Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshops Descriptions

Wednesday, 1912 Center

All preconference workshops will be held at the 1912 Center near Moscow's downtown, a short distance from the University Inn. Registration is $10 for the day. There is one full day workshop, or three half day workshops, please check the times below.

Super Librarians Present Super Programs, 9:00 - 4:00pm, Great Room

  • Presenters: Karen Yother, Mandi Harris, and Nick Madsen, Community Library Network
  • Abstract: Looking for new, hands-on, dynamic programs for children and teens you can offer at your library and in your community? Look no further. The Super Librarians from the Community Library Network will introduce you to Full STEAM Ahead, Sensory Story Time, Naturebrary, “Bonjour, Mes Amis!”, MakerTots, NERF Squadron, It Club, Music & Movement, Kindness Club, Newfangled, Chillaxin’, Dalton Days, service to kids in Juvenile Detention, USDA partnerships, Little Community Libraries, Story Walks, Kids Craft Fairs, Bloxels Club, Community Baby Showers, Community Gardens, Fandoms, and more! Learn how you can enhance current programs or develop new, engaging programs for minimal cost as well as ideas for funding for those larger projects. Plus, what to do about summer reading- registration, prizes, programs, stress! We will share tips and ideas to help deal with all things summer. This hands-on session will inspire and excite you.

Book Mending, 9:00 - 11:00am, Arts Workshop

  • Presenters: Amy Thompson and Kit Stokes, University of Idaho Library
  • Abstract: Is your circulating collection tired and worn out? Are the books looking a little worse for wear? That’s ok, you can fix them! This session will focus on how to extend the life of your books by using ready-made and easy to use supplies. Learn how to mend or replace broken hinges and spines and what to do for loose pages. Get hands-on experience using some of the techniques shown by building a miniature book. Tools, supplies, and book structure will also be discussed.

Project Management for Librarians, 1:00 - 4:00pm, Arts Workshop

  • Presenters: Katherine Lovan, Middleton Public Library ; John Thill, Meridian Library District
  • Abstract: Librarians manage projects all the time! While projects are different, the process for keeping all the pieces on track is basically the same. This training will teach you to: Plan for success, Identify & address problems early, Manage your time, Foster teamwork & accountability, Archive your learning for future projects. Join presenters John Thill and Kate Lovan for a day of learning. If you have a project in mind, you will leave with a completed plan, including budget and action steps, so you can start immediately!

Dream, Design, Defend, Do (Done Dirt Cheap), 1:30 - 4:30pm, Fiske Room

  • Presenters: Kate Radford and Idaho Commission for Libraries' Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT)
  • Abstract: Do you work in, support, or spend time in libraries? Do you want to feel better prepared the next time you have a great idea? Join SPLAT members to develop some concrete next steps for your idea. In this pre-conference session, you will walk through the process of creating and implementing a new idea. Dream: Think up an idea for a project at your library or in your community. Design: Explore tools and concepts such as universal design, design thinking, and user experience. Defend: Nail your elevator speech and practice with fellow library folk. Do: Leave with an actionable plan to get started on your project when you return home from ILA.