Category: 2017 Presentations

Civic Engagement through Library Programming

These slides accompanied a webinar for the Indianhead Federated Library System in Wisconsin in April 2017. The webinar explored the place of civic engagement programming in libraries, the Skokie Public Library’s Civic Lab iterations, and considerations for developing and trying civic engagement programming in different library settings.

Channeling Passion into Leadership

I led a session at the first Power Up leadership conference for youth services staff and managers. The conference was sponsored by the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. My session, Channeling Passion into Leadership, explored the ways in which the passion youth services library staff bring to their work can be used as a tool for creating opportunities for leadership in libraries. The slides for the presentation are below.

The Our Voices Chicago Initiative

On February 24, 2017, Joy Triche and I–representatives of the Our Voices Advisory Council–spoke at the LACONI YSS program “Diverse Books Need Us.” The talk introduced the impetus behind the Our Voices Chicago initiative as well as its mission and forthcoming engine for connecting more diverse, local authors’ works to local libraries. For more information, visit the Our Voices Chicago website.

Building Civic Engagement with a Civic Lab

At the Symposium on the Future of Libraries at ALA Midwinter 2017, Amita Lonial and I presented a session exploring the ideation and first three iterations of the Civic Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Civic Lab offers information and thought-provoking activities to support dialogue and engagement on issues that affect the Skokie community. The slides from the presentation are below.