PLAN FLA Mini Conference

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

Florida State University - Panama City, Bland Conference Center

Opening Session:

Welcome and Introduction by FLA President Eric Head, Director of the Citrus County Library System

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:

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!

Linda Bruno develops and conducts training for library clients across the United States. She offers a wide variety of topics such as customer service, supervisory skills, and personalities (along with many others). She loves the learning that happens when people share their experiences in this thing we call life!

An Unnatural Disaster: From Crisis to Solution with Janice Henderson and Rhonda Trueman of Northwest Florida State College’s Susan Myers Learning Resources Center: Florida libraries plan for natural disasters such as hurricanes. We do our best to prepare and once everything is secure, we wait out the storm, pick-up, clean-up, and get back to the business of serving patrons.  There are, however, times when libraries are faced with momentous internal changes with little or no time to prepare. From April to July 2018, Northwest Florida State College’s Susan Myers LRC lost two-thirds of their staff and a third of their space, relocated over 100,000 books, and forged new partnerships with Academic Success Center and Career Services.

Janice Henderson has been a library staff member for 39 years: work study student to full-time staff to part-time librarian to college library cataloger, and 18 years ago to library director. She enjoys reading, basketball (Go Tar Heels!), camping, walking her dog, and will retire in 3 years to hopefully do more of these activities. During the past year Janice has said, “I have moved every book in this library 3 times in 31 years, I won’t do it again!”

Rhonda Trueman joined the staff at NWF’s Susan Myers Learning Resources Center in 2009, moving from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC to Florida. In her ten years as a Florida librarian, she has served on three statewide committees, many campus committees, and received a special award from her peers as “Quiet Influencer” for 2019. Rhonda, also known as Abbey Zenith in the virtual world of Second Life, helped to promote libraries and education in virtual environments for over 10 years. Rhonda relishes projects (work or home), road trips, writing, music, learning, and lattes.

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.

Disaster Response: Resilient and Therapeutic Responses to Recent Hurricanes with Curtis S. Tenney, FSU School of Information and Dr. Scott Pickett, FSU College of Medicine: Hurricanes are hitting the Florida Panhandle with a severity and frequency that is requiring librarians to be poised to respond. And the stakes for our communities are high. In this session, we will first share preliminary results of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) project focused on public librarians’ roles in community hurricane response and their implications for practice and planning; then, we will introduce and situate Skills for Life Adjustment and Resilience (SOLAR), a proven therapeutic response to librarians’ and community members’ encounters with natural disasters before, during, and after the event. This session will be interactive, with ample time for participant feedback and engagement.

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

Closing Session:

Hurricane and Disaster Recovery: What We’ve Learned: Join us at our Panel Discussion on Hurricane and Disaster Recovery, where we’ll hear from a panel of library staff in the Panhandle region who experienced Hurricane Michael and its aftermath. They will share their knowledge, strategies, and tips on what they’ve learned, as well as what surprised them and how they think we can do better in the future. Our panelists will include Robin Shader (Northwest Regional Library System), Renae Rountree (Washington County Public Library), Lori Driscoll (Gulf Coast State College), Sean Kahalley (West Florida Public Libraries; Sean also helps out with Escambia County Emergency Management), and a staff member from the Calhoun County Public Library. We will allow plenty of time to ask questions – and to learn from your suggestions – so think about any helpful tips you might be able to add to the discussion!

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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.