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Monday, May 21
 

8:00am EDT

OPENING SESSION BREAKFAST AND KEYNOTE: Mauricio Velasquez, "Toxic Employees – Toxic Workplaces"
The workplace is under siege. A lack of civility is now vogue in many places. What is a toxic employee and what is a toxic workplace will be defined and understood. More important, how to deal with toxic individuals, toxic situations, and toxic workplaces. We will build a tool kit or skill kit and you will learn or practice these new skills and tools. This will be a highly interactive and participant-centered workshop.


Monday May 21, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am EDT
Grand Ballrooms Salons I & II

10:15am EDT

Beyond Fake News, Strategies for Evaluating Information in an Era of “Alternative Facts”
In our new world of fake news and “alternative facts," teaching students how to navigate and evaluate  information is challenging. Join us to learn about the right combination of tools to teach students essential information literacy skills so they can evaluate sources and find authoritative content for their research needs.

Speakers
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Nancy Speisser

South University
avatar for Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma

Customer Success Manager, Credo Reference
I'm a librarian who previously worked in public and academic libraries and publishing. Now I'm putting the information literacy-teaching skills I gained in libraries to use at Credo, where I help create materials for librarians who are tasked with information literacy instruction... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Pearl Ballroom II

10:15am EDT

NoveList - Readers' Advisory and so much more!
What's a good book to read?” If you haven't used NoveList lately to answer that question, it's time to take another look. Now librarians can match readers with the right books using a variety of Genre & Recommended Reads lists. In this session, we'll discover the new Appeal Mixer that allows users to search for books based on appeal factors. You'll also be able to find a variety of support documentation that will make you an RA expert in no time! Whether you work in a public or school library, you'll benefit from this informative session!

Speakers


Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Blue Point Ballroom I

10:15am EDT

Patron challenges and banned book questions: are you ready?
Frontline staff in libraries are often the first to hear complaints from patrons about items in their collections. How do you respond? Has your library provided training or guidelines on how to listen to and respond to patron concerns? Let's talk about it during this panel discussion!

Panelists include:
  • Jeffrey DiScala, PhD, MLS. ODU Library
  • Brian K. Manning, MLS, MBA, JD. Appomattox Regional Library
  • Kelly Miller, MLS, Virginia Beach Schools

Speakers
avatar for M Teresa Doherty

M Teresa Doherty

Interim Head, Information Services and Learning Spaces, VCU Libraries
Teresa Doherty (she/her/hers) is the Interim Head of Information Services & Learning Spaces at Virginia Commonwealth University (go Rams!), ensuring that services to patrons, including research assistance, circulation, reserves and more, are available around the clock, and leads research... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom III

10:15am EDT

Other Duties As Assigned Gone Wild
From a baby snake that wanted to check out the circulation desk to hunting down the owners of two dogs that wanted to run the trails behind the library. As well as destroying the fleet of black widows that took up residence in our book drop to taking care of the numerous crickets that fell to the evil exterminator.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Elliott

Rachel Elliott

Library Associate, Campbell County Public Library
I have been with Campbell County Public Library System since 2014. I am an avid animal lover and enjoy riding five horses, hiking with my ten dogs, and reading books in my free time. I love being outside and being active but also enjoy be lazy and having a Harry Potter marathon. Go... Read More →


Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom V

10:15am EDT

Finding Your Focus: How Goal-Setting Can Make You a Better Library Professional
Many library jobs require flexibility and independent work. You may have to create your own projects, lesson plans, or even work schedules, but you can't do those things without some focus. This program will discuss how to create SMART goals related to what matters- to you and your library's mission.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Browning

Natalie Browning

Research Services Librarian, Longwood University



Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Pearl Ballroom I

10:15am EDT

Taking Charge of Your Career
This session will help you identify your strengths and areas for growth, develop a plan for that growth, and learn about resources available to accomplish those goals.

Speakers
avatar for Nan Carmack

Nan Carmack

Director, Library of Virginia
Director, Library Networking and Development. Talk to me about leading up, supervision issues, keeping small things small, and knitting and dogs. :)
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Cindy Church

Continuing Education, The Library of Virginia
Opportunities to partner with public libraries, anything training related, continuing education, E Rate coordinator



Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Pearl Ballroom III

10:15am EDT

Virginia Libraries Journal 101 - Getting Published
Virginia Libraries is the official Journal of the Virginia Library Association, and we are looking for submissions from Professional Associates! Join journal Editorial Board members to learn about: article options, writing and submission recommendations, support for authors, and tips to generate topic ideas and to get from idea to submission!

Speakers
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Paige Flanagan

Hampden-Sydney College
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Sue LaParo

York County Public Library


Monday May 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
Blue Point Ballrooms II & III

11:15am EDT

Beyond Fake News, Strategies for Evaluating Information in an Era of “Alternative Facts”
In our new world of fake news and “alternative facts," teaching students how to navigate and evaluate  information is challenging. Join us to learn about the right combination of tools to teach students essential information literacy skills so they can evaluate sources and find authoritative content for their research needs.

Speakers
NS

Nancy Speisser

South University
avatar for Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma

Customer Success Manager, Credo Reference
I'm a librarian who previously worked in public and academic libraries and publishing. Now I'm putting the information literacy-teaching skills I gained in libraries to use at Credo, where I help create materials for librarians who are tasked with information literacy instruction... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom II

11:15am EDT

How Can I Not Help You?
Staff want to be helpful, but sometimes the line between helping and rescuing can be crossed before you even know it! This session will offer tips to help staff hit the proper balance between helping the patron just enough, and doing the intellectual work for them.

Speakers
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Stephani Rodgers

VCU Libraries



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

11:15am EDT

Staying on Track: Using Technology to Help Student Workers Provide Up-to-Date Information to Patrons
Are you hearing stories of your student workers giving inconsistent information to patrons? How do you keep up with training student workers after the semester starts in a constantly changing environment? This presentation will help you understand how weekly, interactive online modules can help student workers by reinforcing what they know, to address any misunderstandings at the point of interaction, and by communicating the latest updates that they need to provide the best customer service to their patrons.

Speakers
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Linh Nguyen

Reference and Training Specialist, Old Dominion University



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom III

11:15am EDT

Dragons in the Stacks - Tabletop Roleplaying as Outreach
Dungeons and Dragons is more than just a bunch of guys in someone's basement. With the nostalgia factors of shows like Stranger Things and the continuing development of systems like Pathfinder and FATE, there's something for everyone in the world of tabletop roleplaying.

Speakers
avatar for Linnea Browning

Linnea Browning

Circulation Support, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
I've been working in a busy public library system for ten years with a personal focus in teen and young adult programming and literature. I've been running a table-top game for ages 13-18 for the last three years, usually with an attendance of 3-7 participants. I have a book review... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom V

11:15am EDT

Finding Your Focus: How Goal-Setting Can Make You a Better Library Professional
Many library jobs require flexibility and independent work. You may have to create your own projects, lesson plans, or even work schedules, but you can't do those things without some focus. This program will discuss how to create SMART goals related to what matters- to you and your library's mission.

Speakers
avatar for Natalie Browning

Natalie Browning

Research Services Librarian, Longwood University



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom I

11:15am EDT

Booktalking - An Essential Tool in Your Outreach Toolbox
How do you engage with students in a group setting to get them excited about books? With booktalks! Learn practical techniques for writing and presenting booktalks for students of all ages that will have your audience begging to check out those books.

Speakers
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R. Timothy Carrier

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
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Angela Critics

Children's Services Coordinator, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Blue Point Ballrooms II & III

11:15am EDT

YouMedia: A New Approach to Teen Services
Re-envision teen services through the world of YouMedia. Learn how to implement a connected learning environment that is teen interest-driven, through peer-to-peer learning, mentorship and skill development. Explore the concept of mobile YouMedia rigs, and how it is used to enhance teen services.

Speakers
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Patricia Kendalls

Norfolk Public Library



Monday May 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Blue Point Ballroom I

12:15pm EDT

LUNCHEON AND FEATURED SPEAKER: Lydia Netzer, "Five Cultural Questions of This Very Moment, and Where to Find the Answers in the Library"
What is a book? What is language? In the race to find and fund the next technology, and distribute information in increasingly complicated streams, it's possible to ignore the philosophical underpinnings of change because we're trying so to hard to keep up. Let's pause to consider five essential issues that define our intellectual literary culture, and reflect on how libraries rise to this historical moment by answering these critical questions.

Speakers
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Lydia Netzer

Lydia Netzer is the author of Shine Shine Shine, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky. She lives in Norfolk with her two homeschooled children and teaches literature and writing. 


Monday May 21, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm EDT
Grand Ballrooms Salons I & II

1:45pm EDT

Lightning talks: 5 minute tricks, cool stuff, and great ideas!
We've got lots of quick ideas for you, with our lightning talks by library staff around Virginia, on a variety of topics, including summer thrive (instead of summer slide), bookmobiles and Meals on Wheels, Choose Privacy Week ideas, and much more!

Speakers include: 
  • Willow Gale: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
  • Stephani Rodgers, VCU Libraries
  • Brian K. Manning, Appomattox Regional Library
  • Denise Smith and Donna Coghill, VCU Libraries
  • Tiffany Duck, Suffolk Public Library
  • Nan Carmack, Library of Virginia

Speakers
avatar for M Teresa Doherty

M Teresa Doherty

Interim Head, Information Services and Learning Spaces, VCU Libraries
Teresa Doherty (she/her/hers) is the Interim Head of Information Services & Learning Spaces at Virginia Commonwealth University (go Rams!), ensuring that services to patrons, including research assistance, circulation, reserves and more, are available around the clock, and leads research... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom IV

1:45pm EDT

Makerspaces for the Modern Library
Learn to manage a makerspace and technology lending library as you expand your 21st century services. From this session attendees will hear tips for building makerspaces, including floorplan design, equipment power requirements, and noise control advice. We'll also cover makerspace programming, including popular community events that encourage public engagement.

Speakers
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Rich Sykes

Amtek Company


Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom I

1:45pm EDT

Serving Genealogy Patrons
Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States and around the world. This hobby can bring many patrons into libraries for research help. This session gives practical advice for assessing and meeting the needs of any genealogy patron from simple record look-ups, to evidence evaluation.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Derby

Katie Derby

Culpeper County Library
Katie Derby holds a BA in Family History/ Genealogy with an emphasis in the US South from Brigham Young University. She interned in the Local History/ Genealogy reading room at the Library of Congress. Katie has directed and spoken at regional and state level conferences and provides... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Blue Point Ballrooms II & III

1:45pm EDT

The Crowd is a Demanding Mistress: Scope Drift + Crowdsourcing
How the idea of a crowdsourced transcription project transformed an IT position into one centered on user engagement, outreach, social media, marketing, and digital literacy; Or, what it actually means to build and maintain community involvement in archives.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Coleman

Sonya Coleman

Digital Engagement + Social Media Coordinator, Library of Virginia
Sonya Coleman has worked in Digital Collections at the Library of Virginia for eight years. She has a BA in Art History and Psychology from Hollins University, a certificate in Digital Materials from Rare Book School, and is pursuing her MLIS online.


Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom II

1:45pm EDT

Dragons in the Stacks - Tabletop Roleplaying as Outreach
Dungeons and Dragons is more than just a bunch of guys in someone's basement. With the nostalgia factors of shows like Stranger Things and the continuing development of systems like Pathfinder and FATE, there's something for everyone in the world of tabletop roleplaying.

Speakers
avatar for Linnea Browning

Linnea Browning

Circulation Support, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
I've been working in a busy public library system for ten years with a personal focus in teen and young adult programming and literature. I've been running a table-top game for ages 13-18 for the last three years, usually with an attendance of 3-7 participants. I have a book review... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom V

1:45pm EDT

Introduction to the VLA.ORG Website
This session will introduce members to and encourage the use of the VLA.org Website. Topics to cover are site navigation, highlights of major information resources regarding participation in VLA and opportunities to interact with fellow VLA members via the website.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Grunow

Gregg Grunow

Manager of Library Systems and Support Services, Portsmouth Public Library
I am a Librarian with the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, Virginia. I am the manager over the library's electronic systems (including Web Site and Integrated Library System) and the Technical Services Department. With VLA I am the Chair of the Website Content Committee... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom III

1:45pm EDT

Orientate and Educate: Training Techniques for New Hires and Current Colleagues
Whether you are a long-time director or part-time page, chances are at one point you have had to train a coworker. Discussing traditional as well as innovative methods of instruction, this presentation explores the other duty of on-boarding new hires and training existing staff.

Speakers
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Michelle "MJ' Jones

Chesterfield County Public Library


Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

1:45pm EDT

Who is supposed to be doing what?: understanding the murky relationships between Trustees, Friends and Foundations
It is common for the roles of library Trustees, Friends and Foundations to become confused. Conflicts can arise - affecting not only group members, but library staff and the community as well.
Learn who is supposed to be doing what, and explore some extreme situations when groups overstep their responsibilities.

Speakers
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Kim Armentrout

Public Library Consultant, The Library of Virginia
Kim covers issues in library administration, trustees and Friends groups.



Monday May 21, 2018 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Blue Point Ballroom I

2:45pm EDT

Expanding Library Horizons: Partnering High Schools with Academic Libraries
VCU Libraries has a strong partnership with many Central Virginia high schools. While our libraries are geared to academic work for VCU users, this program allows access to both the building and our collections. We will outline the entirety of our program, offering attendees insight into our process.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Coghill

Donna Coghill

Community Engagement Librarian and Coordinator for Campus Partnerships, VCU Libraries
Donna E. Coghill has focused her career in education, instruction, and outreach. Currently the library liaison to VCU’s Division of Community Engagement and Division of Strategic Enrollment Management, she also works closely with high schools and non-VCU researchers in need of access... Read More →
avatar for Denise Smith

Denise Smith

Information Associate, VCU Libraries
Denise Smith has been in library public services for many years, focusing on community access. She works closely with the Community Engagement Librarian to provide services for Cabell library’s High School Partnership. As a high school liaison, Denise administrates borrowing privileges... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Blue Point Ballroom I

2:45pm EDT

Providing Genealogy Programming
TV shows like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Genealogy Roadshow" and "Finding Your Roots" are growing in popularity. Libraries can take advantage of the popular interest in family history by offering genealogy programming. This session gives ideas for program topics, finding speakers, advertizing, and much more. Increase patron usage of library databases and resources and draw a crowd while doing it.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Derby

Katie Derby

Culpeper County Library
Katie Derby holds a BA in Family History/ Genealogy with an emphasis in the US South from Brigham Young University. She interned in the Local History/ Genealogy reading room at the Library of Congress. Katie has directed and spoken at regional and state level conferences and provides... Read More →



Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Blue Point Ballrooms II & III

2:45pm EDT

Outreach Services - Bookmobiles and Beyond!
Outreach Services covers a wide variety of ways to bring library service to patrons outside the building. Come learn a bit about the history of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Bookmobile, what we're doing these days, and what other libraries across Virginia and the country are offering.

Speakers
avatar for Willow Gale

Willow Gale

Bookmobile Supervisor, Jefferson Madison Regional Library



Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom I

2:45pm EDT

eMagazines, eBooks, and eAudio, oh my! Promoting RBdigital to patrons.
In this session we will review RBdigital and best practices promoting service to patrons. We will review both web and app options. We will also discuss setting up new patron accounts, basic trouble shooting, and available marketing materials.

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Leach

Bethany Leach

National Account Manager, Recorded Books
I've been working for Recorded Books and Virginia Libraries since 2007. I'm passionate about audiobooks and it's been a joy to see their popularity soar over the past 10 years. I Live in Charlotte, NC with my husband and our two kitties, Cali and Duke.



Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom V

2:45pm EDT

You Don't Look Like A Librarian
“You Don’t Look Like a Librarian:” Decoding Microaggressions In the Library Environment D&I Have you ever felt like a colleague or a library patron had good intentions but you felt offended or were off-put by their remarks? You may have experienced a microaggression. In this session, participants will learn about microaggressions, how to recognize them, and how to avoid them in library settings.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel McCaskill

Rachel McCaskill

Learning Technologies Librarian, VCU Libraries


Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

2:45pm EDT

Library Services as a Connecting Point for Teens in the Community
Teens at Handley Regional Library have received increased services via community outreach through the use of social media, community partnerships, teen advisory boards, and a teen newsletter. From popular role playing games to drawing clubs, learn how our youth department has become a teen meeting point in our area.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Costello

Cheryl Costello

Youth Services Assistant, Handley Regional Library
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Jane Smith

Handley Regional Library



Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom II

2:45pm EDT

Booktalking - An Essential Tool in Your Outreach Toolbox
How do you engage with students in a group setting to get them excited about books? With booktalks! Learn practical techniques for writing and presenting booktalks for students of all ages that will have your audience begging to check out those books.

Speakers
RT

R. Timothy Carrier

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
AC

Angela Critics

Children's Services Coordinator, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library



Monday May 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Pearl Ballroom III

3:45pm EDT

 


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