Category: 2017 Presentations

The Civic Lab & Beyond: Civic Engagement through Resources & Programming

My colleague Mimosa Shah and I presented at the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference on the first year of the Civic Lab at Skokie Public Library, a mobile, all-ages pop-up library that engages patrons on topics in the news and of community importance. Our presentation slides, handout, and first year report are available to view.


Media Mentors: A New Approach to Tech in Early Childhood

The following panel presentation took place as part of the LEAP InnovatED Summit in Chicago on August 28, 2017.

These days, young children and their families are surrounded by digital media and technology. How can we ensure that these new environments and tools are used to promote learning instead of impede it? One promising new approach is called “media mentorship,” a concept emerging from the field of early childhood education and library services that recognizes the needs of adults, as well as children. Media mentors provide guidance to educators and parents about how to use media effectively. These mentors model new strategies for co-engagement and for thinking critically about the array of new tools at our fingertips. Come learn about how this approach is taking root around the country and what it could offer to your community, school, and classroom.

Lisa Guernsey, Deputy Director, Education Policy Program and Director, Learning Technologies Project, New America (Moderator)
Chip Donohue, Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, TEC Center Director, Erikson Institute
Amy Koester, Youth & Family Program Supervisor, Skokie Public Library
Yeliz Zurawic, Preschool Teacher, Ravenswood Elementary School, Chicago Public Schools

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.