MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundNonboring Nonfiction: Engaging Young Readers with Hands-On Activities

Book talks are great, but interactive learning makes topics come alive -- especially for young readers. Participants in this session will learn how baking with crickets or mealworms can lead to discussions of history, world culture, sustainability, and alternative food sources; how dissecting an owl pellet can answer questions about ecosystems and food webs; or how watching videos of birds flying can lead to brainstorming about the ways in which biomimicry can (and has) influenced design. This lightning talk will inspire library staff to look for new and creative ways to pair fun, education, hands-on activities to pair with new STEM- and STEAM-related books. In-house and outreach programs will be discussed, all focused on helping young readers understand that nonfiction is anything but boring.


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundReimagining Transactional Customer Service

As libraries continue to embrace their role as social impact organizations, how can we rethink our traditionally consumer-focused customer service orientation?  How can we empower staff at all levels to realize their potential in community engagement? Using existing research and theory around mentorship, we will explore key ways to infuse customer service interactions with the "critical ingredients'' of mentoring moments. These moments can stand alone as a single positive interaction for patrons of all ages or act as a catalyst to the development of long-term networks throughout the community.


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundExtra Hands on Deck: Successful Management of Library Volunteers

Learn the ins and outs of managing library volunteers successfully.  Center Line Public Library has witnessed an influx of volunteers over the past several years, especially with the local school district requiring community service hours prior to senior graduation.  This presentation will cover the recruitment and selection of volunteers, hosting a comprehensive volunteer orientation to your library, and retaining volunteers.  It will also provide fresh ideas on tasks for volunteers as well as, most importantly, conveying appreciation towards those that do so much, while unpaid!


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundWhat I Learned About Managing Up in COVID Panic Mode

Did you get to know yourself better during the pandemic? Did you get to know your boss better, too? This library consultant did!


Lightning Bolt on a galaxy backgroundStorytime To Go

In this session, we will discuss how to make a take home Storytime Kit that best utilizes the five concepts of early literacy: read, sing, play, learn and talk.  I will talk attendees through each aspect of the kit and explain the decisions that went into it.

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