Poster Sessions

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Poster Preview:                              
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
(Exhibit Hall – Lansing Center)

Poster Session (During Your Professional Connection Continental Breakfast):                
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
(Exhibit Hall – Lansing Center)

Building Basic Reads: Creating Effective Adult Literacy Collections
Hi-lo and adult literacy collections carry a stigma that can make them distasteful to new readers and even to library staff. At the Chelsea District Library, we've launched a collection called Basic Reads, with the aim of providing patrons with enjoyable fiction and nonfiction books, written at varying reading levels, free from stigma. I will discuss steps for obtaining titles, advice for leveling books, and marketing strategies for promoting the collection while targeting potential audiences--new readers, ESL learners, or even patrons with cognitive impairments that make reading challenging. Hear about the successes and challenges of hi-lo readers for adults.
Shannon Powers, Chelsea District Library
Data Management and Sharing Culture at the University of Michigan Biological Station
Data management has become an important resource offered by the library.  This study assayed the data management culture at the University of Michigan Biological Station and the faculty’s needs when offering data management services. The study also identified important dark datasets for digitization and inclusion the IR.  Over the summer, 21 PIs were interviewed per the protocol.  The results show that the faculty have specific concerns with data management and there are areas where the library can provide assistance.  This study resulted in a set of recommendations on how to meet the faculty’s needs and address their concerns.
Thomas Gerrish, Miami University and University of Michigan Biological Station
Genesee District Library:  It's Not What You Think
“Aren’t libraries just a bunch of dusty old books?” “Hasn’t the Internet made libraries obsolete?” “Nobody really goes to libraries any more, do they?” Tired of having the same old conversation with people, we decided to change it. Our 2017 marketing campaign features Library Dog Flanigan O’Malley responding to common myths about libraries. He’s funny, smart, and little bit irreverent.
Katie Badgley, Genesee District Library; Eileen Button, Genesee District Library; David Conklin, Genesee District Library; Kelly Flynn, Genesee District Library
Have A Heart - How Your Library Has the Power to Save Lives
Have A Heart, is a pilot program, at the Genesee District Library, where patrons don't have to wait at the Secretary of State to sign up to be an organ donor.  They are now able to visit their local library to sign up on Michigan's Organ and Tissue Registry!  It is a spin-off of Michigan Libraries for Life which is a week-long program throughout the state.  Now, instead of a week-long program it is year round.  Learn how your libraries can get involved in this life saving program.
Shalonda Griffin, Genesee District Library; Cristen Jackson, Genesee District Library
Library Services to Persons with Dementia
More than five million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, a number that is rapidly climbing as Baby Boomers age. Public, academic and medical libraries can and should play an important role in enriching the lives of this too-often forgotten population. The purpose of this poster presentation is to raise awareness in libraries, among library professionals and care givers, as well as among families and friends of persons suffering from dementia, that many types of library services and materials can help stimulate the memory while providing pleasure and entertainment.
Donna Dluge, Paw Paw District Library; Mary K. Davis, Rochester Hills Public Library
Library SOUP 2016 Winner
Join Jessica Lee-Cullin, Library SOUP 2016 winner, for updates on the Wee Free Pantry. Jessica’s winning project highlighted the needs of the community through the instillation of a small pantry that provides food, personal care products, and information on local crisis centers and services to the disenfranchised patrons of East Lansing. The hope was to empower their neighbors to contribute to the well-being of the community.
Jessica Lee-Cullin, East Lansing Public Library
Taking the Show on the Road...Adapting Story-Time on a Dime for Special Needs
The nature of public libraries is to serve everyone in their communities. The special needs population remains a marginalized group. I decided to change that reality. I started a special needs story-time at Canton Public Library. The following year, I took my show on the road and provided an outreach special needs story-time program at Cooke School in Northville. Last summer, I expanded our outreach programming to include Camp A.B.L.E. located in Canton. My poster presentation will demonstrate how feasible and fun it is to adapt a story-time for the special needs population and widen your library’s circle of inclusion.
Deborah Sobczak, Canton Public Library
Teen Expansion Project
The Branch District Library sought to achieve a safe haven for teens (created by teens) to frequent. There was no place for teens to go in the community that was available every day of the week. We aspired to give the teens a place where they not only felt safe, but also wanted. We were determined to give the under served teen population of Coldwater a chance to engage in things that they otherwise may never try. We created an atmosphere of acceptance where teens can be teens.
Kimberly Feltner, Branch District Library; Jessica Tefft, Branch District Library