Friday, October 5th


Exhibits will be in the Silver Room throughout the day.


Session 5: 8:30am – 9:30am

Stranger things have happened: non-academic events in academic libraries presented by Jennifer Cromer and Kate Flower

Centennial Room

Following a staff development day, the library planned a year of events focused on encouraging students to see the library as more than a place to study. We will take you through the entire process – from brainstorming ideas to implementation, including our Stranger Things themed waffle bar/game night. We encourage you to share your events as well. We’ll talk about what we learned – what worked and what tripped us up. Attendees will take away ideas for events, marketing, and potential partners.


Open Educational Resources on GitHub: What, Why, & How presented by Evan Peter Williamson

Appaloosa Room

GitHub is a free code repository hosting service with project management tools, wikis, and websites built in—it provides everything you need to create, manage, and publish an open educational resource (OER)! Hosting OER on GitHub facilitates creating materials that can be freely accessed, re-used, and adapted by others. This session will introduce examples of OER, from workshop handouts to full interactive textbooks, which demonstrate the possibilities for more responsive and flexible learning artifacts, providing benefits to both the students and instructors. It will cover the basics of how GitHub Pages, Jekyll, and Markdown can be used to create OER. While it might sound intimidating, this session aims to demystify GitHub and demonstrate ways to contribute for all skill levels. Participants will learn how GitHub provides an ideal platform for implementing collaboratively developed and actively evolving OERs informed by the principles of openness.


Where do patrons learn about events and services? A Pilot Study on Student Social Media Preferences presented by Jylisa Doney and Jessica Martinez

Empire Room

Have you ever wondered how to reach your patrons? How do patrons find out about the events and services available to them at their universities and libraries? Do our social media platforms play a role? This presentation will report on a pilot survey of college-aged students that seeks to answer these questions. We will share comparisons of reported University-wide and Library social media usage, suggest effective methods for advertising to patrons based on this evidence, discuss our failures and opportunities for further research, and ask participants to reconsider their preconceived notions on patron social media behavior. Takeaways: What methods of outreach work at your institution? How can you discover your patrons’ preferences?


You TOO can be a Dynamic Leader! Presented by Gavin Woltjer

Palouse Room

This program explores five areas of dynamic leadership: accountability and expectations; failure; initiative and creativity; library narrative and community building; and, communication. Through the examination of these five areas, participants will begin to better understand the type of leadership their library needs in order to meet the needs of patrons and staff.


"Are There Books for Me Here?" The Best Books for Your Special Needs Classroom and How to Create an Inclusive School Library presented by Allison Barber and Heather Stout

Washington Room

Special Educators and Librarians are continually faced with challenges of how to best meet the literacy needs of students. In this session, join Mother - Daughter team; Heather Stout, retired Youth Services Librarian, and Allison Barber, a Special Educator, as they provide strategies for setting up effective school and public libraries, tips on training staff, examples of inclusive programming plus information on assistive technologies. Book lists, including our Top Read-Alouds for the Special Needs Classroom will be provided.


Thinking Outside the Book: Hosting Non-Traditional Programs presented by Emily Brock and Mandi Harris

Idaho Room

Explore three family-friendly programs which build community partnerships and strengthen family bonds. A community baby shower honors the growing families in a community while creating partnerships with resources like WIC and Head Start. A family-friendly trivia night at a local pizza joint provides a way for families to connect, work as a team, and put down the phones, as well as grow roots for a new business. A kids’ craft fair allows children to be creative while also reinforcing math and business skills. Learn how to plan for, budget, and implement three exciting programs that have the potential to bring in new members and strengthen community partnerships.


Vendor Time and Poster Session, 9:30 – 10:00am


ILA All-Member Business Meeting, 10:00 – 10:45am


Legislative Panel, 11:00am -12:00pm


Lunch and networking, 12:15 – 1:15pm


1:30 – 2:30pm, Division Meetings

School division – Centennial Room

Trustees Division – Appaloosa Room

Public Division – Palouse Room

Academic and Special Division – Washington Room


Session 6: 3:00 – 4:00pm

ALA Wants to Know What You Think! Presented by Ben Hunter

Centennial Room

As the Idaho Library Association's designated representative to the American Library Association, ILA's Chapter Councilor is responsible for bringing the concerns and opinions of library users, librarians, and library staff in Idaho to ALA Council meetings, and also for keeping Idaho's library workers informed about what's going in ALA. In this roundtable session, participants will learn about current ALA directions, discuss how ILA can both contribute to and benefit from ALA's activities, and provide input into future directions for ALA.


Weren't the top rock songs of all time really about libraries? Presented by Mary DeWalt

Appaloosa Room

Duh! So let's crowdsource a playlist capturing the essence of libraries as described by Rolling Stone magazine's top rock songs of all time. Hear the top ten song examples, then add your voice, your faves, to create the ultimate library playlist. No singing talent required. No "Marian the Librarian" (not even rock) or Green Day's "At the Library." Sell your song title by how it reflects a library's impact and it makes the playlist. And....go!


Idaho Trustee Challenge and Public Library Advocacy Presented by Emily Sitz and Rosemary Yocum

Empire Room

This session will describe the Idaho Trustee Challenge, a proactive advocacy effort from the Idaho Library Association's Trustee Section, and the library board's role in advocacy.


How to Become a Wonder Wizard! with the Moscow Public Library presented by Stacie Echanove and Bailey Gillreath-Brown

Palouse Room

Transform your library into a magical world of maker activities with Wonder Wizards! Wonder Wizards is an after school STEAM program for upper elementary and middle school students. Each week features a different "Make-It" activity, including, Portra-It, Fly-It, Magn-It, Build-It, Smudge-It, Eat-It, Mosa-It, and Face-It! In this session, we will transfigure adults into full-fledged Wonder Wizards!


Providing Access to Digital Georeferenced Aerial Imagery and Oral History Data: The Times, They are a Changin' Presented by Bruce Godfrey, Devin Becker, and Jylisa Doney

Washington Room

Managing data in any form and making it accessible is challenging. Existing tools and technologies claim to assist with management and access, but do they really meet the needs of researchers and users? This panel will examine these data challenges and report on user needs from two unique perspectives. Bruce Godfrey will discuss the challenges of managing and providing access to large collections of digital georeferenced aerial imagery data. Although these data have been used to support research, teaching, and outreach for many years, newer technologies and knowledge necessitate a reevaluation of services for these data. This presentation will report on the results of a survey, conducted among users of digital georeferenced aerial imagery that is being used to inform the ways in which we can enhance the explorability, access, and use of this rich temporal history of Idaho from an overhead perspective. Devin Becker and Jylisa Doney will tackle the challenges of analyzing and publishing oral history artifacts. They will discuss and demonstrate an open source tool they’re building, detailing how it developed out of a project examining prominent poets’ writing practices in the digital age and how it is currently being adapted for two projects documenting LGBTQ communities in the West. They will also compare this new tool to existing qualitative data analysis tools and techniques to determine how these methods and tools can be adapted and opened up for other researchers. By examining the needs and solutions we have discovered and the lessons we have learned, all of the presenters hope to contribute to a wider conversation around sustainable infrastructure and access for unique data types.


Teen Services: From Lock-Ins to Locked Up” and “NERF Squadron presented by Karen Yother, Denise Neujahr, and Nick Madsen

Idaho Room