Angela Abbott shares all about Makerspaces movement in public schools during her session at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

IMG_0567 - ANGELA ABBOTTThe West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Angela Abbott Dunbar Intermediate School and Marshall University present with her colleagues at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked her a few questions in regards to her career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

Media Specialist for public intermediate level school

What is your session title?

Makerspaces: The library as the change agent in public schools

Please tell us what your session is about?

Our session is a discussion about the role of the library in the Makerspace movement. We will address successes and obstacles of the library as a change agent in the schools.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

Our session will benefit libraries, librarians, or information specialists with information about what a Makerspace is, why it is important, the rationale behind it, how to implement a Makerspace, resources for Makerspace, and the ups and downs of having a Makerspace

A fun ice breaker question – if you could have a conversation with any person fictional/living/deceased who would you want to talk to and why? 

I would want to talk to Robin Williams. I would love to have conversations with him about life and laugh along the journey.

Do you have professional website/blog/social media site you would like to share with our attendees?

 

Thank you Angela for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session happening Thursday, November 9th at 9:00 in the Knowland Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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Embracing librarians most powerful professional stereotype with Virgina Kline at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

Gin and Mountaineer - Virginia KlineThe West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Virginia Kline from Potomac State College of West Virginia University present at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked her a few questions in regards to her career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

Instruction & Outreach

What is your session title?

It’s a Matter of Trust: Embracing Our Most Powerful Professional Stereotype

Please tell us what your session is about?

You can’t go the distance with too much resistance! There’s nothing wrong with being a sexy, bookish cat-lover, but the way to cultivate key relationships with users and stakeholders is by embracing our reputation for TRUSTWORTHINESS–the most consequential librarian stereotype of all! This session will show you how.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

We are members of one of the most trusted professions in the United States and this presentation will explain ways to leverage that. With such a great reputation, it should be easy for us to influence stakeholders and other key decision-makers.

A fun ice breaker question – if you could have a conversation with any person fictional/living/deceased who would you want to talk to and why? 

Why, S.R. Ranganathan, of course!

Do you have professional website/blog/social media site you would like to share with our attendees?

I administer the WVLA Academic Division Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WVLAAcademic/

 

Thank you Virginia for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session happening Thursday, November 9th at 4:30 in the Stewart Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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Join Susan Finley in examining assessing and marketing strategies for your library at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

SueFinley - Sue FinleyThe West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Susan Finley from University of Louisville present at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked her a few questions in regards to her career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

Business Librarian, University of Louisville

What is your session title?

Assessing & Marketing Libraries: Lessons from Business

Please tell us what your session is about?

Basic marketing concepts plus overviews of a few business successes and failures that provide valuable lessons which can be applied to the assessment and marketing of libraries.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

I want to encourage them to take a fresh look at how they define and prioritize target audiences, assess user needs, develop marketing strategies, and conduct outreach programs. By examining how other service-driven organizations have successfully, and unsuccessfully, dealt with changes in technology and operating environments, I hope they will reevaluate their current procedures and consider modifications and/or new approaches to both old problems and current opportunities.

 

 

Thank you Susan for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session beginning Thursday, November 9th at 9:00 in the Stewart Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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Recognize Individuality – Drive Inclusivity – Build a Team with Crystal Gates at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

Crystal.headshot - Crystal GatesThe West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Crystal Gates from William F. Laman Public Library System present at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked her a few questions in regards to her career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

Executive Director

What is your session title?

Individuality. Inclusivity. Teamwork

Please tell us what your session is about?

Workforce diversity and inclusion are critical components of a 21st century organization, but do not have to come at the expense of teamwork. Rather, creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and productive workforce complements a teamwork culture.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

I hope it will clarify a sometimes abstract issue and alert attendees to the importance of Net Neutrality.   I will provide some concrete suggestions for what librarians and others can do to stay informed and steps they can take to advocate on behalf of maintaining Net Neutrality to Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.

A fun ice breaker question – if you could have a conversation with any person fictional/living/deceased who would you want to talk to and why? 

You will learn the value of a diverse workforce and the benefits that come when you create a culture of inclusivity and individuality within the framework of functioning as a team to offer superior service to your community.

 

Thank you Crystal for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session happening Thursday, November 9th at 3:15 in the Mountaineer Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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Net neutrality and intellectual freedom presentation by Tim Dodge at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

JPEG_20170829_115926_2067188312 - Jwana SmithThe West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Jwana Smith from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) present at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked her a few questions in regards to her career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

As a Community Relations Officer, I develop and maintain collaborative relationships with immigrant-serving organizations, such as community-based organizations, ESL/Civics instructors, advocacy groups, state/local/federal government partners, foreign consulates, and other stakeholders who interact with immigrants. My goal is to educate our constituency about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policies, programs, and products. Additionally, I aim to identify areas where community feedback may better inform USCIS decision makers.

What is your session title?

U.S. Citizenship & How Libraries Can Help

Please tell us what your session is about?

USCIS and the Institute of Museums and Library Services have entered into a partnership to provide immigration and citizenship information and resources to public libraries across the country. Therefore, this session will provide a brief overview of the U.S. naturalization process, citizenship requirements, and citizenship education efforts libraries can use, such as offering citizenship classes and creating Citizenship Corners.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

This information will help ensure libraries, librarians, and information professionals have the necessary tools to refer their customers/patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics.

A fun ice breaker question – if you could have a conversation with any person fictional/living/deceased who would you want to talk to and why? 

I would want to talk to my father, who is deceased, so I can share with him my new life adventure on the east coast.

Do you have professional website/blog/social media site you would like to share with our attendees?

http://www.uscis.gov

 

Thank you Jawana for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session happening Thursday, November 9th at 3:15 in the Knowland Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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Net neutrality and intellectual freedom presentation by Tim Dodge at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

TimDodge2016a (3)The West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Tim Dodge from Auburn University present at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked him a few questions in regards to his career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

Reference Librarian.   Subject Specialist in History and Political Science.

What is your session title?

Net Neutrality:  Protecting Intellectual Freedom and More

Please tell us what your session is about?

Efforts are being made to undo network neutrality provisions instituted in 2015 to ensure that Internet Service Providers do not block or artificially modify Internet search results based on commercial and other concerns.   This presentation will provide a basic overview of the issue plus possible courses of action for librarians.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

I hope it will clarify a sometimes abstract issue and alert attendees to the importance of Net Neutrality.   I will provide some concrete suggestions for what librarians and others can do to stay informed and steps they can take to advocate on behalf of maintaining Net Neutrality to Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.

A fun ice breaker question – if you could have a conversation with any person fictional/living/deceased who would you want to talk to and why? 

Arizona Dranes.   This blind African American Pentecostal missionary (1889-1963) recorded some amazing records in the 1920’s featuring for the first time on record what we now recognize as gospel-style piano and singing.   She was the subject of my book, The School of Arizona Dranes:  Gospel Music Pioneer (Lexington Books, 2013).

Do you have professional website/blog/social media site you would like to share with our attendees?

Well, my web site is more recreational than professional since it primarily features playlists of my weekly radio show.  If interested,:  http://www.auburn.edu/~dodgeti/

 

Thank you Tim for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session happening Thursday, November 9th at 4:30 in the Johnson Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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Audrey Pitonak-Goff shares how to integrate literacy with problem solving at WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017

Head and Shoulder Photo - Audrey Pitonak-GoffThe West Virginia Library Association is pleased to have Audrey Pitonak-Goff from Reasoning Mind present at the WVLA/SELA Joint Conference 2017.

We asked her a few questions in regards to her career and upcoming session.

Please describe what you do?

As a Regional Manager, I am exploring the possibility of establishing a regional center in West Virginia for Reasoning Mind, a non-profit organization that offers a supplemental PK – 6th grade blended learning mathematics curriculum and provides teacher support, training, and professional development to ensure successful implementations.

What is your session title?

Partnering Literacy with Problem Solving

Please tell us what your session is about?

In this session, we will look at how literacy and problem solving are, and have been historically, integrated, assess the current environment of integration, and identify opportunities for new partnerships to provide for more frequent interconnected learning opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to be engaged in brainstorming ideas, discussing issues, and solving problems throughout the session.

How will the information in your presentation benefit libraries, librarians, or information professionals?

In this session, we will discuss and explore opportunities for offering new programs or online services which integrate literacy with problem solving.

Do you have professional website/blog/social media site you would like to share with our attendees?

Our website is http://www.reasoningmind.org, and you can go directly to our blog at https://www.reasoningmind.org/blog/. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Thank you Audrey for sharing your presentation information! We look forward to your session happening Friday, November 10th at 3:45 in the Knowland Room.


 


The 2017 conference will be held at The Greenbrier Resort from November 8-10.
For more information, please visit the following websites.

WVLA Conference Information: http://wvla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=45&ts=1508504088
SELA: http://www.selaonline.org/
Conference venue: http://www.greenbrier.com/

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