Thursday, December 13, 2018

Announcing Library 2.019: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design" - Registration and CFP Open



We're excited to announce our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This is a conference for librarians, instructional designers and educators to share their work and challenges, as well as for those who believe in the value of integrating instructional design into their practice to help them innovate and evolve library services for the future.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event.
The call for proposals is now open HERE.

Instructional Designers, technologists, and online learning specialists are in high demand across all levels of education as it shifts online. In 2004, the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community was established to promote the adoption of instructional design and technology as a vital skill set for librarians seeking to more deeply integrate their teaching and learning initiatives into the curriculum and community. Since then, instructional design and dedicated staff positions to support it, have become more commonplace in and critical to libraries, particularly at colleges and universities, but they are by no means ubiquitous.

This edition of Library 2.019 will bring together the community of librarians, instructional designers and other educators whose work happens at the intersection of instructional design, educational technology, learning, and libraries. This is also a conference for those wanting to learn more about how instructional designers are advancing the educational mission of their libraries and institutions, how the latest innovations in educational technology are being applied in libraries and classrooms, and what we can expect as instructional design and technology transitions from a peripheral to core function within libraries. While the future of libraries may be uncertain and unpredictable, this is an opportunity to explore how library professionals and their colleagues can shape it through the application of instructional design and technology.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryid on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

KEYNOTE PANEL: (organized and moderated by John Shank and Steven Bell - more to come!)



Steven J. Bell
Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University


Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, textbook affordability, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a past-president of ACRL. He currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library." He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and editor of the book “Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership.” Steven is an adjunct instructor for San Jose State University's iSchool where he teaches the Design Thinking seminar. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info
http://stevenbell.info




John D. Shank
Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons + Thun Library at Penn State University Libraries


John D. Shank is currently the Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons + Thun Library. He was one of the first Instructional Design Librarians in the country and was promoted to the rank of Full Librarian in 2013. He also is the founding Director of The Center for Learning + Teaching at Penn State Berks. Prior to his appointment in July 2001, he held positions at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Montgomery County Community College. He was selected by Library Journal in 2005 as a Mover and Shaker.

His responsibilities include teaching, administration, research, and service. He has taught courses on Communications + Information Technology as well as Culture + Technology. His faculty development efforts include developing the Berks Educational Technology Grant Curriculum Program in 2002. Over the past decade he has directed more than 90 grant projects that have been awarded to 60 faculty, initially impacting over 100 courses and more than 3500 students. These initiatives focus on enhancing teaching pedagogy and the learner-centered educational environment. His research interests include the role, use, and impact of instructional technologies in higher education, online teaching and academic libraries.

He has given hundreds of presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. Additionally, he has authored and coauthored books, book chapters, and articles that focus on library integration into learning management systems, Learning Objects (OERs + Interactive Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. He is the co-founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian On-line Community (http://blendedlibrarian.learningtimes.net/), as well as a reviewer for the Journal College + Research Libraries.
https://about.me/BlendedLibrarian


MORE INFORMATION:
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Webinar Tomorrow + Additional Speakers - "Responding to an Active Shooter in the Library"


Our first Webinar in a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht is tomorrow. We've added 30 minutes to the end of the event for optional viewing, during which we'll first hear from Dr. Christie Kaaland, author of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in School Libraries: Creating a Safe Haven, and then from Shauna Burkeen, the librarian at Marshall County High School who experienced a school shooting this past January with 52 students in the library. More information on both Christie and Shauna below.

You do not need to be available at the Webinar time in order to register, as a full recording will be made available for you to watch at your convenience. Register HERE.

TOPIC: "Responding to an Active Shooter in the Library: Protecting Patrons and Staff From a Rare But Catastrophic Event."

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Steve Albrecht, author, Library Security: Better Communications, Safer Facilities (ALA,
2015)

DATE + TIME: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, 4:00 pm US-EST (1-hour presentation + 30 minutes with special guests). Click here for time zone conversions. The recording of the Webinar will be available immediately following the live broadcast, and available to all who sign up.

COST: $99 - includes participating live (not required), lifetime access to the recording, access to attendee discussion forum, and a certificate of attendance. (For group or other purchases, please email steve@learningrevolution.com.)

TO REGISTER: Click HERE. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0 (free) and be logged in. Please click "Sign Up" on the top right and we'll get you approved quickly.

DESCRIPTION: Recent mass shootings in public places should remind all library leaders and their staffs to review their emergency response plans to this disturbing event. These incidents are often foreshadowed by warning signs and specific pre-attack behaviors by disturbed patrons that may be noticed by staff members.

This 60-minute webinar is led by Dr. Steve Albrecht, a national leader in both workplace violence prevention and library security. He'll provide safety tools and security techniques to empower library employees at every level, not frighten them. This includes his discussion of how some people make threats and others pose threats; the national response protocol known as Run-Hide-Fight; how to safely evacuate all patrons and staff; how to shelter in place in the library; and how to best protect patrons and staff from an armed attacker. Dr. Albrecht will also discuss why these perpetrators strike in the first place and what we can learn from past cases as a way to both understand and stop them.

DR. STEVE ALBRECHT
For the past 17 years, Dr. Steve Albrecht has made himself well-known to library training audiences around the country. His fast and empowering workshops focus on library safety and security issues; patron behavioral problems; customer service tools; and facility security improvements. His 2015 book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities, was published by the ALA.
Steve is one of the country's leading experts on the prevention of workplace and school violence. In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence. He interviewed a double murderer for the book.

He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board certified in human resources, security, employee coaching, and threat management.

In 1999, Steve retired from the San Diego Police Department, where he had worked since 1984, both as a full-time officer and later as a reserve sergeant and a domestic violence investigator.
He has written 21 books on business, security, and law enforcement subjects.

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Dr. Christie Kaaland is a full-time professor at Antioch University Seattle where she serves as director of the school library certification program and the associate editor of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals. She has published numerous articles on school library advocacy and has been active in legislative advocacy in Washington state, resulting in passage of several bills including school library funding, ensuring retention standards, and the inclusion of school libraries in technology and information literacy initiatives. She has successfully submitted federal, institutional, and community grants. She is the author of the book, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in School Libraries: Creating a Safe Haven  http://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited/product.aspx?pc=A4381P.

Shauna Burkeen is a Library Media Specialist at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. "This is year 15 for me as librarian at MCHS.  My degree is in Library Science so I have never taught in the classroom.  I have lived in Benton, KY my entire life. I graduated from Marshall County High School in 1996 and Murray State University in 2003.  I have been married for almost 18 years to my high school sweetheart.  We have 2 sons, ages 15 and 11.  And I never expected a school shooting to happen in my school where I went and where I teach and where my son also attends.  Even though we are just a short 30-minute drive from Heath High School, where a school shooting occurred in 1997.  Even though we have talked about the scenarios, been trained on active shooter incidents, I never really thought it would happen.  But it did, on January 23, 2018."

QUESTIONS? Email steve@learningrevolution.com.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Webinar - "Responding to an Active Shooter in the Library: Protecting Patrons and Staff From a Rare But Catastrophic Event."


TOPIC: "Responding to an Active Shooter in the Library: Protecting Patrons and Staff From a Rare But Catastrophic Event."

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Steve Albrecht, author, Library Security: Better Communications, Safer Facilities (ALA,
2015)

DATE + TIME: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, 4:00 pm US-EST (1 hour). Click here for time zone conversions. The recording of the Webinar will be available immediately following the live broadcast, and available to all who sign up.

COST: $99 - includes participating live (not required), lifetime access to the recording, access to attendee discussion forum, and a certificate of attendance. (For group or other purchases, please email steve@learningrevolution.com.)

TO SIGN UP: Click HERE. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0 (free) and be logged in. Please click "Sign Up" on the top right and we'll get you approved quickly.

DESCRIPTION: Recent mass shootings in public places should remind all library leaders and their staffs to review their emergency response plans to this disturbing event. These incidents are often foreshadowed by warning signs and specific pre-attack behaviors by disturbed patrons that may be noticed by staff members.

This 60-minute webinar is led by Dr. Steve Albrecht, a national leader in both workplace violence prevention and library security. He'll provide safety tools and security techniques to empower library employees at every level, not frighten them. This includes his discussion of how some people make threats and others pose threats; the national response protocol known as Run-Hide-Fight; how to safely evacuate all patrons and staff; how to shelter in place in the library; and how to best protect patrons and staff from an armed attacker. Dr. Albrecht will also discuss why these perpetrators strike in the first place and what we can learn from past cases as a way to both understand and stop them.

DR. STEVE ALBRECHT
For the past 17 years, Dr. Steve Albrecht has made himself well-known to library training audiences around the country. His fast and empowering workshops focus on library safety and security issues; patron behavioral problems; customer service tools; and facility security improvements. His 2015 book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities, was published by the ALA.
Steve is one of the country's leading experts on the prevention of workplace and school violence. In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence. He interviewed a double murderer for the book.

He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board certified in human resources, security, employee coaching, and threat management.

In 1999, Steve retired from the San Diego Police Department, where he had worked since 1984, both as a full-time officer and later as a reserve sergeant and a domestic violence investigator.
He has written 21 books on business, security, and law enforcement subjects.

QUESTIONS? Email steve@learningrevolution.com.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The Virtual Media Literacy Fair "Booths" Are Open Today 3 - 5 pm US-EST | Posters!



Today is the "live booth" portion of the Media Literacy Fair that has been going on this week, part of Media Literacy Week. From 3:00 - 5:00 pm US-EST you can join live video rooms to chat with representatives of the 23 different organizations that are participating today. Or at your convenience you can browse the exhibitor hall with its total of 33 exhibiting organizations. 


Already this week we've had 2,400 unique visitors to the fair and 5,000 page views. We are really excited with all the activity. Also, the fun Media Literacy Week posters designed by Daniel Rhone have been downloaded over 2,500 times... They are just so clever. Find them here


Please also consider joining the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), which is free, to continue to get information information and resources around media literacy.




And finally, do consider supporting NAMLE and the many other good and devoted organizations that are working to teach media literacy in school and to students. Got to https://namle.net and look for the donation button.



Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Serious & Historic Importance of Media Literacy | Downloadable Posters for Media Literacy Week


Media Literacy Week is November 5 - 9, spearheaded by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). I want to urge you to join the NAMLE email/membership list (free) to get information and resources around media literacy and Media Literacy Week. At the bottom of this post, you'll also find a link to a fun set of downloadable posters for Media Literacy Week.

Joining NAMLE will also give you access to the 2018 Media Literacy Fair this coming week (I'm the organizer). Organizations and projects related to media literacy education will be showcased in the virtual "exhibit hall," and on Wednesday many of the organizations will have live staff available to talk to you in their virtual video "booths." More information at http://www.medialiteracyfair.org.

My dad (Fred Hargadon), who was a long-time dean of admissions at Stanford and then at Princeton, often told the story of being in his first English class at Haverford College, a Quaker-founded liberal arts school. Something of a high-school ne'er-do-well who then managed to finagle his way into Haverford after serving in the Army, my dad finished school in three years while working nights at the post office. That drive may or may not have been related to a serious transition in his life that came in that English class. "Fred," his teacher asked while they were studying Huckleberry Finn, "what does it mean when Jim tells Huck that a storm is coming?" My dad replied, "It means it's going to rain." "No, Fred, what does it mean?" My dad, still confused and somewhat frustrated, replied again, "that it's going to rain!"

In my own life, I had a comparably memorable but longer experience when I was an exchange student in Brazil for a year in high school. My Brazilian host family was very loving and was always ready to challenge my America-centric naivete about the world. While my experiences of living in another country included the challenges of learning a new language and eating unfamiliar food, it was learning to see the world through the eyes of other people and their culture that was the truly lasting gift of that year. That kind of intellectual and emotional growth is not easy, but it is surely at the heart of the kind of formal and informal learning experiences that actually change us. After college I spent four years at the Stanford Alumni Association leading group tours, the benefit of which was working with local tour operators and, not in the regular tourist role, getting to know many of them as people. What travel or living in other counties does for us, in its best case, is to help us see and understand how other people see and understand the world differently. (Now you know why I have such a passion for global education.)

Cultures and institutions are built on narratives, that is, defining stories that allow their members to find meaning in work and living, and also allow the passing on of a set of values to next generations. Like the shadows in Plato's Cave, though, almost all cultural and institutional narratives are simplified stories projected onto the general members by those with the power and authority to do so. We live in and through these narratives, but at a certain point in time we can come to recognize that what we adopted as truth are actually just stories, and that they are only virus-like approximations of truth, because as it turns out, truth is really hard to get at and isn't necessarily easily communicated. As we're discovering again in our current political and social debates right now, ideas spread because they are good at spreading, not necessarily because they have truth in them.

Back to Mark Twain: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” This quote itself actually helps to exemplify the problem, since it's attributed to Twain, but it probably was not said by him. Who likely said it is not actually easy to determine (https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth). (If you thought that little example was fun, you're going to love the posters linked at the bottom of this post.)


Brazil was not the last of my journeys outside of my own cave. It was just the start of discovering the incredible variety of caves that people grow up, and often continue to live their whole lives, in. Significant moments of rethinking the world and the accepted narratives for me often came through books and writing: Confessions of an Economic Hitman, The Crisis of Democracy, Salt Sugar Fat, and the Snowden and Wikileaks material.

The ability to share ideas that challenge existing power and control is fundamentally a part of the story of human progress. The advent of the printing press marked an incredible milestone in our social evolution, considerably reshaping and re-distributing the power to communicate ideas. But disruptions to the power to control ideas and thinking do not come without significant human cost. We may think we have evolved past killing individuals whose ideas are considered heretical, but how then might we explain the 250,000,000 (that's right, 250 million) who by one estimate were killed by governments in the 20th century? (See https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTM) How many have died just in Iraq since the 2003 invasion (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War)? How do we discuss that? What are we to think about it?

At the heart of my dad's experience in that freshman English class, of my experience in Brazil, and of the many experiences available to us because of the printing press and now the Internet, is the degree to which the human condition depends on individuals having access to information, being challenged to think critically and with more clarity, and in having forums for the open discussion and thoughtful and informed challenging of ideas.

So when I hear anyone (especially and including educators) say that the solution to a current social or political issue is for one group of people to determine what is correct thinking and to enforce that through censorship or control, it shakes me. When people are quick to label any questioning or independent thinking as "conspiracy theories," I ask myself: did you not watch or learn about the tobacco industry misrepresenting the truth for decades? Do you not read the business or political news with scandal after scandal, each exposing webs of collusion to bring profit or power to some at great harm to others? From business to banking to pharmaceutical to agricultural chemicals to weaponry to food to politics... To say, to those who are sincerely looking for meaning in the chaos of self-serving motivation and activity across the span of human endeavors, that questioning the powerful is less intellectually rigorous than to believe the uncorroborated narrative, is to ask them to relinquish their intellectual agency and that which is at the very core of human progress: the ability to think independently. As a student of history, using the framework of power and control has served me well in studying the past. Cui bono? Freedom is fragile, and the cost of maintaining it is a willingness to allow independent thought and dialog.

It's as though we live in some incredible fog of cognitive dissonance right now. The idea that we are not subject to the same human emotions, distortions, and temptations, or the same foibles and frailties of behavior, that have plagued mankind through all of history is at best naive and at worst downright dangerous. Who truly has the right to think for others?

Social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter and YouTube, have been given unique legal protection (Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act) for the opinions expressed on those platforms because those companies "offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse, unique opportunities for cultural development, and myriad avenues for intellectual activity." So this summer when those platforms began to admit that they were first secretly and then openly censoring viewpoints based on often-fuzzy principles that are not universally applied, we should be very concerned.

The answer to bad or lazy thinking is to teach better thinking, not to censor. Education is the key. There could be no more important time to be teaching media literacy than right now--maybe in the entire history of the world, given the ubiquity of electronic platforms for the airing of ideas, given the danger to that freedom of expression right now, and given the use of those electronic tools for monitoring and tracking thought by governments and corporations. There is an unparalleled need for civil dialog if we can find our way to it, and for endeavors and investigations to uncover truth and abuses of power.

But as it also turns out, this moment is showing that we're of two minds about education. This should come as no surprise, since as far as I can tell most cultures have had these same mixed educational motives.

On the one hand, education is about social control. We want to pass down certain ideas. It's about creating conformance, because it's much easier to run a family or an organization or a business or a country when people have learned the importance of obeying. But on the other hand, education is about strengthening the individual capacity for thinking, because a group or society that sees its strength in the combined capacities and capabilities of its individual members is less fragile, and arguably less dangerous, than one that sees its strength in demanding agreement and conformity. If we absolve ourselves of responsibility for teaching people to think critically and with understanding, and instead believe that we were supposed to select what is the right information for them, we're making a grave and historic mistake.

There's a colloquial use of the word "school," as in "getting schooled." It's when an opponent or adversary is better than you and beats you, teaching you a lesson. My personal estimate, based on a survey I did this past year (www.gameofschool.org), is that teachers believe that close to half their students leave school "beaten," with the belief that they are not good learners, with only a small few students being, and knowing that they are, intellectually capable. Even then, the most successful students will often tell you that they don't necessarily think that they have become "good learners," but that they have been good at the "game of school." So while we say (the narrative, notice) that schooling is about helping every student to become a good learner, is that actually the truth of the matter?

To promote censorship is to promote a conception that the recipient of information is passive and incapable--which is a terrible self-fulfilling prophecy. It sees the individual as never more than a follower and a victim, without the ability to grow and exercise their individual thinking capacity, or to be an agent in the destiny of his or her own life. This then becomes the ultimate justification for propaganda. We, the smart ones, know what is right and the others will never understand it, so we have to manipulate and coerce them to follow along.


So when I was asked last year if I would consider serving on the NAMLE board, I had a lot of reasons for believing that this is a particularly crucial topic for our time and that I wanted to be part of this discussion. This post reflects my personal views and why I'm serving in this role--it in no way is intended to necessarily represent the views of other board members, the organization, or it's partners. While I'm not speaking for the organization, I am speaking in behalf of NAMLE and the many other good and devoted organizations working to teach media literacy in school and to students. I ask you to please consider supporting them. NAMLE, like its partner organizations and many others, operates on an incredibly small budget, and donations and support help to make that possible. Got to https://namle.net and look for the donation button.

And please do join the NAMLE member email list to be kept informed of the activities this coming week.

Here's your promised link to the Media Literacy Week posters. Enjoy! They were designed by Daniel Rhone (see his work at http://lux-id.com) and are very clever...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cancelling the 2018 Global Education Conference

To All Global Education Conference Fans:

It’s with some reluctance that I am announcing that, because of me, we’re having to cancel the 2018 Global Education Conference we have had scheduled for November 12 - 15. While we did have some loyal partners come through with sponsorship offers, ultimately it was not enough to allow me to spend the devoted time that the conference requires. As you can imagine, the technical aspects of the Global Education Conference are somewhat massive and time-consuming.

I am truly sorry. While our funding was uncertain most of the year, we still held out hope. As I work independently and am responsible for my own fundraising, you can imagine how hard a decision this has been.

But this is not the end… it’s just a pause!

Our annual series of Global Ed Events continues on, starting March 15th, 2019, with our annual Global Leadership Summit (now being held in conjunction with ASCD) and then Global Education Day at ISTE. We’re going to work hard to revamp our sponsorship expectations and return in the fall with Global Collaboration Week and then the 2019 Global Education Conference.

I’m now going to have to bury myself into preparations for a new online conference I’ve announced for January 23 - 25, “The Learning Revolution” (previously referred to as edtech.world) which will focus on the impact of technology on teaching and learning. That conference will naturally have good visibility for global ed and global connecting, so hopefully that slightly mitigates the disappointment of canceling the November conference.

We are going to regroup and, starting in the new year, work to build a different financial sponsorship model that depends less on a few, larger funding organizations, and instead provides a sponsorship model with more partners and sponsors at lower dollar amounts.

We wish you the best as 2018 rapidly comes to a close. We care deeply about global, and look forward to figuring out how to do a better job of making a difference in the world of global ed.

Sincerely,

Steve

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Coming Fast | Session Updates - Library 2.018: Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World, October 17th


We've got lots of updated details on our third Library 2.018 mini-conference: "Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Register now to watch for free and/or to receive the event recordings.

This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.

Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose – all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries – as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?

This is a free event, being held online.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward. Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future 

Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarysocialcrisis on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

CURRENT SESSION LIST:
  • Active Shooter Training - Mary Soucie, State Librarian
  • Bibliotecas acción social - Judith de Méndez, Librarian.
  • Broward County Library - Reach Out Reach Up Reintegration Program - Roslyn Dean, Community Engagement Manager, Broward County Library
  • "Conversescion": not a mis-type, a different way to inclusion of asylum seekers - Matilde Fontanin
  • Educating Information Professionals to Manage Social Crises - Jen Jumba, M.L.I.S Adjunct Faculty at SJSU and Adult Services Librarian/Supervisor at Cuyahoga County Public Library 
  • From Transactional to Transformational Responses and Roles: Current and Potential Library Responses to Social Crises - Paula Miller, Director, Baltimore County Public Library
  • It's not (just) about transition: Librarians' role in promoting trans affirming healthcare - Mary Catherine Lockmiller, MLIS, M.Eng., AHIP
  • Meeting some basic needs of SJSU students and San Jose citizens @ the MLK Jr. Library - Peggy Cabrera, Associate Librarian for Art & Art History, Environmental Studies, Humanities & Philosophy, San Jose State University 
  • Opiate Users In Your Library: A Community Health Crisis - Dr. Steve Albrecht
  • Planning to React: Creativity, planning, and community coordination in response to crisis - Christian Zabriskie, Executive Director/Founder
  • Providing Support to Library Customers with Adverse Life Challenges - Alix Midgley, LCSW
  • The Role of Libraries in Addressing Homelessness and Poverty - Dr. Julie Ann Winkelstein
  • What role can public libraries play in the fight against HIV/AIDS? Lessons from Lubuto Library Partners in Lusaka, Zambia - Elizabeth Giles, Director of Library Services

KEYNOTES:


Patty Wong
Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (California)

Patricia Wong is the Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) system in California. Previously, she served as the Yolo County Library Director for nine years. Before her tenure leading the nine locations of the Yolo County Library system, Wong was the Deputy Director of Library Services of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. There, she managed the daily operations of the Central Library and its 12 branches. She has also held positions as Library Program Manager for Children’s Services in the Oakland Public Library and Supervising Librarian and Children’s Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library. Wong has co-authored nearly a dozen publications and has held many elected posts for national organizations such as the American Library Association, the United States Board on Books for Young People, and the Chinese American Librarians Association. She has also held a part-time faculty position at San Jose State University’s iSchool of Library and Information Science. In 2013, she received the California Library Association’s Member of the Year Award. Wong holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UC Berkeley.
https://smpl.org




Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where for 20 years she has assisted 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Rebekkah is the Library Sustainability columnist for Library Journal, author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World [ALA Editions], Resilience (part of American Library Association's Center for the Future Series) [ALA Editions], author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State. Rebekkah is co-founder of the New York Library Associaton's Sustainability Initiative and in 2017-2018 Rebekkah served as co-chair of the ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability. Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and past president of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekkahaldrich/




Ryan Dowd
Executive Director of Hesed House

Ryan is the Executive Director of a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. He regularly travels the country training libraries, police departments, schools and other organizations on how to work compassionately with difficult homeless individuals. Ryan is the author of the ALA book, The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness.
http://www.homelesslibrary.com/




Madeleine Ildefonso
Managing Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library/Central Library
@be_madeleine

Madeleine Ildefonso is a Managing Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and is the project manager for the New Americans Initiative. As one of LAPL’s Department of Justice-trained representatives, Madeleine has a feet-on-the-ground perspective of how libraries can support naturalization, citizenship and other questions about immigration. As she approaches her 14-year anniversary as a librarian for the city of Los Angeles, Madeleine is interested in connecting Los Angeles residents with engaging and meaningful services and programs to empower their decisions, to support their wellness and build their interest and investment in personal and community resilience. It is her sincere hope that this work will strengthen library users personal and institutional relationships so that they may find relief, understanding and support as well as gain life-changing services, information and skills.
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