2018 KPLA Spring Conference

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 – FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018




KPLA has a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn for conference attendees at a special conference rate of $125.00 plus tax. This rate will be available through Sunday, March 11, 2018.

The Holiday Inn University Plaza, which is attached the Sloan Convention Center where the conference will be held, has less than five rooms left for the nights of the conference. Once these rooms are reserved, there will be no further rooms available at this hotel during the time the conference will be held. Book online here

That being said, the Courtyard by Marriott Bowling Green Convention Center, located across from the Sloan Convention Center, has graciously agreed to extend the special conference rate of $125.00 plus tax for a limited number of rooms on the nights of the conference: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Guests can call 270-783-8569 requesting a room in the “KY Public Library Association” block OR book online using this direct link.

Cutoff date for availability and this rate is April 3, and after that day any unreserved rooms fall back into hotel inventory to send.

View the Pre-conference Schedule

Conference highlights include:

  • Lois Lowry, beloved children’s author, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9 a.m.
  • James Higdon III, author of The Cornbread Mafia, will be the KPLA Awards Luncheon speaker on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
  • There will be a private and free showing to conference attendees of The Thing (1982), directed by Bowling Green native John Carpenter, at The Capital Arts Theater in downtown Bowling Green the evening of Thursday, April 12, 2018 – remember, the next day is Friday the 13th; general concessions will be available.
  • Terry Manuel, Kentucky State Librarian and Commissioner, will provide a state of Kentucky libraries address on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 8 a.m.
  • Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018.
  • There will be four pre-conferences held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Over the course of Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, fifty-six regular conference sessions will be held regarding best practices in librarianship, programming ideas, and many other aspects of library work; a tentative schedule, which will include the titles and descriptions of the conference sessions, will be made available in the near future on KPLA’s website: www.kpla.org.


Wednesday, April 11th

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Little Learners & MORE Big Ideas: Hands On S.T.E.A.M. for Transforming Early Literacy Family Programming

  • Jamie Spugnardi, Director of Instructional Support Services GRREC
  • Allison Bemiss, Project Developer for Little Learners, Big Ideas

Join staff from The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU and Green River Educational Cooperative to learn more strategies to create simple but highly engaging science programming on a shoestring budget that is fun for the whole family.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Contemporary HR Issues in the Public Library

  • Mauritia Kamer,Steptoe & Johnson LLP: An International Law Firm

Mauritia Kamer, an attorney with the law firm Steptoe & Johnson who specializes in human resources issues and with experience with public libraries, will present on two specific human resource issues of relevance to public libraries:

  • #Me Too Means #You Too
    As highlighted by the recent “Me Too” campaign, the high profile gender harassment and discrimination scandals involving news anchors, politicians and corporate executives in a variety of industries, sexual harassment is a challenge facing employers across the spectrum of American workplaces. Employers that assume that “Me Too” will not include their workplaces may be heading for potential disaster. How an employer handles a complaint – or even a hint – of sexual harassment in the workplace can have major legal and reputational consequences. Failing to act promptly to address issues, or ignoring issues in the workplace, will have severe ramifications.
  • The Social Media Revolution
    Now more than ever employees are leading double lives, only not in the way that you might expect. The old distinctions of day job and night job, or office life and home life are fading to the background as we rapidly embrace a new double life, one actual and one virtual. If social media by your employees goes unmanaged, it can cause serious problems for your company. Applying these do’s and don’ts will help you manage social media use in an effective, responsible, and compliant manner.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Real World Teen Services: Bringing Diversity & Inclusion to Life

  • Valerie Davis, Adult & Teen Program Coordinator, Campbell County Public Library, Newport
  • Monica Edwards, Outreach Services Manager, Warren County Public Library
  • Sarah Flood, Director & Teen Librarian, Breckenridge County Public Library
  • Holly Howard, Assistant Director of Programs & Outreach, Bath County Public Library
  • Krista King-Oaks, Youth Services Consultant, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Your library represents more than the people who enter your building. Is your library diverse and inclusive? True literacy goes beyond translating letters into words; it is participating in different experiences to expand your education and worldview. This session will help library staff learn how to connect teens beyond the text, with ideas for enhancing their library’s collection, programs, and outreach that more closely align to YALSA’s new standards and competencies for high quality service to teens.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Directors’ Forum

  • Terry Manuel, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives

Ever wish we had a chance to talk through issues a little more thoroughly than we can on the directors’ listserv? Now is your chance! Join us as we discuss the burning issues in our libraries. We will discuss advocacy, finance, access, security, management, legal issues – and anything else of interest! Umberto Eco once said, “Libraries have always been humanities’ way of preserving its collective wisdom.” This is your opportunity to vent, talk, and add to the collective wisdom of library directors.

9:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Trustee Certification

  • KDLA Staff

Library trustees will work their way through the curriculum required for certification. The five educational modules will include training on board organization, trustee and director roles, policy development, budget and finance, and advocacy