SWILA 2018
Monday, April 9th
Library! at Bown Crossing


8:30-9am - Registration, name tag decoration, coffee
9-10 am - Keynote: Bill Manny, Idaho Statesman Community Engagement Editor
10:15-11am - Session 1
11:15-noon - Session 2
Noon-1pm - Lunch
1-1:15pm - Announce afternoon sessions, as determined by attendees
1:30-2:15pm - Breakout session 1
2:15-2:30pm - Snack break
2:30-3:15pm - Breakout session 2
3:30-4pm - Conference group debrief

Session 1 - 10:15 -11:00 am

Battle of the Books! 
Multipurpose room
with Julie Buren and Eric Hovey of Idaho Battle of the Books
Talk about what Battle of the Books is and a short little demonstration. Possible books for next year and how to put it into your library.

Bridging the Gap: Teens Connect to their Community by Sharing STEM Skills 
Conference room
with Gena Marker and LABies of Centennial High School Library
The Centennial High School Library cultivates a rock star group of teens called LABbies (Library Advisory Board members), and library aides, who have participated in multiple community outreach events this school year. Many LABbies also serve as library aides during the school day. At CHS, library aides and LABbies go above and beyond to connect with their communities. This school year the CHS LABbies and library aides have gone even further than their initial scope and begun doing outreach events to the broader community. Students will discuss the processes in which they involve themselves to plan and manage outreach events that connect them to diverse communities, expanding their knowledge of STEM and library-related fields, and allowing them to cultivate connections among their respective community partners.

Makerspace Session 
Study room A
with Debbie Worthington of Mountain Home Air Force Base Library. 
Cultivating Connections in Makerspaces. We are cultivating a community of Makers through 3D printing at a military library. Come see what we are doing and how to build a Making community.

Growing STEM Outreach: creating lasting connections between public and school libraries 
Study room B
with Jana Gregory
A case study of my library's efforts to expand our outreach services. In the past two years, we've doubled our children's outreach visits and boosted our number of children served by more than 1,500. I'll share strategies for getting into schools, even when past efforts have not worked as well as activities that I've used and how to develop new activities for multiple ages.

Workforce Development Connections Panel 
Storytime area
with Shirley Biladeau
This will be a panel presentation on connecting Idahoans to workforce development resources. Representatives from Department of Labor, Adult Education, Commission on Aging will be present to share the many resources available through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) for workers of all ages. In addition, there will be conversation as to how libraries can collaborate with this programs to bring services to their communities.

Get That Grant! Panel 
Fireplace area
with Deana Brown
The Idaho library community asked for help and resources to feel less intimidated by grants. This panel is your answer! Learn from grant applicants, awardees, reviewers, and organizations. Panel participants include: Kristina Taylor, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Christine Hoxie, Ada Community Library; Jane Somerville, Stanley Public Library; David Pettyjohn, Idaho Humanities Council; Jonathan Lashley, Senior Instructional Technologist - Boise State University. Bring your nagging grant questions for our panel, and we’ll have a few questions to get the discussion rolling.

Session 2 - 11:15 am -noon

Squad Goals: Finding and Building Your Professional Community 
Multipurpose room
with Molly Montgomery
We are all specialists in what we do. Maybe you focus on a particular population, a specific service, or type of information. We may not have colleagues within our organization who are specialized in the same way. This can make it hard to stay connected to our specialization and can lead to a sense of professional isolation. We can read articles, monitor listservs and attend conferences, but how can we build real relationships with those outside our organization who do what we do? Molly will describe her experience in building a professional community with medical librarians at the local, regional, and national levels. Participants will be encouraged to share how they build their own professional groups.

Growing a Library Fandom: Helping Teens Fall in Love With the Library 
Conference room
with Jen Scott Wills
Today's teens are smart, perceptive, and passionate about what they love. How can you make your library one of the things they love? Let's discuss things that have worked -- in programming, collections, outreach, marketing, and more -- and new ways of connecting teens to our library services.

Cultivating Relationships with Readers: Hints and Tricks for a Better Readers Advisory Interview 
Study room A
with Maggie Dumont
This presentation is about connecting with the community via direct and indirect Readers Advisory and how to conduct a better readers advisory interview.

A.L.I.C.E. - A study of financial hardship in communities throughout Idaho 
Study room B
with Nora Carpenter and Shirley Biladeau
A.L.I.C.E. - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Expense is a study of financial hardship conducted by the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest. One-third of the population in Idaho struggles every month to afford basic necessities -- and it continues to grow. This report will be valuable in helping libraries identify needs in their communities and develop appropriate programming and resources. Prevention is the key and the United Way has some good ideas for partnering in communities to meet these needs.

Connecting One Brick at a Time 
Storytime area
with Scott Bowman of Idaho LEGO Users Group
LEGO is a wonderful building toy with limitless possibilities for exploration of solutions based learning to encourage STEAM interests and have a lot of fun. My workshop would focus on how integrating LEGO activities into events and programs can enhance engagement.

Serving Patrons of Other Abilities 
Fireplace area
with Marcia Stillman
I would like to share our programming for people with disabilities. Grant opportunities and sites that have proved helpful.

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