PNLA/WLA Conference 2010

Check Out the Writer! A Model for Success in Adult Library Programming

In Spring 2008, Alberta’s seven regional library systems launched their first official Writer in Residence program, Check Out the Writer. A small investment of the Library Association of Alberta and the Writers Guild of Alberta paid dividends to communities that saw accomplished writers mentor emergent writers and work on their own craft. Benefits of this initiative included a spike of interest in adult library programming, and the opportunity for citizens in rural areas to attend writing workshops, prepare manuscripts and approach publishers. An e-anthology was published in 2009 that included works by all the Writers in Residence. In 2010, one of the participating systems, Parkland Regional Library, launched a very successful follow-up program called Write On! Award-winning writer Fran Kimmel presented workshops in rural communities throughout the Parkland region. As a result of these workshops, many participants are continuing to meet and share their fiction and life stories, and some libraries have started writing groups.

Reading the Region: 2009-2010 Award Books and Programs in the Pacific Northwest

Join members of the PNLA Board and others for a rapid round of book talks featuring award winning titles for 2009-2010 from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Books for all ages and interests will be previewed and displayed. Award programs and reading initiatives from throughout the region will be highlighted.

Cloud Computing and Libraries: Finding the Silver Lining

There was a lot of buzz around the tech term “cloud computing” in 2009, but what does it mean for you and your library in 2010 and beyond? Join library support organization, Lyrasis, in exploring the basic concept of cloud computing, and delve into some of the advantages that cloud computing offers both libraries and individuals. Participants will come away with fresh ideas for how to get keep their feet on the ground while they work in the cloud!

Lights! Camera! Action! Using Video to Promote your Library

The world we live in is becoming increasingly digital and public libraries are working hard to stay relevant. Using YouTube, embedded web videos, free wiki software and social network promotion the King County Library System is working to reach online users. Promotional videos highlighting engaging events, unique library resources and staff expertise are produced in house. Videos are then posted to the KCLS YouTube channel, the KCLS website, KCLS social networking presences. The Tell Me A Story wiki is a story time companion complete with embedded videos of rhymes and songs. Teen librarians run the Read.Flip.Win contest where teens create book trailers and book reviews. Come get ideas so your library can expand its online presence.

Substitute for Conscience – ALA and Filtering

Excerpts from ALA and Filtering – part of ALA’s Libraries and the Internet Toolkit

Substitute for Conscience – CLA Internet Access Statement

This statement is intended to be considered in tandem with both the CLA Statement on Intellectual Freedom (1985) and the CLA Statement on Information and Telecommunication Access Principles (1994). The principles enunciated in those statements apply to issues of intellectual freedom and public access to the Internet in libraries and provide guidance in this area.

Substitute for Conscience – ALA Statement on Internet Filtering

Excerpts from the Statement on Internet Filtering

American Library Association/Intellectual Freedom Committee July 1, 1997.

A Substitute for Conscience: Questions on Internet Filtering for Children and Youth

This session will focus on issues around Internet filtering on school and public library computers as they relate to intellectual freedom for youth. The presenters will explore different stands on whether or not to filter by the Canadian Library Association and the American Library Association, legislation in both countries, and share a range of policies in different institutions and jurisdictions. Come prepared to engage on this complex and controversial issue.

Presented by:
Deb Thomas, Burnaby Public Library
Richard Beaudry, Langley Secondary School
Janet Mumford, Kathleen McNeely Elementary

Substitute for Conscience – Sample Library Internet Policies on Filtering

Sample public library Internet policies – specifically the portions related to filtering – from Canadian and American libraries in the Pacific Northwest. For the workshop Substitute for Conscience.

What’s the Big Idea: Introducing Math and Science Content to Young Patrons

Powerpoint of a pre-conference session presented at PNLA 2010, August 11 in Victoria, BC, Canada.  Presenters:  Beth Rosania and Jenny Grenfell.

What’s the Big Idea: Activities and Story Times

Activities and Storytimes to assist in incorporating math and science concepts into preschool programming.  Handout to accompany “What’s the Big Idea” preconference at PNLA 2010, August 11, 2010 in Victoria, BC, Canada.

What’s the Big Idea: Books that Work!

A bibliography of books to facilitate and accompany activites incorporating math and science concepts in preschool programming.  Handout to accompany What’s the Big Idea preconference at PNLA 2010, August 11 in Victoria, BC, Canada.

What’s the Big Idea: Resources List

Resources (web and print) to assist in planning story times incorporating math and science activities for young children.  Handout to accompany What’s the Big Idea pre-conference session presented at PNLA 2010, August 11, 2010 in Victoria, BC, Canada.

PNLA Showcase 2010

Reaching Out To At Risk Youth

Literature has the power to change lives and the way people think – but how can we connect at-risk youth to literature? And how do we motivate them to keep reading? This workshop will explore the ways in which we can promote literacy to incarcerated and at-risk youth, along with an introduction to urban fiction for young adults. Learn how to use fiction as a teaching tool and work with parents and institutions to continue to promote fiction in their youth’s lives.

Planning, Partnering and Promoting a Successful Digitization Project

Successful digitization projects require planning, partnering and promotion. This workshop will explore management of an entire project, highlighting the Washington Rural Heritage digitization project. From start to finish, you’ll learn how to identify your audience and the information that interests them most. You’ll learn ways to find funding and volunteers and to shift existing staff. We’ll share tips for identifying collaborative partners and which approach works for bringing everyone together. But once you have your digital library collection, you still need to promote it. How do you create a passion in users for your digital library materials? If users get excited by your digital library collections how do you know it? We will explore five key concepts that must be understood as you market and promote your collections to target audiences.

OCLC and FRBR: Implementation of a New Bibliographic Future

Learn how OCLC is implementing the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records model, particularly in regard to WorldCat.

The Library as Internet Service Provider: Policy and Law

Over the past 20 years, Internet access at libraries has moved from being a rare frill to being a core component of library services. Along the way, libraries have struggled to develop policies that adapt to changing technology while adhering to traditional library principles of privacy and free access to information. Come learn how those principles are influenced and threatened by outside legal constraints. What are the latest rules on filtering? What information should (or must) libraries collect about patron usage of the Internet? Can libraries protect that information when faced with government requests, including subpoenas and national security letters? Note: Only United States law will be discussed.

The Big Island of Children’s Graphic Novels

In this session, attendees will learn about the emerging trend in graphic novels that are now being published for children. Attendees will be educated in what resources to use to locate children’s graphic novels, how to evaluate these books, how to start or develop a collection, discuss funding and cataloging, plus how to market the collection to patrons. Presenter will also share her experience in developing a children’s graphic novel collection in her public library, which contains over 3000items and is the largest collection of its kind in its library system and circulates around 2000 items a month. She will also share her observations of how numerous reluctant readers have been turned onto reading thanks to these kid friendly books. Publisher’s Catalogs and book examples will be included in the presentation.

Book Talking the Best

In this WLA annual session students from the University of Washington iSchool will book talk great titles for preschool through teen.

Sex in the Library: Selection and Censorship

Do you have sex in your library? If not, why not? The presenters will explain their unique and popular approach to talking about selection, censorship, and power of school and public librarians working together. What are your barriers, expectations, and culture? What can you do with a great partner in your local public teen librarian? What do you need to be aware of in terms of censorship, both within the school and outside? What are the new themes in Young Adult Literature? Get the steamy details! Bibliography and giveaways included. To check out their blog in advance go to:

Maximizing Capabilities – Using Master’s Students in Today’s Workplace

Savvy library managers seek innovative ways to inject new energy and ideas into projects and teams. Master’s students provide up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills, energy and enthusiasm, and the opportunity to recruit brand-new professionals. Participants will learn how to maximize the use of master’s students for short-term projects, with an eye to consideration for future recruitment.

Participants will discover how experiential learning can benefit employers, learn how to capitalize on student skills, and gain strategies for integrating students in short-term workplace projects.

Technology Petting Zoo

One page document with links to the programs we discussed during the Technology Petting ZooPre-Conference Session as well as links to other online resources that may be of use when creating a presentation or using online programs.

Tech Tools for Reader’s Advisory Handout

Handouts from the “Getting Connected: Tech Tools for Reader’s Advisory” preconference at the 2010 WLA/PNLA Conference in Victoria, BC. These handouts include the application for service at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped’s application for service, and a compilation of information, links and further reading relating to the online reader’s advisory tools discussed in the preconference.

 Book Talking

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