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Thursday, October 17 • 9:00am - 9:50am
"Libraries: Spaces to _____" Lightning Round

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Each lightning round talk will last no more than 5 minutes, with time for questions at the end of the session.

"Spaces to Collaborate: An Examination of the Use of Library-Provided Technology in Group Study Spaces" Terry Brandsma
Space for collaborative work in libraries continues to be in high demand. Over the past several years we have been able to increase the number of group study spaces as we reduced the footprint of our print collection. The new space configurations included installing technology, with the assumption that the technology would be used for collaborative work. As we added more spaces we realized that we needed to look critically at our assumptions, evaluate the use of these spaces, and see if the library-provided technology aligns with what our users need. In February 2018, a quick observational study looked at the use of library-provided technology in designated group study spaces. The study was then repeated in February/March of 2019 after several of the spaces were reconfigured. The background, methodology, and brief results will be presented.

"Beyond Working in the Library Space: Professional Development for Student Employees" Kathryn M. Crowe
Student employees are vital to academic libraries and provide essential services. It is important that libraries offer opportunities to add value to the student experience and enhance their skills to prepare them for future careers. At a public university the Libraries employ about 100 undergraduate and graduate students and developed a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities, often in collaboration with other campus units.
To enhance development opportunities, the Libraries appointed a team of student supervisors to create new opportunities for student employees. The team goals included:
Revising student worker fall orientation
Updating online training modules for customer service
Developing face-to-face workshops on workforce skills
To accomplish these goals, the team updated and enhanced the orientation slideshow and presentation, selected new videos for the customer service tutorials and developed a series of workshops. Before planning the workshops, a survey of students was conducted to ascertain needs and the team collaborated with campus offices to identify presenters. Workshops are held each semester. Students are paid for the sessions and receive credit through the campus co-curricular transcript system.

"RPGs for Kids" R. Scott Frawley
This lightning round talk presents the basics of running role-playing games for children K-5. Gaming and Dungeons & Dragons library programs have become increasingly popular, and presenter Scott Frawley from Durham County Library demonstrates how to tailor these activities to younger gamers. RPGs promote cooperation and creative storytelling, and young players will especially benefit from the math and problem solving found in such games. Scott will showcase the successes from his own games, and teach how minimal preparation can lead to great results.

"Breathe Life into your Library Orientation" Laura Nowak
All too often we find library orientations in school libraries that involve too much "sit and get". Students come to the library and sit for 20 minutes while the librarian explains how to checkout a book, find resources, and use the library. Students leave even less excited about the library and do not remember the majority of what they heard. Come listen to a quick overview of three different ideas you can use to revamp your library orientation to get students and staff alike excited about everything that the library has to offer. Your library orientation needs to reflect the way you want your patrons to feel about visiting the library.

"Libraries: Spaces to Celebrate Veterans" Andrew Pierce
In Gaston County, veterans compose 15% of the population. In the spring of 2018, the Gaston County Public Library transformed the library into a space to celebrate, inform, and provide reflection to veterans. The library presented a film and lecture series entitled “Honorable People and the Stalemate War”. Through films, and episodes of Ken Burn’s The Vietnam War, the library entertained and informed veterans, their families, and patrons through the powerful medium of film. Throughout the series, the library also provided information sessions and film introductions to inform veterans of important services and provide Vietnam veterans some reflection on the war. Susan Lockridge, Register of Deeds, and Kurt Geske of Gaston Veteran Services, presented vital information about the services their offices provide. Director of the Gaston County Museum Jason Luker presented the impact of the war on American film. Finally, local author Jack McCabe discussed the aftermath of the war. His presentations, provided a tough, yet much-needed conversation about the emotional and physical struggles these veterans faced both on the battlefield and when they returned home. This series provided a space to celebrate an underserved population in our community. Most importantly, this series served as a well overdue welcome home.  

"Digital Preservation Peer Assessment" Annie Peterson
Many libraries provide excellent digital access to their special collections, born-digital material, and other digital content, but many also struggle with preserving those digital collections so users in the future can access them as well. The Digital Preservation Peer Assessment Framework was developed by LYRASIS and NEDCC to support institutions assessing their digital preservation successes, gaps, and needs. This lightning talk will introduce participants to the framework, which helps institutions plan to preserve their digital collections, such as digitized special collections or born-digital materials, for the future. The framework is freely available for institutions to use on their own or collaboratively to set benchmarks, identify gaps, and create plans for preserving their digital collections. The framework includes questions to assess the organization, staff and resources, policy infrastructure, processes and workflows, and technological resources. Idea banks throughout the assessment provide institutions with paths forward in digital preservation planning.

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Lynda Reynolds

Public Library Mgt. Consultant, State Library of North Carolina


Annie Peterson

Program Leader, LYRASIS
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Terry W. Brandsma

Information Technology Librarian, UNC Greensboro
Terry W. Brandsma is the Information Technology Librarian at the University Libraries, UNC Greensboro. He is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and received his MLIS from Long Island University. His work in public, special, and academic libraries has concentrated... Read More →
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Andrew Pierce

Librarian Supervisor - Circulation Services, Gaston County Public Library
I am the Librarian Supervisor of Circulation Services for the Gaston County Public Library. I manage the Circulation Section at the Main Branch, as well as Circulation Services systemwide. I also coordinate adult programming at the library including a film series, adult summer reading... Read More →
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Kathryn M. Crowe

Associate Dean for Public Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Laura Nowak

School Library Media Coordinator (Elementary), Wake County Public School System

Robert Frawley

Children's Services Manager, Durham County Library

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Salem 3A