LibLearnX is education for library professionals, by library professionals.

LibLearnX is designed to be an active learning experience. With a variety of “session types” in assorted “topics” that support a range of instructional methods, you’ll explore experiential learning — “learning by doing.” From hands-on workshops to “bite-sized” informal offerings, you can create a schedule to match your learning style and objectives. Browse our list of LibLearnX education sessions below.

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Led by an expert facilitator, these sessions will expose you to out-of-the-box ideas that challenge traditional thinking and concepts and will empower you to accelerate your ideas.

Sessions are approximately 2 hours in length.

Ideas Xchange

Discover innovative ideas about the topics that matter most to the library community. Creative projects will be shared in peer-to-peer conversations through photo images, videos, or engaging conversations in a social and informal learning space in the LLX Marketplace.

Sessions are approximately 30 minutes in length.


Pick up practical knowledge and tips – and learn about hot topics and trends at these “bite-sized” presentations that focus on a specific idea, project, or workflow.

Sessions are approximately 15–20 minutes in length.

Learning Labs

Delve into current issues and topics of interest with action-based instruction and collaborative learning. With a focus on specific methods, approaches, and opportunities, you’ll leave with immediately actionable insights to take back to your library. 

Sessions are approximately 60 minutes in length.

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50+ Years in the Making: Claiming Social Justice as a Core Value

The program considers the ongoing efforts of the Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice Working Group. The ALA Council at Midwinter Conference 2021 approved The Resolution to Condemn White Supremacy and Fascism as Antithetical to Library Work and charged the Working Group with reviewing neutrality rhetoric and identifying possible alternatives. The ALA Executive Board subsequently added a charge to the Working Group to host dialogues on neutrality as part of its activities. This program will engage the audience in facilitated small-group dialogues about the role of neutrality in libraries and explore options for centering social justice as a guiding principle.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

A Spoonful of Information Literacy

Are you looking for bite-sized information literacy? Join Chapman University academic librarian Rand Boyd as he walks through a case study of his library's new information literacy program for first-year students. Through the new course management system, Canvas, the instruction librarians created easily understandable information literacy modules using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Highlights include the challenges of creating helpful Learning Outcomes, distilling the Framework down to essentials, and meeting different learner's needs in online and in-person learning environments.

ShopTalk > Technology Innovation

A Transdisciplinary Collaboration: Developing Resources About Muhammad Ali; Inspiring Social Justice Action

The University of Louisville (UofL) Libraries and the UofL Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice collaborate to create digital exhibits commemorating Muhammad Ali’s international impact on civil rights and social justice movements. Additional collaboration with the Muhammad Ali Center will provide an opportunity for University and community members in his Louisville hometown to celebrate his 80th birthday, January 17, 2022, and to record and upload video/audio memories or thoughts for a tribute titled “Standing Up For Peace: How Does Muhammad Ali Inspire Us Today?”  The commemoration will conclude with a three-day symposium titled, “Muhammad Ali: A Transcendent Life.”

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

A Virtual Place of Their Own: Providing Radical Teen Services on Discord

Learn how to radically transform library services for teens by advocating for and implementing virtual library services with teens using Discord, an online voice, video, and text communication service. 

This presentation will examine the success of the San Antonio Public Library’s 210teenlibrary Discord server to highlight the advantages of using Discord to provide virtual library services for teens, explain how Discord can organically create a virtual library environment with a high level of teen participation and ownership, and discuss how teen-serving librarians and library staff can be responsive to the needs, interests, and diversity of their teen patrons through Discord.

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Adding "Kid Voice" Into your Reader's Advisory Practices

Learn how you can use Bookopolis.com, a social network made especially for readers 13 and under, to find children and YA books based on young readers’ reviews and recommendations. Explore interactive discovery tools such as BookQuest, curated lists based on genre and grade level, and how your young patrons can add their own reviews.

Ideas Xchange > Reader’s Advisory

Advancing Race and Social Equity in Library Communications

Staff of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System in Maryland discuss best practices for advancing race and social equity in Library communications, as part of overall institutional efforts to recognize and correct longstanding systemic inequities. PGCMLS' ongoing antiracism and social equity work, and how it's reflected in communications, has strengthened the Library's role in the local and statewide community as an organization that is proactively creating an inclusive environment for customers of different backgrounds. Panelists represent executive leadership, public services, and communications teams, highlighting how collaboration is essential to ensuring that communications efforts are in sync.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Advancing Social Justice Through the 9th Principle of the Code of Ethics

The American Library Association adopted the 9th principle to the Code of Ethics at the end of ALA Annual 2021. To support the professional framework of equity, diversity, and inclusion which is a ALA Strategic Direction, this session provides a deeper understanding and interpretation of the newly adopted principle through presentation and Q&A.

Ideas Xchange > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

All Learners Welcome, Serving At Home Learners and Homeschoolers at Your Library

COVID19 has altered the way youth live and learn. It is imperative for libraries to alter services to meet the growing need of homeschoolers and at-home learners. This session will share insight on how one librarian inherited a homeschooling program concept that has grown into a national advocacy platform. Historically education has taken root in progress, this program has roots in the mission and vision to support equity and inclusion through a lens of social justice as fundamental values of the American Library Association: to the underserved and the most vulnerable populations. We can't remain stagnant.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Anchoring Our Communities: Developing Opportunities for Community-Engaged Research

As our nation reckons with its legacies of institutionalized racism, organizational DEI efforts have flourished. How can librarians support diversity and inclusion within our communities? This session will show librarians how to develop mutually beneficial collaborations between their organizations and historically excluded groups to increase equitable access to information. In the session, participants will learn about community-engaged research projects the Business Librarian at the University of Louisville is developing with campus and community partners to connect local Black-owned businesses with university resources. Session attendees will work together in interest-based small groups to develop their own community-based research proposals.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

And Your Name Is... What?: Eliminating Name-Based Microaggressions in a Library Environment

Names are more than our identifier; they honor our diverse backgrounds and cultures. This presentation session addresses the positive impact of correct name pronunciation on a library’s cultural environment. In addition to providing introductory information about name-based microaggressions, this session will provide tips, tools, and recommendations to address correct name pronunciation. Session participants will learn techniques to correct name mispronunciations and familiarize themselves with unfamiliar names. In addition, participants will learn bystander intervention techniques. By the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize the skills learned to address, and eliminate, name-based microaggressions in their library culture.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Augmented Reality: Immersive Learning and Virtual Community Building

This session introduces attendees to an augmented reality experience. See how an XR room is created, the ease with which an exhibit can be built,  and how to do basic tasks and activities in a virtual environment that is accessible on any device (even a phone).

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Be Here Now: Presenting Library Resources at the Moment of Need

Who starts an information search on Google? Probably you do, and definitely your patrons. A panel consisting of a public librarian, a library marketer, and a library resource vendor will describe their collaboration to use Google Ads to promote library resources. The Google Ad Grants program for nonprofits provides in-kind money of up to $10,000 per month for keyword ad campaigns. These campaigns promote library programs and resources where potential patrons are looking--Google search results. Libraries and vendors benefit by creating awareness and usage of library resources, and the public benefits by realizing the opportunities made possible through the library.

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Beyond "Think, Pair, Share”: Thinking Routines for Teaching and Assessment

Thinking routines like “think, pair, share” are long-time classroom staples. Based in arts education, these now cross-disciplinary activities are worth exploring for instruction librarians interested in active learning and universal design. These routines are highly adaptable and focused on guiding students through their own thought processes for deeper learning. The presenter will also argue that many methods can be leveraged to assess student affect in order to address library anxiety.  After viewing this presentation, attendees will be able to identify several thinking routines in order to modify and use activities in their own teaching and classroom assessment.

ShopTalk > Library Services

Bringing Primary Sources Into the Classroom: Publisher, Librarian and Faculty Collaboration

Primary sources bring content alive for students and are fantastic teaching tools. Whilst digital technologies have opened up new research pathways there are huge possibilities for closer collaboration between librarians, faculty, and publishers to integrate digital archives into undergraduate education. What can be done to improve discovery and enable independent research and what teaching frameworks are needed to support digital primary source literacy? To shape the discussion the team at Adam Matthew will present new findings from a survey of librarians and teachers and invite insights from diverse perspectives to consider future directions for digital primary source collections.

Learning Lab > Digital Equity

Bringing the Census to the Community

The United States Census Bureau has a wealth of information about communities. As information professionals, we need to both refresh our skills in understanding the data the Census Bureau publishes and bring that expertise to community members that need it.  This basic learning lab will help you prepare outreach or programming for your library community using data from the Census Bureau.

Learning Lab > Data Collection

Build Student Agency with Self-Selected Research Topics

Honoring students’ identities and learning journeys means trusting their instincts on what they want to learn, but fostering individualized learning can be difficult when instructors are required to preplan the outcomes of their lessons and units. What if you could give students the freedom to research topics of their choice, support their research effectively, and meet district goals? Learn how to structure individualized programs for the library or classroom that combine the teaching of research skills with the opportunity to cultivate student agency in their research questions and learning.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Bullying, Incivility, and You: Applying Strategies from Nursing to Library Work Environments

This interactive, participant-driven session will introduce librarians to various strategies and frameworks to address and resolve workplace incivility and bullying. Content leaders will present high-impact interventions to prevent and address incivility and bullying in libraries as identified from research in the field of nursing, which shares a similar workforce population and service orientation with librarianship. Small participant groups will workshop ways to adapt these interventions to the needs of their libraries and will role-play their scenarios in a guided play-learn exercise. Space for reflection, discussion, and sharing experiences will be incorporated throughout the session.

Learning Lab > Human Resources

Challenging Tradition: Leveraging Library Resources to Lower Cost & Increase Success

Academic libraries have challenged tradition to reduce cost, increase student persistence and retention, steward open education, and challenge publisher power. In this session learn how you can work with faculty and staff within your institution to lower student costs and increase access by leveraging library content in the LMS.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Comics Programming for Adults: Engaging Communities in Reading, Creating, and Storytelling

Comics have a long, complex history of use, neglect, disdain, and adoration in libraries, and this history remains at play today. While many libraries have fully embraced comics collections, particularly for children and teens, there is more to be done to fully embrace the medium. In particular, while adult comics collections are growing, programming and engagement with them remain a challenge. In this shoptalk, participants will get a rapid introduction to the world of adult nonfiction comics and come away with the tools to kickstart adult comics programming in their library.

ShopTalk > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Connecting the Dots: Engaging Stakeholders in Effective Library Advocacy

When traditional library silos are breached and a broader range of stakeholders are engaged, advocates amplify their impact, strengthen libraries, and better support their communities. Hear from advocates representing diverse stakeholders who will share specific examples, reflect on key learnings, and explore opportunities for even greater collaboration.

Learning Lab > Career Development & Leadership

Copyright During Quarantine and Beyond

Learn about recent developments in copyright such as the CASE Act and how our ability to provide access to library materials through course reserves and resource sharing may be affected. You will leave this session with a better understanding of copyright exemptions and feel more confident addressing copyright questions and policies in real-life situations.

Learning Lab > Library Services

Creating a Library Usability Service for Online Learning

As librarians, we strive to make our information and services as usable and accessible to our students and faculty as possible—but what if usability and access were seen as services unto themselves that the library can provide?

In 2019, the Nevada State College Library piloted a Usability Testing Service to provide instructors with actionable feedback on their Canvas course sites’ organization, navigability, and accessibility. Now in 2021, the service has led to some great initial feedback from students to faculty on improvements made to their courses, and generated collaboration opportunities for the library with other unit on campus.

Ideas Xchange > Library Services

Creating Interactive Timelines for Outreach and Education

In this introductory Learning Lab, participants will work together to develop an interactive timeline. You'll learn about Timeline JS, an online tool for building interactive timelines, and we'll brainstorm applications of the tool for research, teaching, outreach and publication. No technical experience is needed. Participants from any type of library are welcome.

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Creating Mindful Moments During Story Time

This Learning Lab will introduce ways to bring mindfulness into youth services--specifically through a mindfulness storytime and lead participants through a demonstration of such a program that will leave them feeling significantly calmer and ready to tackle the day.

Learning Lab > Mental Health

Creating Psychological Safety For Your Teams

Leading a team can provide a variety of challenges, such as people working in silos. One common reason behind this is the team does not feel psychologically safe. They are fearful of being open and trusting one another. You will learn how creating psychological safety with your team can bring them together to become happier, collaborative, and productive.

Learning Lab > Mental Health

Curating for Inclusion: Redefining "Public" in Academic and Municipal Libraries

As both academic and municipal libraries seek to be more inclusive, they grapple with defining what public means.  Both typologies have experienced a growing demand and share a sense of civic duty to make their buildings, programming, and collections accessible to a broader range of patrons.  What are the obligations of a public or private university to its local and global community?  How have public libraries extended a sense of welcome to their patrons while safeguarding their rarest and most special collections? Join an Academic librarian, two City librarians, and an Architect to discuss the issue of Public in libraries.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Designing Innovative Library Learning Experiences

In this session, you will learn how using visual planning tools can help to design an innovative library learning experience, but it will also create buy-in from key stakeholders within your library system. We will explore several visual tools for visioning, planning, designing, and launching successful learning projects faster and with greater quality.  When you leave this session, you'll have the tools you need to save time, increase quality, and decrease stress when creating new and effective library learning experiences.

Ideas Xchange > Library Services

Designing Storytime for the Whole Child

The bedrock of library youth programming is the storytime series, which focuses on the development of early literacy skills. Learn about how Virginia Beach Public Library updated storytime to include activities that incorporate a “whole child” approach to learning. This Ideas Xchange session will include an interactive survey for participants. The discussion will highlight resources and lessons learned, and participants will receive a tool kit that can be used to advocate for the development of more inclusive "whole child" programming and to kickstart a similar project for those interested in replication.

Ideas Xchange > Library Services

Develop Your Trades Skill Workforce with Virtual Reality

The Clayton County Library System is the FIRST library system in the world to offer patrons FREE access to Interplay Learning, the leading provider for digital and virtual reality trades skills training. Learn about the program's launch, hear from participants, view a demo of 3D courses, and receive best practices tips for implementing a similar program at your library!

ShopTalk > Technology Innovation

Digital Equity Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act Through IMLS Grants

In April 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services distributed $178M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to state libraries, to reach communities across the U.S.  Under the umbrella of pandemic response, one of the core tenets of this funding was digital inclusion efforts. States built from lessons learned during CARES Act stimulus funds roll-out in 2020 as they approached ARPA in 2021. Featuring a panel of state librarians from Iowa, Louisiana, and Utah, this session will provide an early peek at how these stimulus funds are having an impact on digital equity efforts, in particular.

Learning Lab > Digital Equity

Disrupting “fit”: Improving Recruitment and Retention in Academic Library Hiring

Relying on “fit” in academic library hiring criteria reinforces exclusionary practices. This may drive candidates to opt-out of job opportunities and work cultures they find problematic. The myth of “pipeline” problems further upholds supremacist ideals instead of changing processes to be more inclusive. In this interactive session, discuss your experiences with academic library hiring and explore methods to reduce bias in job advertisements and search procedures.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversifying Your Romance Collection

Order romance novels for your library? This session will give you ten steps you can take to diversify your romance collection and reader’s advisory efforts. Led by avid romance reader and librarian Brigid Black from the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield MA, this session will ignite a passion for finding a diverse array of books for your romance (or any genre) collection.

ShopTalk > Collection Development

Diversity or Adversity: Building Bridges Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programming should be seen as ideas that promote acceptance and solutions that are put in place for change. DEI programming can complement and reinforce the organization's mission, vision, and values. Programming should have an impact to deliver meaningful information and should align with the organization’s needs. Our library’s Diversity and Inclusion committee recognized the need for such programming and has developed several ways and methods to deliver DEI content. This presentation will discuss our programs, how/where we deliver the content, the impact that these programs have made, and strategies to avoid ineffective programming.

ShopTalk > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Author Identity, and Metadata: Encouraging the Discovery of Hidden Voices

While there’s an increased demand for materials authored by historically underrepresented groups, there is also no easy way to identify this content due to a lack of authoritative and standardized metadata relating to author identity. Following an overview conversation addressing the ethical, practical, and legal ramifications for stakeholders throughout the book supply chain, we will have an extended Q&A session featuring – an academic librarian, an aggregator and a publisher – to address the audience’s questions and various points of view around this timely and relevant topic.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Embracing Diversity in Book Evaluation Committees

Learn how to set up and structure a book evaluation committee to create annual youth booklists for targeted audiences. Presenters will discuss their own experiences and strategies for success, whether dealing with staffing issues, problematic titles, reader engagement, age ratings, translation issues, or community booklist promotion. Participants will learn how to embrace and uplift voices from underrepresented communities while navigating issues of representation and authenticity. In addition, participants will learn how to use the resulting booklists for collection development and enrichment, particularly across a multi-branch library system.

Learning Lab > Collection Development

Engagement Isn’t One Thing, It’s Everything

Does your library define patron engagement as one specific activity --digital marketing, program attendance, library card sign-ups-- or a holistic approach to building strong relationships?

The pandemic has reminded us patrons don’t just engage with the library when they enter the building or complete one activity, they engage with the library through hundreds of moments, online and in-person.

In this session, we’ll discuss many forms of user engagement and share an Engagement Audit worksheet to assess different types of engagements happening at each library. We’ll present suggestions on building consistency across engagements and tips for improving patron relationships.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Engaging a Nation to Read Native

The American Indian Library Association sponsored a new member initiative to encourage people to read materials from Indigenous authors. How did this inaugural program do, and how can you replicate something similar? What's next for Read Native?

ShopTalk > Books and Authors

Ensuring Equity When Program Planning

Library programs are offered according to the naturally considered needs of the community and library members. To ensure your library programs are being offered equitably, revision is crucial: continuously reflect on costs, the types of programs, and the audiences. Relying on the same programs to meet each branch's unique needs is no longer enough! Start making data-driven programming decisions!

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Express Your Power: Promoting EDI Through Media and Information Literacy

Inspired by witnessing cross-cultural individuals unite to advocate for social change nationwide, the Express Your Power series explores the relationship between empowerment, media, and information literacy. It introduces the First Amendment as the foundation of respect for others and a central human right in America. Emphasizing the significance of personal truth-telling, educating storytellers on the many media formats and library resources they can use to tell their stories – the series fosters community building through better social inclusion. The innovative public pedagogy-based initiative for the public good that launched Media Smart Citizens is possible thanks to a partnership between the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) and a team of media graduate students from The New School. The New York Public Library’s largest circulating branch, SNFL is an invaluable resource for writers, scholars, students, and creators worldwide.

Ideas Xchange > Library Services

Flexible and Equitable: Utilizing Universal Design in Online Instruction and Instructional Materials

The principle of Universal Design takes the idea of optimizing access to content and resources available and encourages designers to become proactive in accommodating a user’s needs. This session will consider how Universal Design considerations can be used to promote equitable and inclusive online instruction for all types of users. We will examine the case usage of a flexible teaching model in an online course and discuss how accessibility and equitability considerations should influence the design of instructional materials.

ShopTalk > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Foundation & Formation: Literacy Outreach to Black Boys & Young Black Men

Seeking to eradicate the deficit narrative of the ‘Preschool to prison pipeline,’ this learning and idea exchange will share research, practice, programming, and leadership perspectives of facilitating single-gendered literacy models for Black boys and young Black men for libraries. This session will identify the gaps in services, policies, and leadership within the library profession to encourage asset-based approaches to operationalize outreach from storytime to teen programs, creating nurturing literacy spaces for young Black males. Insight about the Black male identity, the ‘library as place,’ leadership development, and culturally responsive programming is included and a timely, necessary discussion for libraries.

Ideas Xchange > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Generating and Organizing Virtual Patron Engagement (and Doing It for Free!)

Have you created online content and virtual programming only to have it be used once and then disappear into the interwebs? Now that you’ve read that question, do you WANT to make that content? Are you looking to build an engaging and interactive webspace, but lack the technical skills and/or funds? Do you want permanent content storage that you can easily update yourself? No problem! Join staff from the Free Library of Philadelphia to learn how you can build a professional-looking site using freeware and a general knowledge of popular office software.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

How to Think Like a Library Project Manager to Execute Your Ideas

Library staff who can execute ideas - big and small - are change agents. At the heart of every innovation is someone who understands how to bring people together to test the viability of an idea, then advocate for attention and resources to bring it to life. This session demystifies basic steps that project managers take to build ideas into action plans, with an emphasis on practical applications in libraries. The trainer has been practicing these techniques in progressive leadership roles in libraries for more than a decade and considers project management the secret ingredient to her success.

Learning Lab > Career Development & Leadership

Information Justice Institute

Chicago State University faculty members have collaborated with community partners to plan the Information Justice Institute (IJI). Our projects span all types of libraries and encourage reflection and questions to address critical community needs such as 1. How do libraries support community members affected by poverty, violence, and other complex challenges? 2. How do libraries support incarcerated community members and their networks of support? 3. How do libraries support successful reentry from prison? During this session, we share our experience; present results from a national survey; and provide details of resources we have gathered to inform effective practice.

ShopTalk > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Information Power: Get Your Staff to Love Library Data

While data is more in demand, library staff can feel apprehensive. Accessible tools that are easy to use and reduce errors can help staff invest in a data plan. Data plans help organize data, help focus on data that represents your library’s work, and help identify departments in need of data. Learn how Microsoft tools can help create efficient data collecting systems that represent the diversity of library staff and resources.

Learning Lab > Data Collection

Instruction? In this Panorama?: Conducting 360° Virtual Library Tours with ThingLink

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting academic instruction, librarians at the University of Alabama tackled a common question: how do we convey our services and orient our first-year students in a virtual environment? This presentation demonstrates the usage of ThingLink, a technology platform that showcases interactive, 360° images, as a response to that question. Outlining the instructional value and technical details of creating virtual tours in academic libraries, this presentation provides new insight as to how innovative technologies can facilitate new points of access for students unfamiliar with library services.

Ideas Xchange > Library Services

It’s Time to Listen: A New Method for Public Engagement

There is only one way to find out what communities want: Ask them. But traditional methods of public engagement are not always effective. Unrealistic expectations, broken trust, lack of equity and plain old apathy combine to block authentic input.

Join this presentation to learn:

• How data combines with input to form a complete picture

• How to create survey questions that uncover what residents really want 

• How to facilitate focus groups that uncover participants real feelings

Learning Lab > Data Collection

Join the Molly of Denali Library Initiative!

Molly of Denali is a PBS television program developed for young viewers and their families. It features ten-year-old Molly Mabray, her family and friends in the town of Qyah, living every day live as Alaskan Native/First Nations people. Key among the resources available to Molly is the library where Molly and her best friend Tooey along with newcomer Trini often  go to find answers to their many questions. The Library Initiative provides eight games for young viewers and their families and ideas on how libraries can engage their patrons through the games.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Language Access for All

The City of Los Angeles Language Access Working Group leads efforts to improve access to information and services by persons with limited English proficiency. The goals of this City-wide working group are to assess, identify and prioritize key language access challenges and propose solutions and strategies. Hear from representatives from the Working Group and the Los Angeles Public Library as they share their work in progress towards a City-wide policy for language services. Topics will include Federal and local laws, current City approaches and opportunities for improvement, language access during the pandemic, and the work of the LAPL translations teams.

ShopTalk > Library Services

Latinx at the Library of Congress: Learning about Identity, Records, and Media

Huntington Fellows and Reference Librarian will share their experiences with mediating “Latinx” in the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress through the curation of “A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States” and the La Biblioteca Podcast Season 2, featuring community activists, scholars, and Congress Members. By mediating between library and general communications platforms, civil rights, and the Latinx community, we demonstrate how librarians, researchers, and the public can navigate library services, contested identities, and information access.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Let Teens Lead: Strategies to Build Programs Developed By Teens, For Teens

Are you curious about learning how to implement youth voice in your teen program planning?  In this session, you will receive a toolkit that will help you confidently put teens in leadership positions to develop more engaging teen programming.  The case study for the session will be Bridges & Books, a literature podcast developed by teens and for teens featuring teen-hosted interviews with award-winning and NYT Bestselling authors of teen literature.  The session will be led by Kelsey Ford, adult advisor of Bridges & Books and creator of Bookish in the ‘Burgh, Pittsburgh’s Teen Book Festival.

Learning Lab > Library Services

Let’s Talk About It: Developing Training Programs for Difficult Topics

Designing effective staff training can be challenging, especially when tackling difficult topics. With thought and planning, libraries can develop training that is engaging, meaningful, and responsive to real – and sometimes formidable – needs. Learn how Plano Public Library transformed its approach to training and created staff-led, informative sessions to share timely information, encourage dialogue, and ultimately empower staff. Regardless of the library’s size or type, this Learning Lab will guide participants through considering current training needs and the solutions that will improve the experiences of both staff and patrons.

Learning Lab > Career Development & Leadership

Library Internships & Diversity: How Internship Programs Can Uplift BIPOC Library Students

Have you ever wondered why your library doesn't have an internship program? Have you thought about changing that? Does the lack of diversity in librarianship bother you? As a previous graduate library intern and now a Resident Information Literacy Librarian at the University of Northern Colorado, Ramón shares insights from his experience as well as that of other interns into why library internships matter, their impact on BIPOC library students, and how internships can help libraries work on their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion goals.

ShopTalk > Career Development & Leadership

Library Programming for Expectant Parents and Parents of Newborns

How can we reach expectant and new parents from underserved populations with the message that literacy begins before birth, letting them know the important role they play in their babies' development while showing them playful ways to talk, sing, and share books with their babies from the very start?  "Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings" year one has been successfully piloted virtually with English and Spanish speakers in Maryland. Learn about the challenges, the adaptations and overwhelmingly positive evaluations for this joint Maryland State Department of Education/Maryland State Library/Mother Goose on the Loose project. Consider becoming a participant!

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Local History for the People – A Newspaper Partnership

In 2018, the Kansas City Public Library began a community reference project with The Kansas City Star newspaper.  Librarians and reporters respond to reader-submitted questions about the city’s history. Publishing local history articles in the city’s newspaper of record allows us to reach a much larger readership. However, institutional differences have caused friction. We will explain how we overcame these challenges and demonstrate how your library can benefit from this type of collaboration.

ShopTalk > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Making Our Spaces Accessible: Makerspaces That Include Patrons with Disabilities

Makerspaces and making activities are more common than ever in public libraries, but very few are designed to be accessible by all. Conversations with public library patrons with disabilities have illuminated the need for more inclusive services, equipment, and practices. This session, developed as a result of an IMLS funded grant (LG-246292-OLS-20), will examine the results of those conversations. Attendees will gain knowledge of the importance of inclusive design, and will leave with practical tips for improving accessibility in their own makerspaces and making activities.

ShopTalk > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Making the Case for a UX Librarian

Learn about the growing field of UX or user experience as applied in a library environment. This session will explore how to get started in UX in libraries. The presentation will include UX resource suggestions, identify affordable professional development opportunities, and outline plans for building partnerships within the library.

ShopTalk > Career Development & Leadership

Mind the Gap: Looking for New Opportunities in Library Programming

Have you or your library been strategizing for new ways to deliver program content but have been coming up short? Are you always trying new ideas that keep falling flat? How does your organization decide which modality to use for which instructional or programming content?  This session will help attendees identify the gaps in their library’s content catalog through careful planning, defining success for your library, and analyzing both your library’s needs and your patron's wants.

Learning Lab > Library Services

Misinformation Escape Room: Building Misinformation Literacy Through an Immersive Learning Experience

The Government is about to sign a contract to put Euphorigen into the public water supply, making the benefits of this supplement available to the entire population. But you have suspicions, and only 45 minutes to uncover the truth. The Euphorigen Investigation is an escape room that immerses players in a world of manipulated media, social media bots, deepfakes, and other forms of misinformation. This project of the University of Washington aims to build greater resilience to misinformation. Join teams of 4-6 players and a game host and see how well you do at solving misinformation puzzles!

Learning Lab > Library Services

Nature-Based Public Library Programming to Build Community

We will build a new framework to bring the mental and physical health benefits of nature-based programming to underserved urban areas to achieve goals including community-building and support, equity, environmental justice, and innovation through new app development. We will help to build community, working through traditional barriers to nature faced by marginalized communities and individuals, including safety, education, accessibility, and transportation.

We will learn how to bring programs such as stargazing, nature walks, outdoor exercise programs, community gardening and cooking classes, kayaking, birdwatching, foraging, and utilizing field guides to libraries which have been underserved in these areas.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

New Challenges – and Solutions! – for Technology Skilling and Workforce Programming

Technology skilling and workforce programs need new strategies! How can libraries upskill older adults who are technology-resistant or unprepared for digital transformation? How can libraries engage Black and Latinx populations who suffered from longstanding inequities and are overrepresented among those with limited digital skills? How do we move beyond computer basics to give these learners the skills they need for tomorrow’s workforce? What are new strategies for teaching technology skills virtually, when you can’t be hands-on? In this highly interactive session, experts will share data on these challenges and lead short working sessions to solve these problems and share solutions.

Learning Lab > Digital Equity

Nonboring Nonfiction: Using Hands-on Activities to Engage Young Readers

Get ready to get creative -- and maybe a little messy! We'll try our hands at some fun (and affordable) activities designed to pair with some new STEM and STEAM books to life. Let's examine some scat, eat some crickets, and put our engineering skills to the test with a paper airplane flying contest. Perfect for drawing kids back to the library, or you can take these programs on the road. Participants will leave with ideas for at least a dozen new nonfiction programs.

Ideas Xchange > Books and Authors

Now or never? The Library’s Critical Role in Supporting Research and Scholarship

In the past, the library’s position in the wider scholarly landscape has exploded into many new areas and increasingly more direct research-related support and services to departments, faculty, and students. Amidst this expansion, a languid development in the IR space has ensured collections are rarely complete or even representative of the institutional scholarship. What if the repository was to pivot to a research information hub that is seen as a crucial institutional asset? It could provide essential and automated data to those across the institution with a seamless approach to migration of legacy information, leveraging the library expertise more fully.

Learning Lab > Collection Development

Oh Dear, We’re Queer: Work/Life Balance & Library School During Covid-19

This Shoptalk will discuss the experiences of two queer library employees, one staff member, and one non-MLIS librarian, as they adapted their lifestyles and workflows to the realities of the immediate shift to work from home while pursuing advanced degrees in library science. It will discuss how their work/life balance and academic studies were impacted by three systemic barriers that they confronted in their lives and workplace. The talk will consider the solutions and workarounds developed to address those barriers and propose three alternative actions to address inequities for future workers.

ShopTalk > Human Resources

On Whose Authority?: The Importance of Emphasizing Expertise in Information Literacy

Social media discussions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic reinforce the challenges to educating users in information evaluation.  While the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education highlights the necessity of examining authors and publishers of information, this becomes increasingly difficult when individuals can’t agree on how expertise is determined.  This ShopTalk will make the case for including clear, intentional instruction on the notion of expertise in information literacy practice.  Participants will learn how to identify signifiers of expertise, describe how social media impacts access to information, and create lessons and learning activities centered on teaching expertise.

ShopTalk > Library Services

One Shot Instructions, Anti-Racism, and Information Literacy Pedagogies

In this presentation, we interrogate one-shot information instruction sessions that many subject librarians partake in as part of their outreach charge. Using three examples, we argue that antiracist pedagogy can be integrated within the one-shot environment.

Ideas Xchange > Community Outreach & Partnerships

One Small Library, One Giant Leap: Putting Open Access First with CloudSource+

This session will help small libraries stretch thinning budgets in the face of rapidly increasing information needs. Carolina University, a small private college, is using the new CloudSource+ platform from SirsiDynix to implement an OA-forward library services model, promoting OA content rather than using it as a fallback. The presenters will share the library’s strategy for providing discovery and access to a wide array of OA content alongside limited subscriptions, providing a better user experience, increasing access to high-quality resources, and creating cost savings.

ShopTalk > Technology Innovation

ONE VOICE for All Library Types: Exploring Ecosystem Implementation

At a time when libraries of all types are reconfiguring after the rigors of the Pandemic and other challenges, librarians will want to develop a strong voice for legislative and public advocacy. "A library ecosystem is the interconnected network of all types of libraries." Learn how to implement the ONE VOICE Ecosystem Toolkit which offers all libraries tools for collaboration around advocacy topics. Strengthen your existing Ecosystem structure or begin a new collaboration across library types. Leadership, Communication, Collaboration and Sustainability are the toolkit facets that intertwine and enable success in both legislative advocacy and community awareness.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Outreach for Increase: Fostering Friendships with Creators, Publishers, Schools and Community

Learn how to increase your library’s presence in your schools and community through partnerships with creators and publishers.

Our tech-savvy librarians will discuss how you can apply our methodology to increase your library’s visibility and your own personal branding.

Ideas Xchange > Technology Innovation

Personalization in the Catalog with Machine Learning and Linked Data

King County Library Systems has partnered with BiblioCommons on a pilot project to create a machine learning system to produce personalized recommendations for their library services. By leveraging modular content, linked metadata, and patron behavioral data, libraries can promote their diverse set of content and services to patrons as they navigate the catalog. The project goal is to use the patron’s profile and contextual data, combined with anonymized behavioral click data, to predict and promote the most relevant content to increase user engagement. The presentation includes a summary of the pilot and findings, feedback, and next steps for effective personalized promotions.

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Pop-Up Makerspaces: Academic Library Outreach and Programming to Bridge a Digital Divide

Academic libraries when in collaboration with local public libraries, sharing resources, and developing instructional programming can potentially impact a community’s future socioeconomic status. This type of early literacy continues through the makerspace as a technology-savvy extension. The Pop-Up Makerspace program utilized academic library technology collections from the local university for elementary, middle, and high school students for learning, development, and engagement. These technology resources may not be available to public libraries experiencing small or shared budgets for collection development. Programming can be collaborative in national programs, such as Girls Who Code with Dash and Dot Robotics.

ShopTalk > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Practical Tools for Implementing a Collection Diversity Audit

Implementing a diversity audit is critical to understanding the current state of your collection and will lead the way to developing plans for ongoing improvement. Participants will learn how to create and conduct a diversity audit, evaluate materials for inclusivity, and develop strategies for patrons to find diverse material in the collection.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Problematic Authors and Problematic Works - An Intellectual Freedom Q&A

Content challenges are a familiar experience for most library staff. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has provided many resources in which to counter such challenges. However, the distinction between challenged materials and challenged authors has largely gone undifferentiated and unexplored. In response, The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC), in conjunction with OIF is putting together a Q&A document to assist in clarifying how library staff should handle authors and creators deemed problematic. This session will provide an opportunity for IFC members to present this document, facilitate discussion, and solicit feedback from the general membership.

Ideas Xchange > Books and Authors

Professional Research Teams: A Collaboration Between Librarian and Instructional Coach

Extend your reach beyond the traditional library classroom by collaborating with your Instructional Coach and professional faculty to embark upon faculty research teams. Modeled after best practices in academic research, this collaborative approach allows school faculty to engage in real-time action research but takes the sting out of the approach by providing the collaboration of the Teacher-Librarian and Instructional Coach as support for the faculty.  The result?  Teachers engage in passion-based research that impacts their students and the larger school community in profound ways, all supported by their Teacher-Librarian and Instructional Coach team.

Learning Lab > Library Services

Putting International in International Games Week: Diverse Programming Ideas for Gaming

International Games Week occurs across continents every year in November. Though any type of gaming program can be held during this week, we have challenged ourselves to design and implement programs that focus on the diversity and history of gaming worldwide. This session will be an opportunity to look at a successful gaming program at an academic library, play some games, and discuss creative and innovative programming ideas that can be implemented anywhere.

Ideas Xchange > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Rags to Riches: Recycling Books for Fun, Fashion, and… Furniture?

A Crafty Bibliophile shows new and creative ways to turn old, worthless, decommissioned books into works of art, fashion accessories and furniture for fundraising and programming. Impress your supporters, decision-makers, and customers, and look cool and green at the same time!

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Raise Up Radio: Connecting Families, Libraries, and Radio for Educational Equity

Raise Up Radio addresses educational inequities in rural areas and to create a new community of practice for library professionals. The program links learners in rural areas together using STEM content delivered over local radio stations. These radio programs will be designed by local youth and families using best practices for equitable engagement in learning, resulting in opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of each community. To support and expand these efforts, team members will form a community of practice for library professionals seeking to design radio programming in partnership with their local community.

Ideas Xchange > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Raise Your Voice: Starting a Zine at Your Library

Zines have long embodied the powerful history of activism and social justice through which we tell our stories. We would like to share how and why we created the Library Zine as well as why we think it could be a model for participants to create their own library zine, empowering patrons to continue to raise their voices. We will highlight how the Library Zine has become a vital source of community engagement at the New York Public Library, especially during the library's closure, and showcase our current and previous issues.

Ideas Xchange > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Reading in a Small Town: A Grade-Level Reading Project

Studies show that students struggling to read in third grade are less likely to graduate. In 2018, following the release of below-average state reading scores, librarians in Lone Jack, Missouri, worked with the library's data analyst to develop a reading program for local third-grade students. The result was a year-long focus on literacy, both in the library and the community. Since 2018, the program has expanded to include fourth and fifth grade and weathered a pandemic school year. This session will highlight the details of the program, unexpected successes, and the data and outcomes collected.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

School Leadership: Librarians Turn the Page on the Leadership Paradigm

School librarians have what we need for effective school leadership, or at the very least positively impact leadership at the school and district levels.  Hear how my library services credential and library experience led my career to a Chief Academic Officer position and why you, as a librarian, can positively impact school leadership with your library best practices, informing school culture via digital literacy, research-driven change, and effective professional development for school staff. Perhaps you will now consider becoming a school or district leader!

ShopTalk > Career Development & Leadership

Servant Leadership in Action: Values-Based Planning for Enhanced Decision Making

By using our professional values to guide our decision-making, we create a pathway to leading our libraries. In this workshop, we will work independently and in teams to define our values in the framework of servant leadership. Through case-based learning exercises, participants will explore how to use our values to make informed decisions and use assessment to improve planning. Brainstorming tools, including the value proposition canvas, will be demonstrated and examined in detail. Values-based strategic planning gives leaders a methodology to map out the best path forward for any library in times of rapid change.

Accelerator > Career Development & Leadership

Sort It Out! In-House Classification Systems for Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics and graphic novels, especially superhero titles, can be very difficult to keep organized on the shelves. Due to frequent renumbering of titles and changes in creative teams, these materials can become confusing to shelve and even more confusing for patrons to find their next, sequential read. Unfortunately, traditional classification systems for libraries do not help this format organized, but an in-house classification system just might! Learn some clever ideas from libraries across the country to create a classification system that will keep your sequential art sequential.

Ideas Xchange > Library Services

Strategies for Inclusion and Diversity; Building Business Communities in Public Libraries

Libraries have long assisted small business owners. However, in systems where racism and bias are reflected in the kinds of resources that are institutionally available, what strategies and community building can your library offer to more readily meet the small business and entrepreneurship needs of all library users? What does centering equity, diversity, and inclusion look like for business assistance programs and partnerships? Join Libraries Build Business cohort members in an interactive accelerator session that will engage participants in activities to inform, challenge the norm, and deliver fresh examples to bring intentionality and renewed focus to equitable services.

Accelerator > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Supporting Indie Authors

Indie authors have made up a majority of published authors for over a decade. Their unique narratives and ideas can push the boundaries of what's possible in literature and provide genuine accounts of local community life not possible in mainstream books. Led by Asst. Manager Tejas Desai, also a prolific and acclaimed indie novelist, Cambria Heights Library in New York City has become a pioneer in collection development, programming, and providing resources for independent authors. Joined by Manager Kacper Jarecki, he will lead an interactive discussion about how libraries can continue and expand its support for independent authors.

Ideas Xchange > Books and Authors

Sustainability 101 for Libraries: Digging into the Triple Bottom Line

What does sustainability have to do with libraries? Why is sustainability an ALA Core Value? Why does ALA have a Sustainability Round Table? To answer these questions, we'll do a "101" on sustainability. In this session, we'll dig into the "triple bottom line" of sustainability to uncover why practices and decisions that are socially equitable and environmentally sound and economically feasible are in line with many library and community values.

ShopTalk > Career Development & Leadership

Sustainable Thinking Builds Strong Libraries and Resilient Communities

In ALA President Patty Wong’s inaugural address at the 2021 ALA Annual conference, sustainability was highlighted as one of her four areas of focus. To address the need for guidance on infusing sustainable thinking and action into library operations, a Learning Lab featuring leaders from the Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI) will demonstrate how this award-winning program can bring about organizational transformation. Focusing on examples from different library settings where the triple bottom line definition of sustainability was used as a guiding factor in decision-making, this innovative way of thinking will prepare your library for future disruption and help support your organization’s resilience.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Tackling the Digital Divide: Facilitated Solution Focused Conversations

In line with ALA's digital equity strategic direction, this session will explore the issues related to the digital divide identified through a grant-funded research project. Attendees will be briefed on the current state of affairs regarding Internet connectivity and broadband access in the U.S. and the role libraries have played to help bridge this gap. Attendees will then break up into groups where expert facilitators will help them tackle specific issues related to the problem. Through this activity, attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the broader conversation, present creative solutions, and take back ideas to their own communities.

Accelerator > Digital Equity

Take This Job and Shove It: The Great Quit Movement

Texas A&M Professor Anthony Klotz coined, “The Great Quit” as a workplace movement where employees are leaving their jobs and not looking back.  During April 2021, an estimated 4 million people resigned from their jobs with other employees quietly restructuring their lives to resign by the end of 2022. 

Learning Lab > Career Development & Leadership

The Candy Corn Question: Passive Programming That Pulls Them In

Light-touch, low-pressure programs break the ice and welcome every user. Learn how to use prompts, polls, quizzes, and other activities to let your library community declare itself as the open, interesting, diverse group it is - even from a distance. Bonus: these programs support reading initiatives, foster family engagement, encourage visit frequency, all while barely making a dent in your programming budget. Everyone has an opinion on candy corn - let this poll and dozens more like it show your community that the library belongs to them.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The History of Black Librarianship and its Impact on the Present

This presentation will explore the history of Black librarianship and its continued impact on the library profession.  
This is a timely topic giving the racial divide within and outside the library profession. This topic is also important because the accomplishments of Black librarians are often hidden and not visible in library history literature. We believe educating the profession about the many contributions Black librarians made to libraries and librarianship will help broaden perspectives, lessen stereotypes, build trust, and foster appreciation and respect for Black librarians and the work they do.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Library's Role in Helping First Year Students Enhance their Digital Skills

In this presentation, we will examine the role a library plays in helping first-year students improve their digital literacy and demonstrate how the library can incorporate Google's Applied Digital Skills into the First-Year Experience curriculum as a means of improving students' information literacy and digital competencies.

ShopTalk > Career Development & Leadership

The Relevance of EDIA Work in Librarianship

The panel will outline and detail the importance of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in regards to librarianship by giving examples of currently successfully implemented techniques. Explanations will be given to as to how IDEA benefits the whole of librarianship rather than just the historically excluded groups.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Tips for Interviewing in Academic Libraries

With academic librarian positions becoming more competitive each year, an applicant must use all the tools at their disposal to be considered for the job. Understanding the academic librarian process at public and private colleges and universities is pivotal in an applicant’s search for that life-changing opportunity. Understanding how to communicate before, during, and after the interview is often the key to consideration from a committee. This session will provide attendees insight into the interview process that they should consider when applying for jobs.

ShopTalk > Career Development & Leadership

Trauma in the Library

The IMLS-funded study: “Trauma in the Library: Symptoms of PTSD Among Staff and Methods for Ensuring Trauma-Informed Care” is ascertaining the impact of workplace trauma experienced by library staff. We will present preliminary findings from our national online survey and interviews, and have discussion with library staff from diverse settings and backgrounds. The session will help ascertain the extent of workplace-related PTSD symptoms on staff and their awareness of existing resource help; identify trauma-informed care tools, policy and procedures that libraries can implement; and inform creating trauma-informed care curricula for MLIS programs.

Ideas Xchange > Mental Health

US 1950 Federal Census- What Librarians Need to Know

1 April 2022 the US 1950 Federal Census will be released. Census records are an important and interesting way to become interested in genealogy and local history as it provides a ‘snapshot’ into an individual or family’s life in a specific place and time. Census records also include detailed information that may help make connections across generations. These records also have had and currently have an impact on government policies on housing, education, health, transportation, and other important issues.

ShopTalk > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Using Technology to Adapt and Expand Library Services to the Incarcerated

Learn about a new joint project created by the Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries in order to continue providing programs and services to patrons incarcerated at the Rikers Island jail complex during the pandemic. Utilizing tablets that were being rolled out by the Department of Corrections, we were able to provide programs tailored to patrons' needs and interests and created ways to provide reference and mail-a-book type services. We will share lessons learned as well as discuss creative options for librarians with limited resources who are nonetheless interested in expanding outreach to local jails and prisons.

Learning Lab > Community Outreach & Partnerships

Visual Tools for Team Collaboration

Having a mission focused on delivering learning solutions and at the most affordable price possible requires rethinking the organization and its employees. This is the core principle of TEL Library. In order to make this vision a reality, TEL Library had to operationally reengineer learning design, authoring and production processes, and technology. During this session, you will learn how TEL Library used the power of Learning Environment Modeling to help collaborate as a team to design and deliver learning solutions at the most affordable price.

Learning Lab > Career Development & Leadership

What Academic Librarians Need to Know About Customer Relationship Management Platforms

In this session, two librarians from Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University will discuss the value a CRM system can bring to institutions. They will elaborate on implementation challenges and share preliminary observations about their recent adoption of Springshare’s LibCRM. Attendees will be polled and invited to speak about their experiences with CRMs. Attendees will learn the benefits of CRMs to coordinate communication, improve service, promote transparency, assist with training, and document impactful interactions and partnerships. The presenters will touch on issues of privacy and how good policies can empower libraries to improve customer service without compromising privacy.

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

What Keeps Us Growing? A Discussion About Late-Career Motivation — For Everyone

We will discover common experiences of “Senior” library workers through discussion and polling before we take a brief look at the research.  This is a conversation about what is keeping us going and growing.  Do late-career workers need different kinds of support and challenge? Are aging librarians the same as aging lawyers or coders? Does it matter where you are in the hierarchy, what kind of library you are in, who you are?  Participants will take away research-supported and experientially validated ideas for making one's way through the end of a career or sustaining those in that journey.

Learning Lab > Career Development & Leadership

When Libraries and XR Collide

Using the immersive eduCVR experience How Do We Love Thee? (Gardner, 2021), created at Baylor's Armstrong Browning Library, this session will provide to participants a primer on XR, an opportunity to experience the cinematic virtual reality film on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and a brainstorming session with their fellow participants guided by the creator of How Do We Love Thee? and the Armstrong Browning Library's education librarian. Attendees will leave the session having stepped into 1885 England and discovered one possibility for using immersive narrative with possibilities for XR in their own library spaces.

Learning Lab > Technology Innovation

Women in Librarianship and their Role in Climate Change

In 2019, ALA added sustainability as a Core Value of Librarianship making a commitment to the "triple bottom line" framework for sustainability:  practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. This speaks to the UN Women Focus on Climate Change which advocates for incorporating gender equality and women's empowerment in climate change discourse and actions because building a sustainable future entails harnessing the knowledge, skills, and leadership of women in climate action. -- This event by ALA's COSWL explores the role of women librarians in sustainability advocacy and leading change to help the profession, library workers, and communities.

Learning Lab > Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Workshop Warm Up: Energize the Audience for Increased Engagement

Typically librarians have a one-shot hour session to teach all manner of subjects. Often this hour seems too short to cover the topic, so countless techniques have been developed to make the most of the time allotted, but often ignored is the time just prior to the session. This presentation covers techniques for using the time before a session to “warm up” the participants. A “warm up” can start your audience thinking about the topic, help you determine what they want from your session, and develop a personal connection which can turn a good session into a great one.

Learning Lab > Library Services

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