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2020 PLD Midwinter Conference
Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, AL 35209

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Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
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Register Now!

Deadline to register is:
January 22, 2020.

Co-Sponsored by: Birmingham Public Library, Emmet O’Neal Public Library,  Gadsden Public Library, Homewood Public Library, Hoover Public Library, Trussville Public Library, Tuscaloosa Public Library, and Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

Registration Costs:

  • Full day with lunch (member) = $40
  • Full day with lunch (non-member) = $45
  • Half day with lunch (member) = $30
  • Half day with lunch (non-member) = $35
  • Half day with no lunch (member) = $25
  • Half day with no lunch (non-member) = $30

Contact Heather Cover ([email protected] or 205.332.6621) if you have any questions about the conference or Jodi Poe ([email protected] or 256.782.8103) if you have any issues registering.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:30AM Keynote

Journey into the Labyrinth: Identifying, Confronting and Managing Personal Biases
Speaker: Cassandra W. Adams, MPH, JD

This session will provide a safe space for the attendees to delve into the intricacies of personal bias and how it affects successful delivery of customer service. We will explore how to address perceptions, misperceptions and negative community norms that exist as a barrier to growth and advancement.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Morning Session

#SayWhat??!! – Effective Communication in the age of Hashtags, Emojis and GIFs
Speakers: Cassandra Adams, MPH, JD, and Ashaunte Gaillard, MA
Presented by a Baby Boomer and a Millennial, this session will examine current trends in communication and provide strategies on how to communicate effectively across the generations.

Marketing with Social Media
Speakers: Teresa Kiser and Shane Spears, Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library
Join Shane and Teresa as they discuss marketing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, including scheduling, boosting, timing, and reaching your demographic.

Coding Clubs and Programs
SSpeakers: Tim Cooper, Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library, and Emily Sims, Chelsea Public Library
Your supervisor wants to provide coding instruction for your patrons, and you’re doing it….but you have no clue how to code. Don’t worry! Emily Sims and Tim Cooper will share how they started their coding programs, the resources they use, and how they provide these quality, educational programs with no prior coding experience.

Speaker: Heather Leonard P.C.
While it isn't illegal to be a jerk at work, everyone agrees it should be. However, the law prohibits harassing conduct based on certain protected characteristics, such as race, gender, age, national origin, and disability. Employment Law litigation and mediation lawyer Heather Leonard will share what constitutes unlawful workplace harassment, what your options are if you experience or witness harassment, and what protections exist for workers.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Afternoon Session A

Big Ticket Fundraisers
Speakers: Tamara Dean, Fairhope Public Library, and Alexandra Sims-Williams, Hokes Bluff Public Library
Chocolate & Champagne? Fine art auction? Fun run? Find out not only what other libraries do to raise money, but the logistics and planning involved in setting them up for the first time.

Internal Communication
Speaker: Samuel Rumore, Birmingham Public Library, Springville Road Branch
How do you make sure your staff is informed about not only library policies, but upcoming programs in all departments, changes to the collection or services, etc.?

To Weed or Not to Weed
Speakers: Savannah Kitchens, Parnell Memorial Library, and Elisabeth South, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Afternoon Session B

Basic Burned-Out Unicorns: Addressing Burnout and Self-Care in the Library
Basic Burned-Out Unicorns: Addressing Burnout and Self-Care in the Library
Burnout in the workplace is a real thing. Whether you are in a management role or just an employee, sometimes the workplace can be the worst place to be when you are overwhelmed, exhausted and just plain over certain things in your job. This session will discuss issues related to burnout, how to recognize it, how to manage it and how to make good “tough” decisions about your well-being that will make you not only productive but help you enjoy your job once again.

From Paper Airplanes to Critical Thinking
Speakers: Gail Sheldon , Alabama Public Library Service, and Lance Simpson, University of Alabama
What's the best thing about folding paper airplanes with youth? Having fun while helping them gain the critical thinking and problem solving skills that prepare them for their futures. In this interactive hands-on session, participants learn how to engage teens by connecting their passions ad interests to outcomes they (or you) might not even have considered. Alabama is one of five states participating in the YALSA/COSLA/IMLS pilot project, Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach. Participants will leave with knowledge, skills, and ideas they can implement with teens right away.

Prime Real Estate in Your Library
Speaker: Chris Pizzuto, The Library Furniture Guy
How does your library’s layout promote or block a patron’s experience? What are some simple things you can do to maximize your floor plan without spending any money?


Register Now!

Deadline to register is: January 22, 2020.

Contact: Heather Cover
[email protected]