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PROGRAM Descriptions


C/SE = Central/Southeast Chapters Conference


N = North Chapter Conference NE = Northeast Chapter Conference


NW = Northwest Chapter Conference SW = Southwest Chapter Conference


A+ Practicum: How Students, Mentors, and Libraries Can Make the Most of the Practicum Experience


A successful practicum experience is not one- sided. The practicum student, the staff/mentor, and the entire library system can be rewarded by taking advantage of the unique opportunities that a practicum can offer. As a professional working with practicum students, how can you make the most of the opportunity for both parties? As a student, what can you do to make sure you gain the knowledge and skills you need, and stand out from the crowd? How does the library system benefit? Two public librarians with experience on both sides of the equation discuss ideas, tips, and tricks. Bring your best (and worst) practicum experiences to share!


Intended Audience: Adult Services, Children’s Services, Outreach, and YA/Teen Services Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Young Adult Services Division


NE: Becky O’Neil, Westerville Public Library; Robyn E. Vittek, Akron-Summit County Public Library


Access, Intellectual Freedom, and the Brave New (Digital) World


While there has been a veritable avalanche of information on social networking, user generated content, Web 2.0, and eBooks, very little of the conversation has addressed the intellectual freedom issues associated with these new technologies. Library professionals routinely defend the First Amendment rights of library users to seek, access, receive, and disseminate ideas. These rights are applicable to all library users (including minors) and should be protected regardless of the information’s format. Legislative initiatives like DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act) as well as some local restrictions would deny users the right to access many of the Web 2.0 applications. New patron privacy concerns emerge with eBook lending and the use of third party vendors. This program will provide an overview of social networking applications, Web 2.0 technologies, digital books, and the accompanying professional and intellectual freedom issues they pose.


Intended Audience: Administrative, Adult Services, Children’s Services, Marketing and PR, and YA/Teen Services Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Intellectual Freedom Committee


N, NE: Jeff Regensburger, Worthington Libraries NW, SW: Julie Arter, Columbus Metropolitan Library


Adult Books for Teens


Are your teens too grown up for the teen department? Point them in the direction of some great adult books they’ll love! This program will introduce you to YALSA’s Alex awards and share some great booklists and titles from the adult collection that will be sure to please your teens.


Intended Audience: YA/Teen Services Staff Sponsor: Young Adult Services Division


N, NE, NW, SW: Robyn E. Vittek, Akron-Summit County Public Library


Ancestry Library Edition – Getting the Most Out of Your Searches


Thanks to television shows like PBS’s Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, more and more people are becoming aware of online genealogy resources and asking about them at their local libraries. Ancestry Library Edition, with its 7,000 databases and 200 billion images, is the premier subscription database for genealogy research. This program will introduce you to the basic features of ancestry and show you how to do efficient and effective searches.


Intended Audience: Adult Services, Genealogy and Local History Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Northeast Chapter


NE: Cheri Goldner, Akron-Summit County Public Library


Assisting Job Seekers


Are your patrons looking for work? Do they need assistance with resume writing or Internet job searching? Join this session to learn about the best print and online resources to assist job seekers in the digital world.


Intended Audience: Adult Services and Outreach Staff; General Interest


Sponsor: Hosting Chapter C/SE, SW: Arvind Kochar, Lane Libraries


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