Thursday, April 17, 2014

Raising funds for a new school library - designed by the students!

Click HERE to see how eighth grade students at REALM charter school in the Berkeley Unified School District, CA, designed their own crowdfunded library. Additional matching funds were provided through a private grant-making organization. Impressive!

What Public Libraries Do for Teens!

A great infographic on what public libraries do for teens!  Created by YALSA with data from the 2013 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report.



































http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/Infographic2_FINAL.pdf

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

10 Brilliant Books that Will Grab From Page One

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/lists/brilliant-books-grab-you-page-one/

Monday, April 14, 2014

Concert Celebrates Books and Music (Duluth Public Library)


http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S3398427.shtml

A free Sunday concert celebrated both books and music.

The Duluth Public Library teamed up with One Book, One Community to put on the event at the Coppertop Church. The concert, called "The Redemptive Power of Music," featured music related thematically to the book "The Cellist of Sarajevo."

The novel is based on the true story of a cellist who played from burned out buildings during the siege of Sarajevo. It's this year's book selection for One Book, One Community.

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Library

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Library « CBS Minnesota

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

WebJunction Minnesota: Health Happens in Libraries, Resources for Training Success, iFought the iPads (and iWon), Board in the Library (Part 3), and Webinars!

Here's this week's news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
  • Health Happens in Libraries
  • April 2014 Crossroads - Resources for Training Success
  • WebJunction Home Page Spotlights: Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace, iFought the iPads (and iWon), Board in the Library
  • Upcoming Webinars - April-June 2014
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Health Happens in Libraries: Webinar Archive and Roadmap to Better Care
Public libraries and their community partners supporting outreach, application, and enrollment efforts for patrons will have opportunities to share best practices and lessons learned from the initial open enrollment period over the coming months. The following resources are intended to support that process.
  • The full, free archive is now available for Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement. This session includes information on strategies and resources for patron and partner engagement from the initial open enrollment period, as well as information on ways that your organization can prioritize future planning for marketplace enrollment activities.
  • Many consumers newly enrolled in healthcare coverage may benefit from information on how to use it and maintain it most effectively. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides guidance for individuals for using insurance and supporting health, via the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You.
The Health Happens in Libraries team is interested in hearing from you. Do you have any lessons learned from the current enrollment period that we should incorporate in future communications? What questions do you have about planning for future open enrollment periods, or managing patron requests in the interim? Please reach us with your thoughts at any time via content@webjunction.org, or on Twitter by tagging #libs4health, and thank you for supporting health information in your communities!
April 2014 Crossroads - Resources for Library Training Success
Modern libraries evolve with their customers, and that means keeping pace with new trends, techniques, and technologies. Library staff must keep their skills fresh, and are often called on to take a teaching role, not only in guiding customers to the information they seek, but also by leading patron classes on computing or staff sessions on customer service skills. Whether the motivation to learn is specific to a near-term professional goal or supports a deeper curiosity about what makes us tick, this month's resources provide tips and tools for training (and learning) success.
Key Resources:
Reader Poll: What is the best thing about online training? Take the poll.
- View the full April 2014 Crossroads issue.
- Not subscribed to Crossroads yet? Not a problem! Anyone can subscribe to receive Crossroads once a month in your inbox.


WebJunction Home Page Spotlight
Looking Beyond Open Enrollment: Libraries and the Health Insurance MarketplaceLiz Morris / Published: 01 April 2014
The initial open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at an end, but the assessment of lessons learned is just beginning for many library and community partner organizations engaged in patron ACA outreach and support. Representatives from the Health Happens in Libraries project team recently hosted a webinar reflecting on some of the best practices employed by libraries responding to this relatively new information need. You can access the free archive for Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement and read on for a summary of the full discussion.

Read more >> Looking Beyond Open Enrollment


iFought the iPads (and iWon)Sally-Adrina Taylor / Published: 28 March 2014
Sally-Adrina Taylor is a Library Associate in Public Services for Rapid City Public Libraries. You may email her with questions or comments about this article at staylor@rcplib.org. Do you have a library story to tell? Share it with us today at Share Your Story.
When Rapid City Public Libraries decided to add iPads to the Children's Area, I volunteered for the project. In the end, this project took me a couple of months to tackle but the number of children using the iPads made it worth the effort. I hope by sharing my experience I can alleviate some frustration and confusion on how to successfully set up iPad displays for young children.

Staff quickly decided to focus on iPads and not a generic tablet, because of the brand familiarity of Apple products and because of the iPad's more intuitive touch. When we received our 2nd generation iPads I had to make a series of decisions concerning security, apps, and settings. Although lending devices is the newest trend, that wouldn't work with our target audience of children ages 2-10. One of the reasons we decided to go with tablets was that children from lower income households may not have the opportunity to use mobile devices or tablets before going to school. Plus, limiting lending to only active card holders (who would have to sign a waiver to replace the iPad if broken) would deny children visiting or on vacation from having a chance to use them.

Read more >> iFought the iPads (and iWon)


Board in the Library, Part the Third - Thematic vs Strategic GamesJohn Pappas / Published: 25 March 2014
We are pleased to publish this article, the third in a six-part series on board game progamming in public libraries, from John Pappas, the Branch Manager at the Bensalem Branch of the Bucks County Free Library System. (Read Part One | Part Two)
Welcome to the world of modern board games! Upon entering you will be bombarded with two terms: Thematic and Strategic games. Sometimes they will also be referred to as "Ameri-trash" vs. "Euro-games." For the new gamer or the librarian just entering this wonderful world, it may be easy to assume that the world of modern board games is a binary one, with thematic games on one end and strategic games on the other and then a linear progression lying between. However, a healthier way of viewing it is as two styles with a varying amount of overlap and plenty of subjective criteria applied to each. So when you enter this world, remember these terms are very loosely applied and perhaps are not as important as other considerations (such as how the game plays, the interaction it encourages, and how much fun people have playing). But you are going to hear the terms, so let's talk about them.
Let's talk about thematic and strategic games: what they are, what defines each, and how some overlap exists. You need to understand where and how these types of games interact; that interaction will help you determine what type of players your patrons tend to be; what type of games they may prefer and how to provide them with options that will leave them happy, satisfied and coming back for more. The following descriptions are not chiseled in stone and will likely change and develop into a personal view of gaming as you play more games, teach more games, and experience more people playing games.

Read more >> Board in the Library, Part the Third


Upcoming WebJunction Webinars - April, May, and June 2014Help spread the word about these webinars to colleagues in the Minnesota library community who may not be receiving the announcements!
April Webinars:
Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1 pm Central 60 min
Libraries know digital literacy; they've been the go-to resource for their communities for years. Yet the need continues to grow as the demand for basic skills intensifies and new skills emerge. Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, find out how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. Explore practical ways for all libraries to address digital literacy programming and training-from classroom settings, drop-in classes, or responding to patron needs on the fly. Learn about:
  • 750+ free self-paced online classes from GCFLearnFree.org, with examples of how trainers in libraries are using their curriculum.
  • DigitalLearn.org, a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.
Share your ideas, best practices, and resources as we work together to help people attain new digital literacy skills.
Presented by:
  • Jessica Meadows, Curriculum Coordinator, GCFLearnFree.org
  • Melissa Ziel, Information Desk Supervisor, Gail Borden Public Library District, IL
  • Jamie Hollier, Project Manager, DigitalLearn.org
May Webinars:
Reference Services: Tried, True, and NewThursday, May 8, 2014 1 pm Central 60 min
Registration: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/reference-services-tried-true-new.html
Reference is still intrinsic to library services. It is evolving with changing patron needs, varied information resources and new delivery formats. Yet much of traditional practice remains important to providing quality information services to patrons. In this webinar, we will explore the balance between traditional and contemporary reference approaches, inviting you to join this open space conversation. What methods do you employ for reference today? What works? What doesn't? How does social media play a role? Let's learn from each other "how we do reference" so we can find the best fusion of traditional and modern reference service.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with Drexel University Online and Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics. WebJunction members receive a 20% tuition reduction for this, the country's premier online Master's in Library and Information Science program.
Presented by: Vanessa Irvin Morris, Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University.
Transforming Library Space for Community EngagementThursday, May 22, 2014 12 pm Central 60 min
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/transforming-library-space-for-community-engagement.html
As libraries expand their focus from collections to creation, physical spaces are being transformed in ways that enhance community engagement in the digital age. Rethink how your library's space might be configured to better enable your patrons to interact with technology and with each other. While future-facing libraries are pushing boundaries, the public still perceives libraries as being primarily about books. Learn how some key alterations to existing library space can refresh public perceptions. We'll look at a variety of projects, ranging from larger room renovations to smaller libraries who redefined space on a modest scale, yet still had a strong impact on the community.
Panelists: Betha Gutsche, Program Manager, WebJunction; Beth Farley, Head of Information and Reader Services, Bellingham (WA) Public Library; and Eileen Shaw, Everson Branch Manager, Whatcom County (WA) Library System.
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealthWednesday, May 28, 2014 1 pm Central 60 min
Registration: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/technology-planning-for-ehealth.html
As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management grows, patrons will turn to libraries to access digital resources and learn how to put technology to work for their health. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) explore health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. Join the Health Happens in Libraries team to learn how public libraries can leverage their technology infrastructure to better serve the health information needs of patrons. Participants will learn best practices and resources for eHealth technology planning for libraries of all sizes. Participants will also be introduced to strategies for communicating with community partners about their technology resources, and identifying ways to build eHealth services through collaboration
June Webinars:
Register now in order to take advantage of Minnesota's early registration opportunity! This information will be made available to the general WJ membership in the *May* edition of Crossroads.
Best Small Libraries in America: Vital, Innovative and Thriving
Thursday, June 5, 2014 1pm Central 60 min
Library Journal's annual Best Small Library in America Award, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was created in 2005 to discover and reward exemplary work by libraries serving populations under 25,000, and to showcase these best practices to provide a replicable case study for their peers. In collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, we are pleased to host this webinar featuring the two most recent award winners, 2013 Best Small Library in America: Southern Area Public Library and 2014 Best Small Library in America: Pine River Library. Join us to learn how these two libraries have developed creative programming, extensive partnerships, and innovative and responsive services so they can identify, meet, and even anticipate the ever-evolving needs of their communities.
The session will include an overview of the nomination process for next year's award, as well as how previous winners have spent the prize money, and leveraged the recognition, to take their offerings to the next level.
Presented by: Amy Dodson, director, Pine River Library, CO; Mary Beth Stenger, director, Southern Area Public Library, WV; and Meredith Schwartz, senior editor, News and Features, Library Journal.
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1pm Central 60 min
Do you quake at the thought of public speaking? Are you also faced with the need to communicate to audiences, small or large, the importance of your work in libraries? You really can overcome your anxieties and master the art of public speaking. Join us for this webinar to learn some basic skills for preparing and delivering speeches, plus tips to manage your nervousness and make your presentations more memorable. Armed with practical techniques, you'll be ready to deliver clear, persuasive, and engaging presentations on behalf of your library.
Presented by: Mary H Stein, Assistant Library Director, and TedxLSU Speaker, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Louisiana.
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WJMN Team
Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
Cecelia Boone, Minitex
Affiliation with WebJunction Minnesota is free and available to members of the Minnesota library community. Tell your colleagues!
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal Agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, in conjunction with State Library services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, which administers federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, supports the WebJunction Minnesota project.

Friday, April 04, 2014

WebJunction Minnesota: What Libraries Can Offer Fandom, Libraries Building Community Partnerships, and Webinars!

Here’s this week’s news from WebJunction and WebJunction Minnesota:
·WebJunction Homepage Spotlight:  "You're Not a Real Fan!": What Libraries Can Offer Fandom; Libraries Building Community Partnerships
·Upcoming Webinars – March-May 2014
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WebJunction Home Page Spotlight

"You're Not a Real Fan!": What Libraries Can Offer Fandom
Maureen Langley / Published: 12 March 2014
Maureen Langley is a part-time Library Consultant at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Librarian, geek, and pop culture enthusiast, you can usually find her reading comics somewhere or online at 
Linkedin, Facebook, and Pinterest.
Fandom, enthusiasts surrounding a particular work or interest, is becoming increasingly popular. Members of fandom, as well as those researching this phenomenon, agree that it has a positive impact on individuals including improved social and technical skills, a place to safely share creative works, and a welcoming environment of like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, there are some negative aspects of fandom including judgment of outsiders, exclusion, and groupthink. Maureen Langley, Library Consultant at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, believes that libraries have an opportunity to apply one of their core values, intellectual freedom, to fandom in order to battle these negative aspects.

Read more >> 
"You're Not a Real Fan!": What Libraries Can Offer Fandom


Libraries Building Strong Community Partnerships
Megan Knapp / Published: 05 March 2014
As trusted centers of the community, libraries are in a unique position to attract potential partners, and to provide resources and benefits to organizations with common goals. In a time of diminishing funds and increasing demands, partnerships are essential to meeting community needs, and to sustaining an active and engaging environment for customers.
[Reader Poll: Which of the factors on our list is most important in creating and sustaining a successful partnership? 
Take the poll.]

Read more >> 
Libraries Building Strong Community Partnerships


Upcoming WebJunction Webinars – March, April, and May 2014

March Webinars:


Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement
Thursday, March 27, 2014  2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central / 11 am Pacific  60 min

Staying attuned to community needs and engaging strong partners to address those needs are hallmarks of 21st century public librarianship. Libraries across the country have implemented inventive patron and partner engagement approaches in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ends March 31, 2014. Join the Health Happens in Libraries project team for this interactive session, to discuss how your library can integrate these best practices into your local health information service priorities.
April Webinars:
The Online Learner: Sinking or Swimming?
Thursday, April 3, 2014 
 2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central / 11 am Pacific  60 min
Early Registration:
 http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/online-learner-sinking-or-swimming.html
The "learner at the center" has become a core strategy in education and training. Strategies like flipped classrooms, MOOCs, or peer collaborations are all part of a trend toward very personalized learning—"me-learning." These trends increasingly emphasize online learning environments that are learner-initiated, learner activated, and learner-constructed. How can individuals prepare to own their own learning and how can administrators help them stay afloat? Presenters from WebJunction and Learning Round Table will share their discoveries about the future of learning and strategies for supporting and empowering the learner.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with ALA's Learning Round Table.
Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014  2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central / 11 am Pacific  60 min
Libraries know digital literacy; they’ve been the go-to resource for their communities for years. Yet the need continues to grow as the demand for basic skills intensifies and new skills emerge. Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, find out how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. Explore practical ways for all libraries to address digital literacy programming and training—from classroom settings, drop-in classes, or responding to patron needs on the fly. Learn about:
·         750+ free self-paced online classes from GCFLearnFree.org, with examples of how trainers in libraries are using their curriculum.
·         DigitalLearn.org, a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.
Share your ideas, best practices, and resources as we work together to help people attain new digital literacy skills.
Presented by:
·         Jessica Meadows, Curriculum Coordinator, GCFLearnFree.org
·         Melissa Ziel, Information Desk Supervisor, Gail Borden Public Library District, IL
·         Jamie Hollier, Project Manager, DigitalLearn.org

May Webinars:
 Please sign up now in order to take advantage of this early registration opportunity! Share the information with colleagues in the Minnesota library community! This information will be made available to the general WJ membership in the *April* edition of Crossroads.
Reference Services: Tried, True, and New
Thursday, May 8, 2014 
 2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central / 11 am Pacific  60 min
Early Registration:
 http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/reference-services-tried-true-new.html
Reference is still intrinsic to library services. It is evolving with changing patron needs, varied information resources and new delivery formats. Yet much of traditional practice remains important to providing quality information services to patrons. In this webinar, we will explore the balance between traditional and contemporary reference approaches, inviting you to join this open space conversation. What methods do you employ for reference today? What works? What doesn't? How does social media play a role? Let’s learn from each other "how we do reference" so we can find the best fusion of traditional and modern reference service.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with Drexel University Online and Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics. WebJunction members receive a 20% tuition reduction for this, the country’s premier online Master’s in Library and Information Science program.
Presented by: Vanessa Irvin Morris, Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University.
Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement
Thursday, May 22, 2014 
 1 pm Eastern / 12 pm Central / 10 am Pacific  60 min
Early Registration:
 http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/transforming-library-space-for-community-engagement.html
As libraries expand their focus from collections to creation, physical spaces are being transformed in ways that enhance community engagement in the digital age. Rethink how your library’s space might be configured to better enable your patrons to interact with technology and with each other. While future-facing libraries are pushing boundaries, the public still perceives libraries as being primarily about books. Learn how some key alterations to existing library space can refresh public perceptions. We’ll look at a variety of projects, ranging from larger room renovations to smaller libraries who redefined space on a modest scale, yet still had a strong impact on the community.
Panelists: Betha Gutsche, Program Manager, WebJunction; Beth Farley, Head of Information and Reader Services, Bellingham (WA) Public Library; and Eileen Shaw, Everson Branch Manager, Whatcom County (WA) Library System.
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 
 2 pm Eastern / 1 pm Central / 11 am Pacific  60 min
Early Registration:
 http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/technology-planning-for-ehealth.html
As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management grows, patrons will turn to libraries to access digital resources and learn how to put technology to work for their health. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) explore health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. Join the Health Happens in Libraries team to learn how public libraries can leverage their technology infrastructure to better serve the health information needs of patrons. Participants will learn best practices and resources for eHealth technology planning for libraries of all sizes. Participants will also be introduced to strategies for communicating with community partners about their technology resources, and identifying ways to build eHealth services through collaboration.

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WJMN Team
Mary Ann Van Cura, State Library Services
Cecelia Boone, Minitex
Affiliation with WebJunction Minnesota is free and available to members of the Minnesota library community. Tell your colleagues! 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal Agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, in conjunction with State Library services, a division of the Minnesota Department  of Education, which administers federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, supports the WebJunction Minnesota project.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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A free event for Teens
And others who read YA Lit.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10am-4pm
Henry Sibley High School 
This will be a fantastic day of YA authors & reading, writing workshops, panel discussions, concessions (cash required), & giveaways. Plus, an exhibit hall full of literary fun & games, crafts, a photo booth, book sales & signing, & who knows what else!
Teachers & media specialists can earn CEUs.  Volunteer the day of the event.
Free & open to the public! Everyone welcome!
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Teen Lit Con is funded by a Legacy Amendment grant and sponsored by MELSA with co-sponsors Metronet, Mackin, Addendum Books, ISD 197 and Dakota County Library.

There has been a change to the Arrowhead Concert Association performance on April 10th.  Due to issues beyond the concert association's control, Voca People will NOT be performing.  Hudson Shad will be performing in their place. 

For more information about the performance see their website at:  http://www.hudsonshad.org/  It is still a Capella performance but more of a classical style than the themed contemporary performance the Voca People would have been.

No changes will be made to the tickets, patrons will use the tickets that were distributed.  More information will be in the Mesabi Daily News Tuesday and Sunday.

Monday, March 31, 2014

History Day partnership with Minnesota public libraries

Public Library Association Annual Conference - Indianapolis


I had the lovely opportunity to attend the Public Library Association (PLA) annual conference in Indianapolis in March 2014.  It was great to meet new folks in similar fields around the country, to connect with former colleagues and other Minnesota library friends, and to chat with vendors.  A majority of the time was spent attending the many varied sessions available.  Although I sat in a lot of sessions focused on early literacy and youth programming, my two favorite sessions were Always Be Circulating: How Public Libraries Meet Demand and Increase Use and Top Five of the Top Five: Non-Fiction.

The Always Be Circulating session was very interesting and I definitely learned a few new things about marketing to patrons.  Some of the session highlights include:

• Remember to always support readers’ advisory work!  According to a 2012 Pew Internet study asking what people actually do at libraries, people want to interact with book and with staff!
◦ Among those who were surveyed and who had visited a library or bookmobile in the past 12 months, 73% borrowed print books, 73% browsed the shelves for books or media, 54% researched topics of interest, and 50% got help from a librarian


• Make sure to promote beyond the bestseller – come up with different themed displays or think of new ways to market books (personalized reading recommendations, book lists at the library, “blind date” with a book)

• You have staff at all levels that are passionate about reading – celebrate their likes!  Front desk staff have the most patron contact – take advantage of it!   Use staff and curate a great browsing selection – remember, the Pew report says that’s what our customers want.

• Make your counts count!   Some things to think about and to possibly keep statistics on dealing with customer service:
◦ How is your AV cataloged – individually or as a set?

◦ How is eBook circulated counted and is it just eBook or all eContent?

◦ How long are your circulation periods?

◦ How often can you renew items?

◦ What is your holds ratio?  Does it change by format?

◦ How many items can your patrons check out?

◦ How many buildings are in your system/region



I’m a huge non-fiction reader, so attending Top Five of the Top Five: Non-Fiction had more of a personal interest for me, but wow!   A panel of folks shared their top five genre lists, like the top five new memoirs and the top five trends in science and nature writing.  Click on the following link to access the list:  http://shelfrenewal.booklistonline.com/2014/03/17/pla-top-5-program-slides-and-handout/.  Non-fiction is tough sometimes as folks have very specific tastes and you have to be up on the topics that are trending.  This was a great workshop to get that current information.

I love conferences like this one because I can pick up great idea for my job but I can also stay up-to-date on the other areas in library service that I don’t get to work with on a daily basis.  Again, thanks again for the wonderful opportunity!

Extra notes:

• During some down time, I had the chance to visit the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which is the largest children’s museum in the world!  I took WAY too many notes and pictures and I’m working on something to share with the library staff in the region and for the blog.  More to come!  A very worthwhile side trip!

• A majority of the PLA conference program handouts have been posted to the website.  To access those, visit http://www.placonference.org/programs/ and feel free to share with others.