Presenting our Virtual Vendor Hall Exhibitors
Win FREE registration to NELA 2021!
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!
9:00am – 10:00am
A Living Person’s Guide to Dying: Getting the Difficult Conversations Started at the Library
Although death is an inevitable reality of life, conversations around this topic are often avoided. In 2019, the Sharon Public Library launched a series of programs to help patrons consider end-of-life issues, with topics including death planning, green burial, digital estate planning, pet loss, obituary writing, and more. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of the death positivity movement, and concrete ideas for hosting similar programs at their libraries. Funding opportunities will be discussed, as well as specific resources for programming ideas, and how to ensure the legacy of the series is sustained beyond programs’ end.
Fair Use or Copyright Violation? How to Make Informed Decisions
Determining fair use is a complex, case by case process, that can cause stress and confusion for librarians who are often asked to consult on copyright questions. This session will include an overview of copyright law and the four factors of fair use, then participants will learn how to use the *free* Fair Use Evaluator from ALA Office for Information Technology Policy to make more informed decisions about copyright compliance. Participants will discuss real life copyright scenarios and increase their confidence answering copyright and fair use questions.
Sing & Stomp: offering movement programming at your public library
Singing and dancing are valuable early literacy skills that are essential for a well-rounded education and fill a need for more energetic learning opportunities. Children's Librarians, Meg and Stefanie, will share their experiences with offering successful movement-based pre-school programs that create a welcoming outlet for active learners. Learn how to implement similar programs using a variety of props and technology, as well as share your own successes and favorite songs and dances to get our wiggles out. Be ready to sing, shimmy, and shout!
11:00am – 12:00pm
The courage to convert, creative pathways from Dewey to LC
At the end of 2018, the Worcester Art Museum Library began working with an outside company on a reclassification and automation project. 26,365 Dewey Decimal classified books were converted to Library of Congress Classification, and barcodes were added to about 60,000 individual items. When the project was completed in May of 2019, the library was left completely changed, in many different ways. We will address themes of project management, collection maintenance, and data loading and manipulation techniques. In addition to exploring the ins-and-outs of this project, from start to finish, we will address how the lessons we learned reshaped the future of our library.
Namaste in my Chair – Yoga for Librarians
Being a librarian is an outward focused, and often sedentary, profession. While we know it is important to take breaks, sometimes stepping away from the desk/our chair isn't possible. Now it doesn't have to be. Learn and move through a series of simple yoga postures that you can do right from your chair to release pain, banish fatigue, and enable you to refocus on your tasks so you can be your best (librarian) self. Molly Virello is a registered yoga teacher (RYT- 200), with over 4 years of teaching experience in vinyasa, yin, and chair yoga practices.
PVD Adult Makers: Open Studio, Sewing, Queer Umbrella, Phone Repair and so much more!
Maker space isn't just for kids, any age can make with us! Learn about our Open Studio Adult Makers program at the Providence Community Library- Mount Pleasant and Washington Park branches. Multiple evenings and one morning a week, adults can join us for their very own maker space evening. Adults will have access to our sewing machine, 3D printer, coding robots, laser cutter and vinyl cutter & heat press to make designs on fabrics. Open Studio has also transformed into other spin-off programs such as the Queer Umbrella Class, Intro to Phone Repair, and Sewing with Siv. Learn how you can utilize this popular maker space demand for all ages in your library!
How To Courageously Propose Outdoor Library Programs: Pitfalls, Partnerships and Getting Patrons Moving More in Libraries.
Today’s world has people experiencing more isolation, and less physical activity. Christy Billings of the Russell Library in Middletown, Connecticut will talk about creating two programs where book discussions and the outdoors came together. “Book Talk With a Walk,” met weekly during the summer to engage people in discussion around a topic, while walking from the library, along the riverfront,. The other program was “Book Yak on a Kayak.” By partnering with the Middletown Rec Department, patrons were able to check out kayaks and attend monthly book discussions on Crystal Lake. Learn about the partnership and safety and logistics of setting up unique book discussions.
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Alison Macrina - Libraries in the world beyond 2020
Join our Week #6 keynote speaker, Alison Macrina at 12:15pm. The events of 2020 have rocked our lives, our work, and our sense of the future. It's difficult to know what exactly comes next and what to do, but the future of libraries will require librarians to get organized and ready to defend our values. Alison Macrina, director of Library Freedom Project, will talk about the role that librarians have in fighting for a better future.