Break-out Sessions & Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshop (Thursday, June 7th)

Engaged Libraries and Neutral Public Space: Seeking Balance in an Age of Unrest. The Sitting Bull College Experience
Mark Holman
1:00 – 4:00 pm, Kathryn A. Martin Library, 4th Floor Rotunda

Mark Holman has been Library Director of Sitting Bull College Library on the Standing Rock Reservation for 17 years. Standing Rock was the site of the recent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, an event that posed new questions and challenges to the role of a library in a time of unrest. Sitting Bull College Library, as the closest public library, found itself serving a new and diverse set of patrons while also trying to engage and capture that important moment in history that overshadowed everything locally for much of 2016 and 2017. The experience raised important questions about the opportunities and perils of being a library on the periphery of divisive conflict since  it is one of the few places open to virtually anyone. Mark will discuss the experience of the library, encourage others to share their stories and foster a discussion about the best course for libraries to navigate as they become both willing and unwilling participants in the fractious events of our present age.

Join Mark Holman for an informational workshop about active library community engagement in a time of conflict and division.  Attendees will brainstorm on their own potential approaches to accommodating and providing services to the impromptu communities that arise during periods of social unrest.

#LSLS18: ACT (Friday, June 8th)

All LSLS18 events will be held in UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library

8:00 am: Registration, networking, and light breakfast
1st Floor

9:00 – 10:00 am: Keynote Presentation with Rebecca McCorkindale
Title and description coming soon!
4th Floor Rotunda

10:15 am – 11:15 am: Session 1

New Kid on the Block: How a Museum Opened a Library
Ryan Welle, Minnesota Military Museum

The Minnesota Military Museum, located on Camp Ripley just north of Little Falls, MN, has just opened a lending library. The library currently contains over 12,500 unique titles ranging in format from print material, to videos and DVDs, to sound recordings. Many of these items are rare and historic in nature, such as technical manuals on various military vehicles and weapons and unit histories from many different time periods in our state’s and nation’s past.

This presentation will focus on the steps taken to ensure the strategic planning, cataloging, organizing, policy writing, and promotion and outreach done would support the project and to bring it to completion. Much of the work was done through the generous help from our corps of volunteers and this presentation will touch upon the strategies used to motivate and monitor the progress of those volunteers. At the end of the presentation, some ideas and strategies, such as our traveling trunk program, for how the library will continue to grow and support both the mission of the museum and the state-wide visitors of Camp Ripley will be discussed.

Indigenous Knowledge Centres: decolonizing the public library
John Pateman, Thunder Bay Public Library

This session is important because decolonization is a necessary process for creating community led and needs based public libraries. Attendees will learn how they can decolonize the public library by developing Indigenous Knowledge Centres. Attendees will benefit by seeing how Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) advanced a new service development which challenged the organizational culture, and transformed strategies, structures and systems.

Storytime for Adults
Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library

Storytime for Adults is a free monthly program by the La Crosse Public Library in partnership with a local brewery. Every month, librarians from public, academic, and school libraries read short stories, essays, book excerpts, and one act plays for an audience members ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s.The program has been going on for over nine months and has gotten increasingly popular, with standing room only audiences.

The pieces chosen for Storytime come almost exclusively, but not entirely, from materials available to patrons in our library system. In contrast to other storytelling events in the area, these stories are read. Feedback from a number of attendees underscored the importance of this difference. Storytime for Adults contributes to the artistic and cultural life of the city while showcasing library resources.

Program highlights partnership between the public library, local businesses, and the arts community. By partnering with local businesses, at no cost to the library, we are able to support them and bring the library into new venues, enriching the cultural life of the community. This is a low/no cost program that is easily replicable in communities of any size.

Clear the floor: weeding bound periodicals and other projects
Krista E. Clumpner, Northern Michigan University Olson Library

It all started in May 2017, when my boss, the Dean of Library and Instructional Support stopped me on my way to my office and said it looks like we have a green light for planning a renovation. Great, I thought, this fits right into our strategic plan to transform our library. Then she said, get as much stuff off this floor as you can. I turned and looked out over our main floor at row upon row of bound periodicals. I looked at her and asked what the timeframe was. Her answer – have it cleared by next May. Over 65,000 volumes. One year, max. Definitely, a “not-so-glamorous big project.”

Ten months later and 1,512 volumes remain. How we approached the project, how we made decisions based on data, how the work was distributed will be outlined, and what we learned will be shared. While this was the biggest project, it was not the only one. It spawned others needed in order to meet the challenge of making space in order to transform the library. Ultimately, the data produced for this project identified how and why the space needed to be transformed strengthening our strategic plan.

Any library needs to take a good hard look in the mirror and see if the reflection is what they want their users to see. Does it reflect the image you want? Does it meet the current and future needs of your users or just the hard worn battles of the past?

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Session 2

Use Your Words: Tips on Being an Articulate Advocate in Your Work and Community
Marge Loch-Wouters, Loch-Wouters Consulting

Have you ever said, “She/he/they just don’t get what I do!”? or wondered why peers or members of the public disregard you or are not understanding your plans, services or initiatives? Our ability to express ourselves about our work can have a positive effect in preventing common misunderstandings – and frustrations. The power to use words well helps you become a strong and articulate advocate. We’ll explore some easy strategies to become more effective advocates not only within our work environment but also in our professional communities of practice and with our public in the communities we serve. By creating a stronger network of advocacy and understanding, we can more easily accomplish the important work we do in our libraries. Hands-on practice included!

Pop-up Libraries: All of the Services, None of the Walls (Literally)
Alicia Peterson, Duluth Public Library; Dana Bjerke and Joyce Linman, Hennepin County Library 

Learn what happened when three librarians without a building packed up a mini-van and spent the summer of 2017 making small libraries appear (and disappear) in parks, farmers markets, and summer schools around their community. Visitors to any of the 27 appearances of the Pop-up Library in Hopkins and Minneapolis found a miniature version of a children’s library, including places to sit and read together, early literacy environments and activities, a circulating collection, knowledgeable staff, storytime, and STEM activities. Our pop-up patrons ranged from familiar “brick and mortar” regulars to new immigrants and other families with limited library access or experience.

Find out what worked and what didn’t; what we learned and tweaked along the way; what our outcome goals and data look like; which community partners were invaluable; and what resources it takes to make pop-ups happen, either on the modest or ambitious end of the scale. Hear a little about the school year that followed, and how these summer partnerships morphed into year-round connections. And finally: why bother? Get a chance to ask questions and talk about whether a pop-up style outreach might work for your library.

Librarianship In and Out of Prison: The Law Library Service to Prisoner’s Program
Susan Trombley, Minnesota State Law Library

This presentation explains the Law Library Service to Prisoners (LLSP) program, talks about some of the positives and negatives of working with inmates, and offers resources librarians can use in their own community when working with the family and friends of the incarcerated.

Funded by an inter-agency agreement between the Minnesota State Law Library (MSLL) and the Minnesota Department of Corrections DOC in 1984 this program brings legal resources to one of society’s most disadvantaged group. Circuit-riding prison law librarians, based at the MSLL, conduct monthly visits at eight adult correctional facilities to meet one on one with inmates. We also provide law library services to Minnesota DOC inmates housed in other facilities, such as county jails, state hospitals, and other states.

With no internet access, inmates write or call LLSP for assistance with their legal research. The LLSP librarian only has what is written on a piece of paper (sometimes with questionable legibility) or notes from a brief interview to guide them.

While LLSP does not directly work with families, many of the resources we use are available for public librarians. This presentation offers resources that start as a person enters the criminal justice system. There are resources that help both families and inmates during incarceration. Finally, we have resources to help inmates transition out of custody.

Talk to Strangers: A Human Library Inspired Event
Lizzy Tegeler, St. Catherine University; Ann Vogl and Elizabeth Steans, University of Wisconsin Stout

University of Wisconsin-Stout Library piloted “Talk to Strangers: A Speed Friending Event” in Spring of 2017. This event was born out of a time when morale felt low among students, faculty, and staff. At a time when many campuses and communities were grappling with the divisiveness of the 2016 election, UW-Stout was also reckoning with the tragic death of one of our students. Inspired by the Human Library model and hoping to increase dialogue and understanding on campus, we collaborated with various student groups and campus offices to develop an event that facilitates quick and organic mini-conversations centered around a list of prompts. Since the pilot in 2017, we have continued to co-host similar events around campus and in partnership with the Menomonie Public Library.

During our presentation, we’ll share tips for planning an event like this, creating partnerships to attract a broader crowd, as well as lessons learned. We’ll also facilitate a shortened version of the event so that in case attendees are interested in planning a human library inspired event, they too will know how to “Talk to Strangers.”

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch
2nd Floor Learning Commons

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Lightning Rounds
2nd Floor Learning Commons

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 3

BookBusters: Libraries Supporting Self-Publishing
Valerie Horton, Minitex; Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota Libraries; and Andrea McKennan, MELSA

There something strange in the neighborhood with Bowker reporting 786,935 U.S. self-published ISBN’s registered in 2016. Learn how Minnesota libraries are challenging stereotypes and leading the country in working with self-published authors. Whether the book is an open textbook, a scholarly tome, an ancient family history, or a spooky murder mystery; librarians can’t hide under the bed anymore. Through the Minnesota Library Publishing Project, academic libraries are providing a statewide version of Pressbooks to help all of the state’s authors create quality ebooks. Learn about the in-and-outs of Pressbooks! Plus, we have an active communities-of-interest sharing what we’ve learned about library publishing. Connect to this community! In addition, the public library community has created MN Writes/ MN Reads, an online collection of self-published titles from MN authors. Learn how to get the ebooks created in your community into libraries throughout Minnesota. Not afraid of no self-publishing ghosts, come join the bookbusting team as we conquer self-publishing ghouls and goblins.

The Alternative Truth Project and Banned Books: La Crosse Librarians Unite to Tell the Forgotten Story of a Librarian Hero
Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Library; and Teri Holford, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library

The Alternative Truth Project (ALT) is a theater-based resistance movement in La Crosse. Created in the days after the 2016 presidential election by local campus and community theater professionals, it is a monthly, community-generated series of script-readings of chosen plays written on themes of the absurd, resistance, protest, and anything that fits nicely under the recently coined phrase “alternative truth”. Librarians and library staff of La Crosse (UWL and The La Crosse Public Library) banned together and proposed to choose, sponsor and act in the September 2017 ALT. They chose Alabama Story, a play based on true events, and written in 2015 by New York playwright Kenneth Jones. It is 1959, Montgomery, AL. The true story of State Librarian Emily Reed is played out in a charged atmosphere of segregation, civil rights, racism, and banned books. Part courtroom thriller (based on historic factual events), part love story (created by the playwright), the play brings the discussion, still current, of various subjects that are close to any librarian’s heart: censorship, equal access to information, public funding, freedom of speech, professional organizations’ support of the profession, and what it really means to be a librarian. Teri and Barry will discuss their collaboration, perform a few charged scenes from the play, and present a historical tangent of the American Library Association’s response, or lack of, to Emily Reed’s appeal for help.

Beyond Our Comfort Zone: Using the Reading Without Walls Program to Challenge Our Community of Readers
Jessica Korpi, Duluth Public Library; Kayleen Jones and Kim Pittman, University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library

During 2017-18, the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior College, and University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) collaborated to participate in a nationwide program celebrating reading and diversity, Reading Without Walls. Our goal for this program was to create a community of readers and encourage participants to encounter, discuss, and share diverse ideas, characters, genres, and perspectives through reading.

The Reading Without Walls challenge invites participants to read outside their comfort zones by completing the following challenge:
-Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you
-Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about
-Read a book in a format or genre that you don’t typically read (graphic novel, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, audiobook, etc.)

In order to reach a broad range of community members, presenters worked together to develop a variety of events, programs, and outreach efforts, attracting over 1000 attendees. For the signature event in the program, award-winning graphic novelist, 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and national Reading Without Walls spokesperson, Gene Luen Yang, visited Duluth. During his visit, Gene spoke to students and community members at Lincoln Park Middle School and UMD about the importance of diverse representation in literature. This program allowed us to build lasting partnerships between our libraries and expanded our vision of what’s possible.

In this session, participants will gain practical insight into developing and coordinating a reading program that engages participants’ communities. Presenters will share strategies and resources that participants can adapt for their own projects, including activities, graphics, programming/event ideas, and suggestions for reaching out to program collaborators and financial partners. Drawing on our experiences, presenters will walk participants through the process of using collaboration, creativity, and commitment to transform a lofty idea into a fully realized and highly successful community program.

Access(ibility) is What We Do: Practical Strategies for Taking Charge of Accessibility
Jennie Archer and Ginny Connell, Concordia College

As librarians, we may not feel like accessibility experts, but we are access experts. Connecting our patrons to information and resources is what we do, and when we identify barriers to accessing information, we find ways to overcome them. Why should accessibility be any different?

In 2017 the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN formed an accessibility committee to look into the physical accessibility of the aging library building. While many of the library’s physical accessibility barriers are beyond our immediate control, the committee identified other accessibility issues that can be easily addressed. Librarians may not consider themselves accessibility experts, but libraries are uniquely equipped to lead campus/community accessibility efforts by using our existing skill sets, positive image, and campus/community partnerships to raise awareness of accessibility issues, address stereotypes, and promote proactive universal design strategies to make information more accessible.

Over the last few months, the Accessibility Committee has written a library accessibility policy, proposed workshops to teach faculty about accessible library resources and universal instructional design, outlined procedures and workflows for maintaining accessibility workstations, and more consciously promoted accessible resources and services through displays, social media, and other promotional materials. This breakout session aims to help attendees overcome barriers to addressing accessibility by identifying practical, cost-efficient strategies for improving accessibility at their libraries. We will discuss our process, how we prioritized our efforts, and what resources we found helpful along the way.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Session 4

Lost in the Library: Tales of Inventory Adventures and Lessons Learned
Mollie Stanford and Chris Magnusson, Arrowhead Library System

Have you ever pulled a moldy book off the shelf to fill a request and wonder why it’s still there? Or looked for a fiction book only to find out there are four or five separate fiction sections scattered throughout the library? If you have felt lost or confused in the library, you are not alone. Weeding, collection organization, and library design are key ingredients in a successful inventory project. Join us as we talk about how letting go of items through weeding will speed up your inventory process. Learn the importance of consistent call number assignments, visible signage, and complete spine labels to improve patron access to resources. We will share ideas on how help your volunteers and other lost librarians find and inventory your complete collection! Plus bonus tips on how to plan for volunteers and correct problems on the fly or after the inventory.

Archives Unite! Making local history sources on marginalized people more discoverable
Heidi Johnson, College of St. Scholastica;  Julie Kapke, Duluth Public Library; Cassy Leeport, Red Lake Nation College; Christopher Welter, Iron Range Research Center; Aimee Brown and Shana Aue, University of Minnesota Duluth 

Finding and using primary sources to conduct local history research is often more complicated and time-consuming than other kinds of research. Finding primary sources created by people whose history has been marginalized in most public archives and libraries can be even harder.
Examples of this include doing research on the history of Indigenous people, African Americans, religious minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and women.
The focus of this panel will be a discussion on what archivists and librarians are doing to make sources related to the history of these groups of people in Northern Minnesota and Superior, WI more discoverable and how we are beginning to collaborate in this work. Panelists will include archivists and librarians from academic libraries and archives, public libraries, and independent non-profit archives.

This session is important in order to encourage all library and archives workers to participate in making our historical collections more inclusive and discoverable. Identifying the collections we have and sharing information and ideas on making them more accessible is a way to get started. Attendees will learn about local history sources on marginalized groups of people as well as what some local history librarians and archivists are doing individually and collaboratively to make these sources more accessible.

Be the Game Changer: Embracing Gaming of all Types in Libraries
Jennifer DeJonghe, Amanda Lewis, and Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University

Metro State University library has a “game team” that explores ways to integrate gaming into our services and collections. Our popular Third Tuesday Game Night continues to attract gamers of all ages and abilities from both the neighborhood and the university community. We’ve also done special activities, such as our Bears vs. Babies playtest event and partnering with classes in our Game Studies minor. The library has a robust collection of video game systems from retro NES consoles to a modern PS4 with Virtual Reality (VR). We’ve also created a circulating board game collection containing approximately 86 classic and modern games such as Operation and Settlers of Catan. In this presentation we will discuss the steps we took to implementation, the literature on gaming in libraries, and the theoretical aspects of why we feel gaming belongs in a library and how it supports our mission and our information literacy goals. We will argue that the logistics are not so hard to sort out once you’ve adopted a “culture of gaming” among your staff.

Gathering & Data with Google Sheets
Adam Brisk, University of Minnesota Duluth

Since 2012, the UMD Library has used Google Forms + Sheets to track reference, consultations, and instruction transactions. As an alternative to hash marks and anecdotal evidence, our Simple Stats form has been used to record more than 45,000 entries.

Through trial, error, and some eureka moments, the data in rows and columns has been packaged to efficiently tell a story about library services. The data has been used to inform staffing and policy decisions, helping the UMD Library to improve services & delivery.

Attendees will learn more about data gathering, analysis, & functions, and how to begin your own collection gathering. Experts and novices are encouraged to attend and share their own insights into data gathering & interpretation.

4:35 pm: Closing Remarks
2nd Floor Learning Commons