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!
12:oopm – 1:00pm
Join our Week #4 keynote speaker, Robert Azzi at 12:15pm. Robert is a photojournalist, columnist and public speaker who lives in Exeter NH. An Arab American Muslim, he writes on issues of identity, conflict, and Islam, particularly as they apply in the Middle East and the Global South. Born in New Hampshire, he’s lived in Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Jeddah and New York. Although he returned to the Granite State in the late 1980s, he continues to travel to visit and work in the Middle East. Azzi has been a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University,. He has also served terms as a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard Divinity School and as an advisor to Tufts University’s Fletcher School committee on Islam and South-West Asia. He is a board member of ACLU-NH. To learn more about Robert Azzi, please visit https://theotherazzi.wordpress.com/about/
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Meeting Students Where They Are: Tweaking the Catalog and Collection
Four years ago, the Milton Academy collection had books about similar people and topics shelved all over the collection, that differing cataloging methods had led to call numbers not matching, and that there was no standardization in the subject headings. Since then, we have reconsidered where books should be classified, created catalog and subject heading norms, improved cataloging and seen students more easily find resources. While this may seem daunting, by taking things slowly and carefully considering which areas need the most work, even solo librarians can replicate this in their collections.
STEAM Power: Interactive Learning through Comics and Cosplay
The merger of STEAM-based learning and cosplay can open the world of STEAM to the very young in an engaging way. Children relate to dressing up, to throwing themselves into a role, and to picking up the traits of favorite heroes. Why not extend those concepts and bring to life everything from lessons of friendship to building playscapes for pets? This panel discusses how to make STEAM immersive, hands-on, and fun for children, as shown through a comic and cosplay lens. We will share sample lessons, activities, and ideas that have worked in our library and museum settings, as well as our not-so- successes.
They Don't Outgrow It: Lifespan Services to Patrons on the Autism Spectrum
Beginning with an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder, this workshop will progress into facilitating smooth transitions form the Children's Room to Young Adult and Adult services. Ideas and tips will be presented for every department, from Reference to Circulation, and Programming to Technical Services. Learning outcomes: A Better understanding of ASD and potential motivations behind Autistic behaviors AND gain better insight into communicating with an individual on the spectrum.
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Creating Mindfulness in Space & Community within a Tense & Hectic Academic Library
Participants will learn about different mindfulness and meditation resources, how the Gordon Library created a Reflection Space and how the library holds weekly meditation sessions in person as well as virtually. Also included in this session will be a 10 minute guided meditation.
It Starts with Us: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries
What can we do to promote and foster equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in our libraries, our staff, our users, and the broader community? This panel discussion will look at what has been done at The Ferguson Library (Stamford CT), Hartford (CT) Public Library, and Russell Library (Middletown CT) to advance EDI in their institutions and their communities.
Restorative Justice in Teen Services
As public libraries have started prioritizing teen services in their spaces, collections, and programs they often face a specific obstacle: teens aren't coming to their library. This panel will explain how to apply the Restorative Justice Framework to repair and rebuild relationships with a teen community that may have felt alienated by their library in the past. Attendees will leave with practical guidance on how to solicit and include direct teen input when creating the spaces and collections they'll use, the programs they'll attend, and the policies that will affect them.