Break-out Sessions and Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshop (Thursday, June 8th)
University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Check-in and Lunch (4th floor Rotunda)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Workshop with Dr. Loriene Roy: Libraries Serving Native Communities: Collaborations and Support (4th floor Rotunda)
Let’s spend a half-day discussing and considering how libraries serve members of tribal communities. We’ll consider indigenous ways of knowing and move into discussing how to make connections with our Native library users and potential users.  We’ll consider examples of services and consider how to maintain connections. We’ll reflect on our motives for providing services. And we’ll close with ideas of resources for continuing to learn about tribal communities.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Library Pub Trivia and Socializing at Blacklist Artisan Ales Taproom

#LSLS17: Beyond Neutral (Friday, June 9th)
University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library

8:15 am -8:45 am: Check-in and Breakfast (1st floor)

8:45 am: Welcome (4th floor Rotunda)

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Keynote with Dr. Loriene Roy: Libraries Setting the Stage for Love and Forgiveness (4th floor Rotunda)
Established from the estate of an American, Mr. John E. Fetzer, who made his career in radio and television programming and who also owned a championship baseball team (the Detroit Tigers), the Fetzer Institute’s mission involves “Engaging with people around the world to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in our global community.” In 2011, the Fetzer Institute recruited 197 advisors to assist in the planning of a Global Gathering: The Pilgrimage of Love and Forgiveness and to present positive examples from around the world that illustrate the impact and potential of expressing love and forgiveness. Sixteen working groups were organized to represent different workplace/professional sectors, including the Information and Communication Professions Sector. The Sectors nominated cases highlighted at the Global Gathering, each case connected to the values of the sector and also demonstrating the potential for proceeding to a “creative next step” with Fetzer support and prospective learning outcomes.  This talk introduces the potential role of libraries in supporting and extending love and forgiveness as illustrated by selected exemplars.

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Session 1

Serving our Emerging Bilingual Community Members: Best Practices and Big Holes
Dr. Mary Wilkins-Jordan, Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange
Room 115 (1st floor)

This presentation will give the preliminary results of a research study done on multiple types of libraries across Minnesota, looking at their resources and strategies for working with Emerging Bilingual (or ELL) community members. In outreach work, and in providing basic library services, this can be a challenging population to identify and to serve. We want to know what best practices libraries are already using, what is working well for them, and about their successes. We also want to know what help we could provide to them, what resources they need, and the tools they need to reach into their community to identify these members, and then to provide quality library service to them. Our multitype system serves many small and rural libraries, as is true of much of Minnesota – and much of the country. We want to know what is already working well, and to share those success stories with other libraries, so we are all stronger. And we want to be clear on the needs libraries face, so we can work to find answers that can be shared with all libraries. One of the values in being part of a multitype system is seeing how different types of libraries can work together for a common purpose. We want to use our research results to help libraries work together to serve our Emerging Bilingual community members. We plan to replicate this study on a national level, after collecting and sharing our results from Minnesota.

Beginning a Diversity Initiative at Your Library
Mags David and Heather McLean, University of Minnesota Duluth
Room 119 (1st floor)

As a part of Kathryn A. Martin Library’s strategic plan, the Library asked Mags David and Heather McLean to plan activities that would help the Library meet the ACRL Diversity Standards. Our response was to seek an activity that could provide a more lasting change than might be possible from bringing in a speaker or two. Our plan was a participatory project that encouraged all library staff to choose one of the ACRL Diversity Standards, get to know and reflect on it, then share their knowledge with other Library staff through presentation and discussion.
Our LSLS presentation will introduce our project; report on how it’s going; and then provide attendees with questions to spark discussion about what kinds of diversity or cultural competence projects they might initiate in their own libraries. Following these small group discussions we’ll ask participants to report back to the large group for further discussion.
The purpose of the session will be to help ourselves begin to think beyond “one off” diversity initiatives and look for activities that have the possibility to effect change.

American Indian Perspectives in Research
Panelists: Jill Doerfler, Associate Professor; Linda Grover, Professor; Tadd Johnson, Professor; Department of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth
Moderator: Jodi Grebinoski, University of Minnesota Duluth
Room 206 (2nd floor)

Join three American Indian Studies faculty from University of Minnesota Duluth for a panel discussion about the American Indian perspectives on tribal sovereignty, tribal archival research, and Minnesota tribal histories including names and terminology. There will time to engage and ask questions of the panelists.

Entering the Dialog: Responding to Current and Campus Events
Carrie Kruse and Raina Bloom, College Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 208 (2nd floor)

On December 14th, 2014, students and community members from the Black Lives Matter movement held a die-in in College Library, the undergraduate library on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. On the Facebook event page, the protest’s organizers wrote: “We are not living in a time where finals, or college itself, is the primary worry for so many. Students of color on this campus stress about much more… Join us as we march to the academic heart of campus, College Library, to demonstrate that black lives matter, that we belong, and that we cannot be ignored.” https://www.facebook.com/events/310873035768951/
This action is one of many local and national events that have demanded a new approach to the library’s role in contemporary cultural conversations. While College Library has held discussions of diversity and inclusion and sponsored various staff trainings over the years, the 2014 die-in and countless events since have pushed the staff of College Library beyond notions of diversity and inclusion and into an increasing, collective rejection of library neutrality. We will describe steps taken in the library’s physical and virtual environments to communicate with patrons about the library’s social justice values. We will also explore intentional staff discussions and trainings (with both permanent and student staff) to understand those values and how they play out in our services. From pop-up displays on topical issues in the news (e.g. immigration, Islam, antisemitism) to visible statements in the library lobby of our commitment to inclusion, to pronouns on staff nametags, and updated public service principles, we will share specific examples and lessons learned.
The presentation will include opportunities for attendees to ask questions and share examples from their libraries. Together we will learn more about the dialogs needed to respond to national, local, and campus events.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Session 2

Beyond the Surface: Teaching Critical Source Evaluation Skills in Any Setting
Anjali Bhasin, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kayleen Jones and Kim Pittman, University of Minnesota Duluth
Room 115 (1st floor)

Given the current political climate, an overabundance of information, and increasing public interest in fake news, now is the time for librarians to develop and share our expertise in teaching critical thinking skills. Throughout our history, librarians have argued for the importance of source evaluation skills while debating how to best teach these skills. In this session, two academic librarians will argue that librarians should move beyond traditional binary and surface-level approaches like checklists and mnemonic devices in order to model a critical, in-depth approach to evaluating information. This session will focus on an interactive workshop on identifying fake news that we developed using the Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy. We have presented this workshop at public libraries, academic libraries, and community settings. Rather than focusing on the surface characteristics of sources, our workshop is designed to help learners identify quality news sources through close reading and critical questioning. In the workshop, participants learn about the driving forces behind fake news, reflect on how our own opinions impact the way we evaluate information, and discuss and practice using criteria for evaluating news. Attend this session to discuss different approaches to teaching source evaluation and develop new strategies for engaging learners in thinking critically about their information consumption. Attendees will learn about teaching techniques and approaches that can be applied in any library type or setting.

Allies, Advocates, and Accomplices: Perspectives on Direct Action Organizing for Librarians
Adam Mizelle, Widener University
Room 119 (1st floor)

We are living in a time of social movements. Organizers schedule actions and double the number of people expected show up. Rights and resources are under attack, and people are rallying in the streets over shock-and-awe-style government action. How can library workers get in the game? In this session, participants will learn about kinds of activist organizations, different ways they alter the relations of power, and how organizers craft campaign strategy. Through collaboration with your fellow attendees, you will leave with a greater sense of what kinds of allies you can be to each other. The lead presenter has eight years of career experience in the grassroots consumer, environmental, labor, and health movements before entering librarianship and is active in local campaigns in Philadelphia. For new, seasoned, and future activists.

Marx Meets Maslow: The Needs Based Public Library
John Pateman, Thunder Bay Public Library
Room 206 (2nd floor)

This presentation will describe the fundamental changes in strategy, structures, systems and organizational culture which are required to transform Traditional public libraries into Community Led and Needs Based libraries which are able to identify, prioritize and meet community needs. Attendees will learn the key differences between Traditional, Community Led and Needs Based libraries. They will also discover how to engage all sections of the community – active library users, passive users and non users – in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of library services. They will benefit from an analytical framework which they can apply to their library to discover where it is on the Traditional – Community Led – Needs Based continuum.

Engaging with the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests as a Librarian/Archivist
Mark Holman, Sitting Bull College Library
Room 208 (2nd floor)

Sitting Bull College Library serves as both tribal college and public library for the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Early on, I found myself engaged with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest movement and set out to try to gather and solicit donations of documentation, photos, videos and artifacts that would tell the story of what I thought would be a localized and short-lived event. The DAPL protests marshaled the powers of social media to organize and inform to a degree that someone not connected would be ill informed about was happening. Social media transformed a localized act of civil disobedience into a global movement that brought tens of thousands to Standing Rock. The protest happened as much in the virtual world as on the ground to a degree that one could not exist without the other. The ephemeral nature of so much of what happens on social media caused me to engage in an effort to save and encourage people to save their photos, memes, live feeds and other items to provide a future record of this important side of the protest.
The questions posed by this new realm are daunting. What is the role of a librarian/archivist in engaging with momentous events as they happen and afterward? In an age when civil disobedience takes place as much in the virtual realm as the physical, how do we save the virtual so that those in the present and future can know that inseparable part of the story?
Through discussion of my experiences and the questions raised, I hope to spur a dialogue that seeks answers that will help others move forward when faced with events in their communities.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

2nd floor Securian Learning Commons

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Lightning Rounds

2nd floor Securian Learning Commons

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 3

Reflecting Our Communities: Initiatives to Increase Native American Transfer Student Recruitment and Retention
Cassy Keyport, Red Lake Nation College; and Patrick Lee, Bemidji State University
Room 115 (1st floor)

The purpose of this breakout session will be to discuss ideas for future action relating to the role of two libraries and their staffs in the recruitment and retention of transfer students from a two-year tribal college into a four-year university.
Literature and statistics show that Native American students enter higher education and complete their degree programs at lower rates than the general population. While some institutions have programs in place to address parts of these problems, the emphasis in this presentation will be steps libraries can take to help ensure institutions (both colleges/universities and their libraries) reflect the diversity of their community. The two institutions that will serve as a case study are Red Lake Nation College and Bemidji State University.
Discussion will include, but not be limited to: outlining the statistics and geography of both institutions, defining recruitment and retention issues for Native American students in higher education, identifying practical steps the libraries and their staffs can take to address these issues, and introducing methods that may be used to measure and evaluate the impact of the intervention.
Because this session is based on practices not yet in place, it provides a forum for a uniquely malleable discussion. The ideas proposed will be adaptable to a variety of library/information settings that look to further serve underrepresented patrons.

Mavericks! : How Embracing Your Inner Nonconformist Makes Our Catalogs Better
Violet Fox, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University; Stephen Nonte, University of North Dakota; and Catherine Oliver, Northern Michigan University
Room 119 (1st floor)

With increasing reliance on international standards and consortium catalogs, catalogers have been under great pressure to conform. Now we can recognize that the pendulum has swung too far: reestablishing local control over our systems and standards is our last chance to transform the catalog from an Amazon clone to a service that truly centers our users. Together, let’s explore opportunities to dismantle catalog structures that reinforce a white supremacist, patriarchal view and build catalogs that are contextual, flexible, and responsive to the unique needs of our patrons. There’ll be no MARC-speak—anyone who cares about how we make tough decisions about information representation is welcome to this discussion!

A Librarian’s Place Is In the Resistance
Katherine Elchert, Rice Lake Public Library; Virginia Roberts, Rhinelander District Library; Dawn Wacek, La Crosse Public Library; and Hollis Helmeci, Rusk County Community Library
Room 206 (2nd floor)

This small panel will offer some ideas about how to resist without being targeted as a result, and if one is targeted, how to address this. We will consider displays, collection development, programming, and social media options that allow for the free sharing of ideas that encourage the best aspects of every community. Open discussion will end this presentation, so please come with your thinking caps firmly on your heads.

It Takes a Village: Building an Organizational Culture That Can Handle Change, Confront Adversity, and Engage With Difficult Topics
Stef Morrill, WiLS; and Matt Rosendahl, University of Minnesota Duluth
Room 208 (2nd floor)

Why do some organizations embrace change, while others falter in its face? How can your team be more diverse, more inclusive, and more effective? What do our colleagues need to confront difficult issues, create innovative services, and engage our communities in meaningful ways? Using research literature and real-world experience, we will explore organizational culture and identify the ways that we can help our teams move beyond neutral. This highly interactive panel discussion will feature a surprise panelist to help participants identify strategies to positively affect their teams’ group dynamics in difficult times.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Session 4

R-E-S-P-E-C-T – A True Reflection of Community
Marge Loch-Wouters, Southwest Wisconsin Library System & UW-Madison iSchool Adjunct; and Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, George Latimer Central Library
Room 115 (1st floor)

In order to serve our communities, we need to respect everyone in them, including our colleagues. While librarians are trained in providing excellent service to patrons, we sometimes fail to turn those service principles inward toward colleagues. However, libraries that actively build and support a culture of respect among staff within their institutions are miles ahead in creating an open and welcoming organization for their patrons. Join a boomer and a millennial as they explore peer level behaviors, Wakanheza principles, and cultural competencies that lead to a more respectful work environment – and more positive service for the community. The presenters will include successful examples of civic engagement and partnerships that open the door to a more vibrant and welcoming library.

Exercising Free Speech in the Library: First Amendment Rights of Library Patrons
Jeni Eltink, University of Minnesota Duluth
Room 119 (1st floor)

Library staff often think of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution in terms of intellectual freedom or censorship of materials. But what about library patrons exercising their first amendment right to free speech or peaceful assembly when they’re in the library itself? Join this discussion to learn about the importance of “time, place, or manner” and viewpoint neutrality; explore the difference between spaces accessible to the public and first amendment “public forums;” and consider why behavior can be just as important as intent when it comes to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and peaceable assembly. You will leave this session with information to share with colleagues as well as a set of questions you can use to follow up with your organization’s legal staff to make plans for your own library spaces.

TLAM and the Red Cliff Library: Information Studies as Cultural Collaboration
Laura Schmidt and Louise Robbins, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Taylor Gurnoe, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Room 206 (2nd floor)

Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums, or TLAM, began as an independent study doing community-based research at Red Cliff and has evolved into an annual topics course at UW-Madison. Through projects with Wisconsin tribes, students learn about tribal cultural institutions and practices, and study Indigenous and western pedagogies and how to balance them. UW students and Red Cliff tribal members have collaborated to create a tribal library that honors and provides greater access to the tribe’s Ojibwe culture and history through collections and programming. UW students will share how TLAM has enhanced their SLIS education, cultural competency, understanding of community partnerships, and advocacy.

Immigrant Stories
Saengmany Ratsabout, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
Room 208 (2nd floor)

The Immigration History Research Center’s Immigrant Stories project helps immigrants, refugees, and their family members create digital stories about a personal experience through a story-making website that allows users to create three to five minute videos containing images, text, and audio.
We believe that anyone can make and share their story using our video-making website. No specialized technical knowledge is required. The website incorporates our existing digital storytelling training and a video editing program, eliminating the need for outside software.
These self-created digital stories are then shared and preserved for future generations through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.

4:45 pm – ???: After Party @ Northern Waters Restaurant