August 6th Platinum Sponsor
Look for vendor demo at 11:00am
Presenting our Virtual Vendor Hall Exhibitors
Scavenger Hunt Rules
Visit and LIVE chat with the different vendor booths until you find your assigned symbol. Click on the symbol to enter your information into the raffle drawings. Prizes will be shipped directly to the winners after each drawing.
You will assigned a symbol. Look for an email coming with more information!
YES! Visit the virtual vendor hall at each event for a chance to win!
This is separate from the symbol scavenger hunt. Visit at least three virtual vendor booths, then enter to win a FREE registration to NELA 2021. Drawing will be held at the end of the entire virtual conference series. Participate at each event, and your name can be entered each time you participate!
See gallery below. More prizes are being added!
9:00am – 10:00am
Join WT Cox as we shares in the ways we help libraries to manage the serials process. We will discuss our approach to service as well as CoxNet, our subscription management system, which is free to all customers.
• Streamline your serials processes
• Cost-saving serials management services
• Integrated services such as statistical tools, link resolver and more
Publishing Across the Disciplines: Innovative Approached to Librarians
When the third-year review or tenure and promotion application time roll around, academic librarians often find themselves dreading the scholarship requirement. What they should realize is that there are more ways to publish than throwing themselves at the mercy of a peer-reviewed journal editorial staff. This session will present alternative methods of publication, Attendees will leave this session with a broader understanding of how they can get published and even discover with a little creative thinking, they can publish on their favorite topics.
IGNITE: Sparking STEM curiosity and growing girl leaders (even for the technologically-challenged)
Are your teens looking for STEAM-based programming? Does STEAM intimidate you? Find out how Marisa Hicking, Teen Librarian, and Jess Noble, Technology & Technical Services Manager, crafted a program series at Avon Library tailored to girls’ learning styles. In the span of each program, a girl grows from a student to a leader on a new STEAM topic. Unlike sequential programs like Girls Who Code, whether a first-timer or a repeat participant, everyone starts fresh with the opportunity to be curious and explore. Walk away with reusable, affordable program ideas that you can customize for your community.
The American Reading Crisis - What Every Librarian Needs To Know To Be Part of the Solution
More than 60% of American 4th graders are not reaching literacy benchmarks. Ninety-three million Americans read at a basic or below basic level (meaning that they could read a recipe but not understand a fact sheet about high blood pressure). We need to start community conversations about reading to understand why... and then move expeditiously to community solutions. This talk serves as a catalyst to get libraries involved to understand and take action.
Going Beyond the Bookstore
Life has changed much since 1876, when Dewey debuted his system of organization. Why should librarians be held strictly to a system that can not recognize it's own limited world view? By the end of this session, attendees will learn about alternate systems from other cultures and explore what could work best in their library. It may be through the expansion of their own special collections, genrification in non-fiction or maximising the user experience within their home libraries. There will be lecture, combined with demonstration and active learning.
11:00am – 12:00pm
Media Flex: OPALS - An Adaptable Library System
Overview of OPALS and its many advantages in managing 21st century libraries! OPALS is a community of academic, education, special and public librarians that collaborate with experienced software engineers, automation consultants, support technicians and administrators to develop and support this open source integrated library system. Our goal is to create sustainable, state-of-the-art technology that is easy to use, easy to implement and easy to afford.an open source initiative that is well supported by librarians around the world and that receives high customer satisfaction ratings. Full-time, dependable OPALS technical support and software engineers work diligently to support our community.
Read This, Not That: How Students Rate Media Sources in the Age of Fake News
Using a blank version of the Vanessa Ontero’s Media Bias Chart undergraduates rated news sources on a continuum of left to right leaning, and propaganda to fact based. Their ratings were compared with results of a survey of political attitudes and with Ontero’s original ratings.
Out of the Silo: the GMILCS Linked Data Initiative
Learn how GMILCS, Inc., a library consortium in New Hampshire, partnered with Zepheria to publish library data to the web as Linked Data (LD). Three panelists will explain how they have integrated LD into their everyday workflows. Attendees will get an overview of LD, understand some of the back-end technical aspects, and learn how it is being used for Reader’s Advisory. The panelists will also detail some of the challenges that have arisen and also possibilities for the future. Overall, attendees will gain a better understanding of LD and see how it has been practically implemented in a library consortium.
Communicating Up, Down, and All Around in Libraries
This training is for those in entry-level positions and middle management. Participants will learn how to frame their message that will be heard by everyone in the organization, how to tailor their approach to the individual, and how to communicate to senior leaders to get support for new initiatives.
12:15pm – 1:15 pm
Laurie Halse Anderson
Join our Kick-Off keynote speaker, Laurie Halse Anderson at 12:15pm. Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her new book, SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era, has received widespread critical acclaim and was Laurie's eighth New York Times bestselling book. Two of her novels, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal in the United Kingdom. Laurie has been nominated for Sweden's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes.