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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door.

Gateway To Accessibility: Becoming a Demo Site for the Braille and Talking Book Library
Become a gateway toward accessibility for qualifying patrons in your communities that need a wider selection of audio or braille books. Learn about the benefits of being a Demo Site with the Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL). As baby boomers continue to age, the number of qualifying individuals in your communities will increase as the majority of eye diseases affect older populations. Become familiar with the BTBL program, and how this program would benefit your low vision patrons.
Stephanie Wambaugh, Braille and Talking Book Library

Legislative Update
Join our GCSI lobbyist for the latest news on pending legislation impacting libraries today.
Gary Owen, Governmental Consultant Services, Inc.

Lessons Learned from a System Migration
Migrating library data from one system to another can be daunting. Going through the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes are time-consuming, but necessary steps to help realize a proper choice that will fit your metadata, patron needs and budget. DALNET completed a system migration in under a year. Because our consortium runs 16 separate library catalogs and has used the same integrated library system for 20 years, this process was all-encompassing. This presentation will include timeline structure, lessons learned, tasks that went well and some that could have been improved, communication, and managing change.
Cathy Wolford, DALNET

What Type of Library Are You and Does it Meet the Needs of Your Community?: A Legal Perspective
This session will focus on explaining the different types of public libraries in Michigan. We will discuss what authority your library has under the law and how that authority affects the services you can provide to your community. Finally, we will discuss the pros and cons of the different types of libraries and whether your community may benefit from changing your Library's organization, for example transforming from a city library to a district library. We will then discuss how to organize and form different types of libraries in Michigan.
Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith

Librarians Go To Juvie
In an effort to better serve incarcerated teens, Kalamazoo Public Library partners with the County Juvenile Home and community volunteers on teen author visits, book clubs, and a bedtime reading program; these programs have led to increased interest in reading and library use, a rise in community awareness, and some surprising connections between authors and students.
Marge Kars, Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home; Jill Lansky, Kalamazoo Public Library; Susan Warner, Kalamazoo Public Library

PR for Libraries: 7 Tips to Go Beyond the Flier
For libraries, public perception is often 15 years behind the reality of the value a library brings to a community – and that includes both the brick and mortar building as well as online resources. Whether your goal is to increase your number of cardholders, increase attendance at events or pass the next millage, identifying and reaching your audience is key. Go beyond the print flier in the window and reach your audience where they are with the services they find valuable.
Allie McLary, Piper & Gold Public Relations

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door. 

3D Printing: Innovation, Inspiration, Collaboration
Exploration of an interesting, emerging new technology led libraries in the Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative to embark on a shared 3D printing project over a 12 month period in 2016-17. Twenty public library members and one academic institution – divided into even seven separate regions - shared 3D printer set-ups that also included a laptop, scanner, and filament. Representatives of each library met to discuss and agree on a circulation schedule and to plan transportation among libraries. Facilitated by MMLC, the group held conference calls to discuss programming ideas, completed an evaluation survey, and published a final report.
Jason Bias, Genesee District Library; Jessica Bostian, Ruth Hughes Memorial District Library; Amy Comber-Gross, Coleman Area Library; Denise Hooks, Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative; Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library

A Win-Win Situation: Creating a Successful Teen Writing Contest
Teens are ready to show what they've got when a writing opportunity pops up, especially when it's in the form of a contest! Based on two highly successful writing contests, learn how to develop your own exciting library contest to showcase the talent in your community and supplement student learning. In this session, we will discuss tips for starting from scratch, staying organized, thriving on a small budget, and cultivating partnerships.
Kayla Coughlin, Ann Arbor District Library

Democratizing Library Education: The University of Michigan's Free/Low-Cost Online Program in Public Library Management
Librarianship is full of “accidental managers” who find themselves in supervisory positions without much formal training. This slows libraries’ abilities to meet or exceed community needs. To address this phenomenon, the University of Michigan School of Information has launched a series of online courses in Public Library Management. Unlike existing online college courses, which come along with high tuition costs and long-term commitments, these courses run as MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses), which leverage economies of scale to provide high-quality education for free (or earn a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you gain). Partnering university faculty with exceptional practitioners, our goal is quality education at a lower cost for a greater audience. Whether you’re thinking of a transition to management, are a new manager, or are about to move an employee from front-line to managerial work, come hear about our project and its early results.
Kristin Fontichiaro, U of M School of Information; Larry Neal, Clinton-Macomb Public Library; Josie Parker, Ann Arbor District Library

Getting Started Using Design Think @ Your Library
You don’t need to have a design degree to begin implementing new strategies to get your staff thinking in new ways. Find out how to begin incorporating user experience concepts and the Design Think process in your library’s problem solving practices. This session will show ways to introduce the idea, including activities at meetings, infiltrating the library’s culture and identifying problems that can benefit from a design think process. Our library has seen some return on investment in the Design Think process, which will also be covered.
Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Kent District Library

Top 5 Policies Every Library Should Have
Has your library ever had the need to suspend a patron' library privileges? Do you have a meeting room? Do you offer internet access? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your library needs to have policies to regulate patron activity and protect the library. This session will focus on the top 5 policies every library should have and address substantive provisions that should be included I those policies.
Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
3:15 – 5:30 p.m.


You responded to our conference surveys last year looking for more in-depth session. These sessions will not take a break and will be uninterrupted to better accommodate your learning needs.

Executive Exchange Sponsored by John Keister & Associates and Sarah Keister Armstrong & Associates

Advocacy From the Top: Spring Your Board to Action
Library consultants John Keister and Sarah Keister Armstrong team for a presentation to help directors engage with, persuade, and motivate trustees to become advocates for the libraries they serve. Drawing on their years of experience both serving on and working with library boards, John and Sarah bring a combination of professional advice and practical tips on navigating the relationship between board members and directors. The three-pronged session will cover how directors can better speak the language of boards, how to motivate trustees into active roles as advocates, and practical tips from their experiences. Then continue the conversations with round table discussions that bring the topic back to your library and how best to Advocate from the Top!
Joining John and Sarah as panelists are Michigan library directors Lori Coryell, Chelsea District Library; Jessica Keyser, Grosse Pointe Public Library; Maria McCarville, Saginaw Public Library and Dale Parus, Ionia Community Library.

Meet the 2017 South Asia Book Award Winners
In recent years, an increasing number of high-quality children's and teen books have been published that portray people in South Asia or South Asians living abroad. To encourage and commend authors and publishers who produce such books, and to provide librarians and teachers with recommendations, the South Asia Book Award (SABA) was established in 2011 to highlight outstanding titles. The culture, people or heritage of South Asia should be the primary focus of the text and accurately and skillfully portray South Asia, the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. The countries and islands that make up South Asia are: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the region of Tibet. The SABA Award is sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC).
Meet the 2017 award-winners, (Mahak Jain, author and Elly MacKay, illustrator of MAYA and Eric Dinerstein, author of WHAT ELEPHANTS KNOW). The 2017 will be officially given out to the winners! Each creator will then talk about their books and the stories behind their creation. Q&A. Books will be for sale and participants will have a chance to have them signed.
In the second half of the program we a facilitated discussion with Jain, MacKay, Dinerstein and members of the 2017 SABA Award Committee on the importance of South Asian literature for youth. Speakers will also share some ideas on how to highlight these titles in your library or for book discussion. Q&A. Books will be for sale and participants will have a chance to have them signed.
Kevin King, Kalamazoo Public Library; Additional presenters coming soon!

Learning Equity, Access and Diversity in Education Workshop
Explore the assumptions, stereotypes and implied expectations students and patrons face. Discover opportunities to promote social justice within the everyday happenings of the library in this interactive session. Amber Johnson, Director of TRiO Student Support Services at University of Detroit Mercy, will discuss the role individuals within the academic field play in creating a space that encourages respectful and equitable treatment of students. Participants will engage in dialogue and activities that will assist them with meeting the needs of students through relationship building, collaboration and advocacy.
Amber Johnson, University of Detroit Mercy


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door. 

A Crash Course on Michigan's Social Safety Net
Public librarians are increasingly faced with the task of helping people find information about critical social services, like public assistance programs, drug abuse treatment and elder care. These reference transactions can be some of the most difficult we face, as the need always exceeds the available resources. Come learn about Michigan’s safety net service providers, and about the rich history of Information and Referral programs that can help you navigate Michigan’s network of helping agencies.
Maria Williams, Baldwin Public Library

Making Room for a Nontraditional Collection
Nontraditional collections are increasing in popularity, particularly in larger library systems. But small libraries shouldn't dismiss the possibility of creating their own collections of "things" for their patrons to borrow. Librarians from the Chelsea District Library will share how they started the CDL Garage, a collection of hands-on items from knitting needles to robots and everything in between. Logistics such as space, budget, cataloging, and maintenance will all be discussed, and items from the CDL Garage will be available to take a look at after the main presentation. Get inspired to start your own nontraditional collection!
Emily Meloche, Silver Maples of Chelsea; Jessica Zubik, Chelsea District Library

What do you do with TV White Space?
TV White Space is the analog television broadcasting spectrum that is no longer being used due to digital broadcasting.  Three Michigan public libraries are experimenting with pilot projects supported by Microsoft and the Library of Michigan as part of the Gigabit Library Network’s Beyond the Walls Initiative.  These three projects provide library services through TV White Space (TVWS) enabled internet access in areas with barriers to traditional delivery methods.  Sheryl Cormicle Knox of the Capital Area District Libraries, Maureen Derenzy of the Otsego County Library and Jean Montgomery of the Superiorland Library Cooperative will describe their experiences selecting, purchasing and installing equipment; their results in three very different service delivery environments and what they see as the benefits of experimenting with the delivery of library services via TVWS.  An explanation of TVWS technology and how it is being used will be presented by panel moderator Mitch Shapiro.
Mitch Shapiro,Project Consultant and Panel Moderator; Sheryl Cormicle Knox, Capital Area District Libraries; Maureen Derenzy, Otsego County Library; Jean Montgomery, Superiorland Library Cooperative; Pam Christensen, Superiorland Library Cooperative

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door. 

50 Affordable Programs in 50 Minutes
We began working to feature parts of our non-fiction collection through programming and we would love to share what we've done and are working to continue at Hopkins and Dorr Libraries. We will start you off with January and end in December with a variety of programs that have been done on a tight budget and little staff time (in most cases). Participants will leave with a variety of ideas and will be asked to share their ideas for different seasons, holidays or special events they do.
Elyshia Schafer, Hopkins District and Dorr Township Library

Mental Health in Libraries
1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For non-clinicians, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result,  this session will give library professionals the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and how to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.
Shantalea Johns, Wayne State University School of Social Work

Taking it to the Streets: Bookmobiles of the Present
Think bookmobiles are a thing of the past? Think again! Mary Davis will discuss the whys and hows Rochester Hills began offering the community bookmobile service, the wheres and what's involved in a bookmobile stop, and all the "extras" offered at these stops. Sarah Von Oeyen will share the ways in which we bring fun (and education) to local pre-schools and child care centers on our early literacy bus.
Mary K. Davis, Rochester Hills Public Library; Sarah Von Oeyen, Rochester Hills Public Library


Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

All education sessions on Thursday are sponsored by The Breton Group.

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door. 

Engaging Your Board, Staff, and Community in Strategic Planning
When their operations are aligned with community needs, libraries can be transformational institutions. Learn how to engage your library's stakeholders - from your board to your staff to the community you serve - to best plan for your library's future.
John Keister, John Keister & Associates; Sarah Keister Armstrong, Sarah Keister Armstrong & Associates

Grants from the Library of Michigan - What's Available Now and How to Develop a Good Grant Proposal!
The Library of Michigan is now offering a range of small and large scale grants for the Michigan library community. We have a major grants program, but also continuing education support for individual librarians and a range of author visits. But grants come with grant applications. Come learn not only about the Library of Michigan programs, but about how to develop a good application proposal for any grant funder. We'll discuss how to develop a proposal that works for you and a funder.
Karren Reish, Library of Michigan

New Kid on the Block
mentorAre you a new library director? Are you new to the position or just to the state? Do you want to be a director? Come listen to a panel of newbies as they discuss this particular state of being. We'll learn about experiences, mistakes, victories, and more. They'll offer their suggestions for the first few days on the job and for the first month; how to win your staff's trust and what they wish they'd done differently.
Linda Lyshol, Branch District Library; Additional presenters coming soon!

The Social Justice Reading Group
In January 2017, the East Lansing Public Library and Michigan State University launched a new program for children; the Social Justice Reading Group. Each month volunteers read a selection of children’s books on a social justice topic (immigration, race, gender, etc.), and facilitate small group discussions with parents and children. The program was initially planned for 30 attendees, but within the first 48 hours of registration going live, 150 children were signed up for the event. We have received calls from libraries across the country asking about the program and want to share how to do it at your library.
Dorinda Carter Andrews, Michigan State University; Georgina Montegomery, Michigan State University; Jason Shoup, East Lansing Public Library; Vivek Vellanki, Michigan State University

Toxic Employees: Liars and Slackers and Bullies, Oh My!
Do you work with a toxic co-worker? Do you think of her as toxic waste?  Is he a liar, a slacker, or a bully?  If so, we encourage you to join us as we highlight Toxic Employees: who they are, what they do, how they think, and why they matter in an organization. We will provide specific strategies to employ in order to work with and/or manage a Toxic Employee. You are not off the hook, though, because we will also offer a quiz to identify your personal risk – YOU may be the toxic one in your library! 
Rebecca Higgerson, Brandon Township Public Library; Michele Pratt, Delta College

You Don't Have to Stay Up All Night to Have a Good Time!
Like the idea of using the entire library for a program, but don’t want to stay all night? Come learn how two public librarians have started regular, after hours programs for patrons of all ages! We’ll discuss planning, promoting, and paying for your event, as well as how to work within your library’s policies. We’ll show examples of the types of programs we’ve planned, including Family Tech Night, a magical

Harry Potter Party, and a fall celebration of world cultures. All ages programs bring together adults, teens and children and everyone loves taking over the entire library!
Hillary Berry, Richland Community Library; Whitney Hagen, Paw Paw District Library


Thursday, October 19, 2017
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.


How would you like to be remembered? Expanding your pedagogy and professional practice.
Diversity, as a concept, is not new to the library and information science profession. But what does it look like in practice? There are many opportunities to learn and grow as a culturally competent professional, but what if purposeful conversation about issues of diversity, social justice, race, intersectionality, power, and privilege happened before information professionals entered the field? This presentation will detail the efforts in the graduate LIS program at the University of Illinois¹ School of Information Sciences to offer a suite of classes dedicated to issues of diversity, social justice, and race, gender, and sexuality, and also attempts to infuse these concepts and sensibilities throughout the curriculum. With such discussions, it is hoped that students will develop an explicit personal philosophy and pedagogy that will enable them to engage in a critical professional practice post-graduation. Examples from classes will be shared, along with anecdotes that depict the successes and challenges that accompany this type of coursework. The shared examples will also be valuable to already established library professionals looking to enhance their existing professional practices.
Nicole Cooke, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door. 

A "How To Guide" to Meet Changing Needs of Library Facilities
A detailed guide to defining the unique role your library plays within your community, developing a facility plan to accommodate the programming and resources and services for your community through a "defensible" facility and funding plan the community will support to make it happen.
Duane Feldpausch, The Breton Group; Mark Morrow, The Breton Group

Bringing Library Services to Senior Residence Facilities
Because no one should have to give up books, I bring them monthly to five different residential senior facilities. My audience is as varied as any population and I learn and adapt my constantly evolving outreach program to each group I visit. I offer pop-up libraries, tech assistance, tech classes, and book discussions, as well as reading aloud to those most severely impacted by dementia. I will share my successes and failures, and demonstrate successful adult read-alouds, inviting class participation.
Penni Zurgable, Kent District Library

From Pinterest to Instructables: Building a STEAM Program from Scratch
Your boss has just informed you that the new STEAM program is in your hands. Without any guidance or hints you wonder where to get started. Maybe that phrase STEAM truthfully baffles you and may not be your strong area. How can you deliver a program that kids will enjoy and your boss will like? Like many others you may have searched Pinterest for inspiration. Want to know how to take those simple ideas and turn them into something? Just need some hints to get started? Come to this program to find out more.
Erin Durrett, Flint Public Library; Ashley Nizinski, Flint Public Library

Providing Exceptional Service Through Kindness and Empathy
In this interactive and informative session participants will learn the importance of using kindness and empathy to provide the kind of customer service that builds loyalty and lasting patron relationships. Research on the benefits of human connection and acting with kindness will be presented and discussed. Interactive exercises will help participants identify biases and learn how to let go of judgment and negative emotions that can hinder exceptional service.
Lindsey Dorfman, Kent District Library


Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:30– 4:30 p.m.

MLA Escape Room
You’ve found yourself locked in a room with 14 of your colleagues and you have less than 60 minutes to find the clues to breakout. Can you do it? Find out and be a part of this unique team building exercise hosted by Escape Rooms Portland. Use your communication, organizational, critical thinking, logistical and creative skills while you work together to get your team on the other side of that door. 

Creating Standards for Consistently Excellent Customer Service
Creating Standards for Consistently Excellent Customer Service Success in every aspect of running a library starts with developing and sharing written goals. What results do we want to achieve? How will we know that our programming, collections, and services are having the effects we want? The same is true of customer service: How do know we are delivering the goods as good as we can? Learn how other libraries are establishing standards and seeing usage figures and support from library customers climb! Topics include the importance of consistency, details that count, and why customer service is more than a smile at a circ desk.
Pat Wagner, Pattern Research Inc.

Finding Your Voice in the Library Profession: Presenting, Publishing and Participating
Want to get more involved with the library profession but uncertain how to do so? This session, facilitated by 3 librarians, will give you a crash course on presenting, publishing, and participating professionally. We’ll discuss doing poster sessions, planning presentations, finding ways to publish, networking, and joining committees. The presenters have firsthand experience in all of these areas and will share from their adventures, plus provide practical tips relevant to both public and academic librarians that you can immediately try. Librarians can be introverts (us included!) so this session will give you concrete strategies to get involved in the library profession.
Martha Stuit, Delta College; Joanna Thielen, Oakland University

Library Millage Success
Herrick District Library passed a millage levy in August of 2016 with 86% approval across four municipalities (three townships and the city). Library staff members began laying the foundation for this vote in 2012 and continued building energy through the informational campaign. Citizens to Keep Herrick District Library Open formed in February 2016 and raised $35,000 to fund their volunteer-led four-month persuasive marketing campaign. Hear the details, tactics, and strategies for both a successful library informational campaign and a citizens’ persuasive campaign, as well as how the two complemented one another to maximize messaging. Discover strengths, weaknesses and tips for planning with both short and long timelines. Gain insights for recruiting and leveraging staff and community volunteers.
Sara DeVries, Herrick District Library; Nicole Paquette, Holland Zeeland Community Foundation / Holland Young Professionals

Making the Grade: Outstanding School Outreach
Discover how developing grade level specific outreach programs has resulted in a huge increase in response from the schools served by the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. By thinking of these programs as individual products that target a specific grade, we are better able to clearly identify the goals of each and how they contribute to grade level reading. The speakers will describe their current outreach products, talk about those that did not work, and discuss the ideas they have for the future.
Brittany Trudeau, Clinton-Macomb Public Library; Amy Young, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Outgrowing the Seat but Not the Stories: Engaging Teens & Adults with Special Needs at the Library
As young people with special needs grow older, libraries may struggle with how to provide services to this population. This session will help you identify the potential audience and learn techniques on how to provide programming and services for adults and teens with special needs. Examples of story time and other program plans and activities will be given. Presenters will also discuss collection development resources for this audience.
Ed Niemchak, Bloomfield Township Public Library; Jennifer Taggart, Bloomfield Township Public Library


Friday, October 20, 2017
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.


The Path Forward: Justice, Compassion and Dignity for All
Across the state, libraries are helping refugees stay in touch with their own culture while also supporting them as they find their way into U.S. society. Whether they provide books in their native language or offer links to other community resources, libraries act as a bridge for these individuals.

Freedom House Detroit is one of these links and a resource pertinent to the community it serves. Freedom House Detroit is a place for new beginnings. It is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Their mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those “yearning to breathe free.” In 2012 they became a formal partner in the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium servicing victims of human trafficking.

Guided by their belief that all persons deserve to live free from oppression and to be treated with justice, compassion and dignity, Freedom House Detroit offers a continuum of care and services to their residents as well as to other refugees in need. Join Executive Director, Deborah Drennan, as she advocates for systemic change that more fully recognizes the rights of these asylum seeker and see how your library can make a difference in your community.
Deborah Drennan, Freedom House Detroit

Breaking Out of the Box … for Staff, Patrons & Beyond
The BreakoutEDU community has adapted the "escape room" concept for use in education. Buy their pre-assembled kit (or use their list to assemble your own) and register for a free account (no purchase necessary) to access hundreds of games for all ages, interests and content areas. In this session, learn the basics of Breakout, how to adapt it for any space or budget and best practices for using it in your library
Janice Heilman, Howell Carnegie District Library; Elizabeth Norton, Commerce Township Community Library; Brandi Tambasco, Howell Carnegie District Library

Creative Engagement: New Ways to Actively Engage Your Community
How do you engage your community? Do you give the community something to do or create? Do you facilitate timely discussions that your community deeply cares about? By collaboratively building, actively learning, and playing together, your engagement activities can give your community something tangible they can take home, including joyful memories and a sense progress. These activities can additionally foster a sense of belonging, and positions the library as that boundary spanning organization which brings the community together. Join us for an interactive workshop where you can discover ways your engagement activates can enrich your community and strengthen library support.
David Votta, MCLS

Friendly Advice: Working Together to Become a High-Achieving Library
What are the best practices that lead all library staff, the trustees and Friends working together to achieve the best functioning library organization? The presenters will discuss obstacles and challenges that can impede progressive development and lead to conflict, offering suggestions and strategies for solving problems when conflict develops or things turn unfriendly.
Allison Arnold, St. Clair County Library System; Shirley Bruursema, Friends of Michigan Libraries; Paul Snyder, Friends of Michigan Libraries; Lance Werner, Kent District Library

Intentional Youth Services Programming and Collaborations to Better Prepare for Disasters
With rising social tensions and natural disasters all over, public librarians everywhere would be remiss to plan only for our physical collections during disaster. By taking the time to intentionally create collaborative relationships focused on care of their young community before disasters, youth services librarians will have a strong network of partners available to aid them - and by extension, their community. This session will go over the basics of community-inclusive programming and planning for youth services while incorporating audience feedback.
Grace Morris, University of Washington

One-Shot Library Instruction
All librarians, whether public, special or academic, are faced with the challenging paradigm of the one-shot instruction session. Although the model may be fraught with problems such as excessive cognitive load, learner disengagement and unreasonable expectations, there are also opportunities. This session will bring forward ideas that can help extend the time limits of the one-shot, improve learner engagement and develop strategies for encouraging learning after the session.
Veronica Bielat, Wayne State University

Web Apps You Can Use
Make professional-looking program flyers in minutes, keep track of your must-read news and blogs, track your to-do list like a pro, and reach out to library patrons where they're at - all for free! It may sound too good to be true, but web apps have been popping up to fill all of these needs. We will go over a few of the more popular web apps that can help library staff, with quick demonstrations and lots of time for questions and exploration together. Please bring a web-connected tablet or laptop if possible.
Stephanie Reinhardt, Houghton Lake Public Library


Friday, October 20, 2017
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

A Breakout Hit: Escape Rooms in the Library
Bring this great trend to your library for unique fun and learning - even for adults! Participants will participate in a short escape room-style project, then learn ways to build clues and breakout rooms to fit their space and any audience.
Stephanie Reinhardt, Houghton Lake Public Library

Ask The Lawyer
This session will provide opportunities for Libraries to seek legal advice on a variety of library law topics, including library privacy, FOIA, OMA, tax capture, policies. The session will be a question and answer session and will focus on the topics of interest of the audience.
Anne Seurynck, Foster Swift Collins & Smith

Chat with a CPA!
Session Information Coming Soon!
Matthew Cooper, CPA, Matthew Accounting

Get to Know Your Neighbors: Diversity Programs in a Public Library Setting
How can your library facilitate discussion and understanding of diverse population groups in your community? Hear how the Canton Public Library hosted programs featuring Muslim and Sikh populations and get ideas for hosting your own program.
Laurie Golden, Canton Public Library

Maximum Impact! DemographicsNow and Your Library
DemographicsNow, available 24/7 to all Michigan residents through Michigan eLibrary, provides the data needed to fuel successful planning and marketing not just for businesses, but for your library, too! With key data points like census information, consumer expenditure, consumer profiles and attitudes accessible at the geographic level of your choice, DemographicsNow can underscore grant needs, provide strategic starting points, and more! This session will show you how to apply data within DemographicsNow to your library processes so that you can maximize your library’s community presence and impact. Join this session and put DemographicsNow to work for your public library!
Deb Renee Biggs, Library of Michigan; Andrea Devlin, Gale, A Cengage Company

Surviving Libraries: Outdoor Survival Techniques for the Stacks
You've learned the library profession in classrooms, online, in books, at conferences and on the job, but have you tried outdoor survival training? In this presentation, Tahquamenon Area Library Director, Dion Mindykowski, shares the ways he utilized lessons in survival to make his library a safer, better prepared and more efficient organization. Attendees will learn leadership skills, how to prepare for the worst-case-scenario and receive tips on stocking a first-aid kit and emergency supply bag.
Dion Mindykowski, Tahquamenon Area District Library


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