PLAN FLA Mini Conference

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Date(s) - 08/23/2019
8:30 am CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

Florida State University - Panama City, Holley Academic Center

Opening Session

Connecting the Dots: Community Library Collaborations with Tom Vitale: What’s so vital about a library being connected to community resources? Does this mean just the not-for-profits in my community? As libraries across the nation continue to transform into community centers, business incubators, preschools, and employment/transitional service providers, why is it so important that my library get on board? There are SO many organizations to collaborate with, it can be overwhelming – how and where do I start? On the other end of the spectrum, especially in rural communities, there are so few collaborators – do I expand outside of my service area? Through this presentation and our interactive discussion, including some hands-on work and take-with-you resources, we will tackle the ins and outs of connecting the dots together!

Photo of Tom VitaleTom Vitale currently serves as the Director of the Patterson Library, in Westfield, NY. Previously he served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, the most western cooperative library system in New York State. In 2018, his peers elected him to the New York Library Association Council, after having served in multiple capacities on the Rural Libraries Round Table, and the Library Access Round Table. Recently, seeing a need for more resources and support for colleagues identifying as LGBTQIA, Tom worked with three other NYLA members to found the LGBTQIA Round Table. Tom has undergraduate degrees in elementary education from SUNY College at Fredonia, and liberal studies from Clarion University of PA, as well as graduate degrees in social work from Stony Brook University, and library science from Clarion University of PA. He is a certified public librarian in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Tom also holds certifications in mental health first aid for adults and children. He will receive a Graduate Diploma in Public Library Administration from Long Island University in May 2019. In his community, Tom serves as a member of the Jamestown City Board of Assessment Review, and is currently running for a seat on city council. Tom lives in Jamestown, NY.

Breakout Sessions (More to Come):

Caring and Tired…or Tired of Caring? Dealing with Compassion Fatigue with Linda Bruno: You love your job. You love your library. You love your patrons. You love helping people. But… There are days when you’ve given just about all you have to give. You’ve helped everyone you can help, and you feel drained. Or irritated. Or both! And here comes another one! “Compassion Fatigue” is a term normally heard in a medical/caregiver environment. Yet isn’t that what you do… “give care?” Especially in high-stress times, there are many patrons who just need to know that someone really does care – and you’re happy to let them know that. At the end of the day, though, when every single, solitary person you have seen has required extra “care,” your energy level can be totally depleted. How do you deal with that depth of fatigue? In this session, we’ll address those issues. What kinds of situations cause that energy drain? How can we recognize it? How does it affect our working environment? What can we DO about it?? Join us for this session and leave with a better understanding of why you feel the way you do and how you can deal with it more effectively. Don’t miss this opportunity to “be the best you can be!”

The Score is 3:1 ~ Making the Positivity Ratio Work for You with Linda Bruno: It seems that daily, we hear about the benefits of being positive; scientific studies, articles, books, and experts tell us that to live longer and enjoy life more, we need to increase our positivity ratio. HA! How can we increase the positivity in our lives when we are bombarded with negativity from all directions – our patrons, our coworkers, the news, social media – sometimes even from our own thoughts! That’s what we’ll discuss at this session – specific tips to increase that all-important ratio of positive to negative feelings in our lives. Don’t miss it!

Understanding the Census and Its Data Products with Anh (Luke) Nguyen: This session will provide increased awareness of many Census programs, censuses, and surveys; knowledge of types of data products; and knowledge of which data tools and apps to access Census data. Participants will learn how to explore and access Census data, using the American Factfinder data tool. Bring your laptop or tablet for hands-on training.

Census 2020This session will discuss the importance of the Decennial Census and how library staff members can assist patrons in completing the Census.

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