Amigos 2013 Annual Member Conference

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portrait: Andrew SanderbeckKeynote Speaker: Andrew Sanderbeck
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Session Title: Bringing Your Creative Thought to Work

Session Description: How much is a little creativity worth to your organization and to your career? Creative thought can be used to generate new ideas, solve problems and yes, even to help you make it through your workday with a different perspective and attitude! This engaging presentation is full of exercises and information you’ll want to use immediately to engage the right (creative) side of your brain and to improve your connectivity with the left (logical) side.

In the keynote to our conference, Andrew will show you:

  • Three things you can do “differently” at home to increase your creative thought connection
  • Two things you can do “differently” at work (either by yourself or with others) to solve problems and generate ideas

He will also help you overcome three of the primary reasons you may not be as creative as you’d like.

Speaker Bio: Andrew Sanderbeck is an adjunct professor at Johnson and Wales University in Miami, Florida and a recognized expert trainer on leadership and team development, customer service and generating revenues for libraries and library systems. He is the past chair for The Small and Rural Libraries Interest Group of the Florida Library Association.

He is the founder of The People~Connect Institute, and PCI Webinars, organizations that offer face to face and web based training for library professionals.

Andrew’s speaking highlights include presentations for ALA in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and presenting for the Special Library Association Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2009.

Andrew is the author of two books and over 50 web-based learning programs and has just recently released his new App, 26Poker.

portrait: Kyle ConstantSpeaker: Kyle Constant, Digital Services and Marketing Librarian at Trails Regional Library, Warrensburg, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Session Title: Show, Don't Tell: Libraries and Video Content

Session Description: Trails Regional Library recently undertook a project to acquire and learn to use equipment and software to create high-quality video content. Through extensive testing, staff were able to produce a variety of videos that served very different purposes. In this session, Kyle will share lessons learned and offer advice on starting from nothing and ending with a working video production environment.

Speaker Bio: Kyle is the Digital Services and Marketing Librarian at Trails Regional Library. He is married and has three beautiful daughters, who keep him very busy.

portrait: April Aultman BeckerSpeakers: April Aultman Becker, Education Coordinator at the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX and Veronica Arellano Douglas, Reference & Instruction Librarian, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Session Title: Librarian Design Share

Session Description: Librarian Design Share is a website hosted by April Aultman Becker and Veronica Arellano Douglas and powered by design-minded librarians everywhere. Much of the work librarians do involves creating flyers, displays, handouts, websites and other designs that look good and convey helpful information. Very few librarians have any kind of formal design training and often rely on personal aesthetic preferences along with the opinions and ideas of colleagues. Because of this, Becker and Douglas decided that people who work in libraries really need a space to share their design work and gain inspiration from the work of others. In the spirit of Stephen X. Flynn’s awesome Open Cover Letters project, they created an open online repository of interesting library-related designs. In this program, Becker and Douglas will highlight the website and discuss the processes they go through and the tools they use to create their library designs.

portrait: Veronica Arellano DouglasSpeaker Bio: April Aultman Becker obtained her BA in English and History from Stephen F. Austin State University, and her MLIS from the University of North Texas. In her past life, April was a high school English teacher and an elementary, high school, and community college librarian. These days April is the Education Coordinator at the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she provides leadership, planning, promotion, and coordination for all education programs and teaches workshops for faculty, staff, and students.

Speaker Bio: Veronica Arellano Douglas is a Reference & Instruction Librarian at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She received her MLS from the University of North Texas and BA from Rice University. Veronica is a 2005 ALA Spectrum Scholar and 2008 ALA Emerging Leader. She can usually be found teaching, tinkering with her library's website, or painstakingly picking the right colors and font for a new library-related design.

portrait: Judith LarsonSpeakers: Judith Larson, Dean of the Library at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and Ann Gilkey, EAGALA Model Equine Specialist at Pleasant Grove Equestrian Center
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Session Title: Get Off Your High Horse: How Functional Are Your Work Teams?

portrait: Ann GilkeySession Description: There's no "I" in team but the personal attributes and behaviors that individuals bring to the work place greatly influence the work that does or doesn't get done. Because horses mirror human thoughts, emotions and behaviors, equine-assisted learning activities can be structured to open and facilitate difficult discussions about how team members relate to each other, approach problem solving, and accomplish the work of an organization.

Speaker Bio: Dean of the Library at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio since 2008. Co-presenter is Ann Gilkey, EAGALA certified professional for 8 years. Ann specializes in therapeutic interventions for veterans and their families. Current clients include Lone Survivors Foundation and Bexar County Juvenile Justice.

portraitSpeakers: Jeanette Sewell, Librarian, Houston Public Library and Caroline Castillo, Oral History and Outreach Archivist, Houston Metropolitan Research Center.
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session Title: Getting Digi With It

portrait: Caroline CastilloSession Description: The Houston Area Digital Archives provides open, online access to the rich collections of the Houston Public Library and other community archives by digitizing books, audio and video materials, documents, photographs, manuscripts, maps, memorabilia and more. Along the way, they have also devised new and clever ways to highlight these collections and engage a wide range of users with their content. These projects include curriculum materials, oral history clips, interactive timelines, and a few other surprises. Join Sewell and Castillo as they share and explore these exciting methods that you too can use to highlight your digital collections.

Speaker Bios: Jeanette Sewell is a librarian in the Cataloging and Metadata department of the Houston Public Library. Caroline Castillo is the Oral History and Outreach Archivist for the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

portrait: Christine PetersonSpeaker: Christine Peterson, Continuing Education Librarian (Technology), Amigos Library Services
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session Title: Playing Catch-Up with Technology

Session Description: Technology is constantly changing – so much so that it is difficult to keep up.

What did you miss during the past year? Find out as Chris discusses what's new, what's different...and what’s surprising!

Speaker Bio: Christine provides training, support and consulting services for Amigos member libraries in the areas of Internet and technology. Prior to joining Amigos, Christine worked for eight years as the automation consultant and then manager for the Continuing Education and Consulting Department of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Before that, she was the systems librarian for both San Antonio College and the Florida Institute of Technology. She holds Bachelor of Science in Music and Master of Library Science from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Christine teaches and consults in the areas of ebooks and ereaders, teaching in online environments, CONTENTdm (OCLC's digital asset management system), technology planning, social media, open source software, RFID, HTML, website design, website accessibility, cascading style sheets, mobile website creation and design, and XML. She tries very hard to keep up with changes in the technological landscape and annually presents the interesting and engaging session "Playing Catch-up with Technology," which covers what we missed in the past year.

portrait: Stephanie LarrisonSpeaker: Stephanie Larrison, Alkek Library, Texas State University
Day/Time: Wednesday, May 15, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session Title: Using Workflows in Sharepoint for e-resource Cataloging

Session Description: Prioritizing and processing the cataloging for new e-resources can be difficult to manage because there are no physical items sitting on a shelf demanding your attention. The staff at Texas State University - Alkek Library found that using email to pass purchased material to Acquisitions staff and Cataloging for record processing was inefficient and ineffective. They found a creative solution by using a modified version of workflows in Microsoft SharePoint to queue and prioritize e-resources that which need to be cataloged. This innovative workflow simplified the process of passing MARC records and other information from the Acquisitions unit to the Cataloging unit and provided transparency to the backlog.

In this session the presenter will briefly explain what did not work before providing a step-by-step demonstration of the innovative new workflow. The audience will learn what modifications were made to the out-of-the box SharePoint workflow and will be able to create a custom workflow to fit their needs.

portrait: George NeedhamSpeaker: George Needham, Vice President, Global and Regional Councils, OCLC
Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Session Title: How Many Librarians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Session Description: One of George’s colleagues at his very first library job asked him, "How many librarians does it take to change a light bulb?" One of the fundamentals of life is change and, as has often been noted, the only constant is change. This short program will introduce John Kotter's framework for introducing, leading, and embedding change. George promises no miracles, but this step-by-step process can help you navigate successfully in even the most intransigent organizations. Oh, and George will answer that light bulb question in his session!

portrait: Bill WalkerSpeaker: Bill Walker, Imaging Field Services Officer, Amigos Library Services
Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Session Title: BibFrame: a Successor to MARC

Session Description: One of the action items prerequisite to the implementation of RDA was to "demonstrate credible progress towards a replacement for MARC." (RDA Test Report, 2011) The Library of Congress launched its Bibliographic Framework Initiative in May 2011. This session will review LC's "Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services," known as BibFrame, which was released November 21, 2012. Topics will include evolution of the web, components of the BibFrame model and sample RDF instances of BibFrame components.

Speaker Bio: Bill is the metadata and digitization expert at Amigos. His courses cover all aspects of digital projects and metadata, including cataloging and RDA. Prior to joining Amigos in 1996, Bill served as Music Cataloger at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, a Master of Music in music theory and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas, Denton.

portrait: Tracy ByerlySpeaker: Tracy Byerly, Chief Communications and Membership Development Officer, Amigos Library Services
Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Session Title: Tools and Techniques for Making Creative Management Decisions

Session Description: Decision making takes ingenuity, imagination and innovation! It is a non-linear process of sufficiently reducing uncertainty and doubt about alternatives to allow a reasonable choice to be made from among them. This session will review tools and techniques to use in making decisions and how to avoid common traps so that you can apply creativity to the decision-making process.

Speaker Bio: Tracy Rochow Byerly has been Amigos Chief Communications and Membership Development Officer since July of 2012, when the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) merged into Amigos Library Services. Tracy served as Executive Director of MLNC since December 2003, and played a key role in the merger of the two organizations. In her current position, Tracy provides leadership and support for new members and directs membership activities. She also guides the organization’s communications activities, from managing the production of newsletters to developing informational materials and social media outlets. Prior to assuming her role as Executive Director at MLNC, she taught many workshops in her role as User Services Manager. Her library career began at St. Louis County Library, MO, where she worked in both public and technical services. Known for her enthusiasm and positive outlook, Tracy is a popular speaker at library meetings. She recently led two popular workshops: "Don't Just Stand There – Say Something! Networking Skills for Librarians," and "The Art and Science of Interviewing."

portrait: Steven PryorSpeaker: Steven Pryor, Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies, Southern Illinois University
Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Session Title: Exploring a New Dimension: 3D Printing in an Academic Library

Session Description: 3D printing is a technology that brings three-dimensional computer models to life as a tangible physical object. Recent reductions in the cost of this technology have made it a hot topic for DIYers and the "maker movement." In an academic library, it is apparent that disciplines as wide-ranging as Art & Design, Business, Engineering, and many more can make use of this technology as a tool for creation, prototyping, modeling, and other activities and research limited only by imagination. The library has always been a center for gathering, processing, and transforming information and thus is the natural home for a service that facilitates creation and sharing of information in ways not previously available. Since launching a 3D printing service in September 2012, SIU's Lovejoy Library has seen interest in the technology from students and faculty in several disciplines. Usage statistics and feedback from users have been collected, and web statistics for the service's web pages indicate even more interest than can be seen in the usage statistics. A survey is being developed to collect additional information from potential users to investigate the discrepancy, and ongoing improvements to the service are planned. This session will describe Lovejoy Library's implementation of the service and the equipment and software involved.

portrait: Lauren HaysSpeaker: Lauren Hays, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS
Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Session Title: Creating a Research Award

Session Description: Are you looking for ways to promote your library, demonstrate your library’s value, and recognize academic achievement? Have you considered creating a research award? This presentation will focus on the establishment of a research prize that was created at MidAmerica Nazarene University. The presenter will discuss initial steps taken in creating a research award, how it has been implemented, and how the prize is awarded. The presentation will include successes and failures experienced during the first year of implementation.

Speaker Bio: Lauren Hays has been at MidAmerica Nazarene University since November 2010. Lauren graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in December 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Education in Secondary Social Science Education. In December 2011, she graduated with a Masters of Library Science degree from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. Currently, she is taking classes in the area of educational technology.

portrait: Annie DowneySpeaker: Annie Downey, Director of Research Services, Reed College Library, Portland, OR
Day/Time: Thursday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Session Title: Leading from the Library: Using Creativity and Connections to Leverage Change

Session Description: As leaders of their libraries and connectors within their larger organizations and communities, librarians are in a unique position to drive, encourage, and enable change. Whether you are the quintessential quiet type or more gregarious in nature, you can find creative ways to improve your library and community. In this session, Downey will outline ways that you can leverage your position as a librarian and use creative problem solving techniques to be a change agent.