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PLPSDC Spring Workshop 4/21/15 or 4/22/15

Why Do They Act Like That and How Am I Supposed to Deal With It? : Working Successfully with Teens, Children, and Parents in Public Libraries

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff, especially for staff whose primary focus at work falls outside children’s and teen services.

All of us who work in public libraries have to occasionally address behavioral issues. Children and teens fill most of our libraries every day.  We all work with them and, at times, with their parents.  The presenters will provide practical techniques and resources to work successfully with children and teens.

Topics will include:

  • Child development by age group
  • Age of reason
  • When can a child be left alone?
  • Children with special needs
  • The reference interview and the child
  • Tween/teen brain changes
  • Teen behavior
  • Distracting vs. dangerous behavior
  • Tips for positive interactions with teens
  • Tips for talking with parents of younger children, of older children, and of teens

Two identical sessions; choose one or the other:
Tuesday, April 21, Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system. On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station. 9:00 am-12 noon (sign-in 8:30-9:00), $15 registration fee.
Handouts: Why Do They Act Like That? / .ppt Presentation

For more info and to register for 4/21, see: http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=535

Wednesday, April 22, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library. The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library. 9:00 am-12 noon (sign-in 8:30-9:00), $15 registration fee.
Handouts: Why Do They Act Like That? / .ppt Presentation

For more info and to register for 4/22, see http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=536

Sarah Flowers has worked in California public libraries for 20 years, including five years as Deputy County Librarian at the Santa Clara County Library.  She was the 2011-12 President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). She is the author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: YALSA’s Competencies in Action (2011) and Evaluating Teen Services and Programs (2012).

Penny Peck  has been a children’s librarian for 30 years. She has led thousands of children’s storytimes, hundreds of book club discussions for students in grades 4-12, and hundreds of school tours and assemblies.  She has taught classes in children’s and teen services at San Jose State University since 2002.  She has written three books on children’s services, including Crash Course in Children’s Services, 2nd edition (2014).

Handouts: Why Do They Act Like That? / .ppt Presentation

The Future of Libraries 10.0: Libraries Fostering Communities

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
Location: San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Fee: $25 registration fee

Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 10.0 is the latest in an annual series of one-day conferences which highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Libraries Fostering Communities, with the following sessions and planned speakers:

Pop-Up Libraries and Programs: Big Lift Little Libraries (Nicole Pasini, San Mateo County), PULSE /Pop-Up Libraries for Everyone (Lisa Harris, Alameda County Library), Pop Up Story Times (Cheryl Lee, formerly of Palo Alto City Library), Bike Library (Mana Tominaga, Oakland Public Library)

ESL Conversation Clubs: Mountain View (Emily Weak), Santa Clara City (Hilda Lopez), Sunnyvale (Christine Mendoza)

Mobile Self-Publishing (Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library)

Bicycle ProgramsBike Fix-it Station (Paul Sims, Mountain View Public Library), Bike Tours (Michele Rowic, San Jose Public Library)

Seed Libraries (Sally Thomas, Hayward Public Library, and a community volunteer)

SoundSwell Local Music Project (Diane Cowen, Santa Cruz Public Libraries)

Reverse Required Reading (Jennifer Laredo, Los Gatos Public Library): encouraging influential adults in the community to connect with teens through teen literature

For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=530 .

Black Belt Librarian Workshop

See our previous post on the details of the Black Belt Librarian Workshop.  There are still openings!  Again, this workshop is open to ALL staff levels, so please get the word out to everyone, from Aides and Pages to Librarians and Senior Staff.

Black Belt Librarian

Registration is now open for:

The Black Belt Librarian: Library Security in the Real World
The 2014 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Presenter: Warren Graham

Two sessions of the same workshop:
Tuesday, April 22, Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) and
Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
Both sessions 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
$20 registration fee
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Do you ever have to handle scary situations with library patrons? In this workshop, library security expert Warren Graham (author of The Black Belt Librarian) will teach you techniques to keep yourself and your library safe when those situations arise.

You will learn:
·       How to approach a perfect stranger and advise them of a rule in a way that will ensure compliance AND keep you and other staff safe
·       How to physically ensure your safety by using your physical surroundings to protect yourself and managing your proximity to patrons
·       How to recognize a patron’s level of emotion
·       When to call for help
·       The essential elements of a workable library security program

Presenter Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for over twenty-five years and has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes control their work environment, including presentations for Infopeople and other library groups. Warren spent seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so he is well aware of the problems that front-line library staff experience on a daily basis. He is the author of The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security.

The April 22 workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.

The April 23 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library.  The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=512 (Castro Valley) or http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=513 (San Jose).

Eureka Leadership Institute Accepting Applications

If you are interested in library leadership, are employed by a California library, and have not yet participated in the Eureka! Leadership Program, please read the Call for Applications for the 2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute, below, and consider submitting an application.   We would also appreciate it if you would share this information with colleagues who might not receive it directly.

2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute – Call for Applications

The California State Library and Infopeople are pleased to issue a call for applications for the sixth Eureka! Leadership Institute, which will be held March 19-24, 2014, in San Jose. Previous Eureka! Leadership Institutes, held in 2008 – 2012, have been judged by all involved – the participants, mentors, Institute facilitators, and sponsoring agencies – to be a resounding success. In 2013, a nationally recognized team of evaluators studied the Eureka! Leadership Program and documented its strong positive impact on participants, their libraries, and their communities.

We look forward to repeating the experience with a new group of future California library leaders. Thirty-two participants will be selected through a competitive application process.

We believe the best candidates are:

  • Enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic, adventurous, and open-minded
  • Young enough to take over from the current generation of leaders
  • Old enough to have demonstrated some leadership potential
  • Currently employed in a library in California
  • Open to improvement


The Institute is designed for those with leadership potential, not demonstrated leadership accomplishments. For this reason, current library directors with 10 or more years of experience at the director level are not eligible. However, library directors with less than 10 years of experience at the director level are encouraged to apply.

Open Application Period

The open application period is from September 15, 2013 to November 15, 2013.  Applications are due by 5:00 PM on November 15.

Application documents can be found at <http://eurekaleadership.org/institute/2014>


The Institute model was developed to fit the needs and characteristics of the California public library community. It combines elements from other leadership programs, most notably the Snowbird program and the Urban Library Council’s Executive Leadership Institute, with uniquely California elements. The Institute facilitators, Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, developed the Snowbird program and have run the Aurora Leadership Institute in Australia as well as numerous state and regional leadership institutes throughout the U.S.

The Institute itself is an intensive six-day residential event that will take place at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose. Subsequent to the Institute, the cohort of participants will participate in two-day follow-up sessions held six months and one year after the Institute. They will also develop and submit LSTA grant applications for awards that will support the implementation of a year-long project discussed in more detail below.


To participate in the Eureka! Leadership Institute you must be currently employed by a California library of any type.  Preference will be given to those who have earned an MLS degree and to those who have worked in a professional position for 10 years or less.

Project Component

An integral part of the Eureka! Leadership Program, and a requirement for those participating in the Institute, is the selection by the participant and the sponsoring library of a project that will engage the participant for up to a year after the Institute. The State Library is committed to providing the opportunity for Institute Fellows to apply for small grants to support the projects.

This year’s application does not include the identification and preliminary design of a project. On the recommendation of mentors and Fellows from previous years, the project selection and design has been deferred until the successful candidates have been identified and notified. Once the 2014 cohort has been identified, Infopeople will provide online instruction in community needs assessment, project identification and design. The 2014 participants will have approximately two months prior to the Institute to begin needs assessment and work with their library administrators and immediate supervisors on the identification of possible projects. The projects should be developed by the participants themselves in response to community needs. They should be approved and supported by the library but should not be assigned by the library. The ideal project represents a nexus of community needs with the individual passions and experience of the Eureka! Fellow.


While the projects will not be a major focus during the six days of the Institute, participants will be asked to present their project designs to the group and will have the opportunity to talk to the Institute mentors, Infopeople Director, and Institute facilitators about their projects. Subsequent to the Institute, the Infopeople Director will guide the cohort through the process of writing their grant applications. Mentors will be available to provide advice and guidance on the projects throughout the year.


Cost of the Institute, which includes registration, housing and all meals, is $500. Infopeople will take care of making hotel reservations for all Institute participants.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and break snacks are included as part of the Institute experience. Participants and/or their libraries are responsible for transportation to and from the Institute.

Scholarships:  Recognizing that times are difficult and that some libraries are unable to pay the $500 tuition for the Eureka! Institute, there are a limited number of tuition scholarships available. Individuals applying for the scholarships will be judged competitively.

Please note that scholarships cover tuition only; travel expenses to and from San Jose are a responsibility of the applicant or library.


Questions about the application process or the Eureka! Leadership Program in general should be directed to Holly Hinman, Infopeople Director, hinmanh@infopeople.org, tel. 626-796-0913.