The Future of Libraries 11.0: Engaging Community – The Participatory Library
Presented by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Nina Simon with Janis O’Driscoll
Are libraries for the community, or of the community? In this interactive keynote, Nina Simon will share lessons learned from transforming a traditional museum into a community co-created institution. Get ready for specific stories, painful lessons, practical tools, and provocative questions about community engagement in museums, libraries, and public space.
Nina Simon has been described as a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian Magazine for her community-centered approach to design. She is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots community participation. Previously, Nina consulted with over 100 museums, libraries, and cultural centers on strategies for inclusive user participation onsite and online. Nina is the author of The Participatory Museum (2010) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Download the presentation for Radical Collaboration.
Janis O’Driscoll is currently Interim Director of Libraries for the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL). She began her career as a children’s librarian and had the opportunity to work as a cataloger, bookmobile librarian, outreach librarian, jail services librarian, and education research specialist as she wandered through five states. Prior to becoming Interim Director, Janis was Youth Services Coordinator for SCPL and most recently served as Division Manager of Programs & Partnerships where she spent most of her time connecting the Library and the community with projects such as Libraries Inside Out, Grapes of Wrath Big Read, and the Veteran’s History Project. Janis has an MA in Irish Literature from SUNY Potsdam (NY) and an MLS from Simmons College in Boston.
Start Me Up: The Start-Up Influence in Library Programs
Karin Bricker, Cheryl Lee, Matt Lorenzo
Cheryl Lee, Program Coordinator – Branch Manager, Santa Clara City Library: Northside Branch Library; Former Community Engagement/Outreach Librarian, Palo Alto City Library
Collaboration is crucial in libraries and start-up companies can offer many benefits including new services and programs. Santa Clara City Library has successfully worked with many local start-ups to provide valuable library programs for kids and adults. Learn how start-up partnerships and collaborations can foster new experiences, programs, and ideas at the public library. A simple phone call, an email, or a lunch date can yield a world of possibilities. Learn how to target specific local start-ups and create new partnerships to foster new experiences and ideas at your library. Santa Clara City Library has built a wealth of opportunities by pairing with local start-ups including Osmo, Tasteful, and Obébé Organics.
Cheryl Lee is the Branch Manager at the Santa Clara City Library’s Northside Branch Library. She was a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker in the area of Marketing. She is passionate about creating partnerships with local start-ups and businesses to provide library programs. Cheryl has been a Librarian for the past 9 years and additionally has worked in Public Libraries for 20+ years. Download the presentation for Start Me Up.
Engaging the Young Entrepreneur: Alligator Zone
Karin Bricker, Library Manager for Youth and Outreach Services, Mountain View Public Library
ABC’s Popular Reality Show, Shark Tank, has inspired budding entrepreneurs across the nation to create new products and services in hopes of striking it rich. Alligator Zone pairs this entrepreneurial spirit with kids, giving them the inspiration to turn their ideas into reality. Learn how Mountain View Public Library partnered with Alligator Zone to create a win-win-win for the library, the customers, and the startups. Download the presentation for Alligator Zone.
Matt Lorenzo, Teen Services Librarian, Santa Clara County Library District: Cupertino Library
On June 20th, 2015, 143 teenagers took over the Cupertino Library for CU HACKS, the first–ever overnight hack-a-thon for teenagers in a public library setting. Ranging in ages 14 – 19, the teen participants were given a window of 12 hours (7pm – 7am) to collaborate on, design, and code innovative applications directly addressing the CU HACKS prompt. The prompt, which was kept secret until the very start of the event, required the hackers to create Social, Educational, and Gaming applications to help teenagers balance responsibilities, recreation, and improve the quality of both education and life.
Matt Lorenzo is the teen services librarian at Cupertino Library, a member of the Santa Clara County Library District. Early in his career, Matt spent six years working in elementary and high schools before receiving his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Since then, Matt has worked in youth services departments for six different public library systems, including the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as Santa Cruz and Watsonville Public Libraries. Matt is the past Vice-President of the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA) and has been the lead developer of several large-scale, teen-centered projects including, the Santa Cruz Public Library’s Teen Battle of the Bands, Woodland Library’s book club for teen guys, “Book Dudes,” and the Cupertino Library’s Green Teen Garden Project. He is also a published writer for the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) magazine. In early August, Matt was the recipient of the Santa Clara County Employee Excellence Award. Today, Matt joins us to discuss his latest teen venture, CU Hacks, the first overnight hackathon for teenagers in a public library venue. Download the presentation for CU Hacks. Watch the video.
Creating The Mix!
Catherine Cormier, San Francisco Public Library
The Mix at SFPL is a 4,770 square-foot space offering teens a state-of-the-art recording studio, video production space, high-end digital equipment, and a makerspace with many of today’s leading fabrication technologies. In addition, The Mix has an amphitheater-style seating and performance area.
The $6 million capital improvement project was implemented with design advice from Bay Area teens who served on the San Francisco Public Library’s Board of Advising Youth (BAY). To help deliver quality workshops and classes to teens using the new technologies, the Library has formed partnerships with many leading San Francisco program providers, including the Bay Area Video Coalition, Blue Bear School of Music, Ninth Street Independent Film Center, TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools) , Girls Who Code, KQED, and the California Academy of Sciences.
Cathy Cormier is the Program Manager of The Mix at San Francisco Public Library. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a librarian, Cathy worked as an ice-cream scooper, a shipping and receiving clerk, and as a market quote terminal operator in the trading pits of the Pacific Exchange Options Floor. Download the presentation for Creating The Mix.
Bars, Brews and Booze: Libraries Reaching the Elusive Twentysomething
Nancy Donnell, Katherine Jardine, Angela Ocana
Nancy Donnell, Branch Manager, San Jose Public Library: Almaden and Vineland Branch Libraries
Learn about the evolution of San Jose Public Library’s game show, Do You Know What WHAT?! Learning through trial and error, SJPL created a game show, including several iterations and procedures, which engages and serves young professionals at three unique sites. The process of developing partnerships, revising the game show, and serving 20-somethings in alcohol-friendly social spaces within the community, will surely inform attendees and support them in their own pursuit to serve this elusive group.
Nancy Donnell is the Branch Manager at San Jose Public Library: Almaden and Vineland Branch Libraries. She was recently promoted to Branch Manager this past spring. She began her library career at San Jose Public Library as a library page, worked at branches as a librarian, and then transferred to the centralized programming department. She has planned, presented, and developed library programs for all ages. She holds a B.A. in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Prior to her graduate degree, Nancy gained a wealth of international experience working in libraries in Japan, France, and South Africa. She is a long time San Jose resident and is thrilled San Jose Public Library has been able to increase branch service hours from 4 days of service to 6 days of service. Download the presentation for Do You Know What WHAT?!
Homesteaders, hipsters and hurdles: Alcohol in the Library
Angela Ocana, Branch Librarian, Santa Clara City Library: Northside Branch, Former Santa Clara City Library Grant Coordinator
What started as a small idea to get the community involved in sustainable living spiraled wonderfully into booze, gardening and the arts. Not without its fair share of issues, learn how one library is navigating its way around misconceptions, unhappy donors, and setbacks.
Looking to talk about reaching into the 20-30 community with projects like:
• Beer brewing/alcohol
• Crafts for adults only/Etsy
• After hour events
• Publicity: Meet-up, Free SF, Instagram, Yelp vs Facebook
Angela Ocana has worked for the Santa Clara City Library for the past 17 years as Branch Librarian, Santa Clara City Library: Northside Branch and formerly the Santa Clara City Library Grant Coordinator. Her work includes large and small scale grants, taking them from conception to completion. Her grant work has garnered her awards for excellence in publicity with the California Library Association and the John Cotton Dana award through the American Library Association. She creates dynamic and fun programming for all ages and is secretly a unicorn. Download the presentation for Homesteaders, Hipsters, and Hurdles.
Katherine Jardine, Communications Manager, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
Learn how Friends of SFPL transforms branch libraries into some of the most anticipated cocktail parties in San Francisco! IMBIBE is an after-hours cocktail party for Friends Members that occurs twice a year. Members are invited to mix and mingle amidst the stacks with special literary guest all while enjoying complimentary food and drink in some of the most beautiful, newly renovated branches in the San Francisco Public Library system. The events also often include live music, craft-making and librarian bartenders. The Friends of SFPL partners with local wineries, breweries and eateries for sponsorship opportunities. The event is an excellent way to reach out to younger people in the city and grow our membership base.
Katherine Jardine is the Communications Manager for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She oversees the corporate communications strategy for Friends and manages all web, print and advertising content. Over the past few years she has increased attendance and sale revenue for the Annual Big Book Sales through extensive media outreach and a robust social media presence. She holds a B.A. in Communications from The Evergreen State College and recently obtained her MLIS from the University of Washington. Her background lies in the nonprofit sector, working with organizations such as the Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the Northwest Film Forum in programs & exhibitions, volunteer coordinating, event planning and marketing. She is currently gearing up for a Halloween-themed Imbibe cocktail event in the Golden Gate Valley Branch! Download the presentation for IMBIBE.
A Library Geocaching Adventure!
Paul Sevilla, Livermore Public Library
A real world treasure hunt! During its month-long community reading event, the Livermore Public Library hosted a Geocaching Adventure. Patrons used their smart phones or GPS devices to locate clues and find six hidden caches in places loosely associated with the community book. Patrons who found all six were entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes.
Paul Sevilla is the Librarian charge of adult programming with the Livermore Public Library. He has more than ten years of experience in libraries, providing a wide range of services from reference to circulation, to collection development and programming. He served as a librarian for seven years at the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library before moving on to Livermore where he has been working since 2013. Paul has successfully planned and implemented the Library’s Livermore Reads Together program series, as well as the Authors and Arts program series, and the popular Jazz In July series. Download the presentation for A Library Geocaching Adventure!
The Future of Libraries 10.0: Libraries Fostering Communities
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
PULSE: Pop Up Library Services for Everyone Video
Lisa Harris, Program Manager, Alameda County Library
Bike Library Video
Mana Tominaga, Supervising Librarian, Oakland Public Library
Bike Fixit Station Video
Paul Sims, Library Services Manager, Mountain View Public Library
Lindsey Vien, Education Services Coordinator, Hayward Public Library Video