Programming Reimagined

Podcasting Your Library (Launch the Pods!) with Sarah Burris and Stephen Efird

Do you have dreams of starting a library podcast?  Here are some tips to get started with a low budget, and lessons learned along the way. BCPL Unstacked is hosted by Stephen Efird and Sarah Burris from the Northwest Regional Library System where they share literary news, what they are reading/watching, what’s happening in their library, as well as author interviews. Find out how to make Podcasting your Library work best for you! 

Sarah Burris is the Community Relations and Marketing Coordinator for the Northwest Regional Library System. She has her MLIS and MFA from Kent State University.  She received the FLA Emerging Librarian Award in 2016.  These days will often find her coordinating various virtual programs and editing videos. Her favorite podcast is My Favorite Murder.

Stephen Efird is the Circulation Manager for the Northwest Regional Library System. He has a degree in Communications with Specialization in Radio/Television production from the University of Central Florida.  In addition to BCPL Unstacked he was a cast member of the Tales of the Five Nation Podcast and guest on Tales of the Fandom.  He spends way too much time listening to podcasts, with favorites being Darkness Radio, How Did This get Made?, and The Glass Cannon Podcast.

Reimagining Library Programming with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci

As libraries anticipate a return to in-person programming, staff once again face the challenge of shifting between in person and virtual services. In this presentation, Katie and Emily will provide ideas for in-person activities to help recharge your programming energy as well as those that can be facilitated as simultaneous in-person and online hybrids. They will also provide ideas for programs better suited to virtual platforms to maintain the library’s increased accessibility. 

Katie LaMantia is in Collection Development at Baker and Taylor and is a former Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple library conferences about programming, teens, and technology. When she’s not finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. She is the co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Emily Vinci is the Fiction Manager specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries. She presents frequently about pop culture and niche library programming and co-authored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017), Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), and 50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families (ALA Editions, 2020).

Creating the Essential Toolbox for Online & Hybrid Programming with Diana Silveira

As libraries, the new norm has us live-streaming along with developing programming for hybrid and virtual events. To offer these services, we must create a comprehensive toolbox to deliver the best experience we can provide to our users. During this session, we will explore free and low-cost software solutions as well as hardware to provide the content we create.

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.