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
Joel Christian Gill
Join our Week #5 keynote speaker, Joel Christian Gill at 9am. Joel is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He wrote the words and drew the pictures in Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride(published by Lion Forge, 2019) and the award-winning graphic novel series Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, as well as, Tales of The Talented Tenth from Fulcrum Publishing. He has worked for diverse clients including the People's United Party of Belize, NBC, the Boston Globe and his has written for The Huffington Post. His latest work is a memoir chronicling how children deal with abuse and trauma: Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence (Oni Press January 2020.) He was Chair of Foundations and then Comic Arts at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is currently an Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion, and ultimately humanity. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BA from Roanoke College. To learn more about Joel Christian Gill, please visit https://www.joelchristiangill.com
11:00am – 12:00pm
A representative of MorningStar will provide an overview of the database, MorningStar Investment Research Center. Attendees will learn to navigate the database and how to get daily market commentary and how to use the various tools that will help narrow down investment options and provide reliable portfolio analysis.
Weeding at Your Public Library
Join four Children's & Teen Librarians as they discuss tips & tricks for weeding and managing small to large collections. We will discuss the benefits and importance of regular weeding, specifically as it applies to the many unique collections in a Children's collection, including nontraditional items.. You will leave this session with hands on information you can bring back to your library to develop a collection management schedule that ensures your circulation numbers remain high and your patrons remain hungry for all of the items on your shelves.
Before, During & After: A Strategic Approach to Library Programming
Library program success is unpredictable, but there are ways to alleviate staff stress, boost attendee enjoyment, and create a learning environment that continues long after the program has ended. Using our librarian instincts, strategic planning exercises, and both quantitative and qualitative data, we will explain how we were able to make positive changes in program planning. This presentation aims to inspire library staff to strategically consider the ‘before,’ ‘during,’ and ‘after’ of program planning to maximize learning and engagement.
You are the Hero You've Been Waiting for: how to use your librarian superpowers to maximize your career potential
Whether you have a clear vision of your career path, or you're not sure where you're headed, come join us as we share our ideas and experiences overcoming imposter syndrome, gaining confidence, and pro-actively working towards our career goals. Attendees will come away inspired to attain librarian greatness, with specific ideas for genuine networking, continuing education, negotiation skills, and further reading.
12:15pm – 1:15pm
ValChoice: How to save money on car insurance during the pandemic
Has the pandemic changed your driving? For example, no more commuting? Learn ways to save money on your insurance. This demonstration will show the details of how car insurance is priced so library patrons can take control of their insurance needs and cost while also finding the best insurance.
While working as a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for a technology company, Dan was seriously injured while commuting to work. After dealing with trying to get insurance companies to pay his significant medical bills, or to settle a claim so Dan could pay the medical bills, he became intimately aware of the complexity of insurance claims. Dan founded ValChoice to pay forward his experience by bringing consumers easy-to-understand analysis showing how to control the price of insurance, while also ensuring consumers are purchasing insurance with good protection -- claims handling -- and service.
Collaborative Web Design using Figma
Learn how to rapidly and collaboratively design websites using the free online tool Figma. You will see how you can use this tool to improve your web presence whether you are doing an entirely new website, adding new features to your homepage, or just refreshing the look.
Disability on the Shelf: Looking for Representation in Library Collections
When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this presentation we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.
Super Snacks: Fandom Themed Food and Drink
Combining pop culture and food for programming is a great way to get patrons into the library, but where do you start? Looking online for recipes or a presenter can be overwhelming and most libraries don't have full kitchen access for patrons. How do you get the word out? How can you create such programming in a budget-friendly way?
Journey with Jones: Creating Virtual Tours
Are you curious about virtual tours and trips? Virtual tours are a way to expose our students or patrons to new countries and cultures, and there is a plethora of free tools to utilize along this journey to discovery. Learn about several styles of virtual trips, explore pre-made tours that are already available at no cost, and discover how to create your own. Participants will walk away with quality examples to enhance programming and impart with knowledge of resources to help empower their students or patrons on their quest to becoming global citizens.