to shape future CE.In 2013 IMLS and OCLC Webjunction began to address Continuing Education (CE) efforts across the field of librarianship through a convening of CE influencers, a white paper, and several targeted grants. The challenges to this sphere are abundant: learners face limited time, funding, and organizational support; providers face questions of sustainability and inconsistent standards for CE delivery; and the overall ecosystem suggests significant duplication of effort. How do we do CE better? Join IMLS and its partners for an overview of progress thus far, and contribute to a national conversation that is certain to shape future CE efforts in the field.

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Continuing Education, Librarianship, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Training
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Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Type of Library :
Public
Creating a Collaborative Culture [$]
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Rewards or threats. Our brains look for them five times a second. That's the root of many difficult workplace situations. Come learn the transformative power of reframing failure, the true meaning of "yes and" and the kinds of listening that changes lives. In this session, we'll use applied improvisation to go from passive-aggressive to assertive, from blame to "I'm game." Instead of hearing, "It's not my job!", you'll start hearing, "How do we do it?"

Interests :
Facilitation, Leadership, Organizational Change, Partnerships, Transforming Libraries
Cost :
Early Bird: ALA Member($215), Division Member($165), Retired Member($165), Student Member($165), Non-Member($265). Advance and Onsite: ALA Member($225), Division Member($175), Retired Member($175), Student Member($175), Non-Member($275)
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Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public
Data Driven Collections: Integrating Evidence Into Your Collection Maintenance and Development Procedures
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This session will explore how evidence can be used in collection maintenance and development procedures to help manage budgets, track and map patron use patterns, coordinate weeding and improve processes. A panel of representatives from a sample of library systems will be present to share their own experiences, discuss tools that encourage discussion surrounding best practices. The tools discussed will include CollectionHQ, ArcGIS Mapping Platform, ILS data extracts manipulated in Excel and more.

Interests :
Assessment and Evaluation, Budget Planning and Finance, Collection Development, Strategic Planning, Trends and Forecasting
Content Area :
Transforming: E-Book & Collections
Type of Library :
Public
ECRR 2.0: Using Apps and eBooks in Early Literacy Programs
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Interactions between grownups and young children using technology can enhance the child’s learning experience, just as using printed storybooks can. This panel will discuss digital technology for young children in the context of the ECRR Five Practices. Come join the discussion.

Interests :
Children's Literature, Ebooks, Electronic Resources, Literacy, Public Programs
Content Area :
Core Values
Type of Library :
Elementary School, Public, School / Media Center
Every Child Ready to Eat: Nutrition Education for Families Using Early Literacy Practices
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Healthy eating begins at home, and story time programming is an opportunity to educate children and their caregivers about the USDA Myplate which replaced the food pyramid while encouraging “eating the rainbow” of fruits and vegetables. This session will present an intersection of Every Child Ready to Read 2nd edition and USDA guidelines for eating and introducing healthy habits. Includes an overview of early literacy components including information about cognitive development, the five practices (sing, talk, read, write, play), and making meals matter through new songs and literacy activities for your storytime programs.

Interests :
Children's Services, Community Engagement, Information Literacy, Public Programs, Youth Services
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Transforming: Services
Type of Library :
Elementary School, Middle School, Public
Going Beyond Job Search Help at Queens Library
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In a tough economy and labor market, many libraries have gone beyond basic job search help to provide more extensive services for job search training, from resume building to interview preparation and mock interviews. Queens Library expanded job search training beyond that to provide in-person and online career specific training opportunities that help library customers to be more competitive in a tight labor market. This has included online training and free testing for certification for software like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites and QuickBooks and for career certifications such as Six Sigma, Project Management and Human Resources as well as in-person training for construction, food safety and entry-level healthcare careers. Queens Library staff will discuss the logical progression from resume help to career-specific training and lead a discussion on what might work in libraries of all sizes serving diverse populations.

Interests :
Career Advice, Public Programs, Training, Transforming Libraries, Urban Libraries
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Transforming: Services
Type of Library :
Public, Urban
Ideas and Practices in STEAM Learning
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Libraries are crucial to building Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) skills among learners of all ages, and funding organizations like IMLS and NSF have made STEAM efforts a priority. Federal agency representatives will discuss national trends in STEAM-based programs as well as future funding directions. Award recipients from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny and East Liberty branches, will share promising practices for programming in libraries. They will describe how the STEAM focus amplified their library’s role as community technology hub and informal learning space. Through exposure to lessons learned and grant opportunities, participants will come away with their own ideas for implementation.

Interests :
Funding, Public Programs, Technology, Transforming Libraries, Youth Services
Content Area :
Transforming: Services
Type of Library :
Middle School, Public
Is That a Penguin on Your Desktop?
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Linux is so hard. Wait! No, it's not: ask anyone with an Android phone. With the sun having set on Windows XP and the fleet of older computers that most libraries have in abundance, it's time to rethink the advantages and disadvantages of having Linux-based public facing PCs. Join us for a panel discussion with vendors and librarians who have made the switch and consider your options for getting more value from your existing PC stock and Chromebooks, saying goodbye to expensive licenses and never again worrying about slow machines, viruses, trojan horses and other malware.

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Emerging Technologies, Outsourcing, Public Services, Technology
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Transforming: Systems & Technology
Type of Library :
Public
Is the Public Library the New Education Institution of the Future?
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How does formal education fit into the future of public libraries? What role will public libraries play in an ever growing digital learning landscape? In 2013, The Aspen Institute facilitated discussions on the future of public libraries and the future of learning via the Internet. This session will showcase the reports—one recently published and another forthcoming—from both groups and delve deeper into the connections, and significance of the results.

Interests :
Administration and Management, Continuing Education, Leadership, Public Services, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting
Content Area :
Transforming: Services
Type of Library :
Public, Rural, Urban
Leaning Your Library's Materials Handling Workflows
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Applying Lean concepts and tools to library materials handling workflows is a low cost, highly collaborative, and staff-empowering approach to improving how we get items from our shelves, from another library, or from our book jobbers and into the hands of our patrons as quickly and efficiently as possible. Lean involves training every person in the workflow to take responsibility for continuously improving and optimizing their environment. Lean tools can be utilized to make one time changes, but are most effective when the principles are adopted by the organization and incorporated into the culture. This program will provide an introduction to Lean principles and explain how these principles apply to library materials handling. The presenter will provide tools that will be put to immediate use through group projects. Plus, participants will leave with plenty of resources for transitioning their circulation and materials handling staff into a Lean team.

Interests :
Administration and Management, Personnel and Staffing, Public Services, Support Staff, Transforming Libraries
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Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public
Leveraging National Data to Advocate Locally
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Recent Pew Research Center reports indicate that public libraries are an essential service, location, and resource in our communities. This program will present a research project investigating responses of public library directors and public library system directors to the findings of three reports, measuring the significance of the data in the library’s operations, relationships with stakeholders, and highlighting areas of expansion for useful public library research. In this interactive presentation you will explore ways national reports on public library services can serve as advocacy tools for your public library, including ways to support local data with national statistics.

Interests :
Advocacy, Assessment and Evaluation, Leadership, Research and Statistics, Strategic Planning
Content Area :
Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public
More than Fun in the Sun! Building Collaborative Relationships and Using Real Data to Increase Summer Learning
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A library summer reading program can only accomplish so much on its own. Learn how to build collaborative relationships with your school district and community partners that turn shared purpose into shared power! Get real data that increases real outcomes, and yields shared indicators of progress! Working collaboratively, libraries, schools, and community partners can build a learning continuum that progresses children effortlessly from schoolroom to summer learning and back to school again. Collaborative relationships can market and advocate more effectively, share funding, build data (with programs like Evanced Summer Reader and access to school data) and reduce summer learning loss.

Interests :
Administration and Management, Assessment and Evaluation, Children's Services, Partnerships, Youth Services
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Transforming: Community Relationships
Type of Library :
Elementary School, Middle School, Public, School / Media Center
PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation
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Following the recognition of PLA’s 2014 award winners, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA President, Carolyn Anthony, will welcome keynote speaker Barry Lopez for the PLA President’s Program.

Barry Lopez is best known as the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. Among his other nonfiction books are About This Life and Of Wolves and Men, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including Field Notes, Winter Count, and a novella-length fable, Crow and Weasel. His most recent book is a short story collaboration with artist Barry Moser titled Outside. He has also written for high profile publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Orion, and National Geographic among others. His books, along with his magazine work, reflect a life of travel and cultural inquiry that has taken him to nearly seventy countries.

PLAmetrics User Group and Demonstration
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PLAmetrics (PLA PLDS Statistical Report data)
Learn more about how to innovate and optimize your library's use of www.plametrics.org

Smart Marketing Using Big (or little) Data
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How do you measure whether or not your marketing strategies are effective or that your budget is being allocated correctly? Proving effectiveness with outcomes and metrics is incredibly important in ensuring that you are successfully engaging with your target audience. Using concrete examples from four different library systems, this fun and exciting panel will provide helpful tools and tips for leveraging big data (and little data) in making sure your marketing return on investment is as high as it can be.

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Marketing, Research and Statistics
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Transforming: Community Relationships
Type of Library :
Public
Stepping Into the Director Role: Preparing for the Part [$]
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As Director positions open up, is the next generation of leaders ready to assume those positions and transform the libraries in their community? What new skills are needed to drive libraries forward? If you’re interested in administration, this session will provide you with an introduction to what the job entails and introduce you to the skills you’ll need to prepare yourself. Hear from four new public library Directors about the basics, the challenges and the unexpected in their first few years on the job. Learn how they used career opportunities, ALA experience, and other guideposts to enter administration successfully.

Interests :
Administration and Management, Career Advice, Leadership, Librarianship, Organizational Change
Cost :
Early Bird: ALA Member($215), Division Member($165), Retired Member($165), Student Member($165), Non-Member($265). Advance and On-site: ALA Member ($225); Division Member ($175); Retired Member ($175); Student Member ($175); Non-Member ($275)
Content Area :
Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations - Staff and Boards
Type of Library :
Public

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