2018 Regional Conference

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Breakout Sessions 1 - 11:30-12:15

  • Room: 115
    Abstract: A panel of library directors will discuss their expectations of demographic change in their community and what it means for their libraries. A summary of what changes are anticipated by the experts will be presented
    Moderator: Jennifer Pratt – SEFLIN

  • Room 117
    Abstract: Diversity can and should be a regular part of early literacy programming, not just a theme reserved for holidays or heritage months. From books to music, there are many opportunities to organically incorporate multicultural and multilingual aspects into storytime to engage children and their caregivers. This session will cover how to effectively select and use diverse early literacy resources and activities for children that will help them reflect, expand and understand their experiences as part of the larger world. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of evaluating resources for authenticity and appropriateness as well as strategies and practices for including them into their regular storytime routines.
    Speaker: Sophie Kenney – Broward County Public Library

  • Room 120
    Abstract: We describe in detail new initiatives undertaken by the Florida Atlantic University Libraries to meet the needs of one of the most diverse student populations in the nation.  These initiatives include exhibitions, events, space allocation, and other programmatic initiatives.
    Speaker: Jerrel Horn – Wimberly Library. Florida Atlantic University

  • Room: 122
    Abstract: Using qualitative data in surveys conducted by your library —learn how to empathize with potential library users by creating user personas. Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Library conducted a MISO Survey of Lynn Library and Information Technology Services to gain insight into faculty/staff, and students’ experience with Lynn Library’s resources. Using the results from the MISO survey and anecdotal evidence, Lynn Library generated eight user personas which included: a personality, motivations, key facts, frustrations, preferred channels of communication, and direct quotes. Personas will help supercharge your outreach and marketing to potential library users and engage more with current users.
    Speaker: Sabine Dantus – Eugene M.& Christine E. Lynn Library. Lynn University

  • Room: 124
    Abstract: Over 10,000 persons turn 65 everyday in the USA. An aging population is reshaping the way libraries provide services. Many seniors can no longer make it to the library but that should not mean the end of their library card. Public libraries are in a position to provide services to their senior customers, even if they can’t physically come into the library. Attendees should expect to learn how they can continue to keep seniors engaged at the library.
    Speaker: Carr Mardene – Lauderdale Lakes Library

Breakout Sessions 2 - 1:45-2:30

  • Room: 115
    Abstract: A panel of library directors will discuss their expectations of demographic change in their community and what it means for their libraries. A summary of what changes are anticipated by the experts will be presented.
    Moderator: Jennifer Pratt – SEFLIN

  • Room 117
    Abstract: Outreach is vital to the survival and relevance of the library. The days of waiting for the public to come to us are over. The human element is important; the face to face communication and listening to their needs, all while reminding the community that we are here and what we can offer them. Building synergetic relationships takes time and commitment. Staff reorganized themselves, and their schedules to put outreach to the forefront of their efforts to break the wall between them and the public. Partnerships have not only provided promotion for the library, but in return partnerships enrich the community through their services, and presentations. Collaborations of ideas and passions developed diverse programs. Staff struggled to build partnerships, and know many others are. Attendees will leave feeling empowered, with networking tips that have been modified, and they will have an opportunity to ask questions.
    Speaker: Rebekah Stewart – Palm Springs Public Library

  • Room: 120
    Abstract: The Library’s Coworking Center provides customers with a place to telecommute, conduct business, and grow as entrepreneurs. It is a place to work, collaborate, and network with other participants. The Center offers space for individuals to work on their projects, telecommute, and conduct other business activities such as meetings, interviews, etc. The Center offers monthly events and workshops presented by business professionals on topics such as: Startups, Business Marketing, Growing and Expanding a Business, Incorporation, etc. Additionally, the Center also conducts periodic events to foster networking, build its user community, and foster collaboration in the community it serves. Coworking Center participants also have access to the technology and digital tools available at the Library’s YOUmake Miami Center located in the adjacent room. These resources include photographic, video and sound production equipment, 3D printers, etc. that may be used to create promotional videos, headshots, voiceovers, websites, graphics, and 3D prototypes development.
    Speaker: Marlon Moore – Miami-Dade Public Library System

  • Room: 122
    Abstract: For the past several years, the City of New Port Richey has been very supportive of urban agriculture. This support has been depicted through a recent ordinance allowing residents to grow vegetable gardens in their front lawns. The New Port Richey Public Library has spearheaded the City’s efforts of being a champion for urban agriculture. The library offers Tasty Tuesdays, a weekly organic farmers market, and houses a seed bank. Attendees will learn about how the library partners with our local farmers, and local advocates for sustainability, and how we create dynamic programming with them. Attendees will also learn about how the Tasty Tuesdays market has been utilizing a grant from the Florida Organic Growers to offer benefits to EBT recipients.
    Speaker: Kayla Kuni – New Port Richey Public Library

  • Room: 124
    Abstract: When approached by the University of Miami’s Black Alumni Society in December 2015 with a question how they could compile a list of the University of Miami’s first black students, faculty, and staff from the 1960s and the 1970s, the University Archives staff were touched by the alumni’s enthusiasm and were inspired to curate an exhibition to honor the trailblazers. The research for the exhibition went on for over a year by researching materials including unprocessed collections and by reaching out faculty, student groups, and staff members to look for materials and testimonies. The effort made us possible to offer the February 2017 exhibition titled “We Were Pioneers,” which was the first program on this subject offered by the University, and became the most successful program we have offered since the creation of the University Archives in 2007.
    Speaker: Koichi Tasa – Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami

Breakout Sessions 3 - 2:45-3:30

  • Room: 115
    Abstract: Did fake news affect the presidential election? Do websites purposely publish misleading stories? How do fake news stories go viral when the information is obviously false? This breakout session will discuss these key issues and propose methods for evaluating the trustworthiness of news stories and responsibly sharing reliable information. The presenter will share her experience designing and executing a workshop on fake news for students and local community members from a diverse range of socioeconomic and political backgrounds. Participants will learn strategies for developing similar workshops that will engage attendees and encourage them to gather news from a variety of trustworthy sources.
    Speaker: Michelle Keba – Palm Beach Atlantic University Warren Library

  • Room: 117
    Abstract: Public Library programming can be limited by inadequate staffing, budgets, and available resources in as much as by limited cultural competencies and linguistic barriers. In this session, panelist will share successful programs and initiatives from their respective libraries as models to replicate. Participants will learn tips on how to overcome many of these barriers by incorporating innovative programs and collaborative outreach strategies to engage a diverse population. Emphasis will be given to establishing partnerships with community based organizations, area schools (public and private), local institutions such as museums, and even neighboring municipalities. These strategies are the key to getting the message out and reaching larger audiences.
    Speaker: Lucia Gonzalez – North Miami Public Library

  • Room: 120
    Abstract: Peer tutoring programs in academic libraries can reach students who may be uncomfortable or unwilling to seek research help from librarians. This poster demonstrates how such a program was developed, working closely with faculty and other tutoring programs on campus in order to best serve the diverse student population.
    Speaker: Steven Wade – Roux Library, Florida Southern College

  • Format: Multiple presenters
    Room: 122

  • Room: 124
    Abstract: Regardless of one’s professional experience, gender, ethnicity, disability, or personality, this will be the most productive and enjoyable session participants have ever attended at any conference. Facilitators will lead a CoLAB Planning Series® Workshop to demonstrate the power of creating a café open-space environment where participants will connect during 3-minute speed-meetings to practice 1) conversing with others in their field who they do not know; 2) discovering untapped resources and knowledge; and 3) initiating possible cooperative, coordinative, collaborative, or mentoring partnerships. Over 2,800 participants (students, faculty, librarians, artists, and academic and nonprofit administrators as well as conference attendees) have benefitted from CoLABs including those at the College Book Art Association Conference, Public Library Directors Annual Meeting, NEFLIN Annual Meeting, Florida State University, Rollins College, Texas Library Association, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Texas, University of Washington, and many philanthropic organizations.
    Speaker: Bess De Farber – University of Florida

Poster Presentations

  • Abstract: The Sensory-Friendly Storytime program was created to meet the needs of the growing number of special needs children who visit the library. This special program, scheduled weekly, contains all the general components of a traditional storytime with a twist—using larger props, more inclusive interactive songs and texture-based activities, as well as sensory-friendly components of light and sound all in a comfortable and safe environment.
    Presenter: Miriam Quiros-Laso – Coral Reef Branch Library

  • Abstract: My poster session, Podcasting & Your Library, will lay the groundwork and know-how for attendees to successfully create and setup a podcast in their library. The poster will include topics ranging from why have a podcast to how a podcast could be created.
    Presenter: David Hildebrand – Miami-Dade Public Library System

  • Abstract: Attendees will learn how to plan system-wide programming for older customers that will engage them physically, mentally and socially, and how to provide branches with the tools they need to create their own programming.
    Presenter: Carmen Centeno – Miami-Dade Public Library System

  • Abstract: Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade) is an adult literacy program that provides free, confidential tutoring to help adults improve on their reading and writing skills. Learn how this program navigates the needs of all its participants through resources, recruitment, and program management.  
    Presenter: Amanda Valdespino – Miami-Dade Public Library System

  • Abstract: The Table Talk program brings families together for reading and discussion around the dinner table. This 10 week program features families gathering together one session and then creating a similar occasion at home the following week. Families fill out pre and post surveys and log books. It promotes family literacy.
    Presenter: Cindy Ansell – Lake Worth Public Library

  • Abstract: This poster session will describe how FIU Library Cataloging has promoted its services to FIU faculty members at the annual Library Fair. Attendees will learn how Cataloging has explained and marketed its services to this specific patron group using both professional expertise and imagination, and apply these lessons to similar activities with discrete patron groups.
    Presenter: Eduardo Fojo – FIU, Hubert Library

  • Abstract: The MDPLS Digital Collection is a new initiative to arouse interest in our Special Collections. This session is designed to share how we created the digital division; how we build the collection development; how we manage the digital workflow; and what are our future plans of partnership and collaboration.
    Presenter: Maria Jimenez – Miami-Dade Public Library System

  • Abstract: This poster session will provide tips and tools on how to successfully host events on a minimal budget. The presenters will share their experience on how to bring in diverse populations, both in the planning and attendance of the events. Attendees will learn how to organize, plan, and successfully execute events using low-cost marketing materials and word-of-mouth advertising.  
    Presenter: Sarah Hammill – Florida International Library

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