PLAN FLA Mini Conference

Date(s) - 08/24/2018
8:30 am CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

Florida State University - Panama City, Holley Academic Center

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Keynote: Making Work Work: The Positivity Solution for Any Work Environment with Shola Richards: Based on Shola’s bestselling book, Making Work Work, this highly-engaging, memorable, and actionable presentation will provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and tools to make a lasting positive change on their work teams. And yes, anyone can do this regardless of job rank, years of experience, level of education, or professional title. Additionally, Shola will introduce the eight characteristics of highly-cohesive teams that will positively transform how you work, live, and lead — starting today. Shola will also present a strategy to help participants deal more effectively with the most difficult people in their lives (professionally or otherwise), while also providing them with an additional tool to ensure that the participants stay committed to putting all of this information into action long after the keynote ends.

Shola Richards: Shola’s life mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of professional suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work. Whether it is helping people to deal with soul-destroying bully bosses, passive-aggressive coworkers, or toxic work cultures that value competition and profit more than they value teamwork and their people, Shola is committed to leading the worldwide movement that will change all of it. Shola’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous other publications all over the world who recognize him as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement.

FLA Conference LogoBreakout Sessions:

Pop Culture: Reach Readers in a Single Bound! with Margaret Cyrus and Kaylyn Witt: Millennials, non-parental adults, and young parents in their 30s are skipping trips to the library, visiting bookstores and video game stores instead. A Pop Culture section is our attempt to mimic those stores. By corralling our comic books, video games, anime, manga, role playing games, and other pop culture material, we are drawing attention to a collection that may go unnoticed by those who would use it most.

Maggie Cyrus, a long-time fan of video games, sci-fi, and Harry Potter, has worked for the Fort Walton Beach Public Library since 2015, and curates their growing game collection. Kaylyn Witt is an author and anime fan who has been with the Fort Walton Beach Public Library since 2016. Maggie and Kaylyn both bring extensive bookstore experience to their work at the library. Together, they have created a brand new pop culture area which has led to a rise in interest among the millennial and Gen-X demographics.

Sunshine State Digital Network with Keila Zayas-Ruiz: This session will provide an introduction to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN), Florida’s new DPLA service hub. The service hub represents a community of institutions in the state which will provide their partner institutions’ aggregated metadata for the DPLA and offer tiered services to connect institutions of all sizes to the DPLA. This service elevates the discoverability and increases use of Florida’s digital cultural heritage materials to a global audience. You will learn about considerations you can make when creating metadata for digital collections that are shared through DPLA and the different ways your metadata allows for enhanced searching and features in DPLA. Find out more about partnership and outreach efforts being taken by the SSDN to raise awareness and provide training for libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies around the state of Florida to get involved in the network.

Keila Zayas-Ruiz is the Sunshine State Digital Network Coordinator and has multiple years of digital collections experience. She manages the day-to-day activities of the network and provides training and outreach to cultural heritage institutions throughout the state of Florida.  Keila received her MLIS from Florida State University in 2013.

Librarian’s Role in Textbook Affordability: An Emerging Superpower with Robbie Allen and Alyse McKeal: This session will cover our approach to leveraging library resources to impact textbook affordability efforts. Our institution has used LibGuides and learning management systems to replace and supplement textbooks with open educational resources and library resources in several courses within the Communications and Human Services disciplines. We will discuss how we fostered faculty relationships to build trust for future collaborations on developing course materials. This session will also cover how we trained faculty to use LibGuides in order that faculty could take an ownership role in developing and editing their course guide and content. We will share some of the feedback we received from faculty and students using the OER and library resources in place of traditional textbooks.

Robbie Allen is a librarian at Palm Beach State College. He has served as the liaison to the Palm Beach State College’s Baccalaureate programs and currently supervises the Circulation Department. Alyse McKeal is a librarian at Palm Beach State College (Lake Worth). In addition to working in public service, she coordinates electronic resources for the college. She has done outreach to the areas of Student Services, Student Success, and Social Sciences.

One Book One State with Panelists Suzette Spencer, Robin Shader, Michael Meth, and Renaine Julian 

This session will explore topics and themes related to Adam Grant’s book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. Please read the book and join our panelists for a lively discussion. You might also enjoy the TED talk by Adam Grant: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers.

Since 2016, Suzette Spencer has served as the Associate Dean for Public Services (college-wide) at Broward College. Prior to this role, she served as a faculty librarian for 9 years and has worked for public and academic libraries for over 23 years. Ms. Spencer is the Treasurer for FACRL.

Robin Shader has served as the director of the Bay County Public Library and Northwest Regional Library System since August 2010, and was the president of the Florida Library Association in 2017-2018. She received her Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University and has worked in public libraries for over 20 years.

Michael Meth is the Associate Dean, Research and Learning Services, at the Florida State University Libraries. In this role he oversees the public services of the libraries and also guides the assessment team. Prior to joining FSU, Michael was the Director of the OISE Library at the University of Toronto, and before that the Director of the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga Library. In 2014, Michael was selected as a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and in 2013 participated in Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Moderator: Renaine Julian is the Associate Director for STEM Libraries at the Florida State University Libraries. He has an MLIS, an MS in Urban and Regional Planning, and a BS in Political Science, all from Florida State University. His research interests include library management and leadership, research data management, scholarly communication, and data information literacy. Renaine serves on FLA Board of Directors as a regional director.

A light continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided at no charge to registered attendees.

Special thanks to our sponsor:

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Registration is closed for this event.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.