Black Arm Bands, Full Metal Jackets and Young People
Join Mary Beth Tinker who, as a junior high school student in 1965 wore a black arm band to school in order to protest America’s involvement in Vietnam. That action set in motion a court case that ended up before the Supreme Court. The court ruled that students do have First Amendment rights in school settings. Here from Mary Beth about that and her continuing experiences working on youth access.
Expecting the Unexpected: Libraries Respond to Profound Change-International Papers & Projects Session
Increasingly, economic, political and human crises, along with natural disasters, constitute a recurrent reality around the world. The effect of large-scale disaster and economic disruption are being felt far and wide and impacting libraries in diverse ways. Libraries are casualties of natural disasters, from earthquakes to hurricanes, as well as civil unrest and wars. Sudden cuts in library budgets have resulted in severe staff reductions, privatization and even closures. Four presenters from around the world will share their experiences about how they have prepared for or coped with profound change.
Subjects: International Issues, Disaster Planning
Empowering Staff to Learn: Self Directed Learning Models (LEARNRT)
Do those you train resist learning? Is formal training not yielding enough return? Join this program to learn successful methods for empowering your staff to seek learning, develop informal learning goals, and create a culture of growth and learning in your library.
New Library Technology Paradigms: OS vs Black Box vs Hybrids
Some libraries build new Open Source Products, some adopt existing ones and others buy packaged products. How do libraries make the choice? What are the trade-offs, benefits and pitfalls of building something in house, using an existing OS solution, buying something out of the box or building a hybrid solution. Our panelists will talk about how and why they build systems and what drives their decision making processes.
IT Project Management for Libraries - What Works? What Really Really Doesn’t
How to apply the fundamentals of solid IT project management in libraries without alienating everyone you work with: Mining years of experience figuring out what doesn’t work, this session will focus on the project management elements that consistently come through in order to get it done: assessing new technologies, getting buy-in, defining scope, staying on task and within budget, demonstrating ROI and actually crossing the finish line and celebrating a successful project.
Subjects: Technology, Project Management
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