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:ooam – 10:00am
Susan Halpin - “E.T. Phone Home”: What We Can Learn from E.T. and the NNLM About Connection
In 1982, the heartwarming Steven Spielberg movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, introduced us to a cute, ugly, wrinkled, brown creature who ate Reese’s Pieces, rode a bicycle and tried to connect to his home planet with a makeshift communicator built using a Speak & Spell children’s toy, an umbrella lined with tinfoil and a coffee can filled with other electronics. The movie made the quote “E.T. phone home” a universally understood phrase that conveys the importance of being connected. Social connections matter and strong ties with others provide us with benefits like happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. Being connected to others is important for our mental and physical well-being and can also be a protective factor against and depression.COVID19 has affected the way we are able to connect with each other. However, the resourceful and creative ways we are using to stay in touch during this pandemic has demonstrated that it is the personal connection, not what we use to communicate or how we do it, that is important. The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) provides grant funding each year for programs and projects that further its mission to improve public health. Susan will share how those most at risk of being isolated because of blindness, loss of mobility, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.
11:00am – 12:00pm
Effective Health Communications and Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection
An informational program designed to strengthen outreach to patrons by increasing health literacy knowledge, discussing factors to increase literacy and discover NIH resources to support community health.
Become a library advocate and learn to love your storytimes more with Supercharged Storytimes! Discover this transformative way to plan, execute, and review storytime plans using research and common sense. Through an IMLS grant, the Washington State Library funded Project VIEWS2 to tie library activities to educational results. Storytime makes a difference in children’s lives, and the VIEWS2 research will show you how. Participants will learn the Project VIEWS2 framework and planning tools and will discuss ways storytime activities connect with the framework. Open to anyone who plans storytimes. Taught with permission of the Supercharged Storytime (1996) authors.
Every Day Negotiation Skills for Librarians
Negotiation is a powerful way to manage conflict.. Enhancing your negotiating skills enhances the quality of life, both at work and at home. During this session attendees will learn the purpose of negotiation, how to create an Information Based Bargaining Plan, and how to set good goals, not just ones you know you can achieve.
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Assabet Interactive's Library of Things Software for Public Library Websites
Learn how Assabet Interactive’s new software enables patrons to easily reserve items online from your Library of Things collection. A tour of the adminstration section will examine the range of options available to configure the loan details for each object, including the mandatory agreement of a terms and condition document, delivery of instruction manuals, limiting how frequently patrons may reserve, and the ability to add a buffer between loans for maintenance if necessary.
Summer Reading Programs for the Preschool Set: Build Community Relationships and Encourage Early Literacy
Discussions of Summer Reading often center on school-aged children, but some libraries have expanded Summer Reading to address the early literacy needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Speakers will highlight some of the innovative ways that librarians have reimagined Summer Reading to meet the needs of preschool-aged patrons and their caregivers--and will provide evidence of the ways these initiatives have strengthened community relationships. Attendees will develop a deeper understanding of the benefits of including Summer Reading programs that actively promote early literacy and will receive an extensive resource list to plan effective, affordable programs.
Dewey You Want to Work With Us?: How To Build Relationships With Your Community Members
This presentation will discuss working with faculty and students to analyze an embedded librarian partnership, the importance of including students in the selection process for the leisure reading collection, and will highlight a new collection development partnership the presenters consider an outreach win! Attendees will gain insight to the outreach efforts performed by academic libraries. They will also leave with the understanding that all patrons are important for successfully serving an academic library community.
Yoga Nidra Session--Time to Relax
Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a guided meditation designed to balance the nervous system and allow the body to relax. You will be guided by a yoga nidra facilitator in breathing and relaxation exercises while lying on your back. Yoga nidra has been used to reduce tension, anxiety, sleeplessness, and a number of stress related disorders. You will likely feel calm and refreshed from the session. No experience necessary.
Mindfulness & Communication in the Age of Masks & Isolation
Our world is turned upside down and we are all figuring out ways to adapt, as we shift to virtual communication, social isolation and trying to interact with only our eyes and eyebrows exposed. In this workshop, we will use theatre techniques and tricks to help retrain our understanding of communication, while also using drama and improvisation techniques to practice letting outside influences and worries fall away. We will work and play in the moment, and participants will leave with some concrete tools they can apply outside of the workshop to help them practice mindfulness and communication techniques in their daily lives. This is a low-risk, but participatory workshop. No previous theatre experience is necessary to participate. We will not be recording this program. Attendees will be encouraged to turn on their video cameras to participate.