Westchester Library Association Annual Conference- Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY- May 10, 2013


A. Tech Trends & Library Services in the Digital Age. (College and Reference)
Our presenter, Kathryn Zickuhr, is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center. She will be sharing her key findings from the Pew Centera��s multi-year study of public libraries as well as larger trends in how Americans use technology. She will also focus on how teens find, consume and share information in the digital age.
Kathryn Zickuhr studies the changing role of libraries in American communities at the Pew Research Center. She has co-authored reports on libraries and e-books, teen library habits and trends in technology. She has also been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR and the Washington Post.

B. Dealing with Conflict Successfully. (Support staff)
Participants in this session will develop skills to deal with the inevitable conflicts that arise in the workplace through the following: encouraging desirable team conflict, implementing appropriate resolution strategies and building self-awareness.
Marzena Ermler is a professional development trainer with more than six years of experience in educating library professionals in the areas of management and leadership. She is also the manager of Professional Development at the New York Public Library and holds several certificates in leadership development and training management.

C. Connecting Youth with Books through Storytelling: A How-To for All Levels. (Youth)
Award-winning author and storyteller Rafe Martin will be sharing his secrets for bringing a story alive without memorizing it, and why.
Rafe Martin is the recipient of the 2008 Empire State Award given by the New York Library Association to someone within the Youth Services field who has made a significant contribution to young adult literature. Of his 20 published titles, Rafe is best known for his books, The Rough Face Girl, Birdwing and Willa��s Mammoth.

D. Making Connections: Integrating Visual & Information Literacy (College)
This presentation will share successful techniques for using images in library instruction across disciplines. Attendees will take away concrete ways to integrate visual literacy into existing instructional content. Participants will also make connections to their own work by asking questions, sharing ideas and engaging in discussion.
Nicole Brown is the Multidisciplinary Instruction Librarian at NYU, where she teaches research workshops to a variety of user groups. She has given presentations and led professional development training on four continents as well as having written articles for Library Journal and Internet Reference Service Quarterly.

E. Welcome Newcomers! Using Demographic Data to Better Serve Your Immigrant Communities (Reference)
This presentation will first introduce attendees to the various demographic products available for libraries to use in analyzing their communities, including the American Community Survey, the American Fact Finder and the 2010 Census. The second part will show how demographic information can be used to develop programs, build collections and target services, using Queens Library as an example.
Fred Gitner has been the Assistant Director for New Americans Program & International Relations at Queens Library since 2010. He coordinates international relation for the library and works firsthand with patrons whose first language is not English.
Wai Sze Chan is the International Languages Librarian at Queens Librarya��s Central Library. She has analyzed Census date and city planning data in an effort to assist Queens Library in knowing its culturally diverse user base. She was also responsible for the award winning Queens Directory of Immigrant Serving Agencies.

F. Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Demystifying the Common Core in Public Libraries (Youth)
In this workshop, participants will find out what the Common Core Standards really are, how they will shape future library service in children and teen departments and how to make the standards work in your librarya��s favor by increasing circulation and programming numbers.
Lisa G. Kropp is the Youth Services Coordinator of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, where she works closely with the children departments of Suffolk County libraries to help them deliver best practices in library service for children, teens and families.

Washington Irving Awards
Celebrating local authors and promoting reading, these biennial awards have honored Westchester authors since 1987.Books are selected by a panel of Westchester librarians based on criteria that include readability, literary quality, and wide general appeal.

For schedule and conference rates, see brochure at: http://www.westchesterlibraryassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Brochure-Final.pdf

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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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