Session Four

Session Four Descriptions

Thursday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, University Inn


Data Rocks: How Harmonizing Your Files and Folders Can Improve Your Life, Centennial Room

  • Presenter: Megan Davis
  • Is your computer desktop a mess of folders and files? Are you struggling with organizing a shared drive or Google storage? Do you get frustrated when you try to remember where that summer reading program data from three years ago lives now? Is your administration asking for aggregated instruction statistics for courses taught by librarians no longer at your institution? Managing files in a proactive manner can save you from headaches and disaster, both professionally and personally. This session will help interested librarians with file naming, structure and organization, documentation, and appropriate sharing and preservation options.

Opening Books. Opening Doors, Gold Room

  • Presenters: Karen Yother, Karen Troxel, and Keri Stark
  • Opening Books, Opening Doors is a community partnership and commitment to ensure that by 2020, all students in the Coeur d’Alene School District exiting third grade experience a deep love of reading and meet grade level reading proficiency goals, including comprehension and fluency. This initiative is anchored by a $600,000 grant to University of Idaho to implement the Coeur d’Alene Early Reading Project, now called Opening Books, Opening Doors (OBOD), in partnership with the Coeur d’Alene School District. OBOD will add to existing Coeur d’Alene School District reading resources for students and teachers, and will coordinate literacy efforts of parents, volunteers and nonprofit organizations in Coeur d’Alene to create a community-wide approach to ensure reading success for K-3 students. This session will share the background on how this project came to be, the key role of the community partners and collaborators, the importance of reaching beyond our comfort zone into the community, as well as our successes and challenges. Participants will leave with a framework to develop this project in their communities.

“I’m Not Good at Science”: Changing Self-Perception in STEAM Fields through Inclusive Makerspaces, Palouse Room

  • Presenters: Jessica Martinez, Kristin Henrich, and Courtney Pace
  • When it comes to promoting makerspaces and STEAM, it is easy to unintentionally alienate and intimidate underrepresented groups. At the UI Library, we’ve made it a priority to create a space in our Making Innovating Learning Laboratory (MILL) that encourages everyone to engage in STEAM activities, regardless of their previous level of knowledge. In this session, we will have hands-on activities to model what inclusive learning environments can look like. Participants will learn just how easy coding is using Ozobots and Edisonbots. They will also have an opportunity to reflect on this learning experience and brainstorm ways to apply similarly inclusive activities to their own libraries and makerspaces.

The End of Overdue Fines?, Washington Room

  • Presenters: Stephanie Bailey-White and Bette Ammon
  • Hear how Idaho public and school libraries eliminated overdue fines and lived to tell the tale. Is the timing right for you to go fine-free?

Presenting Data Effectively: Creating an Eye-Catching Annual Report, Idaho Room

  • Presenter: Patrick Bodily
  • Every library collects statistics throughout the year, but are you doing more with them than just clicking submit on your annual report? In this session we will discuss how to effectively present your annual statistics to your boards, friend’s groups, patrons, and other key stakeholders. What should you put on an annual report? How should it look? What’s the best way to format your data? This session will cover it all!

Mock Award Programs – Why the Geisel Provides More Bang for the Buck, Appaloosa Room

  • Presenter: Suzanne Davis
  • Over the years, the East Bonner County Library has hosted Mock Caldecott, Mock Newbery, and Mock Geisel programs. While all of the mock awards programs have their allure, it is the Mock Geisel that we have found the easiest to prepare for and administer. Come learn how we ran an exciting (and inclusive!) Mock Geisel program for fifth graders... and how you might adapt such a program for younger students or for homeschooling families. We’ll also share information on our Mock Newbery program.