Joni Blake is the Executive Director of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Literature from Cornell College, a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Administration.
Dr. Blake began her career in libraries as the Circulation/ILL Manager at the Creighton University School of Law Library. After library school, she became the technical services librarian at William Woods University and then director of libraries at Stephens College. She has also served as a Consultant-Evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
She currently resides in the Kansas City area with her retired greyhound ‘Dan Aykroyd’. She can be contacted at joni [at] gwla [dot] org.
Occam's Reader is a software program that allows interlibrary loan of electronic books. Occam's Reader is a collaboration between Texas Tech University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Greater Western Library Alliance. Currently Occam's Reader works with the ILLiad software to allow document delivery staff to lend electronic books seamlessly between libraries. We are currently working with .PDF documents only, but we have plans to support other formats of electronic books and to develop a stand-alone, web-based version of the system.
Email: libraries [dot] occams [dot] reader [at] ttu [dot] edu
10:55am - 11:45am
Using Makerspaces to Build Interdisciplinary Network in an Academic Library, Room 1B
Presented by Cody Behles, University of Memphis Libraries
The program will focus on how the University of Memphis Libraries has expanded the user groups in the library by branching out into STEM-oriented resources that are designed to bring together Arts and Humanities students, STEM students, and community organizations to create a collaborative hub on campus. The talk will discuss the free-print 3D lab model that we have implemented, circulating resources to area teachers, as well as some of the other experiments that are currently underway. The talk will highlight how these resources and spaces create new networking opportunities never before available in libraries.
Book Xchange: How public libraries can partner with K-12s, Room 2
Presented by Rita Shacklett, Linebaugh Public Library; Dr. Linda Gilbert, Superintendent, Murfreesboro City Schools; Shannon Minner, Media Specialist at Reeves Rogers Elementary
Enjoy a panel discussion on how Linebaugh Public Library System partnered with the Murfreesboro City School System to expand the school’s library collection. Come listen and ask questions of the Director of Linebaugh Library, Murfreesboro City Schools Superintendent and a school librarian from a school who has implemented the program.
Learn more about the Digital Public Library of America, Room 3
Presented by Emily Gore, Director for Content of the DPLA
The Digital Public Library of America is an online platform that pulls together the digitized collections of archives, museums and libraries across the country. Learn more about this free program from Emily Gore, the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America.
12:00pm - 12:50pm
Building from Foundation to Vista: K-16 Information Literacy Standards in TN, Room 1B
Presented by DeAnne Luck, Austin Peay State University Library
Join librarians from across the educational spectrum to discuss the possibility of creating yearly standards for librarians in TN. The standards will build each year from kindergarten through college, allowing librarians to develop students' robust information literacy competencies for school and life success.
Understanding Non-Profit Financial Statements, Room 2
Presented by Jenifer Grady, Tenn-Share; Stephanie Sutton, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tenn-Share Treasurer
This session will explain budgets, balance sheets, income statements, and audits; and common terms used. We will use a case study from a non-profit to analyze areas that are either doing well that should be a concern. We will examine the evidence to diagnose the financial health of an organization.
How Does She Do It? How a Bookseller-Turned-Librarian Brought a Rural Public Library Back to Life, Room 3
Presented by Jillian Rael, Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library
A library newcomer discusses how she and her staff made great strides in a small community using lessons from retail and other past experiences. I will share my story and hopefully provide listeners with inspiration and ideas.
How To Get Teens Into The Library (And Want To Come Back), Auditorium
Presented by Kelsi Murphy, Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library
I will be presenting points to utilize while planning teen programs or events that will make a positive impact on the teenage community as well as make teens want to come back to the library regularly, a challenge for most libraries today.
2:00pm - 2:50pm
Makerspaces in K-12 Libraries, Room 1B
Presented by Amanda Smithfield, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet (Metro Nashville Public Schools);
Sabrina McClure, H.G. Hill Middle; Melissa Raines, Dupont-Tyler Middle; Alison Maliszewski,
Apollo Middle School
Come hear from a panel of Metro Nashville Public School Libraries who are trying to incorporate makerspaces into their K-12 libraries. We'll discuss what we've learned and share advice with you.
A Model for Assessing Relative Interest in E-books Compared to Print, Room 2
Presented by Steven Knowlton, University of Memphis Libraries
Librarians have struggled to find a useful and accurate way to compare use of e-books vs. print. This program will present a model that measures not total use but a binary assessment -- was a resource used or not used? It will cover the reasons why such a measurement is useful and explore the ways it can assist in collection development decisions.
Free Federal Resources for Financial Literacy, Room 3
Presented by Perveen Rustomfram, University of Memphis Libraries; Bess Robinson, University of Memphis Libraries
Discover freely-accessible government websites that provide children, young adults, parents, and seniors—even non-native English speakers—a wealth of information on financial topics such as saving, budgeting, credit, paying for college, investing, purchasing a home, and planning for retirement. Exchange ideas for promoting these sources to various audiences.