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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>

Background

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.

Eligibility

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.

Fees

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

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.

Libraries Re-imagined: A PLP Staff Development Committee Workshop

The Future of Libraries 9.0: Libraries Re-imagined
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wednesday, October 9, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (sign-in 9:00 – 9:30)
$35 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 9.0 is the ninth in an annual series of one-day conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Libraries Re-imagined, with the following sessions and presenters:

The Digital Public Library of America: how DPLA “brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world”.

Presenter: Luis Herrera, DPLA board member and San Francisco City Librarian

Minimally Staffed Libraries: Livermore’s Easy Access Library and Alameda County’s REACH Ashland Youth Center library.

Presenters: Nathan Brumley, Livermore Public Library; Gary Morrison, Alameda County Library

A Library-Developed eBook Platform: Enki, one year later: A progress report on the new Enki eBook platform, developed by Contra Costa County Library and Califa, and now up and running at several libraries.

Presenters: Elliot Warren, Contra Costa County Library, and other presenters to be determined later

Maker Spaces in Libraries: exciting new projects at the Mountain View and Sunnyvale libraries.

Presenters: Ann Awakuni and Paul Sims, Mountain View Public Library; Rachel Collier and Kate Gaidos, Sunnyvale Public Library

Further details about the conference will be posted to this list when they become available. For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=509 .

Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data

Who wouldn’t like to be able to sort through that Census data more quickly?  Amaze your colleagues and your patrons, and find the answers in just moments, and sign up for this free webinar.

Title:  Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data
Presenter:  Linda Clark
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

NOTE: This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.

American FactFinder Part 1 of 2

Do you need to know:

•How to create a mash-up map of the population and economic data of your city?

•The educational attainment level of Asians in different cities in California?

•The number of people in your county with health insurance coverage?
Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:

•Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S.

•Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories

•Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography

•Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups

•Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer!

This webinar will be of interest to public libraries, medical libraries, law libraries, school and university libraries, reference desk staff, and all others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data.

Part 2 of this webinar will introduce you to even more detailed ways of accessing data in the American FactFinder and will be presented on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, July 10, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/five-clicks-census-data-part-1.  Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Another Great Staff Development Committee Workshop Coming Up!

Registration is now open for Dealing with change in the public library workplace, the 2013 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee, with presenter Enid Berman.

Tuesday, March 12, 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00), at the Castro Valley Library (Alameda County).

The cost is only $15, and this workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Constant change continues to be a fact of life for library staff. Many library staffers have taken on new, unfamiliar duties due to diminished staffing and staff turnover. In some cases, we are no longer doing more with less, but actually LESS with less. Meanwhile, many libraries are offering new computerized services, with patrons expecting staff to help them use those services on a wide variety of electronic devices. The pace of change can be dramatic and intense.

This workshop will give participants practical strategies to adapt to change in ways that are healthy and successful. You will learn to deal with unexpected new duties, diminished capacity to provide services, learning new roles on the fly and other issues related to change in the library workplace.

Presenter Enid Berman is a popular trainer, public speaker and curriculum designer with over twenty years of experience in management and training. She’s aware of the rapid and dramatic changes occurring in libraries today and will review your experiences and discuss actions that you have control over. Enid has designed many workshops for national training organizations. She has worked with a number of libraries and library organizations, including Infopeople, Biblioteca, and the San Jose and Redwood City public libraries. She has led several previous workshops for the PLP Staff Development Committee. A video of Enid’s 2010 workshop for the Staff Development Committee can be viewed at http://rurallibraries.org/video/enid/index.html.

The 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. 

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=488.

Space Still Available at Future of Libraries 8.0!

You still have time to sign up for this year’s Future of Libraries conference.  There are some great presentations, you’ll get a chance to network, and it’s only $30!

Libraries are no longer buildings

The Future of Libraries

Registration is now open for:
The Future of Libraries 8.0: Creating Our Own Future
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (sign-in 9:00 – 9:30)
$30 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 8.0 is the eighth in an annual series of one-day conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Creating Our Own Future, with the following sessions:

Open Source ILS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Learn about the experiences of local public libraries that have moved to Koha and Evergreen open-source integrated library systems. Presenters: Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library; Stacy DeMatteo, formerly Salinas Public Library and now with Naval Postgraduate School Library; Ann Young, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Library-Managed E-book Platforms, with a focus on Califa’s new project.  Presenters: Heather Teysko, Califa Library Group; Paula MacKinnon, Contra Costa County Library

I-Street Press: Print-on-demand and other creative technologies in libraries.  Presenter: Rivkah Sass, Sacramento Public Library

Bringing the Past to the Present: Libraries, Interactive Local History and Augmented Reality: ScanJose and more.  Presenters : Sandra Stewart and Lauren Miranda-Gilbert, San José Public Library; Christina Moretta, San Francisco Public Library

Further details about the conference will be posted to this list when they become available. For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=482

 

Census Data Immersion Webinar


Census Data Immersion: From Novice to Skilled Data Miner in 60 Minutes
A Webinar Presented by Linda Clark
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Noon Pacific Time


This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html
For more information and to participate in the Thursday, August 7, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/census-data-immersion


Did you know:
You can find census data for your neighborhood just by entering your address?
In three short steps –by entering your city and state name and clicking “Go” – you can see more than 450 characteristics about your city?
It is easy to make a table comparing all counties in California on one data point?
You can search for all data available on a single topic – like poverty – simply by entering a 2-digit code and a wildcard?
With one click, you can convert a data table to a thematic map?
You can create tables of business data as easily as you create demographic tables?

The goal of this webinar is to demystify the process of accessing Census Bureau data by imparting the LOGIC of the data access tool, American FactFinder (AFF).


If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Census Gathering