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PLAN FLA Mini Conference

August 25, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

FLAJoin us on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida State University – Panama City for the PLAN FLA Mini Conference.

Attendees will be welcomed to the conference by FLA President Robin Shader, Director of the Northwest Regional Library System.

Headshot of Miguel FigueroaKeynote: Collaborators for the Future: Trends, Signals, and the Library of the Future with Miguel Figueroa from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries
How do we think about the future? As something for someone else to worry about? As something that will happen to us, not with us? As something that is over-promised, but has under-delivered? Over the past two years, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries has learned that thinking about the future starts when we activate our minds to looks for signals and trends outside of our immediate environments – and then think about those trends in light of our professional values and the values we seek to provide to our communities. As we talk with our communities about the trends and signals we see, we can begin to make the move from futuring to innovation for better libraries.

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (www.ala.org/libraryofthefuture), an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s EhrmanMedical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

Breakout sessions:

From Futuring to Innovation with Miguel Figueroa from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries
In this interactive session, attendees will take some of the trend scanning from the Center for the Future of Libraries – as well as their own community insights and evidence – and consider a positive innovation for the future of libraries. This activity helps demonstrate how we can all use  a futures-focused approach, and our commitment to library values, to help build the libraries of the future. Bring your colleagues for this team-based approach to futuring and innovation – and come ready with your bold vision for the library of the future.

Marketing Your Library…and Yourself with Kayla Kuni from the New Port Richey Public Library
This presentation will focus on how to market public library services to individuals and agencies that either don’t see the value of the library or are not clear in how the public library fits in with their organization. Sometimes the biggest hurdle we face is the idea that there is a public perception that librarians are cold or dismissive; this is a stereotype that we can break by being more engaging in our outreach efforts with a wide variety of organizations and community agencies. By the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to apply key concepts to better assist them in how to get involved in local agencies as well as receive buy in from their management team. Attendees will be able to identify local groups that would be worth reaching out to. Additionally, attendees will also be able to report on library initiatives that are of interest to agencies in which they are reaching out to. Finally, attendees will develop outreach programs that can be developed in coordination with local agency partners.

Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together with Meryl Cinnamon from OCLC
Join Meryl Cinnamon, OCLC Member Relations Liaison, for a look at Wikipedia + Libraries, a project of OCLC Research and WebJunction. Attendees will learn how this new project facilitates human-to-human connections among Wikipedians and librarians and exposes library staff to the inner-workings of Wikipedia so that they can work hands-on with the resource and adeptly guide their patrons’ use of it.

Visual Literacy: Communicate with Patrons Using Photography with Shaun Saxon from Florida State University, Panama City
Good images are vital to market library services. Grab patron interest with great pictures! Attendees will learn essential concepts, tools, software, and techniques of photography to make better pictures. You are encouraged—but not required—to bring a camera: either iPhone or DSLR with separate hotshoe flash.

About Bots: A Crash Course in LEGO Robotics for Libraries with Megan Fontaine from the Destin Library
This presentation will outline the necessary steps to implement a six-week robotics program at a public library, based on the model used during the Destin Library’s Summer of Code program. Both the successes and failures of the program will be covered (no program is perfect, after all), and will include feedback gathered from participants and their parents to provide suggestions for other libraries to improve on their design. Attendees will be able to gain some hands-on experience with the LEGO Mindstorms base kits and iPads used in the robotics program so that you can gain the confidence necessary to experiment on your own.

Imagine: Outreach Outside the Box with Heather Ogilvie from the Bay County Public Library
A review of one year as an Outreach Librarian, expanding access and engaging the community. People who can’t, don’t, or won’t use the library are literally everywhere you look when you step outside the building. Explore ways to reach out to those people. Imagine how we might transform our community if we put a librarian in daycare centers, in afterschool programs, in senior living facilities, in our correctional institutions, in the mall, in neighborhoods, in the conversation. The challenges are easy to find. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that by 2025, there will be an estimated 7.1 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about library service to adults with dementia — simple, inexpensive, and profoundly rewarding. We will discuss programs and resources for working with people of all ages. Unleash your creativity. Innovative library outreach can be an unexpected success story for your library.

General session:

Active Shooter: Beyond Run, Hide, Fight with John Shelton from the West Florida Public Libraries
The Department of Homeland Security currently advocates Run, Hide, Fight when it comes to responding to an active shooter. While this is sound advice, it’s not enough. Managers and staff need to understand how to quickly recognize when a dangerous situation is developing, how they should react, and how to take decisive action. How to train and prepare your library then continue operations is also covered. At the end of this training, attendees will be able to recognize a developing emergency and maintain enough self-awareness to respond properly and take decisive action when determining when to run, when to hide, and when to fight; be able to develop an emergency response plan and train their staff to carry it out; and learn to develop a continuity of operations plan to deal with their staff, the press, and the public, and open their libraries as soon as possible.

Lightning rounds:

Using Historical Inquiry as Library Staff Development with Alvin Lee from Florida A&M University
The session will explain how genealogy can be used to teach library staff research skills. Staff learned how to read census records, how to search for primary sources, and how to use genealogy software.

Emerging Technologies, Evolving Libraries with Dr. Lorri Mon from Florida State University
This session will explore the innovative ways libraries are reimagining services and integrating emerging technologies to create new ways of engaging with STEM and STEAM learners and to promote entrepreneurship in communities.

How to Win an FLA Award with Regina Burgess from the Panhandle Library Access Network
Hear from a former chair of the FLA Awards Committee on how to write an FLA award nomination for yourself, your colleague, or your library so that you get the recognition you deserve!

A light continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided for all attendees.

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August 25, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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