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!
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Succession Planning in Action: Planning for the Unplanned Through Documentation and Evaluation
A Libraries are at a strange impasse; many libraries are seeing their long-term employees retire, the COVID crisis has resulted in wide- spread furloughs and layoffs, and libraries as a whole are becoming more complicated. Despite some predictability, many libraries address these quick departures and attrition as they happen, rather than proactively. Meanwhile, “succession planning” is not considered a new topic in libraries, but it is rarely utilized. This presentation will cover key concepts in succession planning, how to get started with documentation, and a discussion of how succession plans may look in action.
Summer Reading—Not Just for Kids!
Summer months may bring high foot traffic to your library, but programming remains focused on youth services. With low-investment, create a passive summer reading program geared toward adult patrons and boost your circulation, use of resources, and library engagement. Attendees will gain creative ideas for a summer reading program, tips to involve their community, and ways to measure participation.
Volunteers: A New Model
Eliminate the difficulty of volunteer management with a transition to independent programs. We will go through Sayreville Free Public Library's successful volunteer model that allowed 1 part-time and 1 full-time librarian to coordinate an almost-entirely virtual summer volunteering program for over 90 high school students. The low-cost model includes 10 pathways for volunteer participation and 6 virtual platforms to organize and implement activities. Using this model, you can shift the perspective of the library as just, "a community space," to the place where a community makes valued connections
Virtual Programming Crash Course
As library programming has gone virtual, Massachusetts librarians have needed to develop hardware and software skills at an unprecedented rate. In this presentation, Melissa Bennett and Sharon Parrington Wright will provide a crash course in choosing programs to try virtually, reformatting your in- person programs for virtual platforms, free and paid tools for virtual content creation, equipment considerations, and tips and tricks they wish they knew when they started (hint: recording space setup matters!). Whether you love or loathe virtual programming, this workshop will give you the tools you need to create virtual content efficiently and effectively.
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Let’s Go Make Something: cooking, crafts, and healthy living through the library
A year ago, we began an experimental partnership with Memorial Hospital and Maine Health to become a 5210 Let’s Go afterschool program site. Our goal was to increase healthy eating and active living behaviors among our adult and child patrons by creating an environment that supports healthy choices and lifestyles. After several iterations, we have developed a weekly afterschool program that combines healthful cooking with a craft or activity that builds confidence and the motivation to take initiative when solving challenges.
Many people have a hard time calming their minds or relaxing their bodies, which puts them at a higher risk for heart disease and other illnesses. Mindfulness can ease this stress by playing an important role in balancing work and home, dealing with challenging situations, and building and sustaining positive relationships. Meditation is a brain-building exercise that cultivates mindfulness by paying attention to bodily sensations, emotions, & thoughts. The practice is logical and practical. It is transformative and socially impactful. The session offers basic instruction and a guided sampling of practical meditation techniques that can be used to enhance well being.
How to make a Library's Website Multilingual
As patron populations become more culturally and ethnically diverse, a Library’s website will need to support a multitude of languages in order to fully serve its patrons. Fortunately, translation tools, such as Google Translate, are able to produce translations that are almost as accurate as a human translation and are easy to integrate into websites using minimal code. In this presentation, you will learn about the most popular translation tools, how to choose which languages you should offer based on your patron population, how to integrate translation tools into your current Library’s website and how to troubleshoot difficult to translate words.
Ask a Manager
Have a management question? Ask us anything! Meet a diverse panel of library managers who are ready to answer any questions you may have. Whether you're looking for career guidance, help with a specific problem, or general feedback on library administration, we are here to help! Anonymous questions can be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Libraries & PPE
Libraries have a long tradition of finding creative ways to support their local communities in times of hardship and challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. With the insufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential healthcare workers due to the surge in demand, libraries are stepping up to the plate utilizing excess capacity in their library’s 3D printing facilities. We will hear from a selection of libraries in New England that are producing PPE for their communities to help fill the void. We will hear about PPE 3D printing projects at Bowdoin College, Peabody Institute Museum, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Rhode Island.
FEATURING COMEDIAN – JUSTON MCKINNEY
4:15pm – 5:15pm
Juston was born in Portsmouth, NH where he grew up until the 6th grade. That’s when his aunt and dad, wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, packed up the family of eight and moved north. To Kittery, ME. After attending the—very prestigious—Southern Maine Community College, he spent 7 years as a York County Deputy Sheriff, patrolling the woods. In the late 1990’s, he traded in his badge for a microphone and went from York County to New York City to pursue a career in comedy. He quickly became a regular at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway and the New York Times called him, “Destined for stardom.” Juston would go on to sign sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS, IFC and Comedy Central. He has appeared on numerous Comedy Central shows including his half-hour Comedy Central Presents special and his own one-hour special. He has appeared several times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien as well as a Showtime Comedy Special with Rob Gronkowski. He has appeared twice at Denis Leary’s, Comics Come Home at the TD Garden. His TV & movie credits include The King of Queens,100 Centre Street, The Zoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom. He recently wrote and starred in the short film, Suck It Up, which screened at the NH Film Festival. He was awarded “Best Acting Performance”. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs. When not “dadding” he can be seen touring theaters and clubs all over the country.