Tuesday, Nov. 15

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Great Expectations: What Patrons Expect from their Libraries During the Digital Age
| Veterans 1
Monica Cougan

The past few years of the pandemic introduced many new challenges to communities across Indiana, but the rapid transformation to digital has also ushered in new opportunities. During this panel discussion, library technology leaders will discuss the changes they have implemented to meet patrons’ needs and demands, share their lessons learned and successes, and discuss their library’s community engagement strategy moving forward.

What I Wish I Would Have Known: Library Construction & Bond Financings| Veterans 2

Kristen McClellan

Gain first hand insight on how to prepare for a project (who are the people that help with construction, finance, legal, etc.), when to start the process, the construction phase, and the legal process.

Opening the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research at the Allen County Public Library:
The Place to Be! | Veterans 3
Curt Witcher

This session will present an approach to modifying traditional museum and library engagement models to create a flexible, create-your-own-experience twenty-first offering that cuts across patron populations. The creation of this new space at the Allen County Public Library involved collaborative partnerships, taking risks, enduring setbacks, creative thinking, and living outside the box. Hear how the space was crafted and constructed, and how it is being experienced.

Anatomy of a Book Challenge | Veterans 4
Tara White

As the pressure to remove and censor books from our libraries increases, librarians have to be prepared to defend everyone's right to read. Learn how one school corporation has dealt with several recent challenges to their school library collections and has been able to educate their staff and community on the tenants of intellectual freedom. While challenges can be stressful situations, the presentation will offer you several tools, resources and guidance to help you find some unintended positive outcomes when these contentious situations find their way to your library.

Writing Your Library's Narrative | Veterans 5
JoyAnn Boudreau, Leslie Hopper, Lucy Misetic, Kristin Patrick, and Carli Sauer

There is no shortage of narratives being told about schools, libraries, or school libraries right now. Many of us have been battling against misinformation. In light of this, a panel of school librarians want to discuss how we are working to write our libraries’ narratives and share our positive impacts with the community, build lines of communication with families, support our teacher colleagues, and more. Hear about our efforts and join in the conversation with your ideas and questions. Let’s empower each other in writing our libraries’ narratives. 


Talking Book & Braille: How Can We Help Your Library | Salons 1- 3
Abby Chumin

Learn about the services offered by the Talking Book & Braille Library. How to apply, application do's & don'ts, and the programs this resources offers.

Where Everyone Knows Your Name: A Design Compendium for Public Libraries as Third Places | Salons 4 - 5 (continue from 10:00 a.m.)
Zachary Benedict

Over the last decade there has been a growing number of discussions around the role libraries can play as a “third place” within the communities they serve. However, there are seldom any definitive discussions surrounding how the design, development, and operation of libraries can enhance their ability to embrace this role. This presentation will focus on outlining short- and long-term place making strategies that can foster the development of (a) bonded and (b) bridged relationships within libraries through a series of case studies and design recommendations.

Substance use Disorder & Overdose at the Library | Salons 6-8
Justin Phillips

General awareness of substance use disorder and its prevalence in the library; how to recognize the signs and respond to an overdose.