Session Five

Session Five Descriptions

Friday, 8:30am - 9:30am, University Inn

Concurrent sessions take place throughout the University Inn, see the room map for detailed locations.

Stranger things have happened: non-academic events in academic libraries, Centennial Room

  • Presenters: Jennifer Cromer and Kate Flower
  • 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, Appaloosa Room

  • Presenter: Evan Peter Williamson
  • 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, Gold Room

  • Presenters: Jylisa Doney and Jessica Martinez
  • 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!, Palouse Room

  • Presenter: Gavin Woltjer
  • 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, Washington Room

  • Presenters: presented by Allison Barber and Heather Stout
  • 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, Idaho Room

  • Presenters: Emily Brock and Mandi Harris
  • 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.