Goals from the Distant Past

I’m re-reading old Annual Reports and found some old goals.

2013:

  • Strategic Plan for the Library – Um, maybe this one will be completed in 2016…this process began in 2011.
  • IKEA couchEarly Literacy and Family Place – While not an ‘official’ Family Place Library, Glynnis has been through the training, we added a couch last year, and we have a train table, play kitchen, puppet theater, and doll house…along with puzzles, AWE computers, blocks and trucks/trains/dolls/stuffed animals.  It’s a happenin’ place over there in the kids section.  Oh, and in 2015 we repainted in bright, primary colors.
  • Expand joint Library/Friends Programming – We did good for awhile, with a programming committee and some awesome programs.  These days, I bring in a few big speakers and ask for underwriting from the Friends while they have started booking ‘after meeting’ programs once a month.  They’ve had some really awesome programs, like Babbie Posey last year (WWII pilot).
  • Increase visitor and circulation counts – Done.
  • Provide excellent, friendly service – Done.
  • Become a Creation Destination – No idea what I meant by that.  Glynnis has infused our children’s program with many arts/crafts programs (Craft a Connection book club and crafternoons) and we’ve added more art-focused adult and teen programs with “Painting with Kathleen” and the pottery workshops with Dyan.
  • Golf Outing – This morphed into the Larry Kane Anniversary celebration that turned out to be a modest fundraiser.
  • Renovate the Circ Desk to work best for both patrons and staff – we added a sit-down workstation and last year(ish), Pam worked with the telephone company to reactivate a phone line so we could have (gasp) a PHONE at the circ desk. It’s still too damn tall.  We also added a more kid-friendly self-check station near the children’s department. We also added an indoor drop box (thanks to a jig saw and Shawna’s Husband), and self-service holds system.

2014:

  • geekfirefightingSaturday hours until 5 all year long
  • Community Forums and customer survey for the strategic plan
  • Geek the Library campaign
  • HVAC Grant through Keystone for $33,900
  • Taste of Italy Wine and Dine fundraiser with the Board
  • Annual Appeal starting a new Library Endowment ($11,500)
  • Several successful programs: Larry Kane, Gerry Shur, Ruth K. Hartz, Karl Middleman and Marie-Helen Bertino (author and the very first winner of the Library’s Write and Illustrate your own Book contest)

Library Exterior

2015 Year End Review

Every year, I like to review what’s been accomplished – it provides perspective and helps me remember just how much we get done in a year.  For 2015, I’ve been keeping track throughout the year and this is the wrap up.  So my next exercise needs to be 2016 goals!

  • craneHVAC Replacement – Done as of December 21 with the Keystone Grant.   We need to install a programmable thermostat in the workroom and fix two small leaks in the roof.  The Township has agreed to upgrade the HVAC for the Community Room in spring 2016, so we will have AC this summer!
  • Lease – Done in April.  Facilitated by a successful cooperative effort with the Friends to pass a Memorandum of Understanding and accompanied by a letter requesting continued use of the Book Room by the Friends.  We took over the Community Room (adding to the Library’s square footage) in January 2016. The Board also approved a new photo policy in March.
  • henna three handsTeen Programs – 43 programs in 2015 v. 14 in 2014. Attendance in 2015 was 432 v. 126 in 2014. Teen Reading Lounge grant ($2,000 in total, with extension) brought in a great group and they did some cool things, like henna tattoos and a tie-dye party. Goal for 2016: Teen Advisory Group.  We have two HS Student liaisons on the Board who have helped generate interest in Library programs.
  • ESL – We tried, it didn’t fly. The foreign fiction free lending library is popular and the Friends pull foreign books from the donations for us to add.
  • Strategic Plan – As of February 2016, it’s still in progress but SO CLOSE to being done and useful. The Action Plan will be discussed at the Feb. 11 Board meeting and finalized, as amended, I hope. I’m very proud of the work the Board and my staff have done in creating this document.  I think it gives us a good, positive framework for future growth.
  • IMG_4194Fundraising – The Annual Appeal for 2014 bled into 2015, but did well and we have about $11,500 for our new Endowment. We budgeted $22,250 and brought in $22,437.  Not bad, not bad at all!We had a blast with Lisa Scottoline and thanks to an unexpected gift from the Friends, turned a profit. The Olive Lucy olive oil tasting during Summer Reading went well and brought in $110. Pam organized a Bertucci’s “Dining for Dollars” event in November that made $115.  The 2015 Annual Appeal went out in November and has brought in about $6,000 to date. We also add more programs like Yoga that require a small fee to cover costs.
  • Library Card Sign-up Month – Pam’s baby. Ended the year with 5 partners and she has been attending the Lower Moreland Business Association meetings – something that will help us grow this in Sept. 2016.  I am thrilled with the Back to School Nights – we have strengthened our relationships with the District, the Township, Bryn Athyn (via the Friends and our Liaison), and Fire Company (participated in Summer Reading).
  • Sunday Hours – A go for 2016, with additional support from the Township through a slight increase in our millage.  We hired three new Library Assistants (one vacancy and 2 new positions) and started Sunday Hours on Jan. 31. The School District HS and MS principals helped us advertise.
  • biographies movedCollection Development – Hit or miss. Thank goodness for standing orders. We certainly spent our book budget and made the 12% goal for expenditures, but I think this is an area for improvement. Joanne has come back as a volunteer to help me with collection development in 2016. I’m very excited – she has great taste in books and excels at RA.  Weeding was a hit – I completed a first pass of adult non-fiction.  With help from 5 CAPS student volunteers, we moved the Biography section to the beginning of NF, across from Mysteries and then shifted NF creating taller shelves to accommodate art and architecture books.  They also shifted the entire Fiction collection and interfiled the mass market paperbacks into the collection, plus we moved the Vacation Reads (trade paperbacks) closer to Tetjana for off-season access. The CAPS students also made a fun video Tour of the Library: http://tinyurl.com/njyzvoa
  • Quarterly HAT Meetings with staff – Another miss that I have already taken steps to rectify in 2016.  I did finish all of my annual reviews by the end of January.  For 2016, I have a weekly standing meeting with Pam and we’ve already had two staff meetings (the first a full-day staff in-service).  Department Head meetings are going to be crucial, especially as we begin to implement the Strategic Plan.  All staff did manage to get their Clearances done by year end.
  • Update Personnel and Collection Development Policies – No progress, but we did get a new Meeting Room policy written and passed….and a lease…and a Vending machine contract.  It’s perpetually on my To Do List.
  • Programming – Jane and Pam are helping with 2016 programs. Jane’s focus is seniors, Pam started a Coloring Book Club in 2016, and I have booked at least one ‘big name’ program for February, March, April and May.
    gllynnis pennypackHighlights from 2015:

    • Samuel D. Burris Speaks (Humanities Council Speaker) in February
    • Friends program with Babbie Posey – Women Can Fly Too – in March had 78 people come out for a 2 pm program
    • ABCs of Estate Planning, Walking Tour of Pennypack trail, and Sonnet Appreciation workshops with Lynn Levin in April
    • Lisa Scottoline in May and Local Gems: Pennypack Trail talk with the Township, County and Larry Eastwood (local railroad historian) were both hits.  Debbie helped us organize a mini comic-con on May 2, before she left us for full-time work.
    • paintingHighlight of Adult Summer Reading was Kathleen’s “Escape Artist” paint-along program.
    • Glynnis and Diane put on an amazing Summer Reading Program – another record-breaker.  Diane organized “Science of Superheroes” workshops, Glynnis incorporated crafternoons and we had a blow-out party in the back yard for the wrap up.  Diane left us at the end of the summer and Jess was hired as the new Youth Services Associate.
    • We went to EVERY Back to School Night in September (split between Pam, Glynnis, Mariel and me). We also had Rachel Brandt and Joan Fesmire Doan help us with a Historical Walking Tour on September 12.
    • We had Linda Kenyon as Julia Child in October and a docent from the Craft Show present with a special appearance by local designer Annina King.
    • Glynnis and Jessica filled the library for Star Wars Day, featuring characters from the 501st Legion. We ‘sold’ all 150 free tickets.
    • Staff BrunchDecember’s big program was the 25th Annual Young Authors Gala.  The Friends also threw us a great staff appreciation brunch
  • Digitization Project – We scanned some old postcards from Mrs. Fesmire Doan and I hope to get them on a ‘Local History’ page of the new Web site.  The flatbed ‘scanning station’ is used more than I expected and I’m not ready to give up on this dream.
  • Staff Tech Competencies – I killed the county committee, but in January 2016 we had Penny Talbert from Ephrata come and speak about her library’s competencies program.  Pam is setting up a staff wiki.
  • Finch Program – Asked for and received support from the Friends to set up the new Friends Learning Lab (as it was re-named by the Board in May) with a ceiling mounted projector, surround sound, black-out window screen and electronic projection screen oriented at the back of the room.  We re-painted, hiding the old ‘painted on’ screens and are looking for new carpet. The Friends have also agreed to purchase 10 laptops and 10 iPads, plus a charging station and Shawna added dedicated wifi to the room and will be pulling cables, as well, for wall-sockets. Maybe next year for robotics…
  • EITC Grant – No progress but still on my radar.
  • smartline lite wp themeNew Web Site – in Early January 2016 the Web site moved to WordPress. Now it just needs to be moved from one server at GoDaddy to a dedicated WordPress server…and we’re good to go!
  • New Calendar and Online Registration Software – We went with EventKeeper and EK Rooms for our online calendar and meeting room management software.  We are still working out the kinks.
  • MCLINC Strategic Planning Committee – We finished up the plan and I ended up as Secretary for 2016.
  • Improve Browse-ability of the Collection – Still no progress – New signs are needed and I included a ‘bookstore model’ goal in the Strategic Plan!
  • Taste of Culture Fall Event – Nope, nada. The School District’s Diversity Committee is planning some fun things we may be able to support in 2016.
  • Trustee Academy – We started OK with the Trustee Academy webinars but lost momentum.  However, the Board worked very well together on the new Strategic Plan and we have the goal to organize a retreat in 2016.
  • New Paint – The Township helped us out with additional painting and repairs to the stairwell windows, lower level foyer and hallway.  After repairs are made to the lower entrance (leak), they’ll finish the final repairs up here.  It’s bright, clean and already scuffed…but that just means we’re busy and bustling.
  • ElowynOther highlights: Elowyn born Jan. 13, Volunteer Appreciation Tea Pam organized April 24, Glynnis started a new Book Worm book club for 1st-2nd graders, we had multiple crafternoons involving all staff, Jane’s Friday Movies (most successful series of programs aside from Summer Reading), we launched the 2015 Annual Appeal in November,  and I had a lot of meetings with Chris and the Township throughout the year.
  • Continuing Education: workshop “Promoting Your Library in the Digital Age” at Doylestown with Ben Bizzle, all staff completed the Extreme Customer Service, Every Time online course for a special evening STaff meeting Oct. 9, Kansas Library Association conference, “A Strong Foundation: Library Master Planning” webinar, and Communication and Relationship Building for Leaders workshop

Final thoughts:

We are still moving forward and growing, which is awesome.  When I consider what didn’t quite work or where I met challenges in 2015, I wish I had been more successful in communicating my vision and ideas – about the strategic plan, about the building, about the focus of our services – with my team.  There was a bit too much dictating and not enough leading.  I’ve had an intense focus on external relationships (Township, Friends, community) and not enough attention was paid to the internal relationships.   So I want to make appreciation, communication, listening, goal-setting front and center in 2016.  My other goal for 2016 is to lean in, as they say – and confront the uncomfortable issues immediately.  Conflict can be good and cleansing and lead to positive change….and I’m all about positive change!

Communication and Relationship Building for Leaders

Bucks-Mont Collaborative Leadership Training Series: Communication and Relationship Building for Leaders | October 20, 2015

Course Description:

You’ll learn Empathic Listening – If like most, your training has primarily been in writing and speaking; however, most of our days are spent listening.

-Whole Message Model – This is a template leaders can use to ensure the entirety of your message is being communicated effectively – especially those difficult messages.

Presenter William Reiner is part of the Adjunct Faculty at Holy Family University where he teaches in the Graduate School’s MBA program. His courses include leadership development, finance, and economics.

Notes:

Respect rubricWe started with a Grad-school type rubric with skills/knowledge on one axis and relationships or ‘ability to connect and perceived care about me’ on the other.  Basically, people who are low in skill and poor at relationships are despised, while people who are high in skill and good at relationships are revered and respected.  Those who are good at what they do but are not trusted because they have shallow relationships are feared while those who don’t really know what they’re doing but are nice people are tolerated.

Characteristics of a Good listener:

present, not multi-tasking, not on the phone, focused on the speaker, provides ques and acknowledgements, gives TIME, sincere/genuine, restates the conversation, hears more than what is being said (empathy), is NOT formulating a response while you’re talking, patient, shows respect, not judgmental, interested, challenging when appropriate, holistic and ask probing questions

Characteristics of a Bad listener (you know, like me):

distracted, reactionary, doesn’t let you finish, impatient, no TIME, dismissive, one-up-manship, make the conversation about them, devalue what’s said, don’t seek to understand, “Efficient over effective – you may be heard but are not listened to”, not remembering the conversation (maybe we just have a bad memory, yo), jumping to conclusions, intimidating

A Bit About the Importance of Body Language:

  • 50% of the message is non-verbal
  • 10% of the message is through the words used
  • 40% is tone of voice

Listening – on a scale

-1Discounting is NEGATIVE listening

  • Providing Unsolicited Advice or trying to Solve the Problem is Discounting
  • Providing False Reassurance is Discounting – “It’ll be all right”
  • Denial of the person’s feelings is dangerous Discounting – you really can’t tell a person how they should feel. They can think differently but you feel what you feel!

0 – Silence can be positive or negative, depending on circumstance. Are you distracted or showing open body language and giving your attention?

1 – Fact Finding – get to the root of the issue with questions. Seek to clarify, look to understand so you can then be understood.

2 – Content Reflection – “It sounds like you’re saying” – provide a restatement. Restate a word or key words used by the speaker to show you’re listening.

3 – Feeling Reflection – “Sounds like you’re ___” Name or identify the EMOTION for the speaker to feel heard or validated.  Enhance with positive body language.

Empathic Listening

  • Feeling of the speaker is reflected
  • You’ve gotten to the heart of the issue.
  • The words are the tip of the iceberg, while the meaning is hidden beneath.
  • What if you identify the wrong emotion?  No worries – the speaker will CORRECT you!  Yes it’s risky and may cause anxiety, but it will get to the real issue: Emotion.
  • Emotions: disappointed, frustrated, angry, concerned, exhausted, shocked, afraid, sad, hurt, impatient, drained, deceived, worried, vulnerable, etc.
  • Ask permission before offering ideas, feedback or solutions.  “Would you like to talk through ideas?” “Sounds like you’re really frustrated, How can I help?  What do you need from me?”

Resources:

  1. Listening with Empathy by John Selby
  2. Habit 5: Empathic Listening by Stephen Covey
  3. Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols

Whole Message Model

  • Delivering the hard messages and handling the difficult discussions.
  • There is often a disconnect between what’s being said and what is heard.
  • This is a Template – all of the elements of a message can be mapped out in advance.
  • Web resources I found: Performance Feedback | Whole Messages by TalentFutures | hal.ph Whole Messages Communication

Observations – “I see…”  performance, behavior DIRECTLY observed

Thoughts – “I think…” we need, as a team, to follow the policy

Feelings/Emotions – “I feel…” really frustrated that, concerned, uncomfortable, anxious, etc.

Seek to Understand – ask for information – pause if needed.  What if there’s a really good reason for the behavior you observed?  This is the time to hear about it.

Wants/Needs – “I want or need…” you to come to work dressed professionally, for example.

It’s Simple, but not Easy!  Teach it to others to fully understand it.

Genuine listening is hard work; there is little about it that is mechanical… We hear with our ears, but we listen with our eyes and mind and heart and skin and guts as well – Alfred Benjamin

KLA MLA Wrap Up

Many of the presentations are now posted online, so I’ve included those in the original ‘notes’ for my memory and future use.  I’ve also found a few other cool programs I didn’t get to go to, but am copying the blurb and presentation links for future use!  I did this after PLA 2012 and STILL use the “How Are Things” (HAT) and APOP (“Annual Piece of Paper”) staff evaluation method I only read about from my Post of Posts: Abolishing Performance Evaluations.

We’re trying to kick-start our teen/tween program, so there are a lot of presentations on that to share with my YS department (of two – go Glynnis and Jessica!) and some other admin-type stuff that I just find interesting.

Overall, a FANTASTIC conference. Kelly worked her butt off and it showed with a flawless experience for the participant.  I really enjoyed the opening reception at Kansas City Public (and not JUST because I got to eat Rudy’s chicken tacos again – as in twice in the one trip).  All of the presentations I went to on Thursday were extremely good, timely and I used the scenarios Vickey posed in her Transition v. Change program at my budget presentation last Tuesday (2 days after I got back from conference).  I completed my evaluation – did you? Here it is:

Overall Conference Evaluation: https://goo.gl/PQ3Bmq
Breakout Sessions Evaluation: https://goo.gl/M2vWX2

First one I’m sorry I missed (and not JUST because it featured Katie Hill’s Library in Coffeyville):

Library Makeover Tour around Southeast Kansas  | 2502A |  Session Materials
In May 2015, Southeast Kansas Library System sponsored a bus tour of five SEK libraries that had recently remodeled their spaces. The library communities ranged in size from under 300 to 10,000. Some had grant money and some found ways to work with their communities to achieve phenomenal changes to their buildings, use of space, and furnishings. We will show pictures of the changes, discuss the process the libraries went through, share their sources for materials and give ideas for other small libraries working with tight budgets.

Audience Focus: Kid/Teen/Adult Crossovers  | 2502B |  Presentation  |  Session Materials
Teens have always known what adults are just now learning—their books are better. This session will explore the appeal of teen literature to adults and adult literature to teens. What are adults finding so intriguing in young adult books? What are some of the trends in teen literature that adults are discovering? Which genres are crossing over the most?
-Readers’ Advisory Track

A Storywalk in the Park  | 2505A Presentation
Learn about how Scenic Regional Library used a Racing to Read grant from the Missouri State Library to put Storywalks in 7 parks, and tied them to Racing to Read literacy information.
-Programming & Outreach Track

Reading is my Superpower: Comics in the Library  | 2502B  |  Session Materials
Have you ever wondered why Batman isn’t in any of the Avengers movies? What in the world is the difference between an issue and a volume? Want to lure the cosplay crowd into your library? Join comics fangirls Lindsay and Karen for a newbie-friendly foray into the wonderful world of comics! We’ll be talking about comics history and terminology, collection development and programming. Learn how to respond to those patrons and coworkers who still feel that “comics don’t belong in the library!”

YA Literature Update 2015  | 2505B |  Presentation  |  Session Materials
What’s happening in YA Lit in 2015? What trends are popular and what genres are taking over? Learn about need to know titles to share with your teens in this popular annual session given by Youth Services Manager Sarah Bean Thompson.
-Youth Services Track

Horrible, Evil Library Books: Intellectual Freedom for New Staff  | 3501A/B Session Materials
Does your staff cringe when someone asks for 50 Shades of Grey? Does Wicca make them wince? Do they gasp in horror at splatter punk? Do they bury the the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated? Do they blush at bosoms? How well is your staff trained to practically engage with Intellectual Freedom? Join us for an overview of how we developed a purposeful method to train new public library staff. Find out what we have done, what’s been done learned and what we will do in the future.
-User Services Track

Don’t Be Scared, It’s Just an Early Literacy Fair  | 2505A Session Materials
Have you wanted to host an early literacy fair? Curious as to what one is? We can show you how we use grant funding to make an early literacy based program that can be done on any budget. This presentation will focus on how to design a program incorporating the five early literacy skills for an audience from babies on up to readers and adults. Join our interactive session and get ideas on how to use everyday objects to create fun literacy tools that anyone can duplicate.

STEAM-y Storytimes  | 2505A  |  Presentation
Come play with STEAM! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) At the Olathe Public Library, 2-5 year olds, and the adults who bring them, explore these concepts in creative ways through engaging activities. Come for the easy, inexpensive ideas and stay for the hands-on fun!

Format Focus: Nonfiction–Got to Be Real  | 2502B Session Materials
Narrative nonfiction is one of the fastest growing leisure reading areas in the past ten years. From micro-histories to memoirs to travelogues and history, nonfiction offers the same compelling story lines, breath-holding suspense, and colorful characters as the best fiction. Hear about some of the most popular nonfiction areas for readers, what the reader appeal is for nonfiction, and some failsafe titles for library staff and patrons.

Engaging Tweens and Teens in Our Libraries  | 2505A |  Presentation  |
We will talk about how our different systems ignite and encourage youth in middle and high school, as well as those of that age who are not currently in school, to find what they are passionate about and to then “geek out.”

STEMming Outside the Box: Passive and Self-Directed Programming for Teens and Tweens  | 2503A |  Session Materials
It is hard to talk to a children’s or teen librarian in the country who hasn’t heard of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math(STEM) programming, but many libraries feel like they don’t have the resources, space, or expertise to put on a STEM event. We will demonstrate STEM programming ideas for teens and tweens based on the NWKLS You Try-It! Kits and the NCKLS Maker Kits. STEM, itself, covers a broad range of subjects, and the sample kits address these different areas in unique ways. This panel will provide directions and resources for creating kits and discuss ways of using kits for passive programs or for circulation. We will also discuss community organizations available for partnering in STEM programs. There will be time during the session for participants to try out materials from the kits.

KLA/MLA 2015 New Adult Fiction

New Adult Fiction: A new genre for a growing audience – with handouts – one is by author Deborah Halverson at DeborahHalverson.com

Presenters: Lisa Palmer – Mid-Continent book group coordinator and Beth Atwater

My Google search: “New Adult” The Next Big Thing? WritersDigest.com | Library Journal Genre Spotlight: New Adult

Age Range of the target audience: 18-30.  Perception of adulthood has changed – there’s a ‘pseudo adulthood’ period.  The books for this group cover topics of interest to this group – identity, overcoming issues, etc.

Genre read by all – the topics have broad appeal.  Anyone can be the audience, but the New Adult crowd is morphing into romance, so a predominantly female audience. The Traits: People who are making their way in the world (like on campus or starting their first job or experiencing true independence for the first time – fish out of water stories).

History of New Adult: 2009, St. Martin’s Press.  Dan Weisse editor.  No initial bookstore support, so it was slow to be adopted.  55% of YA readers are over 18 according to Bowker (Twilight/Hunger Games/etc.) – Crossover appeal.  A few self-published authors embraced this new genre and audience – and found profound success.  By 2012, publishers created own divisions.  Now it’s new, but mainstream and beginning to branch out of the romance sub-genre.

The 18 to 26 year olds had been left out of literature. – The Missing Genre Some argue it’s just YA with sex. Others argue it is unique and is about the “blisters and aches” of transitioning from teen to adult, according to Kristan Hoffman, winner of the St. Martin’s first New Adult fiction contest.

My question: How is it different than chick lit?  Was that a precursor?  Lisa mentioned Bridget Jones, and that made we wonder.

Core Collection Authors/Titles:

  • The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines – the ‘edited and uncut’ version a re-release  eBook often releases before the print edition.
  • Catching Liam: A good girls don’t novel by Gennifer Albin
  • This is Falling by Ginger Scott
  • Authors: Glines, Cassia Leo, Christina Lauren, Colleen Hoover, Cora Carmack, Gennifer Albin, Ginger Scott, J. Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, and Jamie McGuire
  • Many write both YA and NA.  As with Romance, there is a Happy Ever After ending.  Tend to be contemporary romance, as well.
  • K. A. Tucker – an author for the slightly older crowd
  • More LGBT and other lifestyles portrayed in this genre.  Cora Cormack series – Friday Light Nights for New Adult with gay characters. All Lines Up first book in the series.

Review Sites:

Marketing to New Adults?

  • It markets itself – some shelve it with romance
  • Some libraries upsell and share – put it in your patron’s hands.
  • Epic GoodReads New Adult book club – idea for a library.  The digital book club brought to the library.
  • No more ‘spicy’ than a red-cover harlequin.
  • Trade size paperbacks with photographs – “young people almost kissing” covers
  • Sample titles: Wait for You, Eversea, Blue Notes
  • Many authors write under pseudonym if they write for multiple genres
  • Themes: mortality, romance,
  • How to: Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson with forward by Sylvia Day

Beth – batwater@mymcpl.org

Bully by Penelope Douglas – Beauty and the Beast story. Stands up to the bully next door and he falls hopelessly in love.  Transforms bad guy to good guy in just a few pages. Takes advantage of the age group to explore different themes.  Multiple book series.

Perfectly Damaged by E. L. Montes – Main character is schizophrenic.  Goes off to college and is diagnosed.  “Sad girls looking away” cover.

Frigid byJennifer Armentrout writing as J. Lynn – Stand alone, with a new sequel called Scorched.  A friends become lovers story – go out with friends in a cabin – and then it morphs into a stalker story.

#Nerd by Cambria Hebert – Tutors the football stars theme. Sells hot on Amazon and eBooks.  Print-on-demand titles. Not the best binding, but worth purchasing because of grassroots publicity.

Lisa – lpalmer@mymcpl.org

Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski – Great cover with immediate visual appeal.  Contemporary romance, just turned 21 and Cam likes to think outside the box.  Gets on a bus to see something new…and meets Andrew.  About friendship, love, living in the moment and taking time to follow your dreams. A little spicy.  Narrative is point of view.

 

KLA/MLA 2015 Day 3

Format Focus: Non-Fiction

Kim, Polli and Amanda are sharing all things great and good about non-fiction.  Book list to come (which is why you come to these).  I will comb through ALL of the handouts and pick out the stuff I missed and want to share.

State Librarian Luncheon (I passed – Italian sausage, ravioli in cream sauce and green beans)

Best part – a great conversation with the staff from Basehor Community Library.  I found out how they organize their Readers Theater program for 3rd-5th graders (info from Scholastic).  It’s a 3-hour workshop.  Library staff (Vicky and Patrick) pick the book, make copies of the script, read through the script, create costumes and scenery…then perform the book to friends and family.  Vicky will read the book first, so the kids are familiar with it and can talk about the story and motivation.  Patrick says the costume and scenery part is what the kids get most excited about.  Vicky will make recommendations for who gets what part based on her knowledge of her kids’ reading skills.  I think when the younger kids want to participate, I heard she may give them a part as ‘frog’ or another sound-effects-type role.  There are lots of online resources and scripts – just search ‘readers theater‘.

We also talked about an Adult Readers Theater, which might be fun, too. Think of it like recreating the good-old days of radio!  Might be great for Seniors.

I asked about passive programming and incorporating tech into story time.

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LibrarySimplified – a NYC Library program – search one place for an ebook – “One discover and reading system for all ebook vendors.”  Multiple vendors is invisible and only one app is needed.  (Would be good for feeding/overdrive/oneclickdigital.)  Looks like KDL, Boston and Chattanooga are all using it.

The State Library BOUGHT Mango – so they don’t have to subscribe.  I wonder how that works?  Seems like a more cost effective options, if you can update.

KLA/MLA Day 2 – Tech Tool Trends 2015

Tech Tools Trends 2015 – Cynthia Dudenhoffer – Presentation (with all the hyperlinks)

Cynthia started by saying this was a research based talk – “there’s a lot of crap out there.”  More critical about what she shares.
Data Visualization – (dissertation topic): enable, ask, inform, see, relationships, highlight.  Present the information visually, with meaning and thoughtfulness
Types:
  • Taxonomy: London hipster coffeeshop names – won an award.  beautiful.net.  Connections of library systems example
  • Health Information: Plot medical outbreaks on a map tons end out vaccines.  Crowd source tool – get info immediately and share in a meaningful way
  • Statistics
  • Library Data Visualization Data plots for circulation by region, state circa data, play with it – great ways to work the data to share with Board and commissioners
  • Game of Thrones: Relationships decoded – very cool.  (sex one, too)
To Make:
  • Infogr.am
  • piktochart.com
  • tableau.com – vaccine map – upload data sets
  • Google sheets/fusion tables
  • visme
  • easel.ly
To View:
  • Flowing Data has education data
  • statistics.com – training offered
  • visual.ly
  • informationisbeautiful.net
  • visualziang.org
Convince your board of anything if you give them a pretty enough picture.
Digital Collections – Content and projects to share docs and pics
  • DPLA – app section useful to search by color, for example
  • Serendiptomatic – aggregator (like wordle but an image search that pulls images from other sources of image collections)  Metadata attached to them.
  • Kngine – new type of search engine by asking questions.  Separates content out by images, articles, answers – strips out all ads – great research starter
  • Omeka – Digital content place and make exhibits online for free (or a hosted version)
  • OpenCollections – better for libraries that have a programmer
Virtual reality
  • Google cardboard  – google explorations teams up with nasa – look and see into space.  Teen program idea.  Augmented reality affordable and educational accessible.  Libraries count for the apps.
  • Aurasma – video tutorial tool for iPhone (app) – notate a picture. Easy to use.  Library tour idea.
  • Chromville – program idea for technology with iPads – free, color, change the world with the colored pages
Education Hacks:
  • Shelfari – digital bookshelf images to highlight a collection
  • Icanhazpdf – twitter hashtag – articles will be tweeted back to you and works really well. Crowdsourced ILL.
  • ExplainEverything – white board app to notate and record voice to make tutorials (college class example)
  • DigitalPassPort – Digital citizenship tool – safe online – prepare for the internet
  • Pinterest – students use it to store citations – just use what they already use
  • SubText/AR360 – bought by accelerated reader
  • Biblionasium – gam-ifies reading for kids 7-13 year olds. Badges, etc.
  • WhatWasThere – GIS – stand in a place, and tells you the history!!!  Philadelphia!  You can add things, as well.
  • WordLens/Google Translate – virtual reality – to translate signs in real time.  JOAQUIN
  • Paper – http://www.fiftythree.com/paper – list sharing, gesture-based, annotate, take notes, share accounts to many people, grab images or pieces.
  • Poems by Heart – Produced by national council of English Language. to help children memorize – expose to classic literature and helps them.  PROGRAM idea. UK tool. Her 7 year old son loves it
  • ResearchReady – Craptest – web site test.  evaluates websites. Good for students.
Maker:
  • Koma Koma – stop motion animator easy to use. record play back forward Cool little movies
  • Crowdflik – GIS and aggregates – concert example, find other videos of events
  • Stripdesigner – graphic novel comic book creator Templates, upload your own art
  • printShop (Makerbot) – App to draw and then print 3D
  • Lightbot – teach kids programming.  Puzzle based games (like robot turtles).  Looks like minecraft.  Teaches general functions of programming
  • MyBrushes – Painting app – options
  • Canva – Online graphic designing tool. Fun.
Mining/Analytics
  • Scrapy – open source way to scrape data behind web searches. Like google analytics
  • Buffer – Organize your social media accounts – dashboard, schedule, etc.
  • SproutSocial – Proactive – use to monitor social media by topic and create an alert – trending topics to encourage you to post stuff.
  • Topsy – 2006 Twitter archive. social media search engine.
  • SocialMention – Search engine of real-time social media
Overlays/Managers
  • Storify – pull social media to make a story.
  • Odyssey – GIS location based stories.  Vacation example – notate.
  • Veooz – News aggregator with social media.  Beta but good.
  • WWSGD – Seth Goden – Plug in for wordpress to remind you to thank you for commenting.  Notices for web site – bring people back to the web site
  • Trendsmap – social media and data and GIS – overlay twitter geographically in real-time.  Syria, for example. No translator built in.
Q&A – 
Mashable is where she learns about these things.  Search in Veooz for social media trends.  LifeHacker network gives ideas of new tech trends, too. Follow or get a news aggregator. Gizmodo, too, for tech side. Pocket plug-in. iPhone app to live in toolbar like pinterest.  Daily Skim – sends you links to read later. Fee.ly
App – Poo Log – What’s Your Poo Telling you?