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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

A Place to Call Home?: Michigan Public Librarians' Perceptions of Their Homeless Patrons
Labeled "third-sector" community organizations, public libraries serve homeless individuals by default. While these constituents may view libraries as a refuge, library staff members have a more complicated relationship with them. Using focus group interviews with a wide array of library personnel and published codes of conduct as its primary data sources, this qualitative study explores how public libraries in 8 Michigan urban communities perceive and serve homeless patrons. Recommendations for enhanced collaboration between social service agency and public libraries are provided.
Mark A. Giesler, Saginaw Valley State University

Developing Sustainable Online Learning Resources: An Innovative Collaborative Solution
Librarians rely on their expertise and experience when providing face-to-face instruction, and on learners for visual cues to gauge understanding. What happens when we are asked to move these face-to-face experiences to an online asynchronous platform? In this session, our team will discuss how a collaborative instructional design consulting model was used to take complex content from a medical infomatics course for pharmacy students and move it to online multimedia modules using Powerpoint and a Content Management System. We will describe how this approach creates a sustainable model of design that can easily accommodate future changes and revisions.
Veronica Bielat, Wayne State University; Steven Remenapp, Wayne State University; Wendy Wu, Wayne State University

Disrupting the Meeting: Build Your First Team
The challenge:  A legacy of quarterly management team meetings that were too often a complaint-fest, full of conflict avoidance. The countermeasure:  Inspired by R-squared and The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, we developed a year-long curriculum designed to help all recognize that Management Team is their First Team.    The outcome: An institution-wide reorganization during which our management team pulled together in a way it never had before.    This session: Explore how to foster your own first team as well as engage in interactive exercises that will spark creative problem-solving and break down barriers.
Marla J. Ehlers, Grand Rapids Public Library; Kristen Krueger-Corrado, Grand Rapids Public Library

Library Management for Beginners
Casey and Val enjoy an informal bantering relationship where they will be discussing some key points for managing personnel and other library issues. Casey comes at issues with new, fresh eyes; while Val is a seasoned veteran of library management. Val and Casey will be reviewing the ins and outs of some tough decisions and how to handle them, including issues with training, hiring, firing, managing staff in a different "age" bracket.
Casey Adams, Roscommon Area District Library; Valerie Meyerson, Petoskey District Library

Ready, Set, Hire! Planning for the Unexpected
A key responsibility of the library board is to provide a qualified librarian to direct the day-to-day operations of the library. What happens if your current director leaves – whether by their own choice, the board’s preference, or due to unforeseen circumstances? Without a formal plan of succession for the director and key staff, the board could panic and make hasty and regrettable hiring decisions. To avoid such turmoil: be prepared!
John Keister, John Keister & Associates

"Select, Sow, Share" - Seed Libraries for Community Engagement and Wellness
Veteran seed librarians Melissa Armstrong & Mary Russell of Caro Area District Library and Tamarack District Library, respectively, will be joined by organic farmer and heirloom seed enthusiast Ben Cohen.  Panelists will answer the "root" question: why have a seed library?  They will share best practice tips, program tools, and practical expertise, and describe the many ways in which their programs have benefited both the library and the community.
Melissa Armstrong, Caro Area District Library; Ben Cohen, Small House Farm, Gardens Across America; Mary Russell, Tamarack District Library

Using the University Mission to Develop an Outreach Program for Under Served Communities
As with most universities, a core component of the mission of the University of Detroit Mercy is service.  To help support that mission, the University of Detroit Mercy awards annual Micro Mission Grants to any full or part-time faculty or staff member.  Learn how a librarian at the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry was awarded a grant and collaborated with the Titans for Teeth mobile clinic to engage in outreach to elementary school children served by the mobile clinic.
Jennifer Bowen, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Library

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

It's All About the Experience:  Improving User Experience in Public and Academic Libraries
Providing excellent experiences for our users is something that unites us regardless of what type of library we work in. This panel will bring together librarians from a diverse set of institutions to discuss ways in which we intentionally create user-centered environments and improve user experience. Attendees will take away multiple methods and techniques to better understand and improve user experience within their own library. This discussion will allow academic and public librarians to collaborate and learn from each other.
Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Kent District Library; Carrie Donovan, Ferris State University; Andrea Estelle, Otsego District Library; Kristin Meyer, Grand Valley State University; Samantha Minnis, Grand Valley State University; Christine Tobias, Michigan State University

From Spreadsheets to Unicorns: 3 Free Management Tools for Your Next Project
Do you have a project coming up that you'll need tools to tackle?  Have you been keeping track of important projects on spreadsheets or post-it notes while trying to collaborate with colleagues?  Been there, done that.  For our most recent project, we moved our project tracking from Excel to a formal tool to manage our tasks.  This presentation will explore three project management tools – Asana, Podio, and Trello – available online and as mobile apps.  Best of all, they are free.
Steven Bowers, DALNET; Kristy Eklund, DALNET

Knowledge is Power
Room:  202
Library administrations, trustees, staff, and friends groups all share the same mission -- support the library. They can help ensure the success of that quest by initiating robust and regular communications among the groups. Increased understanding of the challenges and responsibilities of library partners can boost their collaboration and support and lead to greater success for everyone. An interactive discussion will encourage attendees to share examples of the value of information sharing among disparate groups.
Allison Arnold, St. Clair County Library System; Shirley Bruursema, FOML Trustee Aliance; Paul Snyder, Friends of Michigan Libraries

Legislative Update
Join our GCSI lobbyists for the latest news on pending legislation impacting libraries today. Penal fines, millages, tax capture and personal property tax are some of the topics being addressed. Find out how the election results could affect your library.
Chris Iannuzzi, Governmental Consultant Services; Gary Owen, Governmental Consultant Services, Inc.

The People in Your Neighborhood
Get to know the people around you in a whole new way! Everything from their shopping habits to what they do for fun is waiting for you to discover. Demographic information such as this is at your fingertips and can help you with strategic planning, increasing foot traffic, and collection development.  This session on using Business Decision to get to "know" the people in your neighborhood or community will give you the opportunity strengthen your understanding of the people you serve empower your decision making. Become an evidence based data driven decision maker!
Deb Renee Biggs, Library of Michigan; Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library; Kimberly Young, Houghton Lake Public Library

Toxic Bosses: Signs & Strategies
As the popular saying goes, “Employees don’t leave organizations, they leave bad bosses.”  This presentation will look at the variety of toxic bosses and strategies for working with and for them.  We will also challenge you to consider if you have toxic tendencies and offer tips on how to change your style for the good of your organization.
Rebecca Higgerson, Brandon Township Public Library; Michele Pratt, Delta College

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Executive Exchange – Pre-registration Required

Library Board Meetings:  How to Run a Good Meeting from a Lawyer's Perspective
This session will focus on common legal issues that arise at meetings and how to address them. Topics will include having well drafted bylaws, knowing the Open Meetings Act, addressing when you should have a written resolution, respecting other board members opinions and handling comments and questions from the audience.
Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Human Library
The Human Library is an international movement to help combat discrimination and prejudice.  The idea is to foster conversations between people who may not otherwise meet.  Through these contacts and thoughtful conversations, barriers are broken down which are cornerstones of prejudice.  Come learn how to organize and facilitate your own Human Library.
Allison McFadden-Keesling, Oakland Community College

Creating a Learning Community for Library Staff: Peer to Peer
Library staff want to connect with one another, both formally and informally, to learn from each other’s expertise and experiences. That consistent message resonated across a sequence of Community Conversations with librarians from Indiana and Michigan in 2014. That message then served as a catalyst for MCLS to begin developing and supporting a series of peer to peer learning opportunities. From Twitter chats and Facebook groups, to roundtables, peer-led webinars, and more Community Conversations, library staff are leading the dialogue. We will share what they are talking about, and what we learned in our 2016 “Deeper Dive” Library Community Conversations.
Michelle Bradley, MCLS; David Votta, MCLS

Legal Resources in Genealogy
Family history records are often related to court records. This presentation is a discussion of the former courts of equity (Chancery) courts in Michigan, and an approach to understanding the proceedings there. Other topics include private laws, court briefs, arrangement of federal and state statutes, and the language of wills, trusts and land sales. Suggestions of how to approach genealogist's questions will be offered, as well as guidance on copyright and privacy concerns.
Janice K. Selberg, State Law Library

Multiracial in a Monoracial World: How the Library can Move Forward to Meet the Emerging Needs of a Growing Population
With a growing interracial population throughout the U.S. and Michigan, this session will highlight demographic and publishing trends with regard to mixed race issues for libraries of all types. We will suggest and illustrate ways to better serve interracial individuals, families and communities from pre-school to adult through enhanced collections that reflect this population, and expanded services and programs that connect with the experiences of mixed-race people.
Karen Downing, University of Michigan Library; Helen Look, University of Michigan; Darlene Nichols, University of Michigan; Alexandra Rivera, University of Michigan Library

Taking Your Career to the Next Level - Part I
Are you ready to kick your career up to the next level?  Have an idea you want to share with your colleagues? Consider the world of professional development through publishing and presenting.  Learn how to establish name recognition in your area expertise through social media. We will explore how to write winning proposals to begin publishing and presenting those great ideas.  In Part II we will also help you conquer your fears of public speaking with practical tips that will make your presentations more dynamic.  Follow these steps to successfully enter the world of posting, publishing, and presenting, and watch your career flourish!
Holly Hibner, Plymouth District Library; Mary Kelly, Lyon Township Public Library

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Executive Exchange – Pre-registration Required
An unconference in a conference.  What keeps you up at night?  Join library directors, deans and upper management in frank and open roundtable discussions about boards, budgets and other challenges.  You choose the topic and learn from your colleagues.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks for Adults too!
While the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign focuses on positive diverse stories for young readers, the same resources and support are needed for adults. This panel discussion will look at the institutional forces working to marginalize large segments of the reading public, resources for expanding our awareness and purchasing, as well as passing along some great titles.  We’re lucky to be living in times where more great diverse books are out there just waiting to be found—even if not equally promoted.
Sara Doherty, Capital Area District Libraries; Eyal Suseela, Capital Area District Libraries; Jessica Trotter, Capital Area District Libraries

Library of Michigan’s Library Law LIVE
What’s trending in Library Law in Michigan? What types of issues and questions are libraries facing? What are the Top 10 things Libraries (and library directors/trustees/staff/Friends) should know?
Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan’s Library Law Consultant will discuss these topics and more in this presentation. Time will also be reserved for participant questions, so come with your queries!
Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan

Proactive Community Outreach: Key to the Future
Community outreach can expand your library brand, attract new clients, and provide opportunities to offer new services as well as gain collaboration partners. Community Outreach is the key to the future. This panel will discuss the success of a number of southeast Michigan public libraries in expanding their reach into the business community and organizations offering support to new and existing businesses.  These efforts resulted in collaborations with SBDC, SCORE, chambers of commerce, and other service groups. The discussion will build on the Engagement Marketing framework promoted by Gail Goodman former owner of Constant Contact.
Kim Esper, Howell Chamber of Commerce; Steve Feinman, SCORE District 515; Melissa Henry, Clarkston-Independence District Library; Donna Olson, Salem-South Lyon District Library; Richard Lim, Howell DDA; Keegan Sulecki, Chelsea District Library; Brandi Tambasco, Howell Carnegie District Library

Taking Your Career to the Next Level - Part II
Are you ready to kick your career up to the next level?  Have an idea you want to share with your colleagues? Consider the world of professional development through publishing and presenting.  In Part II Kevin King will help you conquer your fears of public speaking with practical tips that will make your presentations more dynamic.  Learn how to craft a presentation that will be both entertaining and informative. Participants will discover a myriad of tips and tricks from a librarian who has presented all over the country on multiple topics. Even the introverted will gain the valuable insight needed to impress their colleagues and supervisors.
Kevin King, Kalamazoo Public Library

The Future of Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Funding in Michigan
The Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds support a range of statewide services to the Michigan library community. The Library of Michigan uses a five year plan to guide statewide projects and a new one needs to be written for 2017-2022. Come talk to the Library of Michigan staff about what statewide services your community needs over the next five years. What ideas do you have about developing the next big pilot program? What are your goals for your local community? How can we be collaborating to improve our services to everyone in our communities? Come join the conversation!
Karren Reish, Library of Michigan

Thursday, October 27, 2016
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

So Much More Than Vampires: Young Adult Books with Adult Appeal
Two enthusiastic adult readers of Young Adult Fiction are here to tell you what you and your adult patrons have been missing out on from the young scrappy and hungry world of YA.  From new books to new classics we’ll cover a broad range of genres and formats to help you enhance your reader’s advisory to both teens and adults.
Kricket Hoekstra, Rochester Hills Public Library; Sarah Jones, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Dawn of a New Website:  From Proposal to Launch
On March 22, 2016, Kent District Library launched its first new website in ten years. The previous site was built before eBooks exploded and before mobile-responsiveness was even a thing. Learn how KDL navigated the process from vendor selection to selecting a project team to the thousands of little decisions that add up each day before launch. Get a roadmap to the path KDL took to its new site with stops along the way at the RFP and vendor interview process, project management, content migration, usability testing with targeted audiences, and finally to launch, debugging and marketing your new site.
Vivi Hoang, Kent District Library; Heidi Nagel, Kent District Library

Get Out There! Meet the Community Where They Are
In January 2014, Capital Area District Libraries reorganized the long-standing outreach department. This presentation covers the reimagined outreach department. With a larger than ever department, including experts on business, digital literacy, local history, youth outreach, a bookmobile and more; the librarians are meeting community members where they are and fulfilling community needs in new, never imagined ways. Come learn about these outreach successes and methods to start your own successful outreach efforts.
Erin Kurtz, Capital Area District Libraries; Jessica Goodrich, Capital Area District Libraries

How Much Profit Does a Library Need?
Like it or not a library is a business.  Both require customers, revenue for operations, have fixed and variable costs for operations to pay, and would like to remain solvent or profitable. Yes libraries and nonprofits are allowed to have profit; they just cannot distribute or take profit out of the business.  But why does a library need a profit? It needs it for some of the same reasons a business entity needs  one.  Libraries and businesses have infrastructure that needs to at least be maintained or improved,  new technology has to be obtained to keep pace with client demand, other material must be obtained  to satisfy client needs.   This session examines an approach for a library to build capital investment into the request for funding whether as a millage, form a government general fund, supplemental grant funds, or supporter fundraising efforts
Steve Feinman, SCORE District 515; Edward Krupa, SCORE

Soup to Nuts: Rapid Iteration for Innovative Customer Service
Stuck in the quagmire of project management? So were we. This year we ran a series of experiments to learn how to better serve our users. Using the methods in "The Lean Startup" we started a new approach to customer service. Our department created small teams focused on fast projects to meet our organizational goals and user needs. Learn how rapid iteration helped us succeed, or fail, quickly and how to focus on winning strategies based on validated metrics.
Chris Bulin, JSTOR; Lauren Trimble, JSTOR

Weed Smart
Learn how to make any weeding project a public relations dream! In this webinar, "Awful Library Books" co-authors Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly discuss communication, transparency, and timing. Get the staff and patrons on board, be clear with your weeding plan, and set a pace that allows for careful decision making. We will also talk about how to dispose of weeded materials properly and respectfully. No one wants their library in the headlines for a weeding fiasco, so learn how to weed smart!
Holly Hibner, Plymouth District Library; Mary Kelly, Lyon Township Public Library


Thursday, October 27, 2016
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

All Ages Welcome: Collaboration Across Departments to Provide All-ages Programming
Think big and work together to host all day and all age library programming outside of Summer Reading kick-off events.  Orion Township Public Library has hosted several all day, all age events with great success.  The planning and implementation required cooperation between the youth, teen, and adult departments.   Come and learn how OTPL plans and hosts a geektastic Star Wars Day and a magical Harry Potter Day.  Be inspired by how separate departments can come together and provide an excellent experience for all library patrons.
Gina Bucalo-Crowther, Orion Township Public Library; Kathleen Kozlowski, Orion Township Public Library; Halli Zalesin, Orion Township Public Library

Creating a Library Legacy: Insuring Financial Stability for Decades
Many people support charities throughout life but don’t make charitable bequests because they weren’t asked or don’t know how. LEAVE A LEGACY is a public awareness campaign designed to educate the public and promote the message that people from all walks of life can “make a difference in the lives that follow.” A speaker’s bureau of financial planners and estate attorneys sign a code of ethics and make themselves available to provide non-commercial presentations to educate people about the possibilities. Learn how this program can educate you and your patrons about supporting the causes you care about beyond your lifetime.
Julie Meredith, Clarkston Independence District Library; Bill Winkler, Kavanagh Winkler & Associates

Digital Engagement that Creates Library Fans
Reach your library constituents in the most convenient way possible, on that phone that’s never far from their fingers. With a new mobile-friendly website, an opt-out policy for eNewsletter subscriptions and an active blog with lots of community giveaways, Kent District Library has in some areas tripled customers’ digital engagement in the first few months of 2016. Learn how to generate content people want to like, and how you can increase positive customer engagement without destroying your staff, becoming a spammer or violating the library privacy act.
Heidi Nagel, Kent District Library; Vivi Hoang, Kent District Library

Exploring Public Library Outreach to the K-12 Market
An important but often times under-emphasized aspect of public library services is outreach to K12 teachers, staff, students, and parents. In this session we will explore the benefits to all stakeholders of successful public library - K12 partnerships by looking at current outreach efforts of two libraries.  Finally, we will identify how to use the eResources in MeL to assist K12 schools to achieve academic improvement.
Calvin Battles, Jackson District Library; Christine Schneider, Library of Michigan; Amy Young, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Thrive, Don’t Just Survive, your Facilities Construction Project.
Completing a facilities construction project is not for the faint-hearted.  To successfully open the doors to your beautiful new or renovated building requires thorough investigation, preparation and planning.  We’ll cover the project stages, the timeline, who should be on the team and why, as well as the importance of flexibility and communication.  The devil is in the details, thousands of details.  Prepare for the unknown.  Expect it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster for library staff and customers.  We’ll share what we have learned and give you tips on how to thrive no matter what comes your way.
Jerilee Cook, Howell Carnegie District Library; Emily DeJaegher, Howell Carnegie District Library; Ray Kopja, Howell Carnegie District Library; Holly Ward Lamb, Howell Carnegie District Library; Kathleen Zaenger, Howell Carnegie District Library

What to Say, and How to Say It:  Using Words and Images to Craft Your Message
Heard of “location, location, location?”  For online marketing, it’s “content, content content!”  What you say, and the way you say it (tone, date & time, frequency) is how you will attract, engage and be share worthy to your audiences.  This session will teach you time-saving tips, techniques and yes, even apps that will help your content – and the way you share it – succeed!  We’ll cover tidbits like how many links create the most engagement, how to turn questions into high-open subject lines, tips on using graphics, picture and videos, and more.  We’ll give you the structure and tools to make creating your content fast, easy and effective!
Tamara Jaros, Spark Your Leads

Thursday, October 27, 2016
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Government Relations Panel
Lobbying holds elected officials accountable for their actions and it puts a face on the issues. So what is the most effective way to influence your elected officials? Hear four very different government relations success stories and take away ideas to spark your own participation in the legislative process.
John Chrastka, Every Library; Gary Owen, Governmental Consultant Services Inc.; Mary Rzepczynski, Delta Township District Library; Lance Werner, Kent District Library

Let’s Talk…ELL/ESL Programs in Public Libraries
Learn how to plan, implement and promote ELL/ESL programs in your library.  Get tips on recruiting, training and retaining ESL volunteers.  Learn how to build relationships with your local literacy organization and the adult education department of your public school system.  Discover how to host an ESL book discussion program and select books they will love to read!
Denise Dorantes, Dearborn Public Library; Ellen Pare, Canton Public Library; Mary Storch, Novi Public Library

Meeting the Public Where They Are: MeLCat, Linked Data and Web Search
Twenty-first century libraries are working to meet users where they are. To do this libraries must make their holdings visible on the open web by transforming library records found in library systems to linked data. By using the language of the open web, libraries can meet the public where they are online and drive them to library websites and online catalogs increasing use of library resources. This session will detail an experimental project by MCLS and Library of Michigan to transform millions of MeLCat records into linked data and increase visibility and use of libraries and MeLCat in Michigan.
Debbi Schaubman, MCLS; Shannon White, Library of Michigan

Bringing Your Best
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg
This session was created as an offshoot to MLA’s successful Mentor Program.  Do you know your strengths?  Can you pinpoint your behavior styles or areas where you need professional growth?  Join Pinky McPherson, owner of PMc Consulting, in an interactive session utilizing DiSC concepts on behavior styles and emotional intelligence.  Gain baseline information on your behavior style and how that can help you build effective relationships. Learn the benefits of mentorship, professional growth and networking with individuals with diverse behavioral strengths in this engaging session!
Pinky McPherson, PMc Consulting

Recording Reference Transactions: Tools
The days of using tally counters to track transactions at the reference desk are passing.  While libraries use a wide variety of tools, most use only one tool to assess the multiple layers of reference transactions.  No guidelines from the American Library Association for documenting these transactions are available.  The goals of this presentation include: compare and contrast; identify aspects (e.g. maintenance, content) that could potentially be beneficial in the selection process; and to bring awareness of these tools.  This work is guided by a gap in the literature. Data showed that customization and cost are key factors.
Marilia Antunez, University of Akron Libraries

The Canton Book Project: Programming Beyond Book Groups and Author Visits
In 2015, the Canton Public Library launched the Canton Book Project as an innovative way to promote reading throughout the Canton community. Centered on the principle that inspired readers are ideally suited to promote the love of reading, this peer-to-peer program has helped put over 200 books into the hands of nonreaders. This presentation will outline the steps CPL took to develop and launch this program and highlight ways other libraries could replicate it.
Laura Fawcett, Canton Public Library

Friday, October 28, 2016
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.


It’s My Library Too!
Starting with getting through the entrance and to the front desk, and continuing through the process of locating and accessing Bothe library holdings and services, blind and visually impaired people struggle to take advantage of one of their community’s most precious possessions, their public library. Those libraries who have attempted to provide services for this population frequently come away feeling like the person who throws a party and no one comes.

Come learn how you can make your library a place where people who are blind or visually impaired feel welcome, well served and a full member of the library using public. Also learn how you can get your message of service to the blindness community so they can learn just what you can offer them.
Brian Charlson, The Carroll Center for the Blind

Ask the Lawyer
This session will address frequently asked questions and allow audience members to ask questions.  Topics will be directed by audience interest, but can include Library Privacy Act, district library establishment, the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act compliance, patron behavior polices, bylaws, meeting room policies and more.
Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith

Literature in Color
What does Sharon Draper, Carl Weber, Jerry Pinkney and Jason Reynolds all have in common.  You're right, as African Americans, they all have colored the world of literature with their experiences and unique, creative writing styles.  This workshop on the African American Read-In Chain will share with you why this dynamic program was created, how you can promote it in your community and the benefits of sharing works written by African American authors.  Participants will also learn about collaborating with other groups and organizations to help make the Read-In Chain a natural part of your African American History Month celebration.
Rhonda Farrell-Butler, Public Libraries of Saginaw

Partners in Your Community
If you are looking for ways to make your library more visible in your community, consider partnerships with businesses and organizations right in your community. Learn about “Outside the Lines” and other opportunities for partnerships, including the local cable channel, businesses, and locations of “little libraries.” Get out in your community, and take the library with you!
Karen Knox, Orion Township Public Library

Patrons Just Wanna Have Fun!
STEM/STEAM activities, makerspaces, passive programs? Call it what you want, but it all means one thing. Patrons (and librarians) want to have fun! Two fun-loving librarians will show you how to create simple activities to engage with patrons of all ages and turn a small spot in your library into an ever-changing point of interest. Successful (and a few not so successful) examples will be shown, new ways to think about passive programs will be discussed, and tips for finding and creating simple activities will be shared.
Hillary Berry, Paw Paw District Library; Brandon Bowman, Oak Park Public Library

Raising the Bar on User Experience Studies: A Mixed Methods Approach for Website and Catalog Evaluations
This program provides details about the methodology used in a recent digital user experience study designed to evaluate patrons’ experiences with a library’s website and online catalog. The study design included server statistics, an online survey, observations of users, brief interviews, and focus groups. Data from over 1,200 participants were collected and analyzed, resulting in detailed information about users’ opinions, preferences, and desires. The strengths and weaknesses of this approach will be discussed, as well as suggestions for enhancing user experience studies in general.
Whitney DeCamp, Western Michigan University Kercher Center for Social Research; Rebecca Sevin, Western Michigan University

Friday, October 28, 2016
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.


Accessing the Print Word for the Blind and Low Vision Person
In this day and age where there are so many ways to read the printed word, how do people who are blind or have low vision access books, periodicals and other information? Is it simply a matter of turning on a tablet or smart phone? Which devices work well and which do not? Which sources are accessible and which are not? How do people learn about what is available and how to use them?

Come see, hear and touch many of the book reading devices and programs used by those who are blind or visually impaired. Learn about where and how this important population get access to periodicals, books, movies and more.
Brian Charlson, The Carroll Center for the Blind

Beyond Sea to Shining Sea: Bilingual Programs for Children and Families
In our country’s ever changing patchwork of languages and cultures, many libraries serve diverse populations, ranging from English-only speakers to multilingual households. This presentation will introduce youth librarians to a variety of methods for designing and implementing bilingual storytimes that will best meet the needs of their community. Attendees will learn how to use local resources and build community partnerships to share a world of languages with children and families in their own library. Presented by librarians from two different libraries and communities, audiences will easily be able to apply the information to any library community.
Jodi Krahnke, Ypsilanti District Library; Ashley Lehman, Ferndale Area District Library

Children in the Library:  A Legal Perspective
Children are important library patrons.  There are unique issues that apply to children using the Library.  This session will focus on some of those legal issues.  Topics include the Library Privacy Act, CIPA, PA 212, unattended children's policies and other legal implications of children using the Library.
Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith

Michigan Harwood Cohort Panel
In March 2016, 54 Michigan library staff began a 10-month undertaking. They attended a 1.5-day workshop taught by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. During the workshop the cohort was organized into two smaller groups, which for the remainder of 2016 will participate in additional training, and develop action plans to move their communities forward.    A panel of three of the participants in this training program will present how they have utilized these community engagement tools, what impacts they have made in their community, and how this process has raised the visibility of the library within their community.
Doreen Hannon, Salem-South Lyon District Library; Karen Knox, Orion Township Library; Donna Olson, Salem-South Lyon District Library; Perri Saunders, White Pigeon Township Library; David Votta, MCLS

Wait, I Have to Consider Copyright in New Media?
Yes, you still have to consider copyright when it comes to new media! Sure, the Internet is increasingly providing us with a wealth of information in new forms like podcasts, streaming video, blogs, and social media. This media is often freely available online and easily accessible. But who owns the intellectual property? How can I use it? Does Fair Use apply? This session will attempt to provide clarity on copyright and new media. Bring your questions and experience.
Michael Priehs, Wayne State University

Want to take your library to the next level? Start a Library Foundation
There is a formal check list to start a Foundation, but what does it mean to your library and your community?  If you have an active Friends group will they feel threatened?  Will it look like two different groups are raising money for the same library? Is there a strong local Community Foundation and how will the Library Foundation relate to them?  Foundations can raise funds that would otherwise not be raised by the library through many traditional channels: annual giving, special events, planned giving and from corporate foundations.  Hear what many of the Michigan library foundations are doing successfully and how they make a difference to the libraries they serve and how it impacts the community.
Richard Schneider, Muskegon Area District Library