2014 PLD Winter Mini-Conference: Early Afternoon Sessions
1:15 - 2:30
Attendees are to choose one of the following sessions to attend.
Beyond Brainstorming: Making More Effective Decisions
Speaker: Joan Frye Williams
The pace of change is accelerating, and the decision-making stakes are higher than ever. Given the pressures of time, finances, and transparency, sometimes our usual methods of reaching a decision aren’t cutting it anymore. In this down-to-earth session, consultant and change agent Joan Frye Williams will offer proven techniques for making effective decisions more nimbly and confidently. You’ll leave prepared to choose wisely and well in a changing environment.
Front Line Security
Speaker: Detective Juan Rodriguez, Homewood Police Department
Library public service areas are high traffic and often chaotic. What should you be noticing about the patrons who walk through your doors? How closely should you monitor your surroundings? Learn a few simple things you can do to maximize your safety and the safety of the patrons in your library.
Author Skyping with Kids, Tweens, & Teens
Speaker: Wendy Stephens, Librarian, Cullman High School
Speaker: Carole Boston Weatherford, poet
Are you looking for a low-stress, low-cost way to connect your readers with the writers they love? Low-cost, low-stress Skype visits may just be the answer. Experience using the popular Internet-based videoconferencing application for a long-distance, two-way conversation with Carole Boston Weatherford, an acclaimed poet whose celebrated books include The Sound That Jazz Makes, Dear Mr. Rosenwald, and Birmingham ,1963. Cullman High School librarian Wendy Stephens will also discuss using Skype for author book visits, teacher professional development, and to add an author presence to conference presentations.
Speaker: Katie Moellering, Emmet O’Neal Public Library
This program will investigate ways to use your library to promote services and resources of our state and local governments. We will also look at some examples of successful public library and local government collaboration.