Professional Development Activities

2017

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Early literacy retreat at Beaverton City Library (1/5/17, 1/19/17, 2/2/17)
  • Early literacy workshop at Hillsboro Brookwood Library (2/23/17)
  • Oregon Library Association Annual Conference (4/21/17)

Associations

  • Oregon Library Association (2015-present)

Leadership

  • Chair of New Member Round Table of the Oregon Library Association (2016-present)
  • Presented Speed Networking session at OLA annual conference (4/21/17)

Outreach

  • Kindergarten Roundup at Vose Elementary (4/20/17)
  • Summer Reading promotional skit at Scholls Heights Elementary (6/22/17)
  • Free lunch site outreach storytime at Eichler Park (6/29/17, 7/13/17, 7/27/17, 8/10/17)
  • WIC outreach storytime (8/17/17)

Other

  • Interviewed authors Marni Bates, Kate Ristau, Cathy Camper, Julie Israel, Jami Harrison, and William Ritter on KBOO (90.7 FM) radio program Between the Covers (2017)
  • Volunteer reader for Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program (1/3/17-5/10/17)

2016

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Family Literacy at a Food Pantry webinar presented by WebJunction (1/16)
  • Technology Skills for Library Staff webinar presented by Techsoup (1/16)
  • First Year Teacher course modules for teaching reading presented by Reading Rockets (2/16)

Associations

  • Oregon Library Association (2015-present)

Leadership

  • Chair of New Member Round Table of the Oregon Library Association (2016-present)
  • Presented Beginning Reader Storytime poster at OLA annual conference (4/21/16)

Other

  • Interviewed authors Cat Winters, Jesse Andrews, John Corey Whaley, Laura O. Foster, Jessi Klein, Amy S. Foster, and Emma Donoghue on KBOO (90.7 FM) radio program Between the Covers (2016)

2015

 Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Children & Young People’s Section’s Unconference: Spotlight on Tweens (4/24/15)
  • Using Social Media for Reader’s Advisory webinar by Infopeople (12/15)
  • Poverty discussion webinar presented by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (12/15)
  • Look First: Creating Exceptional Patron Experiences webinar presented by WebJunction (12/15)

 Associations

  • Oregon Library Association (2015-present)
  • Minnesota Library Association (2014-2015)

Committee Work

  • Early Literacy Team (2013-2015)
  • Summer Reading Planning Committee (2013-2015)

 Outreach

  • Community Baby Shower at Early Childhood Family Education (3/12/15)
  • Book-a-Palooza at Columbia Academy middle school (4/9/15)
  • English Language Family Night at Early Childhood Family Education (4/17/15)
  • School visits to promote summer reading (5/11/15-5/29/15)
  • Jamboree Parade (6/26/15)
  • Community picnics (7/15/15, 7/24/15)
  • New teacher orientations (8/24/15, 8/31/15)

 Leadership

  • Chair-Elect of the Children and Young People’s Section of the Minnesota Library Association (2014-2015)
    • Arranged speakers for Children and Young People’s Section one-day “Unconference: Spotlight on Tweens” to share ideas about serving ages 9-12
  • City Council presentation (8/10/15)

2014

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Children & Young People’s Section’s Unconference: Spotlight on Preschoolers (4/4/14)
  • Autism 101/Autism and Storytime training (4/25/14)
  • Teen Literature Conference (5/17/14)

Associations

  • Minnesota Library Association (2014-present)

Committee Work

  • Early Literacy Team (2013-present)
  • Summer Reading Planning Committee (2013-present)

Outreach

  • Community Baby Shower at Early Childhood Family Education (3/6/14)
  • Valley View Elementary Spring Carnival (4/11/14)
  • Family Picnic at Family Center (5/1/14)
  • Jamboree Parade (6/27/14)
  • Community Picnics (7/17/14, 7/25/14)
  • English Language Family Nights (9/14-12/14)

Leadership

  • City Council presentations (1/13/14, 6/9/14, 8/11/14)

2013

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Sensory Friendly Story Time (3/8/13)
  • Bridges Out of Poverty (3/22/13)
  • Help! I’m a Librarian, Not a Social Worker (4/4/13)
  • ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (6/27/13-7/2/13)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-2013)
  • New Members Round Table (NMRT)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section (SCYP)
  • NLA Board (2012-2013)

Committee Work

  • Early Literacy Team (2013-present)
  • Summer Reading Planning Committee (2013-present)
  • Adult Summer Reading Program planning committee (2012, 2013)

Programs

  • Adult Game Night (2/8/13, 7/19/13)
  • DIY Adult Craft Day (6/19/13)
  • Mo Willems Day (7/9/13)
  • Steampunk Accessories (7/21/13)

Outreach

  • Community Baby Showers (Early Childhood Family Education center 2013)
  • Craft time at Schoo Middle School (4/24/13)
  • School visits (West Lincoln 5/13/13, Campbell 5/14/12, Kooser 5/15/13, Schoo 5/17/13)
  • Library booth at University Place Farmers Market (6/12/13)
  • Library booth at Jazz in June (6/18/13)
  • Story time at KinderCare (6/21/13)

Leadership

  • New Members Round Table- Chair (2012-2013)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section- Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2013)
  • GoPo teen volunteer coordinator (2011-2013)
  • University Place Community Organization- Secretary (2011-2013)

 2012

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Every Child Ready to Read training (3/2/12)
  • Nebraska Library Association annual conference (10/18/12-10/19/12)
  • Library Leadership Institute Reunion (7/13/12)
  • Norfolk Literature Festival (7/28/12)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-present)
  • New Members Round Table (NLA-NMRT)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section (NLA-SCYP)
  • NLA Auditing Committee (2011, 2012)
  • NLA Board (2012-2013)

Committee Work

  • LCL In-Service planning committee (2012)
  • Adult Summer Reading Program planning committee (2012, 2013)
  • Performance Standards Committee with library director (2012)

Presentations

  • 2012 LCL In-Service training session on databases (4/27/12)

Outreach

  • School visits (Kooser 5/15/12, Campbell 5/21/12)
  • Library booth at University Place Farmers Market (6/29/11, 6/13/12)

Programs

  • Adult craft program (6/5/12)
  • Dream Interpretation (6/11/12)
  • Family story time at Williams (7/16/12)
  • Adult board game night (7/20/12, 2/8/13)
  • Toddler Time (2/12-present)
  • Family Story Time at Williams (7/12-present)
  • Learning Thru Play Story Time (9/12-present)
  • Special story time for Down Syndrome Asso. for Families (9/19/12)
  • Book Talk at Bethany Branch (12/21/12)

Leadership

  • New Members Round Table- Chair (2012-present)
  • New Members Round Table- Vice Chair (2011-2012)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section- Secretary/Treasurer (2011-present)
  • GoPo teen volunteer coordinator (2011-present)
  • University Place Community Organization- Secretary (2011-present)

 2011

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • 23 Things for Professional Development through Nebraska Library Commission (6/11-10/11)
  • Nebraska Library Association annual conference (10/6/11-10/7/11)
  • Connecting Boys with Books workshop (4/21/11)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-present)
  • New Members Round Table (NLA-NRMT)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section (NLA-SCYP)
  • NLA Auditing Committee (2011, 2012)

Committee Work

  • Koha ILS Implementation Team (2011)

Presentations

  • Find It on the Web! Presentation at NLA annual conference (10/6/11)
  • Life During & After the MLS, served on panel (10/6/11)
  • NMRT Resume Review (10/6/11)
  • NMRT Networking Breakfast (10/7/11)

Programs

  • Book Talk at Gere Branch (11/7/11)
  • Story Time, Toddler Time substitute (10/11-present)

Outreach

  • Library booth at University Place Farmers Market (6/29/11, 6/13/12)

Leadership

  • Nebraska Library Leadership Institute (7/10/11-7/14/11)
  • New Members Round Table- Vice Chair (2011-2012)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section- Secretary/Treasurer (2011-present)
  • GoPo teen volunteer coordinator (2011-present)
  • University Place Community Organization board member (2011-present)

 2010

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Library Training Extravaganza (5/21/10)
  • Nebraska Library Association annual conference (10/14/10-10/15/10)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-present)

Presentations

  • Poster session at NLA (2010)

Leadership

  • New Members Round Table- Secretary/Treasurer (2010-2011)

 2006-2009

  • October 2009  Nebraska Library Association annual conference
  • June-July 2009  Job Shadowing, Lincoln City Libraries- Walt Branch
  • April 2008, 2007, 2006 Colorado Teen Literature Conference
  • 2006-2008 Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries meetings

Find It on the Web presentation

On October 6, 2011, I presented at the Nebraska Library Association annual conference.  I shared free online resources to use at the library.  Approximately 50 people attended the 50-minute presentation.

Find the list of resources I discussed here.

Find It on the Web handout

Find the PowerPoint presentation here.

Find It on the Web presentation

Thing #15: Attending and presenting at conferences

I really enjoy going to conferences and workshops and look for opportunities to attend them.  It is a great way to meet other people in the profession and to learn new things.  Money is a factor; I would love to go to ALA annual or midwinter but both the membership to ALA and the conference registration are too expensive.  I have attended the Nebraska Library Association annual conference twice and will attend again this year. 

Speaking at a conference is something that is relatively new to me.  Last year I participated in the New Members Round Table poster session at NLA annual.  A coworker and I created a poster and presented our idea to a small group.  It was a good introduction to presenting; it was low-key and there weren’t a lot of people there.  This year I have signed up to present by myself at NLA.  I am not totally comfortable speaking in front of a group, so this will push me out of my comfort zone and give me valuable public speaking experience. 

As an aside, the New Members Round Table of NLA is sponsoring a resume/cover letter review session at NLA this year.  You can have your resume and cover letter reviewed by hiring managers in Nebraska for free and meet with them at the conference to hear feedback about your materials.  If you are interested, please contact me.  My contact information is on my blog.

About Nebraska Library Leadership Institute

In 2011, I attended the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska.  Thirty people from public, academic, and school libraries across the state were selected to attend the five-day Institute led by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon of Schreiber Shannon Associates.  Participants were divided into four learning groups and each group had two mentors, experienced librarians that observed, guided, and advised the groups.

Each day, we completed interactive learning activities, listened to presentations by John and Becky, and participated in group discussions.  Every evening, we learned about our mentors during Mentor Moments.

Highlights of the Institute:

  • Learned about our personality/leadership types using the Enneagram model
  • Identified strengths, weaknesses, ability to take risks, reactions to change, and self-limiting behaviors
  • Developed personal action plan to overcome weaknesses and develop strengths
  • Created vision statements, strategic goals, and funding proposals
  • Participated in learning group to complete strategy game, case study, problem solving exercises, and creative skit
  • Developed connections with people from libraries across the state
  • Presented to a group of 40 people in a simulation of requesting for funding from city council and library board

Thing #7: Face-to-face networks and professional organizations

Participating in professional organizations is an opportunity to meet people, develop professionally, and contribute your talents.  Currently, I am a member of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) and the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA).  Being a member of my state organization has been extremely beneficial to my career.  At the first NLA event I attended, I met a woman who told me about a job opening at her library system; because of this conversation, I have the job I do today.  Since then, I have been involved in the New Members Round Table and currently serve as their secretary/treasurer.  This involvement has helped me meet new people and given me the opportunity to present at events.  I am running for office for other sections as well.  I have not participated in any MPLA activities because it has not been convenient to do so.   

Recently, I have been debating about joining the American Library Association (ALA).  The membership dues are higher than NLA and I am concerned that, like MPLA, it is more challenging to become involved.  However, I am considering expanding my job search across the country and the conferences would be a great place to meet people from other libraries.  Has anyone participated in the ALA Emerging Leaders program or in ALA?  What are your thoughts on the value of being a member?

Just yesterday I had a conversation with two other young librarians about face-to-face networks.  Has anyone participated in an informal “after-hours” library network?  Thoughts?  This could be a fun way to meet others who have a passion for libraries, to share ideas, and to help one another reach new levels in our careers.

Booktalk for Teens

The following is a booktalk I did in a 9th grade classroom.  The teacher asked us to talk about books that would be interesting for students in 9th grade that were reading at about a 5th grade level.  My coworker and I chose 15 books to booktalk, many of which were claimed by students by the end of the class period.

Coraline

By Neil Gaiman

Coraline is bored.  Coraline is so bored that she’ll do anything.  She and her parents have just moved into an apartment.  Below them are two old ladies that are of questionable mental state.  Above them is an old man who keeps talking about his circus mice.  Coraline likes to go exploring, especially outside.  But one day it is raining.  She is so bored, that she counts all of the doors and windows in her apartment.  There are 21 windows and 14 doors.  Out of these 14 doors, 13 open and close like normal doors.  But the fourteenth door – the big, carved, brown wooden door – is locked.  She asks her mother where this door goes.  Her mother tells here that it goes nowhere, and unlocks it so Coraline can see that behind the door is a brick wall.  That night, though, Coraline is lying awake in her bed when she hears a “creak”.  Then she sees a shadow in the hall, a black shape that looks like a person.  When she turns on the light, there’s nothing there.  The next day, Coraline is still bored.  When her mother leaves her at home alone, Coraline decides to take another look at that mysterious door.  She climbs up on a chair and takes down the key ring.  There is a cold iron key that must go to that door.  She listens for her mother.  She’s alone, so she puts the key into the keyhole and it turns.  She stops again.  Still alone.  She slowly turns the doorknob and opens the door.  Instead of bricks, there is a dark hallway that smells like something very old.  She carefully walks down the hallway, until she sees something very familiar.  The carpet is the same carpet in her hallway.  The wallpaper is the same is her wallpaper.  The picture hanging in the hall is the same picture that hangs in her hall.  She looks around, confused.  She couldn’t have gotten turned around in a hallway.  Then she hears someone call her name.  It’s her mother – only it’s not.  The person standing there looks like her mother, only her skin is white as paper, she is very tall and very thin, and her fingernails are dark red, long, curved, and very sharp.  And one more thing – instead of eyes, she has big, gleaming black buttons.  “Coraline, we’ve been waiting for you for a long time.”