Preconferences

Beyond the Numbers: Using Data for Your Library’s Present and Future
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

This preconference will build on the foundation of the April 2017 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) regional conference in California. Starting with the principles of the “data trifecta,” participants will discover the importance and influence of data analysis for programming, facilities, services, advocacy, and strategic planning, and to tell the story of their library to stakeholders. Through a variety of presentations and activities participants will actively engage with their own current evaluation challenges as well as network with others to discover new practices, tools and methods for data collection and analysis. At the end of the day learners will understand more about what is behind the data they collect, how it can be used effectively and who they can turn to for assistance in their community of practice.

Presenters:

Linda Hofshire, Director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library
Brenda Hough, Instructional Designer and Consultant, Infopeople
Stephanie Gerding, Independent Library Consultant, Stephanie Gerding Consulting
Amy Koester, Youth and Family Programs Supervisor, Skokie Public Library
Jennifer Sweeney, Adjunct Faculty, Simmons School of Library and Information Science

 


Data Equity for Main Street: An Open Data Training Program for Libraries
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Across the country, governments, non-profits and businesses are making data open and available for anyone to use and reuse. Just like digital literacy before it, libraries are poised to play a critical role in providing access to and instruction about this important tool. During this hands-on training, participants will have the opportunity to test-drive a shortened version of a 2-day course that prepares librarians to teach about open data in their libraries. You will return prepared to begin helping community members and other librarians find, use and give feedback on open data. Funded through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this curriculum is in beta version and your feedback will help improve final version, which will be publicly available in Summer 2018.

 


The New World of Genre/Form (Literature, General) and Demographic Group Terms
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

There have been new developments in genre/form terms and demographic group terms. Since 2015, the Library of Congress has approved and adopted new genre/form terms, especially for literature, and new vocabulary for demographic group terms. Workshop will cover the basics of the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCGFT), including changes to subject access, the new MARC fields, and assignment of terms.

 


Carnegie Libraries Tour + Smiley Library
Thursday, November 2, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:15 PM

In the early 20th century, Andrew Carnegie famously donated money to communities throughout the U.S. and United Kingdom to help build public libraries. Almost 1700 libraries were erected nationwide thanks to Carnegie’s generosity. Of these, over 1500 buildings still stand. Some have been converted into museums, but the great majority are used as libraries today. Several fine examples of Carnegie library buildings still exist in Southern California.

On Thursday, November 2, CLA’s Library History Interest Group will lead a guided bus tour of the following four existent Carnegie buildings in the Riverside county area: Beaumont Public Library, Colton Museum, Upland Community Center, and a former library at Claremont/Pomona College that now serves as classroom and office space. In addition, we will visit the phenomenal A. K. Smiley Library in Redlands. Although not a Carnegie building, the Smiley library was built in 1898 and is a beautiful model of late 19th-century mission and Moorish revival-themed architecture. The library is also home to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine.

Event registration fee includes bus ride, lunch, and a brochure about the libraries visited.

Tour guide: Dr. Cindy Mediavilla is a well-known library historian who has written extensively about the history of California public libraries. She recently gave a lecture celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cahuenga Branch, one of Los Angeles Public Library’s remaining Carnegie libraries. Cindy’s MLS and PhD in library science are both from UCLA.

 


Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Boot Camp
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

“Who needs libraries?” Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians, but to our democratic society at large. The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards and deprofessionalization, point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service. The Boot Camp will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this session, we’ll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do, and the support our communities deserve.

Presenters:

Jamie LaRue, Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
Marci Merola, Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy

 


Don’t Be Afraid of Numbers: Budgets and Statistics
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Join Sarah Houghton, director of the San Rafael Public Library, Dolly Knight, director of the Ventura County Law Library, and Beth Wrenn-Estes, Business Manager for CLA, as they demystify the process of reading, understanding, and developing budgets for libraries and nonprofits. A budget can tell you the story of an organization: its health, its future, and its priorities. For many people, the sight of numbers inspires feelings of conflict and confusion. In this session you will learn the basics of reading balance sheets and understanding the budget development cycle. In addition, attendees will learn the basics of statistics and how to use them to communicate your organization’s value.

 


Getting Comfortable with Coding: Teach Coding When You’re Not a Coder
Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Coding is about computational thinking, about iteration and problem solving. Youth should have a fundamental understanding of how technology and the software to code, operate. Collaborative learning in the library is an effective method of instruction. Learn simple, fast and inexpensive ways to launch coding programs at your library, even though you are not a coder. Librarians from San Diego Public Library learned how to use ‘Hopscotch’ and ‘Scratch’ to teach an Hour of Code with no prior background, and we will show you how you can do the same. In this session, you will be introduced to coding languages and fun concepts (Hopscotch, Scratch, Processing, and Arduino), in which you may teach your patrons. We will share some of our past programs and have the audience participate in a hands-on workshop, so please bring your device and/or laptop.

 


Literacy Pre-Conference: Just-in-Time Literacy Instruction and Program Management Skills
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Adult literacy represents “new worlds” in many senses. To adult learners in our libraries, literacy tutoring opens doors to reading, writing, and so much more, including job opportunities and knowledge of the world. For new literacy coordinators, running a tutoring program may represent a whole new experience! Let’s help those new worlds emerge with the guidance of experienced literacy professionals who will share best practices for literacy programs and instruction as well as for program management.

 


Power and Libraries: Leveraging Director Power for Advocacy
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:15PM

Cindy Chadwick, Director of Alameda County Library will share her recent Ph.D. dissertation “Power and Libraries” related to how library directors exercise the use of power. She will facilitate a panel discussion of leaders in our field and they share how they use power and how libraries can leverage that power into legislative action.

 


RFP’s, Contingencies and Construction Management: Creating New Worlds Through Successful Building Projects – Includes Fox Theater Tour
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:15PM

Embarking on a building project or dreaming of the day you can? Join us as we walk participants through the process of constructing Riverside’s New Main Library.
In this highly interactive session participants will:
1. Learn how to draft solid RFP/Q’s.
2. Understand how planning alongside city/county agencies enhances project outcomes.
3. Know more about the discipline of construction management and how to utilize it in their organization.
4. Apply new skills and tools to their own library building and renovation projects.
Using a fun and participatory methodology, the presenters will tackle two challenges from among those submitted by participants.
The session wraps with “insiders” walking tours of the New Main Library Project Site and the historic Riverside Fox Theater to discuss design challenges and the path to successful outcomes.
Free continental breakfast and one lucky participant will leave with two tickets to an upcoming show at the Fox!

 


Summer @ Your Library – Explore, Learn, Read, Connect
Thursday, November 2, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

CLA’s annual summer reading workshop will bring library staff together for discussion and information exchange around trends in summer reading and learning for pre-K, children, tweens, teens, adults and families; community outreach; partnerships; Summer at Your Library quality standards; program evaluation; and building a community of practice amongst library staff. The workshop will showcase innovative summer programming ideas, and the Center for Childhood Creativity will present on how to get the most out of your library’s summer programming. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of everything summer!

The iREAD “Reading Takes You Everywhere” themed programming showcase will be a session unto itself this year and will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Regalla, Center for Childhood Creativity
Presented by CLA’s California Summer Reading Challenge Advisory Council.