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See a sampling of the more than 120 interactive and engaging education sessions created by library professionals for library professionals. 

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Education Sessions by Primary Content Area

Building strong trustee relationships during book challenges

The support and backing of a library board are crucial, particularly in the event of managing book challenges. This session provides tools a library administrator can use to strengthen relationships with trustees, help your board navigate challenges, and, ultimately, enhance their appreciation for your professional role and the library as an access point to intellectual freedom.

> ShopTalk

Leverage Federal Funds to Advance Digital Equity in Your Community

The federal government is making historic investments in advancing digital equity, literacy, and inclusion so every American can affordably access and successfully use high-speed internet access to achieve their economic, educational, and social goals. Libraries of all types will be eligible to apply for some programs, while others are targeted to specific library types. Learn how your library can benefit from these historic federal investments and be best positioned to support your library’s and community’s digital inclusion goals.

> Learning Lab

No More Neutral: Use Marketing to Position Your Library in Challenging Times

American Library Association reports a substantial increase in the number of book bans and challenges in 2021 (double the number of reports from 2020). These attacks cost money, lower morale, and productivity, and threaten the very existence of libraries as safe spaces. But libraries do have some power, and it comes in the form of promotion. In this session, you’ll learn marketing tactics you can use now to clarify your library’s policies, solidify your library’s positions, and clearly communicate your mission, vision, and values. And you’ll hear tactics to use to rally community and stakeholder support.

> Learning Lab

Hammer, Vise, Lever: Better Tools, Stronger Advocacy

Both the stakes and pace of legislative advocacy for libraries have accelerated in recent years. Relationships with decision-makers are foundational to advocacy that yields results and effective advocates draw on a carefully honed set of tools to nurture those relationships, reach other decision makers, mobilize advocates, and communicate a unified message. From software to social media to elbow grease, advocacy experts and practitioners will share tips and tools that individual advocates and organizations can harness to elevate--or fine tune--their own legislative advocacy.

> Learning Lab

Creative Programming: Learning Centers and Project-Based Learning

Looking to shake up your library program or find new ways to engage young learners? The author of Learning Centers for School Libraries (ALA Editions, 2021) and Project-Based Learning for Elementary Grades (ALA Editions, 2022), two AASL Standards-Based Learning Series books, will discuss how to implement these fun and flexible concepts in a variety of settings.

> Learning Lab

Inclusivity in Entertainment: Uplifting Black Voices

In this hour-long in-conversation panel, four Black authors and creative professionals will present their upcoming titles and will then discuss the creation of Black-centered content, the increasing availability of diverse stories, and what representation of identities means across genres in book publishing.

> Learning Lab

Leveraging the Self-Publishing Process for Library Programming and Patron Services

If patrons ask about how to get a book published or you want to create low-cost high-quality content from expert authors, this session will reveal how the process of self-publishing can help your community produce books as well as help the library curate interesting programming.  Join Bestselling Author and Book Launchers founder, Julie Broad for this interactive session to explore the process of self-publishing a book (what's involved, how the library can help an author in the process, and resources to support it), and uncover opportunities to create compelling (often low-cost) events and training for your community with indie authors.

> Learning Lab

Difficult Conversations: Dealing with Hostility and De-escalating Conflict in the Library

Library workers face increasingly difficult interactions at the library. Recent rises in intellectual freedom challenges have led to hostile exchanges that can be unproductive, unnerving, and unsafe. Libraries can bring people together to discuss important community topics, but it often requires addressing hot-button issues and involving people with opposing views. How can library staff manage these difficult conversations? In this accelerator session, participants will learn techniques for de-escalating tense exchanges, resolving conflicts, and facilitating difficult conversations. Participants will walk away with strategies to prepare and respond to these moments with calm confidence.

> Accelerator

Introverted Leadership: Building on Your Quiet, Impactful Strengths

Leaders are often described in terms that are more in aligned with extroversion: outgoing, gregarious, forceful, charismatic.  But often, some of the best leaders are introverts who possess a more introspective power. During this workshop, participants will learn how to find the power in your own unique strengths — how to use your reflective tendencies to your advantage, how to lead your team effectively by putting your above-average listening skills to work and how to reach new levels of success without pretending to be someone else.

> Accelerator

Finding, Executing, and Succeeding with Informal Leadership: A Knowledge Share Session

Informal Leadership (IL) can be a “heavy lift.” What are the trade-offs? How do you identify IL opportunities? What career experiences can help prepare you for the challenge? What are the best strategies for turning vision, courage, and ability into IL success in real-life situations? Particularly, what does it take to “lead from among,” on a level playing field–to inspire peers toward action? Perhaps most importantly, how can you wrangle support and leverage an understanding of organizational culture to minimize burnout? Let’s learn from each other about how IL plays out in real life in this dynamic “knowledge-share session.”

> Learning Lab

Growing in the profession: Career support for library employees

Interested in starting a staff mentorship program at your institution but unsure how to get started? Do you want to connect with and support colleagues exploring or attending an MLIS program?

The Library Career Interest Group (LCIG) at the University of California, Irvine Libraries began as a library school support group for employees. This ShopTalk will explore how it gradually transformed into a staff-to-librarian career growth group. Learn from former and current members about successful programming and areas to expand in the current job market.

> ShopTalk

Do You REALLY Know Your Community? Segmentation and Strategic Planning

A quality strategic plan focuses decision making so libraries can really get traction in key service areas. Public input is part of most planning efforts, but data about patrons and broader community is often lacking. 

Demographic summaries don’t reveal how close (or far) a patron lives from a branch, media preferences, comfort with technology or collection interaction. This data is crucial for a tailored strategic plan.

Join this Learning Lab to learn how to:
• Conduct more equitable public engagement using data
• Find and use local economic data 
• Better engage users and reach non-users using segmentation data

> Learning Lab

Building Reentry Services and Working with Government Partners: A Correctional Outreach Perspective

Learn tips and advice for building reentry programs utilizing government partnerships, from the government agencies and community partners themselves. Queens Public Library’s Correctional Outreach team has a fruitful partnership with a local DMV and our local parole office.

> Learning Lab

Open Access is not enough: Improving research accessibility in equity-deserving communities

How can librarians begin to repair the legacy of extractive research perpetuated by their institutions? Hundreds of researchers have studied Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Yet its equity-deserving community members are often unable to find, access, or benefit from the substantial research built on their knowledge and lived experience. The collaborative Making Research Accessible initiative (or MRAi) was formed in 2015 to address this community-identified priority. Community engagement librarian Nick Ubels will share his reflections on where the MRAi has been, where it needs to go next, and invite conversation about how we can collectively advocate for more equitable access.

> ShopTalk

Talking Climate: Resilient Communities grantees share their stories

In this reverse panel, representatives from Resilient Communities grantee libraries will share their experiences talking about the climate crisis with their users. Panelists will briefly discuss why their libraries participated, how their patrons benefited, which programs went well (and which didn’t), and their future plans around the resilience theme. The bulk of the session, though, will be dedicated to answering questions from audience members, so you can better implement the Resilient Communities programming guide at your diverse libraries for your even more diverse users.

> Learning Lab

The Intellectual Freedom Syllabus

Partially envisioned as a response to the recent increase in book bans, The Intellectual Freedom Syllabus, which began as a capstone project completed during the 2022 ALA Emerging Leaders Program, offers a comprehensive overview of resources related to intellectual freedom and censorship. In this ShopTalk, presenters will guide participants through the Syllabus, paying particular attention to the ways in which the information the Syllabus has collected can be used in a wide variety of libraries--academic, special, public--in order to address a whole host of book challenge scenarios.

> ShopTalk

Decolonizing Library Shelves through the Rise of Indigenous Children's Authors

Indigenous and Native American authors have been underrepresented in North American children’s books for a long time (and Indigenous characters have been poorly represented by non-Indigenous authors). Recent years have seen the growth Native American children’s books, and Indigenous writers are feeling more empowered to share their stories. Learn how building a catalogue of Indigenous children’s literature can move all young readers toward real actions of reconciliation for North America’s history of colonialism.

> Learning Lab

Accessible Making: Learning from our Patrons and our Peers

Do you have a makerspace in your library? Do you offer "making" activities for your patrons? Are you hoping to create a dedicated makerspace or offer more "making" services and activities? If any of these situations apply to you and your library, please join this session for an engaging discussion about how we can make sure makerspaces are accessible for all of our patrons - including those with disabilities. Research conducted with adult patrons with various disabilities will be shared, and attendees will be encouraged to share their own successes, as well as help one another troubleshoot potential access barriers.

> Ideas Xchange

Tools for Adding Children's Books with Authentic Jewish Representation to Your Library

Advance library diversity goals with confidence and ease, while standing up to antisemitism in a uniquely bookish way! Team with four Jewish author-educators to identify and use Jewish representation in children’s and YA literature to cultivate learning, empathy, and allyship in young readers. We'll empower educators by directly engaging with your concerns.

Presenters will offer unique tools and resources for future library acquisitions, while identifying harmful Jewish stereotypes that might be hiding in existing library collections. Develop strong evaluative instincts for accurate Jewish representation in children's literature, and strategize effective programming for successful school and public library programs.

> Learning Lab

Intersectional Justice in Libraries

What does a profession centered on justice look like?  In this talk sponsored by ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, speakers discuss how Intersectionality can address systemic oppression and discrimination.  The term, coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, demonstrates how multiple social and cultural identities intersect and impact an individual’s lived experience. Intersectionality examines how inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, and other “isms” overlap to create overlapping layers of oppression.  This session will define intersectionality, and how it relates to justice, and build a deeper understanding of how it can dismantle systemic, institutional, and structural disparities.

> ShopTalk

Dynamic Spaces at Work: A Day in the Life of the Library

From open checkout to lessons and small groups, the library needs to be many things to many learners. See how school libraries can transform throughout the day to meet student needs including making specific design choices to benefit students with special needs. Discuss strategies for adapting library spaces to create flexible learning environments. Libraries are truly for every one and every learner should have a space that supports them to be a successful learner.

> Ideas Xchange

Critical Hit! Table Top Gaming in the Library

With the rise of Stranger Things, Critical Role, and the general acceptance of nerd culture, Dungeons and Dragons is experiencing an explosion in popularity with kids and teens. So how can public and school libraries (and librarians) capitalize on this new-found interest, promote their collections, boost their programming, AND get kids excited? By hosting simple D&D campaigns, of course!

> Learning Lab

How Librarians Can Strengthen Children's Privacy Literacy

Children increasingly experience the world through digital technologies, raising questions about their privacy. Librarians are well positioned to help children understand and grapple with these privacy issues. This session will involve a series of small group exercises designed to help librarians identify ways to integrate privacy-related information into what they are already doing with children, providing ample opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. Participants will leave this session with a fresh perspective on what privacy means for children and concrete ideas about how to they can equip children to navigate the digital world.

> Learning Lab

Trends in Research Impact Librarianship: Developing New Programs and Services

Though bibliometrics has been in practice for decades, research impact (RI) librarianship is trending as an area of specialization that goes beyond traditional citation analysis. An increasing number of academic libraries are hiring RI librarians with varying titles to develop programs and services uniquely designed to educate researchers and collaborate with research and assessment units on their campuses to discover and interpret a wide variety of metrics to communicate the impact of research. Learn how the UH Libraries is developing its research visibility and impact (RVI) program and strategies for creating a similar one at your institution.

> ShopTalk

Acknowledging What’s Beneath the Cover: Creating Trauma Informed Library Workspaces

The Urban Library Trauma Study (ULTS) used emancipatory and participatory action research frameworks to explore how public library workers in urban centers experience trauma while providing library services and create a path forward for exploring institutional and individual solutions to enable library workers and their institutions to continue providing vital library services to communities in need while caring for the well being of staff.
We will discuss our series of recommendations to address the pervasive issue of trauma in the library workplace and how the field can research solutions to problems while being inclusive of the workers those problems impact.

 > Learning Lab

Addressing toxic positivity and wellness in outreach initiatives 

Does your library host wellness outreach programs? If so, have you considered how toxic positivity and wellness might manifest in these programs? Join librarians from Texas Tech University and Binghamton University for an engaging conversation where attendees can discuss what toxic positivity and wellness is, and how it might occur in wellness programs. Attendees may address issues related to accessibility and inclusion, as well as strategies for mitigating toxicity. These can include adding aspects of deep listening, nonjudgement, and radical acceptance to the programs, as well as recognizing the dignity and worth of all who participate.

 > Ideas Xchange

Relax.  Take a Deep Breath.  Read a Comic.

Shazam!  Want to be a superhero for your library?  Use your super power–COMICS!  Comics have healing qualities and are a good medium to teach and discuss mental health.  The format makes complicated and sensitive information more accessible and allows the readers (and creators) to identify with characters and issues.  Learn about mental health comic titles and how mental health comics can be used for all ages for programming and as informational texts. Throughout the presentation, there will also be mini-mental health breaks featuring tips for self care including drawing a comic.  So...Relax.  Take a deep breath.  Read a comic.

 > Learning Lab

Supercharge Your Reading Life: Leveling Up Your Readers' Advisory Skills

Has your mind ever gone blank when someone asks you for a book recommendation? Have you felt like it's hard to prioritize what to read because there are so many books out there? In this ShopTalk, you will learn concrete ways to organize your reading life and how you can use your personal reading to enhance your readers' advisory skills.

> ShopTalk

Navigating [Challenging] Topics with Graphic Novels and Manga

Interested in using the popularity of graphic novels and manga to talk about important and perhaps difficult topics? Graphic novels and manga provide a nuanced visual narrative where readers can connect with and immerse themselves in characters’ lives.  This visual medium allows readers to see expressions and background elements that cut out the need for an overly descriptive narrative.  Let us introduce you to some of our favorite graphic novels and manga with topics that they're focused on.  We’ll provide helpful discussion questions to navigate specific topics for readers of all ages and abilities and give suggestions for related programming.

> Learning Lab

Strategic Planning for Readers' Advisory

Connecting readers with our collections remains a fundamental part of library services — but too often, this work is done with little or no organizational support or funding. In an interactive session focused on small group discussion, [content leaders] will walk attendees through a process focused on connecting your readers' advisory work with strategic goals, applying the principles of strategic planning to advocate for this essential service, leaving attendees with a greater understanding of preparing for and the elements of strategic planning and how to tie organizational strategies, goals and/or outcomes to readers' advisory service.

> Learning Lab

Introduction to Virtual Reality Development for Libraries (NO headsets required)

Introduction to Virtual Reality for Libraries will explore the use of VR technology within libraries and cultural institutions. Participants in this class will learn how to develop or get started with virtual reality development using the Godot game engine and Blender to create a digital world. Topics include training simulators, digital/virtual museums, organization, and gamification. Participants will need to bring a laptop. However, participants are NOT required to own a headset to participate fully in this program. Knowledge of a programming language is beneficial but not required.

> Accelerator

Unleash the power of Google Data Studio in your school library

I am excited to share my experience with Google Data Studio as a school librarian. I use it in my 40-Book Challenge to make completely customizable progress reports for individual students. If you use Google Forms to track things like a reading promotion or even a micro-credentialing program, then it is well within your power to create super slick reports that can be set to deliver a report for an individual user or be made into leaderboards for digital signage or be amazing advocacy tools. Come learn how to use Google Data Studio practically within a school library!

> Ideas Xchange

Beyond “fake news”: Updated strategies in Digital Literacy, Misinformation, and Bias instruction

Today’s digital information environment is ripe with misinformation and disinformation. Are you concerned with how your students identify, find, evaluate and apply information? Drawing from a case study from the University of Utah and Granite School District, you will learn about collaboration across K12 and higher education to provide learning experiences for young people and adults alike.  Engage in an online digital investigation, gamification of online spaces, and group exercises to identify triggers and personal bias. Leave this session with concrete hands-on activities that support information literacy.

> Learning Lab


LibLearnX is a must-attend learning experience designed for library professionals from all library types and at all career levels.