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Some Conference Descriptions

“Every Penny Counts:  Protecting the Money and the People Who Handle It”

Whether your library generates just a few hundred dollars a year, or tens of thousands of dollars, from fees, fines, copying charges and other miscellaneous transactions, effective internal controls over the handling of these funds is essential.  This session will address the importance of establishing and documenting proper procedures to safeguard these types of library assets.

“Children’s Programs for Little or No Money”

No excuses.  These presenters will offer small libraries an array of ideas for programs that cost little or no money:  Rick Agran, New Hampshire Humanities Council, Concord; Duncan McDougall, Executive Director, CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation), Hanover; Olga Morrill, Children’s Librarian, Conway Public Library; Kathy Tracy, Children’s Librarian, Tracy Memorial Library, New London.

“New Children’s Books”

This session will provide a lively overview of some terrific new children’s literature.  Both recently published and forthcoming titles will be highlighted.  The session will include new books from all genres, as well as a range of reading levels, especially preschool to grade eight.  See – and hear – the latest books by your favorite authors; discover new talent.  Create a personal list for your summer reading.  Find “the” book to recommend to a particular young reader.  This will be an enjoyable and informative presentation!  A complete booklist is provided.  Presented by Christopher Rose.

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Many of us run book clubs at our libraries or are part of discussion groups in our communities.  The meetings are often good, but sometimes the books are bad and the conversation just gets ugly.  Join us as we share some of our most successful reading group choices and some that we wish we had never suggested.  We would also love to hear from you, so be prepared to share a war story or two!  Presented by Becky and Michael Herrmann.

“Open Source at Your Library”

Curious about Open Source Software, but not sure what it means for you?  In this presentation you’ll learn what “open source” means and how the concept relates to conventional software.  We’ll discuss some of the open source applications that are making an impact in libraries today, including Evergreen, Koha and DSpace.  Most importantly, we’ll talk about some of the issues to keep in mind if you’re thinking of taking the plunge yourself, including: “Free Beer vs. Free Kittens”; staffing impacts; and communities and sustainability.  Presented by Ed Sperr.

“Core Collections:  Accessing and Circulating Video Games at the Library”

The average age of the gamer is 33 and rising, 81% of teens play games online, and 25% of people over 50 are playing.  How is your library supporting the needs of gamers in your community?  Digital and circulating collections may be a place to start!  By the end of this session, participants will discuss key questions to ask in creating a video game collection development policy; discover online and print selection materials and resources for digital and physical video game collections; identify criteria for selecting video games with high replayability; hear “booktalks” for video games that are ideal for stater collections; and learn about model circulating video game collections in libraries in the United States. Presented by Beth Gallaway.

“Get Your Game On!  Video Game Programs at the Library”

Discover the logistics of game programs at your library for children and teens, including models such as Runescape clubs, Dance Dance Revolution tournaments, and more!  By the end of this session, participants will learn to advocate for gaming programs in libraries, and discover best practices in gaming programs from libraries in the United States.  Presented by Beth Gallaway.

“Confessions of A Weekend Chick”

Stephanie Piro, syndicated cartoonist, author, illustrator, and part-time librarian, will present the power-point presentation “Confessions of a Weekend Chick,” an amusing, and sometimes downright hilarious view of her career and what it takes to try and make it in the highly competitive, crazy world of cartooning with lots of samples (if she can figure out how to work the laptop and projector) and plenty of time for Q & A (please ask!).

“Roundtable for Small (and Smaller) Libraries”

This is an opportunity for librarians in small libraries to share their problems and solutions.  Participants will make a “laundry list” and discuss common issues.  If necessary, the group will subdivide into “small” and “smaller” libraries.

“The Path to Automation”

This program is for librarians working in a library that is not currently automated.  The presentation will cover the steps to take when preparing for a future automation project, and the factors to consider when planning for automation. Presented by Bobbi Lee Slossar.

“Creating a Digital Library with Open Source Software”

This program provides an overview of creating a digital library using WordPress, a free piece of open source software. Presented by Bobbi Lee Slossar.

“Programs for Libraries with Small Populations and No Money”

The program will explain how small libraries, serving populations of under 3,000, bring programs to the communities they serve.  They will also speak about they have recruited audiences to their programs which has helped market their library and garner community support.  Presented by Marie McAndrew-Taylor.

“Book Discussion (Evening Ferry) with Katherine Towler”

A book discussion run much the same way we do them in our libraries with the author reading from the book and answering questions about the book and the author.

“If I Knew Then What I Know Now”

A panel of experienced professional librarians will answer questions on career building.  The panelists will discuss their current positions and the paths taken in their careers.  Less experienced librarians will be ready to ask questions to help them and other librarians gather insight to blaze their own trails.  Questions will also be solicited from those in the audience and connections will be made for continued mentoring from these and other experienced professionals.

“Create a Successful Retreat”

Ever wanted to have a retreat day for your coop or library organization and didn’t know where to begin?  Come join us as we walk you through the process we used to have a successful retreat for our consortium.  We brainstormed, shared professional development ideas, and set our goals for the upcoming year.  Our model can be adapted to fit your individual group and its needs.

“What We Learned at PLA:  Minneapolis Moments and Library Trends”

A structured discussion, led by NH librarians who attended the Minneapolis sessions, which will aim to recap the conference, identify its major themes, solicit feedback, and pass out copies of worthwhile handouts.  Our goal is to share information with those unable to attend PLA, or with those who went but didn’t get to see everything.

“WebJunction New Hampshire & You”

What exactly is WebJunction NH?  And how can it help ME?  Tom Ladd, the NH State Library Education Coordinator & WebJunction NH Team Lead, will take you on a guided tour of the various resources, tools, and educational opportunities available to you through the NHSL’s partnership in the WebJunction project – “where minds meet.” 

“It’s a Whole New World:  Finding and Using Maps and Other Geospatial Information”

GPS (global positioning systems) are now available on cell phones and in cars; paper maps are being scanned and placed online; Google Earth provides views of the earth with a few clicks of a mouse that once were only available to professionals.  These are a few of the recent developments in digital maps and geospatial data.  This session will sample some of the resources available online and cover a few basic cartographic principles that are important to consider in evaluating and using geospatial information.  Presented by Thelma B. Thompson

“Metadata made simple”

Metadata schemes come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes, formats, and purposes, from the refreshingly simple, to the incomprehensibly complex, and each with its own acronym.  This diversity can at first make metadata cataloging seem overwhelming and foreign, but in practice is can be quite simple and surprisingly familiar.  In this session we will review basic metadata concepts, overview common schemes, discuss how new schemes relate to standard library cataloging practices, and how they are used to foster collaboration, sharing, and long-term collection management.  Presented by Eleta Exline

“Adults Read During the Summer, Too!”

Attend a panel discussion about successful adult summer reading programs that have been created by libraries of differing sizes.  Hear stories, see examples of programs, and ask questions that will help you plan your Adult Summer Reading program for 2008.

“G’Day for Reading, NH Summer Reading Program”

The NH Summer Reading Program Kick-off and a whole lot more!  Join us as Steve Blunt and Joseph Carringer get us in the spirit for G’Day for Reading by performing tunes from the Land Down Under.  In addition, Deb Hoadley will demonstrate the summer reading wiki and other SRP committee members will share theme-related crafts and program ideas.

“Spice Up Your Storytime”

Looking for some fresh storytime ideas?  In this workshop, panelists will give examples of some of their most successful storytime programs, including books, songs, fingerplays and more!  Participants are encouraged to bring questions and their own suggestions as plenty of time will be allowed for discussion.

“NH Teen Book Awards”

Discover how your library can celebrate the reading voice of adolescents.  The Isinglass Teen Read Award recognizes titles nominated and voted on by 7th and 8th graders throughout the state.  Similarly, The Flume: Teen Reader’s Choice Award distinguishes current titles nominated and voted on by students in grades 9-12.  Librarians will discuss how to involve your teens, where to find promotional materials, as well as the nominees for 2009.  You will leave with a teen approved suggested reading list.

“Teen Summer Reading Programs”

Learn from two Young Adult Librarians how to organize, promote, and execute a teen summer reading program on a budget.

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