ASCLA Programs

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ASCLA President's Program: Connected Learning and Libraries: At the Intersection of the Arts, Media,
New Technologies, and Informal Learning

Connected Learning is an exciting educational approach that is attracting increasing attention from educators, librarians, foundations, and governments. It makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life and real work, and to the realities of the digital age where the demand for learning never stops. Join Dr. Kylie Peppler, Advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network, to learn more about the connected learning approach, underlying research, and how it can be successfully leveraged in the design of library spaces and programming targeted at today's youth.
Speaker: Kylie Peppler, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences Program, Indiana University, Bloomington
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Kylie Peppler, an artist by training, engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning. Currently, Peppler’s work examines the media arts practices of urban, rural, and (dis)abled youth in order to support literacy, learning, and the arts in the 21st Century. An Advisor for the Connected Learning Research Network, Peppler has also conducted research on media arts in youth communities for the National Science Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

We have an excellent lineup of programs set for this conference.


Exclusive and Valuable ASCLA Programs

Saturday

Accessible eBooks: Ensuring that Your Library's eContent is Universally Accessible to All 
As libraries purchase an ever increasing amount of electronic content, questions about universal accessibility become even more important. Since the advent of ebooks and other electronic content, people with print disabilities have fought for equal access to these library materials. Gradually, equal access has become more prevalent, often only after long legal battles. In this session, attendees will learn timely options for making their collections accessible to patrons with print disabilities and will walk away with concrete steps and strategies that libraries can implement to ensure their ongoing accessibility.
Saturday, June 28, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 
Speakers: Denise Davis, Deputy Director, Sacramento Public Library
Mike Marlin, Regional Librarian, Braille and Talking Book Library, California State Library
Brian Charlson, Director, Computer Training Services, Carroll Center for the Blind
Carli Spina, Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library

Whither Library Consortia? 
Based on research for a forthcoming book on library consortia, our co-presenters will discuss changes in the landscape of consortia, e.g., funding, membership, and services as well as innovations designed to add value to membership and enhance the sustainability of consortia. 
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
Speakers: Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System
Valerie Horton, Executive Director, Minitex 

Creating Fun, Accessible Programming for Youth with Disabilities 
Youth patrons with disabilities are members of every public library’s population. This presentation will review best practices on accessible, engaging and entertaining programs for children of all ages and abilities. Throughout the presentation there will be examples and discussion of accessible technology options for children with varying disabilities and how to apply them to specialized programming that caters to their individual needs. 
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
Speaker: Jordan Boaz, Children's Librarian, NYPL, Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library, NYPL


Consulting After Retirement:  Is it Right For You? 
Thinking of retiring?  Want to utilize your skills and expertise on a part-time per project basis?  Like to keep your hands on the pulse of change?  Then maybe being a library consultant is the right career path for you?  Or is it?  Decide for yourself after listening to this expert panel that has gone through the process. 
Saturday, June 28 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speaker: Allan Kleiman, Library Director, Montville Township Public Library

Online Inside: Justification, Issues and Solutions for Digital Literacy in Correctional Settings 
Now more than ever individuals housed in US prisons need to be digitally literate if we want to increase their chances of successfully transitioning back into the community. These panelists will discuss why, consider the obstacles and talk about work being done to expose people in prison to the tools they will need to engage in activities ranging from job searching to accessing health and social services. 
Saturday,  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  
Speakers: Velva Hampson, Senior Librarian, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran
Elizabeth Marshak , Librarian, CTF Soledad
Clifford Missen , Founder, Widernet
Cheryl Stewart , Librarian, Coastline Community College

Free and Affordable Apps for Accessibility 
Library personnel are the greatest resource in providing outreach services to those with special needs or underserved populations.  Free and low cost applications for smart phones and tablets have gone beyond simply games and utility functions and can be used to increase accessibility for library patrons of all ages.   These apps and how to implement them in the library's existing outreach resources will be discussed and demonstrated, and a go-to list of further resources will be provided. 
Saturday, June 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
Speakers: Nancy Fletcher, (former) Library Outreach & Marketing Consultant
Rhonda Puntney-Gould, Public Library Consultant, Gould Library Consulting

Creative Collaborations:  Successful Partnerships that Serve Children with Autism 
With the incidence of autism now at 1 in 88, children with this disability need our libraries.  Librarians want to serve this population, but may not have the expertise or resources to offer appropriate programming.  This panel will feature librarians who forged partnerships with outside organizations in order to serve their young patrons with autism in new and exciting ways.  Find out how they did it, and be inspired to do it too. 
Saturday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  
Speakers:  Carrie Banks, Director of the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library
Sarah Hinkle, Assistant Coordinator of Children's Services, Programs and Services Department, Queens Library, New York
Holly Jin, Youth Services Librarian and Coordinator of Services for Children with Special Needs, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library
Jen Taggart, Assistant Department Head, Youth Services, Bloomfield Township Public Library

Embedding Librarians in Virtual Communities 
Librarians are increasingly supporting information literacy needs in online virtual communities.  This program will share examples of embedding librarianship through MOOCs, wikis, mobile devices, and virtual worlds on an international scale.  New tools for the role of the 21st century librarian will be featured as we seek best practices for serving the needs of users in physical, virtual, and augmented spaces. 
Saturday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speakers: Lilly Ramin, Instructor-Undergraduate Studies, Librarian II-Libraries, Research & Instructional Services, University of North Texas Libraries
Douglas Campbell, MLS, MA, MDiv., Librarian to the Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas Libraries
Angela Colmenares, Assistant Professor, Instruction Librarian, Education Librarian, Newton Gresham Library
Valerie Hill, PhD., Adjunct Instructor, Texas Woman’s University, School of Library and Information Studies

Teen Reading Lounge: Engaging Teens through Interactive Humanities based Programming 
Teen Reading Lounge, an interactive book discussion series created by Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) for public libraries to encourage teens to read and talk about literature that matters to them, engage teen audiences in out-of-school time learning in the humanities and increase the capacity of libraries to conduct public humanities programming for teen audiences. Session attendees will learn about best practices in building a successful humanities-based program and how collaboration leads to a successful and rewarding program with lasting benefits.  Specific examples from a pilot program in Western Pennsylvania will be shared during the program. 
Saturday, June 28, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderator: Susan Pannebaker, State Library of Pennsylvania, Youth Services Advisor 
Speakers: LeeAnn Anna, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Teen Services Coordinator
Jen Danifo, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Program Officer 
Karen Schmidt-Ramsey, North Versailles Public Library, Library/Program Director 

Temporary Staffing Solutions for Libraries:  A Consortial Approach in Massachusetts 
Libraries in Massachusetts needed assistance meeting short-term staffing needs, while library workers wanted opportunities to earn income, gain experience, and stay connected to the field during unemployment or retirement. The Massachusetts Library System recognized a potential solution that could also generate additional revenue for our collaborative: a temporary library staffing service.  This session will explain the process of launching BiblioTemps® as a successful statewide initiative; describe specific benefits to client libraries, staff, and the collaborative; and share observations about the library work force from our first two years of operation. 
Saturday, June 28, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM 
Speakers: Kelly Woodside, Massachusetts Library System,
Greg Pronevitz, Massachusetts Library System          

Sunday

President’s Program
Connected Learning and Libraries: At the Intersection of the Arts, Media, New Technologies, and Informal Learning
Connected Learning is an exciting educational approach that is attracting increasing attention from educators, librarians, foundations, and governments. It makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life and real work, and to the realities of the digital age where the demand for learning never stops. Join Dr. Kylie Peppler, Advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network, to learn more about the connected learning approach, underlying research, and how it can be successfully leveraged in the design of library spaces and programming targeted at today's youth.
Speaker: Kylie Peppler, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences Program, Indiana University, Bloomington
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Monday

Tour of Summit View Juvenile Correctional Center Library
Interested in the library services available to incarcerated & detained youth? Thinking of starting outreach to your local juvenile facility and not sure what to expect? Experience this unique, exciting, and challenging arena of library services on a tour of the newly re-opened Summit View Youth Correctional Center in Las Vegas
Monday, June 30, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM – Ticketed Event. 
Tour Guide: Camden Tadhg

The Deaf Force: Cultural Programs for All 
This program seeks to increase Americans’ understanding of the identity of people with various hearing levels (the deaf) within their interest groups; their families and their ethnic groups by providing libraries of all types with a new set of resources evaluated for cultural programming and sharing (digital) and to work on solutions through the legislation for creating cost effective and efficient library services for the deaf in local communities.  For example, Deaf Culture Digital Library in Maryland. 
Monday, June 30, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
Speakers: Emily Ferren, Director, Charles County Public Library
Ronald Hiron, Author

No need to register for programs, they are no additional cost. 

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