Symposium on the Future of Libraries - Schedule

Provided below is the developing schedule for the Symposium on the Future of Libraries. Additional sessions and details will be added as they are made available. 

 

Saturday, February 10

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Plenary Session - Education Innovation
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407

 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

Do Space: Technology for Everyone
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
Do Space is a new kind of technology library launched in Omaha Nebraska and recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered as well as the 2016 American Libraries Design Showcase. Operated by an independent nonprofit organization, Do Space aims to empower the community through access to technology and innovative learning experiences. Executive Director Rebecca Stavick will discuss the vision behind the project, lessons learned during its first year of operations, and how the community's response to this experimental space can help us better understand the future of public libraries.

Libraries Ready to Code from Research to Practice
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
What does it take to bring a community of researchers, LIS faculty, and practitioners together to learn, design, and implement successful computational thinking (CT) activities for and with youth and families? Find out in this session where the Libraries Ready to Code team describes how a community of learners developed around a common theme of re-envisioning youth librarianship centered around CT. Session participants will practice techniques that seamlessly demonstrate how learning happens through observation and collaboration between stakeholders, partners, and youth.

A Collaborative Future for Libraries, Museums, and More: Chicago Collections and Lifelong Learning Across the Community
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
The future of libraries is a collective one. Chicago Collections (http://chicagocollections.org/) is a unique consortium of 30 libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and scientific organizations across the City of Chicago. Dedicated to promoting discovery, access, and use of primary source materials and professional expertise related to Chicago and its people, this consortium has developed a future-oriented vision for collaboration across face-to-face and digital teaching, learning, collection, and community engagement programs. This session will provide a model for collaboration among diverse cultural heritage organizations that participants may bring home to promote a greater, collective impact for their work in their communities.

StoryCorps: How Good Storytelling Can Help #FundLibraries  
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407
With the 2018 federal funding cycle looming, the need for librarians to capture and share their own stories is more important than ever. In this session, StoryCorps Community Training Specialist Maura Johnson will highlight stories from past StoryCorps library partners and discuss the StoryCorps model for collecting and sharing stories. You’ll learn about good story collection methods and walk away with ideas for how low-cost ways to share your library story with your community.  

Project Welcome: Refugee Resettlement Agencies & Libraries
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 404
Project Welcome (https://publish.illinois.edu/projectwelcome/) is an IMLS funded project exploring how libraries address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in order to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process. This session will bring together library workers and staff from refugee resettlement agencies to inform the library services continuum that is in development. An optional working group will follow the formal session, offering attendees time to talk about next steps and involvement in the project. This grant is a partnership with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, and the International Relations Office.  

 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Library Security Trends: The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
The opioid epidemic has added a new dimension to library security. Opiate users are buying, selling, and taking drugs in libraries and other facilities and raising concerns for overdoses and even deaths in these spaces. Dr. Steve Albrecht, a retired police officer and author of Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities, will explore the safety and security issues resulting from opiate use, strategies for recognizing and responding to opiate users in medical distress, and the on-going national discussion about providing Narcan training to library staffers.

The Health Needs of Your Community are Increasing, How Will You Meet Them?
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
A recent Pew study found that health is the second most searched for information online. Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. With a growing population over 65 and increases in chronic disease, the community need for reliable health information and programming tied to health and wellness is growing. This session will cover how to determine the health needs of your community, find local and national partners, funding, and offer sample ideas of health and wellness programs. This session is interactive so bring a pen and your thinking caps and be prepared to participate!

Seeding the Future: The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
Transformative innovation is often driven by small scale projects and experiments. The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter was created to support the prototyping of library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Since its founding, the chapter has supported projects from around the world that reflect the potential of citizen and library driven collaborations to address community issues and innovations. This session will discuss how the chapter was formed, the projects that have been funded, and the future direction of Innovation in Libraries Chapter.

The Chattanooga Memory Project: Using Technology to Bring Chattanooga's History to Life
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 404
The Chattanooga Memory Project (CMP) is a whole-of-city movement which aims to capture and document precious moments and memories related to Chattanooga; recollections not merely from individual Chattanoogans, but also organizations, associations, companies, non-profits, and groups. 

 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Every Day Literacy: South Carolina’s Toolbox for Library Resources
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
The South Carolina State Library’s goal is to improve literacy throughout the state and provide a model for others, especially libraries serving rural areas. To build capacity for intergenerational literacy programs, SCSL developed the South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar as a comprehensive resource to support the EveryDay Literacy initiative. Items in the toolbox are created or supported by the State Library to provide different activities and training opportunities to build literacy skills in a diverse, fun, and interactive way.

F3: Fine-Free Future
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
Libraries continue to strive toward more equitable access even as many of our communities face growing income inequality - and the question of library fines has become particularly relevant. This session brings together three experienced library directors who have recently eliminated some or all overdue fines at their libraries to discuss the strategies they used in their communities, the arguments for and against the elimination of fines, their plans to measure impact and success, and how they communicate the issue of overdue fines as critical to any library's mission of equal access and social equity.

Immersive and Interactive Virtual Reality in Academic and Medical Libraries
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology with the potential to enhance many professions and disciplines, but it presents challenges in creating scaled access, designing useful learning spaces, and providing support to students and instructors. This session will look at two models for integrating virtual reality in learning spaces. NCSU Libraries will share their insights from experimenting with VR services, opening VR learning spaces, and lending VR equipment over the last year and a half. The University of Washington Health Sciences Library will talk through their project, funded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS LG-74-17-0190-17 ) and the Allen Endowment, to develop immersive virtual reality simulation experiences for use in medical libraries including designing a VR studio space in the library for surgical simulation experiences.

The Front Lines of Intellectual Freedom - Protecting Your Pages with Policy
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 404
Every library needs clear policies that guide the selection, weeding, and reconsideration of library resources. A new toolkit from ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom provides policy samples, best practices, and instructions on how to handle everything from complaints to donations. Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Helen Adams and other toolkit authors will review its features and answer questions. Print toolkit packets will be available for all attendees to bring back to their libraries. This session, with the accompanying toolkit, will enable library professionals to rationally and confidently defend their collections and protect them from censorship.    

    

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

An Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407
The Libraries chapter of the Awesome Foundation, an international organization that forwards the interest of awesome in the universe $1000 at a time, will be hosting its first ever Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries during ALA Midwinter. At least eight presenters will pitch short, inspiring ideas that could impact their community, demonstrate a new idea, or improve a tool or service. Judges (and the audience) will choose who walks away with $1000 to work on their idea. For information about the Awesome Foundation, check out: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/libraries
 

 

Sunday, February 11

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Plenary Session - Diversity and Equity
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407

 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

It’s Your Future – Get Ready for It Now!
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407
Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about what the future holds for your field and your career? Well, you can! No crystal ball needed. Come join our lively discussion to learn about emerging trends that will make a difference for library professionals. We’ll look at why it’s so important to pay attention to trends, develop a “future mindset” and practice preferred futuring. We’ll also explore 17 critical trends and how you can use them to develop a career/professional development plan guaranteed to keep you on the cutting edge. Come, join us as we step into the future!

Library Island
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
Visit Library Island and explore the future of libraries using a method unlike any you've tried before. This immersive activity combines information experience, roleplay, and design thinking to elicit strategic visions for library services of all kinds. Drawing on experiences from library consultations in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and the US, it offers attendees a toolkit of fast, practical, cost-effective approaches to develop a collective library vision suitable for information professionals working in institutions and communities of all kinds.

The Library's Evolution into Centers of Innovation and Learning
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
Libraries are positioned to address growing equity issues. To do this libraries need to focus on supporting equitable access to technology, career and college readiness and innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities, especially in areas that are underserved. This session will focus on transforming the way service is approached, as well as ways to create change without the need for huge investments in technology. It will particularly focus on future facing frameworks for envisioning your programs and services. Come and join the discussion of how we can transform libraries through service.

Blockchain, Open Civic Data, and TV WhiteSpace - Three New Projects
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
Three new projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) explore libraries’ roles in emerging technologies and their potential impact on communities. Team members will provide an overview of their projects followed by an open discussion on the merits of these projects. Featured projects include Libraries Leading with TV WhiteSpace (Kristen Rebmann for the San Jose State University iSchool); Local Open Civic Data Ecosystems (Toby Greenwalt for the joint project between Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Library System); and Blockchain Technology as a Community Anchor (Sandy Hirsh and Sue Alman for the San Jose State University iSchool).  

 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Advocating for Ourselves: Does Our Profession’s Survival Depend on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program Policy Support?
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
Student loan debt levels are in the trillions and the ways to get rid of educational debt are limited to repayment or forgiveness programs. Many are unaware that student loans are exempt from bankruptcy and basic consumer protections. As public servants, library staff are suffering in silence with debt and struggling to qualify for existing Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. How can we make existing policies effectively work to help current staff, address retention concerns, and attract new talent to our profession? How can we advocate for making new policies that will help staff with educational debt management?

Libraries in the Age of Extended Reality: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR)
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
Extended Reality (XR), a combination of real and virtual world and human-machine interaction, includes Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) technologies that have become more mainstream over the past few years. This session will explore the current state of XR technologies and how librarians can participate in and contribute to the development of XR applications. XR changes the way we interact with data, creates new forms of user interfaces, and transforms information storage. By looking at current library initiatives like linked data, 3D printing, and digital humanities, we can begin to envision the future of extended reality.

Road Signs to the Future: What Trends Will Affect Your Library?
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407
This interactive session will use the Center for the Future of Libraries’ trend cards to bring interested colleagues together in a discussion about the future. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts for how these and other trends will affect their library, how they anticipate new and emerging trends, and how they plan to lead the way to the future in their community. Get insight and advice from your colleagues and build a network of fellow futures-thinkers.

The Future of Learning in Public Libraries
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
In recent years public libraries have expanded beyond one-off programs to offer MOOCs, flipped classroom language learning, multi-session skill “camps,” and ongoing reading enrichment. What might these recent developments suggest about the future of learning in public libraries, and how should public libraries position themselves within the larger educational ecosystem? After some brief lightning talks from our panelists on how libraries are thinking about patron learning, we’ll open the session to facilitated group discussions. Attendees should come prepared to discuss what the future may have in store for public libraries and learning.

Transforming Event & Collection Discoverability
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 404
Linked Data can improve library visibility, discoverability and engagement in your community or campus. Linked Data can boost discoverability of collections, events, databases, and e-resources in search engines like Google, Yahoo, and other sources. We’ll discuss how Linked Data is transforming library awareness and how it can make library assets easily discoverable on the web beyond just your library website and social media pages. You'll learn how to apply this innovative approach for promoting your invaluable assets online, which will increase your library’s discoverability immensely and further increase engagement, relevancy and outreach opportunities.

 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

One-Stop Shop for the Research Lifecycle: Effects of High-Impact Educational Practices on Library Spaces and Services in the Near- and Long-term
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
Higher education institutions of all sizes are focused on increasing retention and graduation rates and improving student engagement and learning through the usage of High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs). This emphasis on HIPs have changed (and will continue to change) the spaces and services that university and college libraries offer, especially as libraries become the all-inclusive place in supporting the research lifecycle. Therefore, it is important for library staff to understand what HIPs are, how institutions are using them, and the impact that they already have and may have on libraries in the near- and long-term.

A New Generation In Charge: How Millennial Leadership is Changing Library Staffing
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
Millennials are rapidly filling leadership roles in libraries, and hiring priorities are quickly changing due to their impact. Influenced by a desire to do important, meaningful work, millennial managers want to see their values reflected in new employees. These shifting priorities are reframing how candidates are chosen for all levels of library staffing and will change how libraries are shaped in the future. In this panel discussion, millennial hiring managers will discuss their priorities in hiring, how that is reflective of their personal values, and what makes a candidate from any generation successful.

Virtual Teen Dream: Embedding Virtual Reality into Teen Programming  
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407
With the introduction of the Oculus and Vive gaming systems, virtual reality (VR) is now more affordable and dynamic than ever before. This session is designed to illuminate the steps taken in creating virtual reality spaces and programming for teens, and to provide resources and advice on incorporating VR into your own library plans. We will highlight the proposal, funding and infrastructural processes and challenges, as well as discuss how to design meaningful standards-based VR programming.

Alexa, What Does Library AI Look Like in the Future?
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
Artificial intelligence is everywhere. Google Maps gives us directions. Alexa tells us the weather. Siri goes over our agenda for the day. Using only our voice, we can play music, add items to our shopping list, or find out movie times. Imagine a future where you can ask Siri if your library has a subscription to the New York Times, or tell Alexa to add a book to your reading list. Libraries have a unique opportunity to embrace artificial intelligence and to integrate services into these every day devices. This presentation discusses what a world with Library AI would look like and theorizes how to get there.

 

Monday, February 12

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Plenary Session - Civic Innovation
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407

 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 

Equity-Driven Services and Programs: Exploring Alternative Information Services at the Library
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 401
Summer youth programs. Online high school. Social workers in the library. Public library programs and services are transforming to meet societal shifts in communities while staying true to our mission of equity and access. This session will focus on Denver Public Library's efforts to better understand community needs and develop equity driven services and programs. The evolution of several programs represents the continuous efforts to anticipate future needs and the importance of putting equity first.

Libraries as Community Partners in the Workforce Development System
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 404
Public Libraries have been active supporters of workforce development in their communities - from offering free computer and internet access, training on digital skills and resume writing, online learning, and small business resources, and more recently career exploration through STEM programming and makerspaces. Increasingly, libraries at the state and local level have sought and gained formal recognition for their efforts, taking seats on committees, workforce development boards, and registering libraries as Workforce Connection Sites. This session provides tips and recommendations for who, what, where, and how to get started or leap forward in your own workforce development efforts. 

Sustainability Strategies for Libraries & Communities
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 403
Sustainability initiatives and efforts help move libraries toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society. This session assembles practitioners doing sustainability work in a range of settings, including the implementation of a regional certification program, an institutional transition to renewable energy sources, a university system-wide sustainable OER initiative, and a classroom approach to teaching information literacy from a civic engagement perspective. Panelists will explore how their sustainability efforts are changing the way libraries operate and provide services, creating new opportunities for growth and partnerships, and meeting the needs of their communities. This session is sponsored by ALA’s Sustainability Round Table. 

Is Your Library STEM Ready?
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 402
Join STAR Library Network team members to learn about a forthcoming STEM Readiness Tool. Access free Science-Technology Activities and Resources (“STAR”) to help your library facilitate STEM learning. Hear the preliminary results of a nationwide survey that examines libraries in terms of resources, willingness, and support to intentionally deliver STEM-related experiences to their communities. Learn about eight actionable recommendations for advancing equity-related goals through STEM. Engage in a question and answer session with our team.

Web Literate Library Staff: Keeping the Internet a Free and Public Resource
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407
Libraries are 21st century digital hubs, and like the internet, they are designed to be inclusive, free, and accessible. The Mozilla Foundation, through a generous grant from IMLS, partnered with library systems to test, train, and credential library staff on web literacy skills and train a cadre of web literacy leaders. We will share resources for teaching the web, raising awareness on issues such as privacy and safety, and lessons learned for scaling.