Category: 2014 Presentations

Collecting Graphic Novels in Your Library

In November 2014, I spoke on the topic of collecting graphic novels for youth (children & teens) at a Comic-Con-themed event of the LACONI YSS. My presentation included strategies for collecting graphic novels; potential uses of graphic novel collections in programming and services; book talks of the 9 graphic novels from 2014 that most excited me; and resources. The slides are below (small formatting issues with the slides were a result of the upload to Slideshare).


It’s a program. It’s an SLP. It’s… Heroes!

On November 14, 2014, I was in Madison, Wisconsin for the annual Summer Library Program Workshop hosted by the South Central Library System. During the morning portion of the event, I presented a three-hour workshop around the central theme of 2015 summer programming: “Every hero has a story,” the CSLP theme for 2015. I shared information and ideas about using unprogramming, STEAM, and making as lenses for thinking about programming–both during the summer and throughout the year–and I also discussed some alternatives to the traditional summer reading program. My slides are below, and links to resources mentioned are in my recap on The Show Me Librarian.

So You Want to Blog: The Hows, Whats, and Whys of Creating Your Own Space on the Internet

Sarah Bean Thompson (a.k.a. the Green Bean Teen Queen on her blog) and I presented a session at the 2014 Missouri Library Association Conference on the topic of starting your own blog that relates to your library work. Our talk included 10 key steps for first-time bloggers, as well as a range of exemplar blogs in a number of categories (e.g., review blogs, programming blogs, etc.). Our slide deck for this presentation is below.

Unprogramming for Kids & Teens: High-impact Programs, Low-impact Planning

These slides accompanied a breakout session at the 2014 Missouri Library Association Conference, given by my former colleague Angie Soetebier-McDonnell and myself. We discussed the unprogramming philosophy and its benefits in busy libraries where programming staffs’ time is at a premium, then we shared a number of school-age and teen unprograms that can be immediately adapted for any library.

STEAM & the Makerspace

In September 2014, I was in Helena, Montana for Montana’s state library-hosted Fall Workshops. I presented a three-hour workshop exploring STEAM programs for youth as well as makerspaces and maker activities. We discussed the rationale for offering these services to youth of different ages, and discussion of sample programs and activities was accompanied by three hands-on components. The slides are below, and the resources post is available here.

Thinking Outside the Storytime Box: Building Your Preschool Programming Repertoire

These slides accompanied a program session from Amy Commers, Melissa Depper, Marge Loch-Wouters, and myself. The session, which was given twice throughout the 2014 ALSC National Institute in Oakland, CA, explored different types of preschool-age programs beyond traditional storytimes as well as rationales for offering them. Our session resource handout can be viewed here..