2017 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 19th

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



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

Ramp Up Your Teen Services to Increase your Impact

  • Denise Agosto, Professor and Director of the Master’s of Library & Information Science Program, Drexel University


It’s inevitable: children become teens and outgrow early literacy programs and story times. Even though they’re older and more independent, they all need the library. Only about one-third of Kentucky’s 8th graders score at or above proficient in reading and science, and only about a quarter score at or above proficient in math and writing. In addition, just 68% of the state’s high school seniors leave school with adequate college and career readiness skills. This session will give an overview of core teen services that libraries should provide as well as offer strategies for garnering support for the resources you need to serve teens effectively. Topics addressed will include: summer programming, college and career readiness, community partnerships, connected learning and more.

The Public Library: The Community Town Hall

  • Barbara O’Hara, Director of Library Services, Scott County Public Library
  • Robert Gieszl, Reference Librarian, Crescent Hill Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library

Lanes End

“No longer a passive repository of books and information…the new library is an active and responsive part of the community as an agent of change.” Robert Putnam (author of Bowling Alone) Public librarians today have a great opportunity to promote engaged civic participation and an informed electorate through programming. More than ever, people in our communities need guidance in talking to each other about difficult issues. During this session, Barbara O’ Hara and Robert Gieszl will discuss specific programs that have been held at their libraries. Included will be details of the program structures, challenges encountered, lessons learned, and recommendations. Additionally, library patrons who have participated in these programs will hold a panel in which they will discuss their interests and motivations, while Dan Miller, a facilitator and Library Board of Trustees member, will give his point of view about leading issues-oriented programs.

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

Encourage Young Innovators

  • Allison Bemiss, Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
  • Jamie Spugnardi, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
  • Monica Edwards, Community Outreach Manager, Warren County Public Library


How do children become innovators? We will take a look at how we successfully partnered with a university, the public library, regional education cooperatives and local businesses to plan STEAM-themed family events called OWLS (Observe-Wonder-Learn-Share) Workshops for young children. Topics addressed in this hand- on, minds-on session will include higher order thinking, inclusive education experiences for diverse learners, growth mindset, and connections to recent brain research.

Directors’ Forum: The Listserv Goes Live

  • Amy Brand, HR Manager for Warren County Public Library
  • Bessie Davis, Director of Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library
  • Lisa Rice, Director of Warren County Public Library

Lanes End

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 facilitate discussions on advocacy, HR intricacies, security options, management styles and legal issues. Umberto Eco once said, “Libraries have always been humanities’ way of preserving its collective wisdom.” This is your opportunity add to and benefit from the collective wisdom of library directors.

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tour of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library

Paris-Bourbon County Public Library 701 High Street Paris, KY

Join us for a tour of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library. Located just 20-25 minutes from the Marriot Griffin Gate Resort at 701 High Street in beautiful downtown Paris, the Paris-Bourbon County Library was featured on the cover of and in the “American Libraries” September/October 2016 Design Showcase Issue.

KPLA Board Meeting

Calmut and Darby Dan

9:00 a.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 develop.m.ent, budget and finance, and advocacy.

Thursday, April 20th

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

State of the State

Terry Manuel, State Librarian and Commissioner, KDLA

Salons D and E

A look over the past year and a look toward the future. There have been – and still are – many challenges as well as many successes. Terry Manuel, State Librarian and Commissioner, will discuss the state of Kentucky’s public libraries and outline KDLA’s initiatives and intended direction for the upcoming year.

9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Azar Nafisi

Salons D and E

Azar Nafisi is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long-running number one New York Times bestseller published in thirty-two languages, and Things I’ve Been Silent About, also a New York Times bestseller. A fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, she has taught at Oxford University and several universities in Tehran. Her latest book is The Republic of Imagination — an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society.

10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.


Salon C

In the Unconference, the schedule is not determined beforehand; instead, attendees arrive ready to participate and facilitate topics of discussion that most interest them. Potential topics could include youth services, eBooks, open source software, mobile devices, social media, local history, programming languages, and many more!

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Yoga in the Library: Defrag Your Inner Hard Drive

  • Judy Flavell, Certified Yoga Instructor and Library Trustee, Madison CPL
  • Ruthie Maslin, Director, Madison CPL

Salon D

Information and technology overload leave millions of Americans with tech fatigue – a state described as “exhausted but unable to disconnect.” With the basic requirements of breath and space, yoga offers a way to realign, reconnect, and re- focus. From staff wellness activities to programming for kids to seniors, yoga and the library make great partners. Presenters share yoga programs from the Madison County Public Library and some basic yoga techniques to reduce tech fatigue at work.

Financially Managing a Construction Project from Beginning to End

  • Mark Adler, Director, Bourbon County
  • Debra Lawson, Director, Spencer County
  • Dave Schroeder, Director, Kenton County
  • Christian Juckett, Bond Attorney, Rubin Hays
  • Michael Oldiges, Financial Advisor, Hilliard Lyons
  • Chip Sutherland, Financial Advisor, Hilliard Lyons

Dixiana and Lanes End

Chip Sutherland and a panel of library professionals lead an open-ended discussion about nancial planning and completion phases of library construction projects for districts throughout the Commonwealth. Discussion topics will include basic rules of thumb for a ordability, market climate for municipal borrowers, expected project timelines, tax rate implications, various borrowing options (bonds vs. banks), and managing construction budgets.

Supercharge Your Comic-Con

  • Les Lehman, Adult Programming Librarian, Jessamine CPL
  • Kate Irwin, Children’s Services Program Coordinator, Jessamine CPL
  • Kelly Little, Community Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Jessamine CPL

Salon E

Step by step instructions for hosting a successful comic-con from beginning to end. Learn how to find talent, secure vendors and artists, layout your event space, and build excitement in the community. We’ll also give tips on having a great costume contest, staffing the event, and building your promotional web page. Plus, we’ll give you ideas that will help ensure that your library con pleases crowds of all ages and experiences, whether they are newcomers to geek culture or expert cos-players.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Program: A Partnership between Public and School Libraries for All Kentucky Children

  • Janet Wells, State Coordinator, Kentucky Bluegrass Award Program, and Librarian, Rockcastle County High School

Salons A and B

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award program is in its 34th year of recommending quality books to Kentucky’s students. KBA has expanded to five master lists, from Preschool to High School. Come join us for information about KBA, how to participate and vote, and how to partner with nearby schools. There will also be book talks about some of the nominees. This session is for people unfamiliar with KBA as well as veteran KBA participants who will be encouraged to share their strategies and successes.

Mapping Your Family’s Past: Sanborn Insurance Maps

  • David Schroeder, Director, Kenton CPL

Darby Dan

Maps can be very valuable tools for genealogists and historians. Maps can provide exceptional detail about the neighborhoods, farms, and communities in which our ancestors worked and lived. Among the most valuable maps for genealogists were produced in the 19th and 20th Centuries by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company. Many of these insurance maps are now available online through local public and university libraries.

The Library as a Community Partner Working with Homeschooling Families and Local Elementary Schools

    • Theresa Goedde, Children’s Librarian, Erlanger-Kenton CPL
    • Maria Parker, Children’s Librarian, Erlanger-Kenton CPL


We’ll discuss programs which have been successful with homeschoolers at the Erlanger Branch Library. We’ll also talk about outreach presentations which have been popular at schools and a few which were the result of grants we wrote with local teachers. We will focus on programs involving guest presenters such as the Freedom Center, the Behringer-Crawford Museum and the WAVE Foundation.

Understanding Knowledge Transfer

  • Valerie Edgeworth, Continuing Education Consultant, KDLA


Knowledge transfer is defined as the practical problem of transferring knowledge from one part of an organization to another. It seeks to organize, create, capture or distribute knowledge and ensure its availability for future users. This session will provide a general overview of current Knowledge Transfer practices and trends that may help you in your current work environment.

11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.


  • Ilona Burdette, Director, KYVL

Salon E

What’s snew@KYVL? Plenty! Join KYVL Director Ilona Burdette for an update on topics ranging from the website launched in November to the status of the KYVL courier, next year’s member participation fees and KYVL’s new self-service librarian member portal. Each topic will be briefly addressed with plenty of time for questions.

Imagination 101

  • Fillamay Cowell, Children’s Librarian, Russell CPL

Salons A and B

The Russell County Public Library received the Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant in 2016. Our program was centered on Regards to the Man in Moon. Children used their imaginations to painted puppets, space rocks, spaceships and created bookmarks and star necklaces to give to others. This grant gave the library the chance to encourage the love of reading and creative thinking in our children. This presentation will focus on easy and inexpensive ways to duplicate this for your library with handouts etc.

Nailed it! Programs that Failed

  • Jeretta Robinson, Teen Librarian, Clark CPL


Not every program can be a winner! This is particularly true in Teen Programs. As much as we hate to admit it, occasionally a program just fails. So what went wrong? Bad marketing? No interest? There are always going to be any number of reasons why a program just doesn’t work. But the key is to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it for next time. And just like that Pinterest pinata cake you tried it make, it’s okay to admit that you NAILED IT!

Friends Groups: Impacting the Community

  • Linda Stith

Calumet and Darby Dan

Library friends play a key role in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in this information society. A panel discussion will focus on the many ways that friends offer support and another “voice” for our libraries.

KY Annual Report of Public Libraries 101

-Lucinda Chandler, Region 5 Library Consultant, KDLA

    • Jay Bank, Resource Management Analyst, KDLA

Salon D

An overview of the Kentucky Annual Report of Public Libraries: What goes where, where do I find this information, how do I tabulate the stats and any other questions to the puzzlement.

The GED in the 21st Century

  • Mike Fair, Digital Inclusion Coordinator, Campbell CPL

Dixiana and Lanes End

In 2014, the GED was converted to a computer-based version leaving non-computer users behind. This presentation outlines ways that public libraries can help GED takers prepare for the digital version of the exam. Learn how to apply the principles of digital inclusion to help exam takers overcome technological barriers to earning the GED.

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Awards Luncheon with guest speaker Silas House

Salons D and E

Silas House is an American writer best known for his novels. He is also a music journalist, environmental activist and columnist. House’s fiction is known for its attention to the natural world, working class characters, and the plight of the rural place and rural people. House was born and grew up in rural Lily, Laurel County, Kentucky, but he also spent much of his childhood in nearby Leslie County, Kentucky, which he has cited as the basis for the fictional Crow County, which serves as the setting for his first three novels. In 2000, House was chosen, along with since-published authors Pamela Duncan, Jeanne Braselton and Jack Riggs, as one of the ten emerging talents in the south by the Millennial Gathering of Writers at Vanderbilt University.

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Keynote: RL Stine

Salons D and E

R.L. Stine says he has a great job: “My job is to give kids the CREEPS!” R.L.’s books are read all over the world. So far, he has sold over 350 million books, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors in history. He was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1943. His mother, Anne Stine, was a homemaker and his father, Lewis Stine, was a shipping clerk. He has a younger brother and sister– Bill and Pam. No one in his family ever called him R.L. Everyone calls him Bob.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tour of the new Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library

Eastside Branch – LPL 3000 Blake James Drive Lexington , KY

Join us for a tour of Lexington Public Library’s newest Eastside Branch. See how we transformed a car dealership into a library featuring a Creative Makerspace, Drive- rough, Gallery and more! Tours will begin at the Information Center and will last approximately 30 minutes.

3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.


Salon C

In the Unconference, the schedule is not determined beforehand; instead, attendees arrive ready to participate and facilitate topics of discussion that most interest them. Potential topics could include youth services, eBooks, open source software, mobile devices, social media, local history, programming languages, and many more!

3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Help Your Patrons Pursue Their American Dream

  • Terry Manuel, State Librarian and Commissioner, KDLA

Calmut and Darby Dan

People affected by economic downturns often try to reboot by using government employment services; many of these folks turn to their local libraries. Kentucky’s public libraries will soon have an exciting opportunity to help those seeking to improve their lives and grow their own American Dream. A new partnership between KDLA and other agencies offers your library the tools to nurture career development for people in your community. Come learn how your library can create positive local change!

One Library

  • Shelia Stovall, Director, Allen CPL
  • Amanda McReynolds, Children’s Librarian, Allen CPL
  • Delonda McCoy, Outreach Librarian, Allen CPL


With school library budgets cut, the Allen County Public Library reached out to the school media specialist to discuss how we can best assist students. Discussions led to opening a branch in each of the four schools in the Allen County School District. Each student’s unique state I.D. number is used as their library card number. Upon the school administration’s request, cards were also issued to all school employees. The Allen County Public Library is the “ONE LIBRARY” in our community.

Live, Love, and Life Skills

  • Amy Eversole, Adult Services Librarian, Perry CPL
  • Jessica Chandler, Youth Children Services Librarian, Perry CPL

Salon D

Join the Perry County Public Library as we present various ways to incorporate life skills in everyday programming. Programming can show your patrons how to make various items on a limited budget, how to demonstrate ways to cook homemade meals worthy of a restaurant, and ways to be frugal in the ever fluctuating economy; this will be a guide for you and your library. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Maimonides

Community Connections

  • Holly Lawrence, Reference Librarian, Nelson CPL

Dixiana and Lanes End

Bring great programs to your library by connecting with community partners. The Nelson County Public Library will discuss how they partnered with a game shop to host a Pokemon program, with Fantastic Sams to hold a Daddy Daughter Hair Class, and with the extension office to create a Monarch Butterfly Waystation at the library.

Makers in the Community: The Importance of an Outreach Driven Makerspace

  • Maura Sudkamp, Emerging Technology and Design Specialist, Kenton CPL
  • Brandon Baldoni, Emerging Technology Programmer, Kenton CPL

Salon E

The partnership of a library and it’s community are crucial in these times. With the rise of the Makerspace movement, more community groups and local schools rely on the library’s knowledge and resources. Learn how to take your Makerspace services, whether it be low-tech and/or high-tech, out in the community to groups and schools.

Commonwealth Consortium: Affordable SaaS ILS for Kentucky Libraries of All Sizes

  • Shawn Fry, Assistant Director, Boone CPL
  • Justin Gray, Director of New Account Development at SirsiDynix

Salon B

Learn about the industry’s most secure software as a service ILS. Retain all the control of your system you’re used to while eliminating high server costs every 4-5 years and the daily stress of server administration tasks. Please join us to start discussing ideas for a statewide partnership that will help libraries pool their resources to receive/accomplish more for less! ILS support through SirsiDynix & Boone Co. Public Library, larger collections, and easier sharing of resources.

To Be Irish and American: The Famine Immigrants

  • David Schroeder, Director, Kenton CPL

Salon A

The Famine Irish who came to the United States in the 1840’s and 1850’s had a profound impact on this country. Learn about the conditions that drove many Irish from their homeland and explore what their lives were like in mid-century America.

4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

School Readiness Taskforce Strategic Planning Meeting

  • Krista King-Oaks, Youth Services Consultant, KDLA

Salon E

For new and returning members, learn how your library can contribute to a support network of innovation and best practices related to early literacy services and programming. Learn about updates to statewide initiatives from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and updates to KDLA’s School Ready Libraries program, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Help us create a sustainability plan that will make our public libraries leaders in creating school ready communities.

Seed Swap in Your Library

  • Angie McGowan, Library Manager, Russell CPL
  • Lindsey Westerfield, Director, Russell CPL


The Russell County Public Library has hosted a seed swap program for the past 6 years, and community participation continues to grow! Our program includes local experts in the field of gardening and heirloom seeds, as well as door prizes, refreshments, and more. Come to this session to learn about how your library can host a seed swap program, engage local businesses as partners, and encourage gardeners of all ages to experience the library.

Numbers are Your Friends: Statistics for the Front Lines

  • Christina Cornelison, Public Services Manager, Madison CPL
  • Jessy Griffith, Teen Services Librarian, Durr/Independence-Kenton CPL

Salons A and B

Turning in participation and usage stats is part of all of our library work, but what else can you do with those numbers? Describe library services to multiple populations? Plan new programs and decide what program series to expand? Create exciting, popular displays? Reach out to community organizations for collaboration? Come learn ways to help your stats tell your library’s story.

Kentucky Carnegie Libraries, History, and Photos

  • Chris Bischoff, Region 4 Consultant, KDLA

Darby Dan

This will be a thrilling slideshow providing an overview of Andrew Carnegie’s library grants and the Carnegie Libraries in Kentucky.

Colleagues, Community, Collaboration: Sharing Programming Across Our Library System

  • Brandon Thompson, Outreach Services Coordinator, Madison CPL


At the Madison County Public Library, collaboration across departments is something that we are absolutely passionate about. This presentation will not only showcase a number of fun, educational, and enriching library programs that we offer to our community, but will also tell the story of team-building and collaboration as each new program is created and reaches its fruition! We hope to inspire YOU to deepen your own team’s mission by sharing the things that work best for us at MCPL!

Cybersecurity: Big Concern for Small Fish

  • Jim Peterson, IT Manager and Media Relations, Goodnight Memorial Library

Salon D

Do you think no hacker will be interested in your library because you have nothing of value on your machines? It’s all in your head. Trust me. Data isn’t the only things the bad guys are after, and I’ll show you why they’re interested, what all they want, and why they want it.

Why Are These Books Backwards? Introducing Staff and Patrons to Manga

  • Beth Dunston, Teen Services Librarian, Paris-Bourbon CL

Dixiana and Lanes End

Do you have trouble selling manga and anime to teen patrons, or to your fellow staff? This presentation will introduce you to the wide world of manga and its benefits, from wooing reluctant readers to inspiring artistry to sparking interest in diverse cultures and their histories. Come see the presentation three teen manga fans called “good enough.”

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tour of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library

Paris-Bourbon County Public Library 701 High Street Paris, KY

Join us for a tour of the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library. Located just 20-25 minutes from the Marriot Gri n Gate Resort at 701 High Street in beautiful downtown Paris, the Paris-Bourbon County Library was featured on the cover of and in the “American Libraries” September/October 2016 Design Showcase Issue.

5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

KPLA Business Meeting

Dixiana and Lanes End

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Enjoy Hors D’oeuvres, catch up with old friends, and make new ones at the University of Kentucky School of Library & Information Science Mixer.

6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Board Games


Mercedes MacLean, Jonathan Campbell, and Mark Adler will be hosting an evening with board games. People can come just to play (leaving their library persona at home) or can learn about incorporating games in their programs. All kinds of interestng and fun games will be available. An opportunity to participate in an RPG may also make itself available if enough people are interested.


Mercedes MacLean, Jonathan Campbell, and Mark Adler will be hosting an evening with board games. People can come just to play (leaving their library persona at home) or can learn about incorporatng games in their programs. All kinds of interestng and fun games will be available. An opportunity to participate in an RPG may also make itself available if enough people are interested.

6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Author chat with Crystal Wilkinson at Willie’s Locally Known

Willie’s Locally Known 286 Southland Drive Lexington, KY

Crystal Wilkinson is the author of Opulence, Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries , winner a Cha n Award for Appalachian Literature, a nalist for both the UK’s Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She serves as Appalachian Writer in Residence at Berea College.

Friday, April 21st

8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Using Staff Picks to Promote NoveList

  • Stacy Stamper, Media Design Specialist, Paul Sawyer PL

Calumet and Darby Dan

For this promotion, our marketing strategy hinged on making staff picks more personable. We wanted to hook patrons in with recommendations from their favorite genres (and favorite library employees!), and then push the focus to NoveList. We put a face with the staff picks, created colorful marketing content, and utilized multiple social media platforms. I’ll discuss our ideas behind the initiative, how we rolled it out, and if/how the NoveList usage statistics changed after the first quarter.

Podcasts 101

  • Jenny Lewis, Assistant Branch Manager, Lexington PL
  • Alexa Adams-Robertson, Librarian, Lexington PL
  • Bobby Webb, Virtual Librarian, Lexington PL

Salon E

Over and over again we heard from customers, “we’d love to come to a program or book club, but we just don’t have the time”, so we took library programming to them! A library podcast is easy, cheap, and allows you to create content your library customers can enjoy at their convenience. We’ll tell you how to start your own podcast with little or no money, how to get your podcast online, and how to create fun and entertaining content your customers will enjoy.

Using Library Resources to Supplement and Promote Workforce Development in Your Area

  • Natalie Ruppert, Circulation Manager and Reference Librarian, Kenton CPL

Salon C

Avoid duplicating job hunting/job preparation services of other organizations in your community. Find out where the weak links are with your community partners and educate them about Library resources that can fill their voids. Help educate job seekers and career changers about resources available to them.

Beyond the Back Roads: A Public Library-School Partnership Promoting Pride in Our Community

  • Suzanne Banta, Youth Services Librarian, Henry CPL
  • Jessica Crenshaw, 8th Grade Writing Teacher, Henry CMS

Salons A and B

Beyond the Back Roads is a collaboration between Henry County Middle School 8th grade English and the Henry County Public Library created to promote county-wide pride while practicing narrative skills. The project consisted of both taking the library to the classroom and the classroom to the library with presentations and research. The project culminated in a book titled Beyond the Back Roads: Stories of Henry County, Kentucky and a reception held at the library.

Are You Sure That’s an Open Meeting?

Jeanna Elaine Cornett, Regional Consultant for KDLA

Dixiana and Lanes End

Is your building committee always up for impromptu design meetings? Do early mornings or late evenings work best for you and your board members? Are your board meetings held in a cozy space? The road to great library meetings is paved with good intentions — and the occasional accidental violation of open meetings law. Come find out some of the tricky details that can turn a law-abiding library director and board into Kentucky’s most wanted offenders of open meetings law!

Camp Digital: Inspiring Teens to Imagine and Create

  • Jonathan Francis, Digital Studio Coordinator, Lexington PL

Salons G and H

We all know technology is rapidly evolving and changing our world. Today’s teenagers are glued to their cell phones, laptops, and tablets. How can we show them there’s more to these devices than Facebook and Snapchat? With our Camp Digital workshops, we put the teenagers in the driver’s seat and help guide them to fully explore the power of the technology that’s at their fingertips every day.

From Herbalism to Journaling and Beyond: Wellness for the “New Senior”

  • Athena Gentry, Adult Programming Coordinator, Madison CPL
  • Brandon Thompson, Outreach Services Coordinator, Madison CPL
  • Mark Greene, Digital Services Coordinator, Madison CPL
  • Mary Beth Madden, Programming and Outreach Services Supervisor, Madison CPL

Salon F

Baby-boomers are now the “New Seniors” – how do we adjust our programming to meet their multifaceted needs and curiosities? Find out how the Madison County Public Library’s Programming and Outreach Services Department came together to utilize community resources, partnerships, and each other to create a year-long series of programs for the “New Senior.”

9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Ignite Sessions

  • Eden Grey, Reference & Programming Librarian, Jessamine CPL
  • Erin West, Adult Librarian, Jessamine CPL

Salons A and B

Need new ideas to spark your creativity? Have 50 minutes to spare? The brave participants of this all lightning-round session will condense their knowledge into 10 5-minute presentations. Brace yourself because you are about to Get Ignited!

More than Just a Story

  • Angela Brady, Circulation Supervisor, Durr-Kenton CPL
  • Lisa Hall Breithaupt

Salons G and H

Storytelling is often seen as the art of retelling an existing story. However, in this interactive session, you will find ways to use your voice and your memories to tell your story. In this workshop we will focus on storytelling within a senior environment, demonstrating ways to help invoke their memories and exercise their minds. By using simple household items, a story is born!

Minecraft Mania and More!! You Can Teach Coding at Your Library

  • Julie Scalos, Assistant Manager Lexington PL
  • Taura Lutzke, Library Associate and Computer Class Instructor, Lexington PL

Calumet and Darby Dan

Coding is a skill in high demand. If you’re thinking about adding coding classes for your adult and teen customers, this session is for you. We’ll talk about our very successful Minecraft program, as well as our new coding classes for teens and adults using free, easy to use programs.

Making the Move…ILS Migration without IT!

  • Christina Myers, Library Manager, Russell CPL
  • Lindsey Westerfield, Director, Russell CPL

Dixiana and Lanes End

The thought of migrating your ILS can be daunting, but doing it without an IT staff? No problem! Join us for helpful tips and tricks to make any migration work for any library staff as we explore our experience from research to migration and everything that came after.

How the Teacher Became the Student in Our Library’s Community One Room School House Classroom: A Top 10 List

  • Carol Q. Sexton, Children’s Librarian, Pulaski CPL

Salons G and H

Our library’s community classroom is actually is a One Room School House; a combination of GED, technical, and advanced placement courses. “Teaching” to the middle is not an option. Recognizing that your community classroom is a panoramic, plentiful, progressive, and prolific place. How the One Room School House is our model and how this library “teacher” became the student with 63,063 people, 658.41 sq. miles, and over 7,300 days. A Top Ten list of best practices and practical applications.

Everyone has Standards, Don’t They??

  • KPLA Standards Committee

Salon E

Join members of the KPLA Standards Committee for a look at the revised KY Public Library Standards. Ask questions, provide input, and get ideas from other participants. Don’t let the Standards scare you. We believe this program will ease any fear you may have about The KY Public Library Standards.

Mindful Movement in Storytime

    • Catherine Graber, Implementation Coach (Compassionate Schools Project)
    • Kate Schiavi, Youth Services Manager, Louisville FPL

Salon C

Discover a new way of engaging your community through a moving storytime which incorporates elements of mindfulness. Compassionate Schools Project and the Louisville Free Public Library will provide a brief description of mindfulness, a sample Moving Storytime lesson, time for practice, and additional resources to learn more.

10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Outreach Goes Full Service

  • Wynita Worley, Outreach Services Coordinator, Kenton CPL

Salon F

Bookmobiles and Outreach Services were designed to bring library materials to patrons who couldn’t visit the library. But what about other materials? When seniors can’t easily reach the library, maybe the library should deliver more than just books. Join us as Kenton County Public Library talks about lending laptops, visual aids and more to our Homebound patrons, areas for service growth, and how this will impact our mission and budget for the future.

Examining Trends and Best Practices for Responding to Open Records Requests

  • Louis Kelly, Attorney at Adams, Stepner, Woltermann, and Dusing

Salons A and B

Louis Kelly, an attorney at Adams, Stepner, Woltermann, and Dusing, will explain the “do’s” and “do not do’s” of dealing with hostile Open Records Requests. He will include insight into the traditional approach of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office in mediating Open Records disputes.

What Can Librarians Learn from Elmo, Sid, and Dora? Applying the Principles of Educational Television to Storytime

    • Maria Cahill, Assistant Professor, UK SLIS

Salon C

Discover how to leverage the science behind children’s educational television in developing storytimes to actively engage children. Uncover characteristics of children’s programming that encourage sustained attention and motivation, and learn how to apply these effective techniques to improve the educational impacts of storytime. Walk away with ideas to boost literacy learning and general cognitive development in your own storytimes.

Vampires, Zombies, and Haunted Libraries O My!

  • Randell Reno, Adult/Teen Services Programmer, Floyd CPL

Salon F

Vampires, zombies, and haunted libraries o my! Our library has enjoyed considerable success in combining cosplay with holidays: from a Vampire Ball, to a Zombie Walk, to a Haunted Library. Cosplay plus holidays and other events continue to bring successful programs.

Don’t Forget the Dead! Outreach Beyond the Vale

  • Mike Key, Reference Librarian at Scott CPL, Homebrewer, World Traveler, and Champion of the Dead

Dixiana and Lanes End

Creating a community for the living is one thing but what can librarians do for the dead? Learn how the Scott County Cemetery Project bends time and place enlarging the notion of community to include the living and the dead. Discover what the dead can teach the living. And marvel at the power of GPS, internet, digital photography, and bushwhacking to bring together the living and dead.

Pioneers in Violence Prevention: Libraries and Rape Crisis Centers

  • Loren Droege, MPH, CPH Senior Public Education Specialist, Women’s Crisis Center

Calumet and Darby Dan

Participants will explore how libraries and staff can become pioneers of violence prevention, specifically the prevention of bullying, dating, and sexual violence. By sharing examples of a partnership between the local library, high school, and rape crisis program in one community, the facilitator will engage participants in discussions and activities designed to give them ideas and feasible action steps for working in their own communities to empower teens and adults to reduce violence.

Then Next Step: Assisting Patrons with Legal Questions Beyond your Resources

  • Jennifer Frazier, State Law Librarian
  • Tracy Lee Darbo

Salon E

This program will introduce public librarians to two new tools they can use to assist patrons with legal questions. Online Chat which is live on the KY Legal Aid website, manned by librarians the chat allows patrons to ask questions and get directed to additional resources. Online Pro Bono, patrons can submit questions that will be answered by licensed attorneys on a volunteer basis. This allow patrons to ask more in-depth legal questions and get answers to legal issues not just reference help pointing them to resources.

11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

What’s Next with STEM and Makerspaces?

    • Suzanne Banta, Youth Services Librarian, Henry CPL
    • Nicole Frilling, Digital Branch Librarian, Kenton CPL
    • Jesse Knifley, Digital Services Librarian, Warren CPL
    • Lauren Abner, Technology Consultant, KDLA

Salon F

Librarians from three systems will discuss changes in their approach to STEM and makerspace offerings and will participate in a panel discussion. Henry County Public library will share details about its revised Summer Reading Program that focuses on STEM; Kenton County Public Library will discuss its partnership with a middle school STEM academy; and Warren County Public Library will share about changes to its tween and teen maker programming.

The New and Improved Connect Reporting Tool

  • Jay Bank, Resource Management Analyst, KDLA

Salon E

Connect is a powerful, easy to use online statistical tool for creating tables and graphs comparing libraries throughout the country. The program has been given a new user interface. It is now browser independent. The graphing software no longer requires ActiveX to be downloaded to display the graph. Connect now has the capability to do percentages and to indicate “or” and “not” when selecting peers. We will look at these program enhancements while running a live online demonstration.

Merry the Christmas Ferry

  • Tammy Blackwell, Branch Manager, Marshall CPL

Calumet and Darby Dan

Meet Merry the Christmas Fairy, the Marshall County Public Library’s holiday mascot who spends the month of December sharing the magic of books with our youngest patrons. Learn about the inception of Merry, the marketing plan that drives her, and the Merry the Christmas Fairy book collaboration that helped strengthen the bond between the public library and the local school system.

There’s a Book in Your Library: How to Publish and E-Book

  • Doug Tattershall, Media Relations Coordinator, Lexington PL

Dixiana and Lanes End

Your library has knowledgeable professionals and unique collections. If you’re looking for a new way to bring that expertise and material to your customers, you might want to consider publishing an e-book. Learn all the steps and resources needed to move from idea to text to design and layout to publication. There’s a book in your library, and you can publish it!

How to Win Over Parents and Be Generally Awesome

  • Emily Snyder, Children’s Librarian, Taylor CPL

Salon C

Do you struggle to connect with parents and caregivers who bring their children to the library? Do you have a hard time keeping them engaged in your program instead of on their cell phones? Let’s get together and learn some strategies for handling those hard to reach adults! We’ll share our own experiences and you will walk away with some practical methods to connect with each family that comes to your library.

Programs that Pack the Place

  • Sarah McGowan, Adult Services Manager, McCracken CPL
  • Bobbie Wrinkle, Adult Program Coordinator, McCracken CPL

Salons G and H

Without the benefit of the built-in audience that kids’ programming often enjoys, how can public libraries build adult programs that create buzz and draw a crowd–instead of hosting worthy events that play to crickets? This presentation will examine how to come up with buzzworthy ideas, draw media attention, expand your library’s visibility, and foster community partnerships, so you can create adult programming to be proud of, and that you won’t have to beg people to attend.

Celebrating Teen Filmmakers

  • Tracy Thomas, Louisville FPL

Salons A and B

Tracy Thomas, Louisville Free Public Library In 2015 LFPL began a partnership with Louisville International Festival of Film (LIFF) and Jefferson County Public Schools. Teens from all over Kentucky are invited to submit films to the Youth Film Festival which takes place the same weekend as the Festival of Film. The films are judged and the winners are invited to a red carpet event at the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. Conrad Bachmann, an actor originally from Louisville and the founder of LIFF is on hand to help present awards. During June 2017 LFPL will host a Film Camp for teens taught by Patrick Fitzgerald of Beargrass Media. Come find out how your teens can submit their films to be a part of this Festival!