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Monday, May 3
 

8:30am EDT

Silent Auction
Get ready to outbid your colleagues at the second virtual silent auction! View the incredible selection of baskets and place your winning bids at mladlacon.com. All proceeds support educational scholarships.

Auction Bidding Opens May 3 at 8:30 am and Closes May 5 at 9:00 pm


Monday May 3, 2021 8:30am - Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:00pm EDT
mladlacon.com

9:00am EDT

Our Only Hope – Storytime for Staff Who Don’t Work with Children
What happens when the whole children’s team is out of the branch for a mass flu outbreak or a bad pasta salad? Circulation staff will save the day! Oh, no! You've never covered a children's program? What do you do!? If you've never had formal storytime training or worked with children, running storytime entirely on your own is a daunting task. Join Heather Hart and Taylor Floria who will help you explore invaluable resources and background information so you are confident and prepared to step up to the challenge. Participants will leave with templates for future use, as well as have the opportunity to create a few materials for their personalized storytime kits they can use in a pinch.
This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Floria

Taylor Floria

Librarian 1 - Middletown Library, Frederick County Public Libraries
avatar for Heather Hart

Heather Hart

Library Specialist-Children’s, Frederick County Public Libraries



Monday May 3, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Your Social Media Presence and Your Brand Strategy
This informative session is presented by Nancy Dibert. Attendees will gain an improved understanding of the importance of social media in building a library brand and local online community, as well as how to better utilize social media for community outreach and engagement.
This program is worth 3 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Dibert

Nancy Dibert

CEO Epic Marketing Consultants and Program Director, Social Media and Digital Marketing, University of Delaware Professi, University of Delaware


Monday May 3, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Zoom Lens Part 1:The Legacy of Race in our Society and Our Libraries
The Zoom Lens workshop is an immersive experience through which participants are guided to analyze the structures of power and privilege that continue to hinder racial equity and justice in America. Participants will explore the ways that racism and historical issues of bias and bigotry shape our world through societal norms and institutional power imbalances. Special attention will be paid to the history of segregation and legacy of systemic racism in public libraries, and attendees will leave armed with ideas for counteracting this legacy in libraries and beyond. The workshop is led by Suzanne Haley and Jacky McCoy of Changing the Lens, which is a movement dedicated to examining truth, awakening empathy, and activating courageous citizenship.
This program is worth 9 contact hours of continuing education if attend both sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelin (Jacky) McCoy

Jacquelin (Jacky) McCoy

Changing the Lens
avatar for Suzanne Haley

Suzanne Haley

Changing the Lens


Monday May 3, 2021 9:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

3:30pm EDT

Keynote Speaker: Malaka Gharib
Artist, journalist, and writer, Malaka Gharib is based in Washington D.C. and is the founder of the Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. She lives in a row house with her husband and her 9-year-old rice cooker.

Speakers
avatar for Malaka Gharib

Malaka Gharib

Artist, journalist, and writer


Monday May 3, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

5:00pm EDT

Virtual Happy Hour and Among Us
Join MLA members experienced and new for a night of beer, beer-brewing, and learning about all the opportunities that MLA offers. The owner of Full Tilt Brewing, located in Baltimore, will give an entertaining and informative talk about brewing beer, different types of beer, and there will be time for Q&A. The leaders of MLA's divisions will give introductions about their subgroups, and you'll be able to get an idea of how you want to be involved. For an even more immersive virtual experience, before this event, we will share a "recommended beer" list for everyone to drink along to.  Hosted by Tiffany Sunderland and Jill Hutchinson.

Among Us will be played after the Virtual Happy Hour on Discord in the MLA Conference Discord Server, in the Among Us Voice Channel. To join the MLA Conference Discord Server, the link will be sent out the first day of the conference and shared during the Happy Hour.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Hutchison

Jill Hutchison

Youth Services Coordinator, St. Mary’s County Library
avatar for Tif Sutherland

Tif Sutherland

Reference Supervisor, Calvert Library



Monday May 3, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Tuesday, May 4
 

8:00am EDT

Conference Orientation
New to the MLA/DLA Conference? Want to learn how this virtual event will convene? Tune in to learn how to access engaging keynote speakers, informative programs, fun events like the Pub Quiz and more!

Tuesday May 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Creative Camp for Libraries
What if we could become idea machines through exercise? No, not bicep curls for brainpower: creativity exercises. This session will encourage participants to flex their creative muscles as it relates to both their work and practice. Some people don't see themselves as creative. Others, including the presenters, believe everyone has the capability to think out of the box in ways both small and large. All creativity requires is enthusiasm, engagement, and improvisation. The presenters will walk campers through a series of activities inspired by improv, design thinking and combinatory play. They will share the fantastic failures and glorious gains yielded when Creativity Camp was offered as a professional development opportunity for library staff at their four-year university. Play and learn, along with the presenters, and build your toolkit for barrier-breaking professional development opportunities.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Bria Sinnot

Bria Sinnot

Arts and Communications Librarian, Towson University
avatar for Elizabeth DeCoster

Elizabeth DeCoster

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Towson University


Tuesday May 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Outreach When You Can’t Go Out
How do we library when the library is closed? Kayla Leimbach, Jaime Bradshaw and Ed Goya share how navigating a global pandemic led to creating a strong virtual presence and reaching more people in their community than ever before. Learn how they worked with community partners and public schools to be more than just librarians behind plexi-glass, and how they're looking ahead to continue to grow virtual services even after in-person library services resume.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Goyda

Ed Goyda

Director, Somerset County Library System
avatar for Jaime Bradshaw

Jaime Bradshaw

Branch Manager, Somerset County Library System
avatar for Kayla Leimbach

Kayla Leimbach

Branch Manager, Somerset County Library System


Tuesday May 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

9:00am EDT

Public Libraries as Second Responders in Emergencies and Disasters
Everyone is tired of living in the world of COVID-19. However, emergencies and disasters, both natural and human-caused, are becoming more a part of life every day. This workshop will provide participants with important tools not only to prepare for and face disasters themselves, but also to support their patrons and communities in preparing for and recovering from disasters. This presentation will provide handouts, demonstrations of useful tools, and time for Q&A.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Pat Young

Pat Young

Chair, Delaware Libraries and Disasters Initiative, Library Assista, South Coastal Library



Tuesday May 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Digital Equity in Maryland and Beyond
Though highlighted by COVID-19, digital inequities have long plagued cities and rural areas alike. Lack of infrastructure, high monthly fees and hardware costs, and limited access to digital skills training leave millions of people without equitable access to education, job opportunities, civic information, and other resources that many people take for granted. Further, these divides often fall along racial and socioeconomic lines, compounding other inequities. Join John Courie, Kenrick Gordon, John Horrigan, Seema Iyer and Lo Smith to learn about the barriers to digital equity, its impacts, and what libraries and other organizations can do to address both the immediate needs and the underlying structural issues.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for John Courie, M.Sc.

John Courie, M.Sc.

IT Manager, Caroline County Public Library
(he/him)
avatar for Kenrick Gordon, P.E.

Kenrick Gordon, P.E.

Director, Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband
(he/him)
avatar for Lo Smith, MLS

Lo Smith, MLS

Coordinator of Digital Equity and Emerging Tech, Enoch Pratt Free Library
(they/them)
avatar for Seema Iyer, Ph.D.

Seema Iyer, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Jacob France Institute
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore(she/her)


Tuesday May 4, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EDT

Locating Funding for Libraries and Patrons
The fields of grants and funding can often be a confusing place, Alison Wessel and Amy Moser will share their experience as Funding Information Network supervisors who help libraries and their patrons identify potential funding sources. This workshop will clarify the differences of the various types of funding available (e.g.,foundations, charities, corporations, government, etc.), describe the Funding Information Network and how to connect with a library within it, and demo the Foundation Directory Online database for finding potential funders. Participants will also learn how libraries can drum up excitement for library services and resources to help patrons search for funding. The workshop will conclude with next steps once a potential funder/grant is identified. This workshop complements well with the “Grant Writing Despite a Pandemic.”
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Wessel

Alison Wessel

Social Sciences Librarian, University of Delaware
avatar for Amy Moser

Amy Moser

Assistant Branch Administrator, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries



Tuesday May 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Meeting

10:30am EDT

No Boundaries on Diversity and Representation in Libraries
Please join our moderator, Varshea Smith and panelists Michael Jackson, Brenda Johnson-Perkins Lo Smith and Shannon Bland as they discuss why diversity and representation is important in libraries and how to support conversations about race in the workplace.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Johnson-Perkins

Brenda Johnson-Perkins

Librarian III, Towson Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
avatar for Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Assistant Library Manager, Towson Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
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Shannon Bland

Branch Manager, Waldorf West Branch and Founder of Black Librarians, Charles County Public Library
avatar for Varshea Smith

Varshea Smith

Librarian II, Randallstown Branch, Baltimore County Public Library


Tuesday May 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EDT

Opening The "Temple for Great Thoughts": Legal Research, Instruction and Resources at the Law Library of Congress
Congress created the Law Library of Congress in 1832, to provide it with reliable legal resources. Since then, it has grown to an international collection of nearly three million volumes. It has gained a global audience for U.S., international, and foreign legal information. Recognizing the need for improved access to these vast collections, the Law Library has created the Legal Research Institute, to offer in-person and online training to its many diverse users. Barbara Bavis will demonstrate how librarians can gain greater access to U.S. law and foreign law digital collections.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Bavis

Barbara Bavis

Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian, Law Library of Congress



Tuesday May 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Curbside Service Model Panel Discussion
Learn about the express pickup service offered at 5 different public library systems. Participants will learn about best practices, areas of improvement, drive up window service and additional services offered.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Romero

Alicia Romero

Senior Circulation Clerk, Carroll County Public Library
avatar for Amy Moser

Amy Moser

Assistant Branch Administrator, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries
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Brandi Deli

Circulation Services Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Library
avatar for Gabriel Jones

Gabriel Jones

Circulation Supervisor III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller

Circulation Services Manager, Baltimore County Public Library


Tuesday May 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Establishing a Centralized Customer Service Call Center: Connecting to Customers During a Pandemic
Closure due to COVID-19 jump-started PGCMLS's decision to change its model of telephone service by replacing calls to branches with a centralized call center. We'll discuss our system's experience so far and upcoming plans. Topics will include: call center technology, staff training and support, customer service, relationship between email and phone reference, creation of a new supervisory opportunity, and the addition of a dedicated Spanish-language line.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Anne McIntire

Anne McIntire

Librarian III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Dwyn Griffin

Dwyn Griffin

Library Associate II, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson

West Area Manager, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for John Krivak

John Krivak

Librarian III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Josephine Ford

Josephine Ford

Library Associate II, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Maria Vivar-Guzman

Maria Vivar-Guzman

Library Associate I, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Vanessa Chandler-King

Vanessa Chandler-King

Library Associate II, Prince George's County Memorial Library System


Tuesday May 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Let's Get Graphic: Collecting, Showcasing and Using Graphic Novels in Libraries and Higher Education
Allisa Beck and Jamie Stanfield offer an in-depth workshop about collecting and implementing graphic novels in the academic library. Beck gives attendees an overview of the process beginning with faculty/student needs assessment, showcasing collected works, and Stanfield shows how libraries help instructors and students infuse graphic works into courses and implement library programs. Participants will learn how Stanfield incorporates graphic medicine for nursing and allied health classes and how all libraries can offer the community at large, ways to increase health literacy through graphic medicine.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Allisa Beck

Allisa Beck

Collection Management Librarian, University of Southern Mississippi
avatar for Jamie Stanfield

Jamie Stanfield

Business & Health Librarian/Online Learning Coordinator, University of Southern Mississippi
Talk to me about business, health and related subjects! I can work with students on citation style and management, as well as provide several workshops for research and locating materials.I enjoy graphic novels and specifically graphic medicine. Talk to me about how you can use graphic... Read More →



Tuesday May 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

12:30pm EDT

Your Future is Organized: Bullet Journaling
Learn a new way to organize your life and record the things that matter with bullet journaling, a system with the flexibility to become whatever you need it to be. Thomas Vose will go over the hows and whys of bullet journaling, including suggested materials, page ideas, and the “must haves” for making a system like this a satisfying and effective tool.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Vose

Thomas Vose

Director, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County


Tuesday May 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Legislative Update: What Library Advocates Need to Know
Learn how the outcome of the November elections affected libraries at the state and federal level. Find out what impact the pandemic had on the legislative session, legislation and funding at the state and federal level. Become familiar with current advocacy efforts for libraries and how you can use Engage to advocate. Whether a beginner or experienced, you will leave this session as an informed advocate ready to take action!
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Berstler

Andrea Berstler

Executive Director/MLA Legislative Officer, Carroll County Public Library
avatar for Natalie Edington

Natalie Edington

Assistant Director/MLA Assistant Legislative Officer, Baltimore County Public Library



Tuesday May 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Making Room for Sensory Needs with a Multi-Sensory Environment
Learn about Harford County Public Library's Children's Sensory Room, a dedicated space designed for children to seek, explore and relax through touch, light and sound. Since opening in October 2019, nearly 10,000 children and caregivers have stepped into this high-tech room and have become immersed in the soothing lights and sounds of a tranquil multi-sensory environment. Through appointments, tours and programs, children have benefited from calming effects, stimulation, socialization, improved focus, motor skills development, cognitive development, and sensory development. We'll share what makes the Children's Sensory Room unique and how adding sensory equipment to any library space can positively impact the community. Whether your library has ample or limited space and budget, find out how to make room for a multi-sensory environment.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Julie McCashland

Julie McCashland

Special Needs Library Associate II-Children's Services, Harford County Public Library
avatar for Jackie Cassidy

Jackie Cassidy

Senior Assistant Branch Manager-Children's Services, Harford County Public Library


Tuesday May 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Outstanding Books for the College-Bound: What it is & How to Use it
Amidst the onset of the pandemic, a team of six librarians from across the country came together to read, review, and discuss which titles merited inclusion on the 2019 Outstanding Books for the College Bound list, which covers topics ranging from cooking to climate change, hip hop to historical fiction, dinosaurs to debutantes, and more. This list, released every five years by the Young Adult Library Services Association, is designed to provide college bound teens, lifelong learners, educators, and librarians with 130 titles that engage inspire and challenge. Hear from five of the committee members about their favorite titles on the list, and how they could be used creatively in your library to engage readers.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Watson

Jamie Watson

Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library
avatar for Jane Nichols

Jane Nichols

Associate Professor, Oregon State University Libraries & Press
Associate Professor and Head of Teaching and Engagement Department
avatar for Jennifer Powell

Jennifer Powell

Library Media Specialist, Tarrant (AL) High School
avatar for Kelsey Hughes

Kelsey Hughes

Librarian III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Yolanda Hood

Yolanda Hood

Metaliteracy and Student Engagement Librarian, University of Prince Edward Island


Tuesday May 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Employment Scams Are on the Rise: Learn about the New #1 Riskiest Scam According to the BBB
Employment scams are the #1 riskiest scam according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and the 8th most common fraud type reported to the Federal Trade Commission. With the staggering unemployment numbers since the advent of COVID-19, these scams are increasing. Jon Bell will define and examine how employment scams work, showing examples that have targeted regional community members. The presentation includes slides and Q&A, and will help participants understand and share how to identify and avoid employment scams personally and for their library patrons.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Bell

Jon Bell

Director of Business Relations, Delaware Better Business Bureau


Tuesday May 4, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

3:15pm EDT

Grant Writing Despite a Pandemic
Join Mary Ellen Mitchell as she discusses how to seek and write grants despite a pandemic. During this session, we'll discuss not just the basics of grant seeking and grant writing, but also tips for turning statistics into stories, how to manage a grant-writing program and timeline, and tips on forming and inspiring your team for collaborative application process.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellen Mitchell

Mary Ellen Mitchell

Allow Me Consulting and Housing Frederick


Tuesday May 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

3:15pm EDT

Intellectual Freedom and Access in Prisons
People who are incarcerated have both unique information needs and substantial barriers to access. Learn how librarians and outside organizations navigate these challenges to provide access to information for leisure, case research, continuing education, and more. Speakers Audrey Lau and Judy Lannin Panagakos will discuss their work, the challenges to intellectual freedom faced by people who are incarcerated, and the ways that access to information is critical for the people they serve.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey M. Lau, Ph.D.

Audrey M. Lau, Ph.D.

Public Service Specialist II, Prince George's County Correctional Center
Prince George's County Correctional Center/Prince George's County Memorial Library System(she/her)
avatar for Judy Lannin Panagakos

Judy Lannin Panagakos

Board Member, The Appalachian Prison Book Project
(she/her)


Tuesday May 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

3:15pm EDT

I Can Be Perfect, I Promise!
Do you believe that perfection is within your grasp if you only work harder? Do you subscribe to the enticing idea that avoiding mistakes is the pathway to success? That's because striving for perfection is often deeply woven into our personal, workplace and cultural narratives. The downside is that perfectionism drains our energy, diminishes our creativity, removes our humanity, and reinforces white supremacy. Library workers are often particularly prone to perfectionist attitudes as we struggle to meet the complex needs of our communities. In this session, we will explore the answers to the question, “What might happen if library workers allowed themselves to act a little less perfect.”
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Wyatt Rush Fertig

Wyatt Rush Fertig

Organizational Development Consultant, Wyatt Rush Learning and Design


Tuesday May 4, 2021 3:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

7:00pm EDT

Game Night - Games over Zoom
All are welcome! At the start of the program, you will have the opportunity to pick which game you’d like to play and can move between some of the shorter games as desired, so you can play multiple games throughout the night. No need to form teams in advance and no experience is necessary! Zoom breakout rooms will be used for the following games:

Codenames
Two teams compete by each having a “spymaster” give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Get your team to guess all your words first to win! We will be playing through Codenamesgame.com if you want to get a head start navigating the site, although there will be plenty of help along the way to explain the rules during the event.  

Jackbox
Play along with humorous word games, drawing games, trivia and more through Jackbox. Players will decide together which of the mini party games they want to try next out of the many available through Jackbox's Party Packs. Have a smartphone or other internet capable device handy so you can join into the game. 
 
Settlers of Catan 
In this virtual version of the popular strategy board game, players collect resources, build settlements and roads, build an army, and make strategic trades in order to gain the most points and win. This is a more intensive game and will have a limited number of players. 

Tuesday May 4, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Wednesday, May 5
 

9:00am EDT

Teen Entrepreneur Programs Lead to Teens Without Limits
Teens are full of energy, creativity and interests. Come hear from a panel of library staff from three library systems who have designed programs that tap into the interests and creativity of teens and help develop teens' awareness of career opportunities and their entrepreneurial skills.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Tia Jennings

Tia Jennings

Youth and Family Engagement Specialist, Baltimore County Public Library
avatar for Coach Geneka Young

Coach Geneka Young

Teen Instructor and Research Specialist, Howard County Library System
avatar for Katy Troeschel

Katy Troeschel

Business Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library
avatar for Laura Krouse

Laura Krouse

Library Associate II, Teen Central, Enoch Pratt Free Library


Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Teen Services Smackdown
Bring stories of your most successful activities and your most difficult challenges to this hands-on workshop as we learn and share tips, tricks and best practices for programming and engagement of teens in the library. All are welcome, from teen experts to those who are looking for places to start engaging their teen community.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Hughes

Kelsey Hughes

Librarian III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Kimberly Day

Kimberly Day

Manager, Earl Teen Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library


Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

The Importance of Community Engagement
Community Engagement is an important component of library development. Learn how to create a plan for community outreach as well as how to evolve your current plan to deal with obstacles like a pandemic.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Hissong

Bryan Hissong

Community Services Manager, Frederick County Public Libraries


Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Supporting Social Justice in Your Library: A Roundtable Discussion
Wondering what social justice is and where it belongs in libraries? Do you already have ideas, but aren't sure how to start? Join DLAs Social Justice Committee for a roundtable discussion on incorporating social justice into your library work. Kayla Abner and Janet Wurtzel will lead discussion on topics like diversifying library collections, making accessible library spaces, and where anti-racist practices can appear in library work.Attendees will come away with ideas for social justice actions they can take at the personal, local and regional level.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Wurtzel

Janet Wurtzel

Micro Business Support, Delaware Libraries
avatar for Kayla Abner

Kayla Abner

Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Delaware


Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Zoom Lens Part 2: The Legacy of Race in Our Society and Our Libraries
The Zoom Lens workshop is an immersive experience through which participants are guided to analyze the structures of power and privilege that continue to hinder racial equity and justice in America. Participants will explore the ways that racism and historical issues of bias and bigotry shape our world through societal norms and institutional power imbalances. Special attention will be paid to the history of segregation and legacy of systemic racism in public libraries, and attendees will leave armed with ideas for counteracting this legacy in libraries and beyond. The workshop is led by Suzanne Haley and Jacky McCoy of Changing the Lens, which is a movement dedicated to examining truth, awakening empathy, and activating courageous citizenship.
This program is worth 9 contact hours of continuing education if attend both sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelin (Jacky) McCoy

Jacquelin (Jacky) McCoy

Changing the Lens
avatar for Suzanne Haley

Suzanne Haley

Changing the Lens


Wednesday May 5, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

10:30am EDT

Is Anyone Out there? Sharing Your Library’s Message Through Podcasting
During the COVID shut down, Calvert Library began producing three different podcasts to highlight material from their digital collection and increase engagement with their community. This conference session will explore how they created their podcasts, from inception, to production to evaluation, and offer insights and tools for bringing podcasting into your library.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Anneliese Trainer

Anneliese Trainer

Public Services Librarian, Calvert Library
avatar for Emilia Mudd

Emilia Mudd

Public Services Librarian, Calvert Library
avatar for Sandy Hunting

Sandy Hunting

Children's Librarian, Calvert Library


Wednesday May 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EDT

On the Trail with "Congress's Watchdog": The Role and Reports of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
In the aftermath of the First World War, Congress created its own General Accounting Office to modernize federal financial management. A tumultuous century later, the expanded U.S Government Accounting Office provides Congress, federal agencies, and the public with non-partisan audit investigations, decisions, and background resources. Holly Hobbs is the producer/host of the top-rated podcast, The Watchdog Report. She will reveal GAO's resources and guidance on federal government issues, challenges, missions and performance.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Hobbs

Holly Hobbs

Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accounting Office
Holly is a senior analyst for GAO's Financial Markets Team, and the current host/producer of GAO's podcast, "The Watchdog Report." Prior to GAO, Holly was a newspaper reporter, covering state and local government, as well as education.



Wednesday May 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EDT

Music in Storytime with Mr. Jon and Friends and Guerrilla Storytime
Jon Lewis draws on his more than 10 years' experience working in libraries, songwriting, and performing to compile the best practices for including music in storytimes. With a multimedia mix of video and live music, Mr. Jon will have everyone up singing and dancing as well as discussing storytime tips and tricks. Covering everything from the importance of music in early childhood programs to selecting songs to facilitate connections with the crowd, “Music in Storytime” is sure to leave you energized and excited for your next storytime adventure. Mr. Jon lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife and 2 children, performs over 200 shows a year as “Mr. Jon and Friends”, has released 3 albums, and won 2 Parents' Choice Awards. Following “Music in Storytime”, Jill Hutchison will lead participants in a Guerrilla Storytime peer-to-peer learning session to share their best storytime ideas and advice.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Hutchison

Jill Hutchison

Youth Services Coordinator, St. Mary’s County Library
avatar for Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis

Mr. Jon and Friends


Wednesday May 5, 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

12:30pm EDT

Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Break up your conference day with a virtual Library Themed Scavenger Hunt. You can play on your own or pair up with a buddy*. Even if you don’t want to play, have fun watching the random items pile up. No prizes but bragging rights galore.

*If you team up, make sure you have a way to communicate in real time to collaborate.

Participants will be given 15 minutes to find the items and can be at work locations or teleworking.

Wednesday May 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Designing and Implementing Effective Children’s Outreach
Are you looking for fresh ideas on how to find out-of-the-box outreach opportunities and program ideas? Join Betsey Brannon and Deb Spurrier as they demystify the outreach equation for youth service staff. Participants will be guided through where to look for outreach opportunities, how to effectively market and evaluate outreach programs, and will walk away with engaging content for a variety of age groups from birth through 5th grade.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Spurrier

Deb Spurrier

Children's Services Supervisor, Frederick County Public Libraries
avatar for Betsey Brannen

Betsey Brannen

Children's Services Supervisor, Frederick County Public Libraries


Wednesday May 5, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

In Media Res: Transitioning Streaming Media Reserves without a Succession Plan
This presentation will demonstrate the value of succession planning and documentation when dealing with a service transition or planning for the future, since documentation is a key factor in ensuring continuity through changes to staffing or services. Using materials to facilitate participant engagement, we will walk you through steps you can take to begin developing a succession plan and creating necessary documentation to capture institutional knowledge. Changes to the Streaming Media Reserves services at the University of Maryland College Park will serve as a real life example in employing these strategies. In summer 2019, Streaming Media Reserves transitioned to a new department and by the end of the fall semester, the employee who ran the service left the university, leaving behind limited documentation. Institutional knowledge was rebuilt as Streaming Media Reserves and was brought into alignment with Course Reserves in terms of guidelines, procedures, and the unexpected growth of the service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us to discuss how succession planning and documentation can be implemented in your library.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Brynne Norton

Brynne Norton

Head, Resource Sharing & Reserve, University of Maryland, College Park
avatar for Jenny Cotton

Jenny Cotton

Course Reserves Coordinator, University of Maryland, College Park



Wednesday May 5, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Book Buzz 2021
Back for a third year in a row, it's Book Buzz! Get inside news on hot books coming from three big publishers. Identify upcoming titles that will please your library users. Learn how to promote your collection by watching these professionals in action.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Nielsen

Brian Nielsen

Manager, Penguin Random House
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Ian Doherty

Sales Representative, HarperCollins
avatar for Talia Sherer

Talia Sherer

Senior Director, Library Marketing, Macmillan Publishers


Wednesday May 5, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

2:00pm EDT

Libraries Divesting from Police
What could abolition look like in your library? Presented by Jen Wilson, this workshop will give a short primer on abolition and the police divestment campaigns being led by libraries across the country. Find out what we can learn from them, why this work is so important and necessary in this moment, and the steps that libraries and library workers can take to prioritize de-escalation and harm reduction grounded in an abolitionist framework instead of relying on the police. The presentation will be followed by a period for Q&A and discussion!
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Wilson

Jen Wilson

Vice President, DLA



Wednesday May 5, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

3:15pm EDT

No Budget? No problem! Collection Adjustments for Increased Circulation
Come join us for a case study in how to improve circulation with little, or no, budget! Attendees will learn how the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library was able to weed, consolidate, shift, and display their way to increased circulation and accessibility.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
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Laura Bandoch

Librarian II, Baltimore County Public Library


Wednesday May 5, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

3:15pm EDT

Stuck in the Middle with You: Middle Management Survival Skills
How does the song go? “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…?” Middle management can be tough as you are pulled in different directions by those above and below you on the organizational chart. Join 4 middle managers as they provide strategies to increase your effectiveness, grow your career, and most importantly, take care of yourself.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Branch Manager, Harford County Public Library
avatar for Pam Taylor

Pam Taylor

Branch Manager, Harford County Public Library
avatar for Deidrah Reeves

Deidrah Reeves

Branch Manager, Harford County Public Library
avatar for Tracy Miller

Tracy Miller

Branch Manager, Harford County Public Library
I am the chair of the Future of Libraries Interest Group (FOLIG)



Wednesday May 5, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

4:15pm EDT

William B. Wilson Maryland Author Award: D. Watkins
D. Watkins is Editor at Large for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He has lectured at countless universities, and events, around the world and has been featured as a guest and commentator on NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's The Erin Burnett Show, and Democracy Now, among other shows. Watkins is from and lives in Baltimore.

Speakers
avatar for D. Watkins

D. Watkins

Editor at Large, Salon


Wednesday May 5, 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

7:00pm EDT

Karaoke
Join us for a fun evening of karaoke via Zoom hosted by our very own Nay Keppler! You’ll be sharing your own backing track, so be sure to check Youtube ahead of time to find the “karaoke” version of your song. If you don’t want to do a solo performance, we’ll do some classic group singalongs as well. All singing skill levels welcome.

Spectators welcome too!

Wednesday May 5, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Thursday, May 6
 

9:00am EDT

Imposter Syndrome
A session tailored to the unique needs of the Maryland Library Association's members to provide an overview of imposter syndrome, including typical signs and behaviors, different ways it may manifest as a result of socio-cultural and environmental factors, how it impacts leadership and team functioning, and the most effective coping strategies, including an overview of the 3C's strategy to overcome it, and action planning to address it in daily practice.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.


Thursday May 6, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

9:00am EDT

Maryland State Library/Delaware State Library Update
The Delaware and Maryland State Libraries will share updates about state programming and initiatives. Come hear what has been happening in Delaware and Maryland regarding STEM and Tech education programming, early childhood literacy and learning, staff development opportunities, capital projects, accessibility services, and much more.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Norman

Annie Norman

Delaware State Librarian, Delaware Division of Libraries
avatar for Irene Padilla

Irene Padilla

Maryland State Librarian, Maryland State Library
avatar for John Owen, III

John Owen, III

Director, Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
avatar for Mary A. Ramos

Mary A. Ramos

Assistant Director, Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
avatar for Renee Croft

Renee Croft

Library Facilities Program Manager, Maryland State Library
avatar for Tamar Sarnoff

Tamar Sarnoff

Director, Public Library and State Networking Branch, Maryland State Library


Thursday May 6, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Out and Proud: Queering the Library
Until 2020, a gap existed in services for LGBTQ+ patrons in the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS). This panel will talk about the team specifically created to address this gap. The issues addressed by the team included the need for internal and external education about LGBTQ+ issues, growth in the library’s programming and resources for LGBTQ+ customers, and enthusiastic celebration of the LGBTQ+ experience. The team was able to accomplish much in a short time, including the creation of extensive staff development materials and robust programming initiatives. Programming highlights included planning of the county’s Pride Festival - the Rainbow Family Festival - and author talks from queer authors, as well as a LGBTQ+ heritage page for the PGCMLS website. Other topics to be discussed will include pivoting quickly to fit a digital environment for Pride month events in response to COVID-19, and the challenges and benefits of those adjustments; social media best practices; and advice on how to start a similar team in your own organization.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Dalia Johnson

Dalia Johnson

Circulation Assistant, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Teresa Miller

Teresa Miller

Librarian I, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Rebecca Oxley

Rebecca Oxley

Librarian III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System



Thursday May 6, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

9:00am EDT

To Renovate, Expand, or Build New…That is the Question
An overview of the process of weighing alternative strategies to deal with the need for more space in your library. Through the use of three case studies, from recent projects that had requirements to expand their footprints, we will review the myriad of issues that should be addressed to allow you to select the solution that best fits your needs. In these three instances, the planning efforts resulted in one renovation one expansion and one new facility. Topics covered will include the availability of space the emotional attachment to existing facilities, and the cost impacts each option may incur. This is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the entire process and the solutions available to your library.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Hastings

Brad Hastings

Vice President, Becker Morgan Group
avatar for Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Senior Associate, Becker Morgan Group


Thursday May 6, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

10:00am EDT

Virtual Vendor Hall
Come and support the conference vendors by watching their video presentations, listening to them give a brief summary of their company, and then joining them in a break-out room for more information.

Thursday May 6, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Meeting

12:30pm EDT

Advocating for Teens in the Library
Teens are not everyone's favorite age group in public libraries, resulting in them being unfairly excluded in various ways. Join us to learn how staff have created teen spaces, programs, and policies that enable teens to enjoy the public library in safe and fun ways, as well as how to bring skeptical staff, and community members on board with serving this age group
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jenee Johnson

Jenee Johnson

Librarian II, Baltimore County Public Library
avatar for Kimberly Day

Kimberly Day

Manager, Earl Teen Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library
avatar for Todd Krueger

Todd Krueger

Selector, Collection Development & YALSA President, Baltimore County Public Library
avatar for Will Malkus

Will Malkus

Librarian III, Baltimore County Public Library


Thursday May 6, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Integrating Difficult Conversations Into Programming
Library workers have an amazing opportunity to model anti-bias conversations for families and, in the process, affirm that all families belong at the library. Mary Jeanne Brown, N. Yasmin Bromir and Jillian Bleggi, will present on kids' understandings of race, bias in the library environment, and ways to interrupt that bias during library programming. Resources shared will include the anti-bias education framework, and practiced tips on taking the first steps toward integrating difficult conversations into library programming.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Bleggi

Jillian Bleggi

Children's Library Associate, Frederick County Public Libraries
avatar for Mary Jeanne Brown

Mary Jeanne Brown

Children's Library Specialist, Frederick County Public Libraries
avatar for N. Yasmin Bromir

N. Yasmin Bromir

Children's Library Associate, Frederick County Public Libraries


Thursday May 6, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Keep the Conversation Going: Tips and Advice for Facilitating a Discussion Online or In person
Libraries have long been known for hosting book clubs, but in recent years we have expanded our offerings to include discussions of movies, tv shows, and other media. Join Douglas Beatty and Paula Gallagher as they share ideas for structuring successful conversations, including choosing reading materials or other media. They will talk about the kinds of open-ended questions that generate thoughtful responses, as well as how to diplomatically handle issues that may arise, especially when engaging with sensitive topics.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Gallagher

Paula Gallagher

Librarian III, Pikesville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
I'm a generalist librarian who lives in Baltimore City. I'm interested in graphic novels and pop culture.
avatar for Doug Beatty

Doug Beatty

Librarian III, Adult and Community Engagement, Baltimore County Public Library


Thursday May 6, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Changing the Subject: The Controversial Heading "Illegal Aliens"
Dartmouth Librarian John DeSantis speaks on the library and the campus community's experience with, and advocacy for, changing the Library of Congress subject heading “illegal aliens”, and the political situation that ensued.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for John DeSantis

John DeSantis

Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Dartmouth Library
Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Bibliographer for Film Studies & Russian Language and Literature



Thursday May 6, 2021 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Navigating through Crisis: How to Advocate During Challenging Times
Join Andrea Berstler, as she moderates a panel discussion about how libraries in Maryland have weathered a variety of challenges in the past, and how this can be applied to the current economic, social and political climate. Join the panelists as they discuss their experiences and views on library advocacy in challenging times. Participants will leave with knowledge of the state budget process, several strategies for successfully advocating for libraries at the state and local level, and will learn how to design a successful approach for library advocacy during economic and other crises.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Berstler

Andrea Berstler

Executive Director/MLA Legislative Officer, Carroll County Public Library
avatar for Isaac Meyer

Isaac Meyer

Partner, Compass Government Relations Partners
avatar for Thomas ‘Mac’ Middleton

Thomas ‘Mac’ Middleton

Former State Senator
Former State Senator and Chair of the Maryland State Senate Finance Committee


Thursday May 6, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

2:00pm EDT

Workforce Development @ Your Library
To meet the increased demand for professional development for career changers and job seekers, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System developed a Workforce and Community Development Team. In this session, you will learn about the steps taken to develop the Workforce and Community Development Team and how the team implemented programs such as Career Kickstart, Career Chat, and other services. These programs allow patrons to receive professional development devoted to job seeking skills and helps them navigate technology to search for jobs and interview for positions. The team also supports patrons seeking to learn more about entrepreneurship. During this session, participants will learn about the mission and vision of the Workforce and Community Development Team, along with the development of the team's website, steps taken to establish strong partnerships, and collaborations developed to help strengthen the library's ties to the community. Participants will learn how PGCMLS invested in the workforce development skillset of staff members to contribute to the accessibility and sustainability of the community.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Jahmiel McBride

Jahmiel McBride

Library Associate II, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Jaleen Walker

Jaleen Walker

Staff Development Coordinator, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Shannon Crooks

Shannon Crooks

Librarian III, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Yassin Karbo

Yassin Karbo

Library Associate II, Prince George's County Memorial Library System
avatar for Zachary Jones

Zachary Jones

Library Associate II, Prince George's County Memorial Library System



Thursday May 6, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

2:00pm EDT

Colleagues, Collaborators, & Friends
Presenters will explore the development of authentic professional relationships and the benefits of friendship in the workplace. Attendees will learn how collaborative working relationships can elevate leadership skills and create pathways for professional and personal growth. Presenters will introduce the concept of “Shine Theory”, created by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, and how it applies in the workplace.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Shockley

Chelsea Shockley

Customer Experience Manager, Enoch Pratt Free Library
avatar for Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell

Operations Manager, State Library Resource Center


Thursday May 6, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

3:15pm EDT

Advocacy Tips from a Former Legislative Aide
Communicating with public officials is a crucial aspect of advocating for your library. Just like with any professional task, there are ways to go about this work that are better than others. How do you know what those best practices are? In this session we will discuss the logistics of setting meetings with public officials and talk about the incentives that public officials work within. Attendees will leave the session with an understanding of how to set meetings with public officials, how to communicate with their staff, and learn what it is they need to communicate to public officials about their libraries.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Eli Turkel

Eli Turkel

Policy Scientist, Center for Community Research and Services, University of Delaware



Thursday May 6, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

3:15pm EDT

Moving Into Literacy
Children need to move. They need to shake out their sillies and jump out their jiggles. But children aren't just burning off energy when they move. They are developing the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional skills they need for a lifetime of learning. In this presentation, participants will learn the various ways that physical movement contributes to cognitive development, early literacy learning, and school readiness. Lisa Bintrim will share ways to incorporate movement into library programs for young children (0-K) through dance and yoga.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Bintrim

Lisa Bintrim

Children's Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library


Thursday May 6, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

3:15pm EDT

Scholarly Communication Priorities Among M1 Institutions: A Mixed-Methods Study
This program presents the result of an IMLS-funded, mixed-methods study that investigated the scholarly communication programming and staffing priorities among M1 (Master's Colleges and Universities – Larger programs) libraries. Using a complex research life cycle to frame discussion, twenty librarians from M1 institutions participated in focus groups and provided structured information on their libraries' scholarly communication program, development, and staffing. Scholarly communication service and support among M1 institutions continue to grow and develop within the context of limited budgets and staffing. Audience participants will become acquainted with the prevalence of diverse scholarly communication programming and services and their assessment among a sampling of M1 institutions. Qualitative analysis of the focus group transcripts highlights the contexts, challenges, and future directions of scholarly communication programming and services among the M1 institutions.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Daina Dickman

Daina Dickman

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sacramento State University
avatar for Emily Chan

Emily Chan

Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship, San Jose State University
avatar for Nicole Lawson

Nicole Lawson

Associate Dean for Academic Services, Sacramento State University
avatar for Suzanna Conrad

Suzanna Conrad

Dean of University Libraries, Towson University


Thursday May 6, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

4:15pm EDT

Keynote Speaker: R. Eric Thomas
R. Eric Thomas, Senior Staff Writer at Elle magazine, podcaster of The Moth and national best-selling author of How to Save Your Soul in America, will provide an in-depth talk highlighting and connecting the conference theme Libraries Without Limits.

Speakers
avatar for R. Eric Thomas

R. Eric Thomas

Writer, Podcaster & Author


Thursday May 6, 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

7:00pm EDT

Pub Quiz
Do you know a lot of stuff? All kinds of stuff? Come to the virtual Pub Quiz and prove it by answering questions about pop culture, random nonsense, and, of course…books. Hosted by our always entertaining Quizmaster, Michael Gannon. This year obviously we’ll be running our Pub Quiz through Zoom so everyone can have their favorite beverage.

Feel free to just show up and we’ll sort you into a randomly assigned team, but if you want to make a team ahead of time that’s fine too. Just send a team name and a list of members no later than the day before to our Question Composer, Mike Kiel (skiel@ubalt.edu).

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gannon

Michael Gannon

Chief Operating Officer, Prince George's County Memorial Library System


Thursday May 6, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Zoom Meeting
 
Friday, May 7
 

8:00am EDT

DLA Business Meeting & Awards
Friday May 7, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

8:00am EDT

MLA Business Meeting
Friday May 7, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Affordable Course Material Initiatives in Delaware: A Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by Meg Grotti, this roundtable is for teachers, librarians, and other educators with an interest in open and affordable resources for students, faculty members, other library users, and members of their student communities.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Meg Grotti

Meg Grotti

Assistant Head of Instructional Services, University of Delaware


Friday May 7, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Meeting

9:00am EDT

Anti-Racism Programming for Families
Learn how to engage with families in your community through two types of anti-racism programming: Storytimes and Parent Panels. Storytimes help introduce children to the concepts of racism and how to be an anti-racist in everyday life. Parent Panels help parents talk about racism with their children so they can learn together. Both types of programs can be successful virtually or in person.

This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Tia Jennings

Tia Jennings

Youth and Family Engagement Specialist, Baltimore County Public Library
avatar for Crystal Chong

Crystal Chong

Youth and Family Engagement Specialist, Baltimore County Public Library


Friday May 7, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

9:00am EDT

Healthy 4 Seasons
Librarians can take an active role forging partnerships with health professionals to develop programming aimed at maintaining health in a covid/post covid world. The pandemic has changed patron's health information needs. Health concerns are paramount in the daily lives of library patrons and health programming must be adapted to meet the needs of patrons. Winter-Spring-Summer and Fall learn to plan healthy programs for your patrons around each season.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Gorman

Linda Gorman

Library Director, Harrison Medical Library, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center



Friday May 7, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

9:00am EDT

How America Shaped Its Census and the Census Shaped America: A Brief History with Resources In-Depth
The United States Constitution mandated a census every ten years. Decade by decade, new innovations, new questions, and new data drove many vital decisions in our country's history. Today, the census is indispensable to American self-government. Researchers from geographers to genealogists explore its data for insights the Founding Fathers never imagined, Sharon A. Tosi Lacy Ph.D. will trace the Census Bureau's history and development over 230 years. Along the way, she will show up the Bureau's online resources on the fascinating people and technologies that changed the country and its democracy.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sharon A. Tosi Lacey

Dr. Sharon A. Tosi Lacey

Chief Historian, United States Census Bureau



Friday May 7, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EDT

Book Talking to the Void
Reader’s Advisory is a great way to introduce people to new authors, diverse titles and give a boost to circulation. It has been especially challenging this past year because we haven’t had the face-to-face interaction with our customers that we are used to. So how do we reach people? By creating engaging booktalking videos that draw in a larger audience on social media! In this program, you’ll learn the basics of recording yourself on video and how to construct a booktalk designed for a general audience rather than a specific person. Find out how to translate your excitement about what you’ve read for a wide stage!
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Meg Faller

Meg Faller

RAIG Co-Chair, Calvert Library


Friday May 7, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Webinar

10:30am EDT

Chronicling America and Digital Historical Newspapers
Presenters will share the rich research value of historic newspapers and how to use Chronicling America, a freely accessible newspaper database on the Library of Congress website with over 17 million newspaper pages (https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov). Newspapers are a valuable resource to many researchers: K-12 and college students, educators, genealogists, academic researchers, and the general public. Chronicling America can be utilized to research family history, find primary sources for National History Day projects, learn the history of a local town, and so much more. This session will prepare attendees to offer historic newspapers and Chronicling America as tools for their library users. In addition, participants will find out how to consult Chronicling America state partners in Maryland and Delaware as a resource for digitizing historic newspaper titles at their institutions or in their local communities. Session participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to complete a learning activity.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Olney-Zide

Molly Olney-Zide

Head, Digital Collections and Preservation, University of Delaware
Discovery tools, historical digital collections, digital scholarship/humanities
avatar for Pamela A. McClanahan

Pamela A. McClanahan

Digital Projects Librarian, University of Maryland Libraries


Friday May 7, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Meeting

10:30am EDT

How to Work with Community Partners to Create Equitable STEM Take and Make/Virtual Hybrid Programs
The rise of COVID-19 led to many library programs going viral, in some cases, increasing the digital divide and making STEM programs less accessible to members of the community. Learn how one library system worked with community partners to increase the inclusivity of STEM programming and develop impactful Take and Make and virtual programs.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
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Alison Cawood

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Johanna Doty

Programming and Outreach Coordinator, Anne Arundel County Public Library



Friday May 7, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom Meeting

12:30pm EDT

Author Conversation with Soniah Kamal
Join MLA Conversations host, Joe Thompson, for a conversation with award winning author Soniah Kamal. Soniah's most recent novel Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan is a Financial Times Readers' Best Book of 2019 and People Magazine pick. She gave a TEDx talk on redefining dreams and is a frequent speaker on immigration, post-colonialism, writing, Jane Austen and real American Dreams. Soniah grew up in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and England and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

Director of Public Services, Carroll County Public Library


Friday May 7, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

12:30pm EDT

Homeschooling in a Covid World
As more families are turning to homeschooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many families turning to their local libraries for help on where to begin and resources for additional teaching supplements. Come join this panel of homeschool parents from across the state of Delaware and from each county. Panel members will share their experiences as homeschool parents, how they have seen the changes for them as homeschool families from COVID-19, how libraries have helped with the impact of COVIC-19, and what more libraries could do for homeschool families. Audience members will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Crum

Amanda Crum

Kent County (DE) Library
avatar for Beth Anne Dunphy

Beth Anne Dunphy

New Castle County
avatar for Jason Zerbey

Jason Zerbey

New Castle County
avatar for Jill Rainey

Jill Rainey

Sussex County Library
avatar for Joy Krupka

Joy Krupka

Kent County (DE) Library
avatar for Meredith Peterson

Meredith Peterson

New Castle County


Friday May 7, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

12:30pm EDT

The Future of Digital Publishing and Libraries
Learn about the issues that academic, school, and public libraries have getting digital content such as eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming video and music, due to restrictive publisher licenses. Participants will also learn about library recommendations for better licensing and possible actions they might take to involve patrons, government officials, and media to advocate for change.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Alan Inouye

Alan Inouye

Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Relations, ALA
avatar for Michael Blackwell

Michael Blackwell

Director, St. Mary's County Public Library


Friday May 7, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

12:30pm EDT

Understanding the LGBTQ+ Community
Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of letters in the LGBTQIA+ acronym? Expand your foundational understanding of gender and sexuality, as well as get the questions you have about pronouns, identities, or other terminology answered. Additional topics how to continue learning, and best practices for allies.
This program is worth 2 contact hours of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Storm Hogan

Storm Hogan

Queer Advocate and Educator


Friday May 7, 2021 12:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom Meeting

2:00pm EDT

Copyright Issues in the Days of Online Programming
Online programming is becoming the new normal. Events are now offered to an audience of potentially unlimited size and are recorded to be viewed for years to come. This can lead to copyright concerns for authors, performers, and other presenters.
Learn what should be considered when providing online programming, whether or not to get permission from the rights holder, and whether recording the programming to be used at a later date may be problematic. We will also consider the implications of agreeing to a terms of use agreement with the publisher.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell

Senior Program Director and Copyright Specialist, ALA Public Policy and Advocacy, ALA


Friday May 7, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

2:00pm EDT

Public Speaking Skills for Library People
This session will give tips, tricks and tenets of public speaking that can apply to libraries and beyond. Using fundamentals of acting applied to public speaking, this session will demonstrate how not only presentations are performances, but also how public speaking skills are life skills.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
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Drew Barker

Performing Arts Librarian, University of Maryland


Friday May 7, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

2:00pm EDT

Supporting Language Diversity in Storytime
Serving a diverse community means more than providing diverse books. We also need to bring diversity into our programs and services. Bilingual storytimes are one way that we can offer mirrors to our language-diverse patrons while also providing windows onto diverse cultures for the entire community. In this program, Lisa Bintrim and Ryan Shimabukuro will describe the benefits of offering bilingual storytimes, identify best practices, and demonstrate those best practices in Spanish, French and Swahili. Participants will gain a sense of confidence in their ability to offer a bilingual storytime as they learn songs and rhymes that they can use with their own communities.
This program is worth 1 contact hour of continuing education.

Speakers
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Lisa Bintrim

Children's Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library
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Ryan Shimabukuro

Children's Library Associate, Enoch Pratt Free Library


Friday May 7, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar

3:00pm EDT

Keynote Speaker: Radical Power of Books - Dhonielle Clayton
The Radical Power of Books centers on the importance of high quality, culturally-responsive reading culture in schools and libraries, and how to choose books that will help every child fall in love with reading. It will touch on the following topics: What makes a high-quality book? How can you engage reluctant readers? Why does it matter so much that kids fall for books? What are the biggest barriers to making this possible for every student? How can adults model great reading behavior? What should we all be reading right now? When did you become a reader? Is there a teacher who played a particularly significant role in your life?

Speakers
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Dhonielle Clayton

YA author, former librarian, COO of We Need Diverse Books, and owner of Cake Literacy


Friday May 7, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar