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Friday, October 1 | 11:00 AM-12:15 PM [75 minutes]

Booktalking the Best with CAYAS
Wondering what's new in children’s and young adult literature? Join WLA’s Children & Young Adult Services Section (CAYAS) and MLIS students for a booktalk highlighting recently published titles for children, tweens, and teens. We will spotlight picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels that center diverse perspectives and characters. The 20+ previewed books will focus on those published within the past three years and also include those yet to be published—you heard it here first!

Eleanor Howell-Shryock, UW iSchool - iYouth Chair, University of Washington iSchool - iYouth
Sydney Powell, iYouth Leadership, University of Washington iSchool - iYouth
Sydney Geyer, iYouth Leadership, University of Washington iSchool - iYouth

Making Students Leaders in the Fight Against Misinformation
Learn how to help your students become expert fact-checkers who can teach their families to discern fact from fiction by leading a MisinfoDay event at your school. See examples of past student-led MisinfoDay events and explore lesson plans and materials you can adapt to fit your community’s needs. All materials are created for a high school audience but can be adapted to other grades.

Liz Crouse, MisinfoDay Coordinator, University of Washington Center for an Informed Public
Shawn Lee, Social Studies Teacher, Seattle Public Schools

Monthly Memos, Infographics & Advocacy
It’s hard to “toot your own horn”. However, a monthly memo can be a fairly easy and effective method of advocacy for your library program. Infographics are a great way to share information in a way that your intended audience will actually READ and might remember. Leave with examples and templates.

Kimberly Rose, Teacher-Librarian, Brouillet Elementary (Puyallup School District)

Every Color of the Rainbow: Analyzing & Expanding LGBTQIA+ Representation in Children’s Picture Book Collections
Librarians have become increasingly aware of the importance of representing marginalized communities in our book collections, and the key role that diversity audits can play in measuring that representation. This presentation shares our recent work to build a clear approach to assessing the breadth of LGBTQIA+ representation in recently published picture books. Our work examines the range of identities represented and the types of narratives being presented about LGBTQIA+ identities, building on categories initially developed by DiverseBookFinder. Come learn how to use our approach, including our freely accessible and searchable online list of categorized books, to conduct your own audit of your recent picture book buying.

James W. Rosenzweig, Education Librarian, Eastern Washington University
Alicia G. Vaandering, Student Success Librarian, University of Rhode Island

The Post-Pandemic Library: Blending Virtual & In-Person Services for Flexible Community Connection
When the pandemic swept through the US, libraries may have closed their physical doors, but they did not close off connections with their communities. Libraries of all types pivoted rapidly to offer virtual services and programs. Now that buildings are reopening and restrictions relaxing, what will the future library look like? Which virtual services will you sustain? Which in-person services will you re-imagine? How will you collaborate with your community to meet their changing needs? How can the post-pandemic library become a more inclusive library? Building on numerous examples of the creative ways that libraries maintained community connections over the past year, we’ll workshop together to envision what comes next.   

Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager, OCLC
Jennifer Peterson, WebJunction Community Manager, OCLC

Open Pedagogy Book Publishing Collaboration: English Language Learners & Art Students [45 minutes]
Hear about a collaborative book publishing project of English language learners (ELL) and art students organized by a librarian. This project was the outcome of a recognized need for ELL library books with adult content and representation of the campus community. Learn how looking to fill gaps of materials from within can engender a sense of pride and build relationships within your campus.

Sue Wozniak, Faculty Librarian, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Friday, October 1 | 2:15-3:00 PM [45 minutes]

Using Picture Books to have Courageous Conversations: One District's Experience Creating Discussion Protocols Around Diversity
Learn about one school district’s "Windows & Mirrors" project created to lay a foundation for conversations around equity and diversity. The project creates a curriculum of picture books that highlight diversity and encourage appreciation and respect for all people. The goal is to give classroom teachers a protocol for leading courageous conversations with students and to give students the vocabulary and understanding they need to engage in those conversations. Hear about how we created the program, how it’s going, and how you can implement a similar project in your library.

Sarah Logan, Teacher Librarian, Dorothy Fox Elementary Library/Camas School District
Lisa Greseth, Assistant Superintendent, Camas School District
Wendy Wick, 4th Grade Teacher, Dorothy Fox Elementary School/Camas School District

Library Programming in the Secondary Setting: HS Students Love the Library—I Swear!
Students in high school are busy, hard to pin down, and at times can seem too cool for school. But what if I could promise you surefire ways to get them engaged, invested, and repping your library hard? Plan to leave this session with concrete examples of how to make your library even better with ideas that will amaze students and families alike. Each program suggestion will have resources and templates to use immediately and can be catered to your site. My goal is for you to leave with ways to build community, encourage literacy with creativity, and create passionate library users. And, in the process, remind students (and staff) that the library is the best place on earth. 

TuesD Chambers, Teacher Librarian: Ballard High School, Seattle Public Schools

Unserved/Underserved means Ignored
Rural libraries have been working hard to bring broadband to places where people have limited access. Powerful telecoms also work hard to stifle growth. Broadband Action Teams are an effective way for communities to address challenges.   

Amanda Six, Library Director, Libraries of Stevens County

Video Captions Benefit Everyone
Video captions are a must for patrons with hearing loss, but their benefit extends far wider than you might realize. Adding captions to your library's video content is not just possible, but also surprisingly easy. This program will teach you how to use free software to create your own closed captions, while also highlighting why it's so important. See captions in action with a demo of free caption software.

Sarah Miller, Interlibrary Loan Circulation Specialist, Whatcom County Library System

Clear & Kind: Building Boundaries in Outreach Work
When conducting outreach services, the connections we make with our patrons are personal—we visit patrons in their homes, their schools, and see them through various life stages. This personal connection, in conjunction with vocational awe and wanting to “go the extra mile” for our patrons, can sometimes lead staff into uncertain personal and professional territory. This session aims to explore specific boundaries necessary for outreach service, the importance of setting clear and appropriate boundaries for patrons early, and the ways boundary-setting impacts the relationship between patrons, staff, and the library service.

Rachel Beckman, Outreach Services Specialist, King County Library System
Kate Morgan, Adult Services Librarian, King County Library System

Overdue Action: Fine & Fee Policies in Washington State Academic Libraries
Learn how library fines are utilized in academic libraries throughout the state. Following a brief presentation, participants will engage in conversations about library fines as a function of carceral logic, including discussion on collective action methods for removing overdue fines in Washington state’s academic libraries. Library fines, as with all systems of punishment, disproportionately affect marginalized groups—specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities and those with low socioeconomic status—creating ill will against libraries as a result. By discussing library fines as a system of inequity, we can begin to build a vision of transformative justice that not only removes fines but reconsiders all aspects of returning library materials. While geared towards academic library workers, anyone is welcome to participate, and a diversity of perspectives and experiences are welcome.

Carol Fisher, Collections & Technical Services Librarian, Washington State University, Vancouver
Sam Buechler, Student Success Library Faculty Resident, Washington State University, Vancouver
Mark Hasse, Circulation and Reserves Specialist, Washington State University, Vancouver

Supporting Academic Needs of First-Generation Students through Customized Library Assistance Programming
First-generation students (FGS) experience numerous economic, social, and cultural barriers that make them marginalized from access to equal educational opportunities. This presentation discusses ways to improve the FGS academic experience through integrating an embedded-librarian model into accelerated first-year writing classes at a mid-sized academic library. We’ll highlight the benefits of customized library assistance to FGS in the form of pre-designed information literacy mini-modules, along with the importance of exploring relevant literacy concepts in-depth during individual research appointments with the librarian. Finally, we’ll share the results of program assessment done through a pre- and post-consultation survey.    

Liya Deng, Social Sciences Librarian, Eastern Washington University

Friday, October 1 | 3:30-4:45 PM [75 minutes]

Touting the Towner Nominees [45 minutes]
Are you looking at promoting new nonfiction picture books in your library? You will be introduced to the ten 2022 Towner Award Nominees in this session with a focus on ways to introduce them to their target audience: seven through twelve-year-olds. Get strategies for lesson plans, story times, library displays, and text collections.   .

Lisa Steudel, Teacher Librarian, Katherine G. Johnson Elementary, Bethel School District
Tanja Scott, Teacher Librarian, Clover Park School District; Brandi Gates, Public Librarian, Pierce County Library

Once You Go Digital, Don't Look Back: Utilizing Virtual Program Skills & Your Community to Expand Access
After more than a year of online programming, libraries are opening their doors, but programs remain virtual. Learn how we can continue to use your new digital skills to continue to expand equitable access during COVID and beyond. Explore hybrid options for expanding your audience. See how virtual programs can double program offerings with strategic partnerships. Find out how to rally your community to create unique programs with local and diverse content. You’ll learn resources to keep the conversations and connections active, utilizing existing marketing and social media skills. We’ll also discuss ideas from other libraries about what worked and what didn’t, for video series, hybrid meetings, Zoom discussions, and partnerships with other organizations to expand content.    

Diana Farnsworth, Librarian, Anacortes Public Library

Help Me Help You: Supporting (& Getting Support from) Your Business Community
Every public library can establish itself as a valuable hub in their local business ecosystem. The work isn't overly complicated... it just takes time, persistence and commitment. That said, a starting point can be helpful. The Spokane Public Library has built a world-class set of tools, resources, and networks of support across academia, industry, investment/banking, and local government. This has led to a cascading series of beneficial outcomes for the library, for our higher education institutions, and for our business community. Come get your map.

Mark Pond, Business Research Librarian, Spokane Public Library

This Might Get Weird: Cataloging During and After a Pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, two public library systems faced the challenge of keeping their staff safe, while continuing to receive, process and catalog new materials. Taking slightly different approaches, both libraries moved away from traditional cataloging practices that require staff on site with the book in hand and developed new remote cataloging workflows that used printed work slips and enabled staff to catalog from their homes while keeping new materials flowing out the door. Attendees will learn how an innovative approach to an old workflow puts new books in their customers' hands faster than ever before.

Jim McCluskey, Cataloging and Acquisitions Manager, Sno-Isle Libraries
Heather Kaufman, Senior Collection Management Librarian, Pierce County Library System

EDI Advocacy 101
This panel discussion will feature leaders in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts across multiple types of libraries: school, academic, public, and government libraries. Facilitated by Karmonda Pearson, Teacher Librarian with the Renton School District, the session will center the voices and perspectives of members of marginalized communities. Panelists will share strategies that have worked within their organizations, and, just as importantly, those which have not. Participants will bring their questions, with an opportunity to submit questions prior to the conference through an online form, and hear from each other about how to take our EDI commitments from words into action. Connections with colleagues across the state and across library types will support relationships that fuel growth, ideas, and action, to advocate for EDI principles and implement EDI initiatives in our libraries for the people we serve.

Shauntee Burns-Simpson, President of the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) and Manager, School Support and Outreach at the New York Public Library
Nichelle M. Hayes, Vice President/President-Elect of BCALA and leader for the Center for Black Literature and Culture (CBLC) at the Indianapolis Public Library
Jessica Koshi-Lum, Associate Dean of the Library at Renton Technical College (Washington)
Jo Anderson, Social Impact Coordinator (formerly Diversity Coordinator, prior to the formation of a new Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) at King County Library System (Washington)
Karmonda Pearson, Teacher Librarian, Renton School District (facilitator)

Achieving the National Board Library Media Specialist Certification [45 minutes]
Join this session to learn the ins and outs of pursuing your National Board Certification (NBCT) in Library Media serving patrons age 3-18+, from Jump Start to submitting all of the components. Did you realize this pursuit is quite costly? Learn about the NEA Foundation and pursue a Learning and Leadership grant for up to $5,000. The NEA Foundation gives preference to BIPOC librarians and those reaching marginalized communities. Find out from a fellow School Library Division member who pursued her NBCT during the pandemic, completing all four components in 2020 and funding it through a $5,000 NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership grant. We all know that school librarians are essential to the success of the entire school community. But, how can you connect with other professionals and cultivate your own school librarianship career?

Hillary M Marshall, Library Media Specialist, Washougal High School Library

Get to Know Special Libraries
Most librarians are familiar with Special Libraries but do you know all the different types and what they do…and what they can do for you? Please join us for a panel of librarians from special libraries around Washington for a “virtual” tour of their collections and services and learn how special libraries can help YOUR customers, too. As part of their presentations, panelists will provide examples of best practices for effective partnerships with all types of libraries and take questions from audience members.

Laura Edmonston, Deputy Law Librarian, Special Libraries Division Chair, Washington State Law Library

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Finding Trustworthy Information Online
Participants in this session will receive hands-on experience with the WHY Method, a source evaluation tool that can be used to recognize underrepresented voices and promote mutual understanding in today’s polarized media environment. Adaptable for children, teens, or adults, this method provides a consistent way to analyze and describe resources with greater objectivity, allowing patrons to make their own informed decisions about what kinds of authorities to trust. Attendees will leave the session able to share The WHY Method in one-on-one or group instruction settings to expand their patrons’ information literacy skills.

James W. Rosenzweig, Education Librarian, Eastern Washington University
Mary Thill, Humanities Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University
Frank Lambert, Assistant Professor, MLIS Program Coordinator, Middle Tennessee State University

Friday, October 1 | 5:00-6:00 PM [60 minutes]

Academic Library Unconference
Join your colleagues for this open and unstructured discussion of topics relevant to the important work that academic libraries do, and where it’s heading in the future. With a main facilitator helping to guide the process, session content will be decided on and delivered by the attendees. Join us to share your ideas, to participate in the conversation, or simply to absorb peer wisdom!

Facilitator TBD

Public Library Unconference
Public libraries have undergone tremendous change in the last two years. This conference session provides a space for public library staff to share ideas in an informal, participant-driven setting. It's an opportunity to share our challenges, successes, new experiences, and other viewpoints. This session will be facilitated by the Public Library Division leadership team and is open to everyone.    

Carol Ellison, Circulation Supervisor, Everett Public Library
Jannah Minnix, Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries
Rickey Barnett, Librarian, Sno-Isle Libraries
Lisa Vos, Community Librarian, Libraries of Stevens County - Colville Public Library

School Library Unconference
Join your colleagues for this open and unstructured discussion of topics relevant to the important work that school libraries do, and where it’s heading in the future. With a main facilitator helping to guide the process, session content will be decided on and delivered by the attendees. Join us to share your ideas, to participate in the conversation, or simply to absorb peer wisdom!

Facilitator TBD

Special Library Unconference
Join your colleagues for this open and unstructured discussion of topics relevant to the important work that special libraries do, and where it’s heading in the future. With a main facilitator helping to guide the process, session content will be decided on and delivered by the attendees. Join us to share your ideas, to participate in the conversation, or simply to absorb peer wisdom!

Facilitator TBD

Friday, October 1 | WLA After Dark | 8:00-8:45 PM [45 minutes]

Process Over Product: A Year of Virtual Programming (& Anxiety)
In the Before Times, a program without a clearly defined goal or end product in mind was, at best, anxiety-making, and at worst, a hard Nope. Do something in front of children with the possibility that things might fail? Even bigger Nope. In the Now, though, after a year of trial and error with virtual programming with high possibility of failure, those anxieties are much quieter. Learn about how we can continue this mindset of programming for process rather than product. Learn from (and laugh at) my anxieties and possibly overcome your own.  

Alex Byrne, Youth Services Librarian, Pierce County Library System

The Little Library that Could
How can we reinvent public library services during a pandemic and beyond for small libraries with limited resources, and all with a lens on access, equity, diversity, and inclusion? One small public library delivered Grab and Go Bags, Letters from Your Library, Take and Make Kits, and StoryWalks to the great joy and delight of patrons. These small initiatives have paid big dividends with the staff and patrons as a creatively and educationally rich time. The session will talk about wins, lessons learned, and how to carry the silver linings forward post-pandemic.

Melody Sky Eisler, Library Director, City Port Townsend Public Library

Bring a Book Date Social
Bring a favorite book as your date to this School Library Division-sponsored social after dark!  All types of librarians are invited to bring their favorite book to this networking event. Attendees will mingle, introducing their "date" to each other, and learning about the book "dates" others bring. Get ready to meet some exciting books and professionals!  We encourage you to bring a "date" that highlights equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Sarah Logan, School Library Division Chair/Teacher Librarian, Dorothy Fox Elementary Library
Ryan Grant, School Library Division Vice-Chair, Medical Lake School District
Elizabeth Roberts, School Library Division Secretary, Bellevue School District

WLA Talent Show & Open Mic
Isn't it about time that WLA members had a chance to show off their many amazing talents!? Join us for a fun variety show / open mic event where WLA members from across the state will share their creative passions with us, from juggling and dancing to knitting and singing (not necessarily but possibly all at the same time) this will be a fun evening event that you won't want to miss!

Ahniwa Ferrari, Associate Dean of Library Operations, The Evergreen State College

Friday, October 1 | WLA After Dark | 9:00-9:45 PM [45 minutes]

"Hey Ho, Let's Go!" Building Community & Conversation with Music
Looking for a unique way to spark conversation and build alliances with community members and local businesses? Let's talk about the magnetic appeal of record listening programs at one public library. After a successful pilot in May 2019, monthly listening programs commenced in September and gained momentum through February 2020 when the world came to a grinding halt. Learn how the series started, how each event was attended and received, and how these programs evolved in response to the pandemic. Join us for music and conversation. 

Martha Sutherland, Adult Services Library Assistant, Eugene Public Library

Board After Dark: Reprise
Hang out, meet some people, and play some fun games. Bring your own favorite games to teach someone else, or utilize the extensive collection of games made available on site. It'll be just like last year, only this time we will be able to play games at our after dark games session!

Ahniwa Ferrari, Associate Dean of Bringing Board Games to the Party, The Evergreen State College

First-Year Cohort Meet & Greet
WLA’s School Library Division is currently working on a year-long program for Teacher Librarians who are new to the profession. This could be TLs who move into the library after a career as classroom teachers with little or no library-specific training, or it could mean those who enter librarianship after completing a TL program. First-year TLs and mentor TLs can connect in an informal, social gathering.

Sarah Logan, WLA ScLD Chair/Teacher Librarian, Camas School District/Dorothy Fox Elementary

TikTok for Everyone: Social Media Outreach that Works
In charge of social media outreach for your library? Curious about TikTok but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of what TikTok is, how it works, and how to have fun while reaching patrons like never before. An interactive workshop where we will help you brainstorm ideas for your very own TikTok account, this session is useful for folks from all types of libraries. Let us show you what you’ve been missing!

Robin Jeffrey, Circulation Supervisor, Olympic College


Saturday, October 2 | 10:00-10:45 AM [45 minutes]

2022 Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominees: Book Talks & Beyond
The Evergreen Teen Book Award is the oldest (and only) teen readers' choice award in Washington. Meet the 2022 nominees in a super fast series of book talks that will provide information about each of the titles, interdisciplinary curricular connections, and suggestions for critical lens analysis for each. Learn about the "Eager Reader" opportunities for teens to have input into the 2023 title choices. Two lucky winners will walk away with a door prize.

Jodi Kruse, Evergreen Teen Book Award Chair, Evergreen Committee and Longview School District

Make Room for Zoom: Public Library Programming in a Post Pandemic World
Hear how a mid-sized rural library system shifted to a successful virtual programming model during the pandemic. Programming team members will share the good, the challenges, and the amazing programming we were able to do for all age groups and community members. We will focus on what we plan to take forward into the future through use of technology and hybrid programming with a goal to improve access and community connections for our rural, isolated, and aging populations. Walk away from this session with program ideas and a usable approach to keeping the best of Zoom in your library.

Cheryl Martin, Library Services Specialist, Outreach Services, North Olympic Library System
Jennifer LuBecke, Library Services Specialist, Youth Services, North Olympic Library System
Sarah Morrison, Librarian 2, Adult Services, North Olympic Library System

Uniting to Create Change: One University’s Virtual Celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
With the rise of anti-Asian violence throughout the country during the pandemic, this year’s celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month is especially significant. To fight against anti-Asian racism and stand in solidarity with our AAPI communities, one university’s AAPI Heritage Month Planning Committee has joined forces with cross-campus and community partners to host a wide variety of relevant virtual events that celebrate and offer educational opportunities surrounding AAPI histories, heritage, cultural diversity, contributions, and challenges that are historically underreported. These events include panel discussions, bystander anti-racism intervention, movie screenings, and cooking demonstrations. The presenters who are members of the AAPI Planning Committee will share their experiences with organizing and facilitating the events, as well as discussions regarding the sustainability of AAPI programming and its potential impact beyond AAPI Heritage Month.

Qing Stellwagen, Librarian for Diversity & Inclusion Studies and Economics, Eastern Washington University
Steven Bingo, Acting University Archivist, Eastern Washington University

Going on a Date with Your Standards
Many librarians are given very little guidance from their schools or districts on what to teach in the library, but this freedom can be overwhelming. This session will help you figure out as an individual or district how to determine what standards you are covering and how to create scope and sequence that makes sense for you and your students. Walk away with ideas for curriculum planning first steps, digesting large sets of curriculum such as AASL and ISTE, and creating “I can” statements or specific student-focused targets.

Elizabeth Roberts, Librarian, Curriculum Developer, Bellevue School District

Normalizing Conversations about Race
Is your library looking for a way to change its culture? Is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) one of your goals on your strategic plan? Does your library want to be an antiracist organization? These are the questions that have led our library public system to engage in courageous conversations about race. Many equity topics, diverse themes, and inclusionary practices have resulted from our journey, including how to create safe spaces for staff-facilitated affinity groups. Come discuss with us how we began the process, what we have achieved, and what we hope to accomplish in the future. Social justice work is possible at the library. First, normalize your conversations about race and then move forward from there.

dindria barrow, Library Assistant, Tacoma Public Library
Laura Hutchins, Library Associate, Tacoma Public Library
Jonii Bryant, Library Assistant, Tacoma Public Library
Karen Knapp, Library Assistant, Tacoma Public Library

Supporting Teachers in the Hybrid Environment & BEYOND
Does collaboration between you and staff members feel like a missed opportunity? Like a dating app that should work but isn’t quite right? Do you need more time, better communication, and a magic eight-ball to try to figure out what isn’t working? Don’t fret—we have a plan. We are going to share the work we’ve done both in hybrid and face-to-face settings, including what has worked for our students and as professionals. Join us to be amazed at what you can do for your students together!   

Lisa Coacher, Language Arts Teacher, Ballard High School
TuesD Chambers, Teacher Librarian: Ballard High School, Seattle Public Schools

The Role of Reference in Supporting Equitable Economic Resilience
As our communities begin to recover from COVID-19, libraries can play a role in economic equity, justice, and resilience. BIPOC, immigrant, and womxn workers and businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic and have had less access to recovery programs. In response, one public library system developed Find Financial Assistance, a multilingual email and phone reference service to match patrons with financial assistance resources for business, personal, and unemployment or career needs. Learn how this service works and how you might replicate its benefits at your library.

Audrey Barbakoff, Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager, King County Library System

Wordless Conversations: Using Wordless Picture Books to Promote Family Literacy Skills
Families that speak a heritage language at home are often left out of the school/home literacy loop. For migrant families, a variety of barriers beyond language differences may interfere with these literacy connections including time, access to materials, lack of experience with shared reading, low levels of educational attainment, or prescriptive curriculum that is not culturally responsive. However, the assets of the home environment--including heritage language use, inter-generational perspectives, contextualized discussions, opportunities for multiple sessions and a more intimate reading environment--invite deeper understanding of presented stories. Learn about a unique summer program in which 40 migrant families in rural Washington volunteered to teach their children at home under the direction of home visitors. Each week a wordless picture book was introduced in the heritage language using an interactive multi-media presentation that focused on a reading comprehension skill. This session will introduce the theory and design of the program and then engage participants in one of the modules as they experience wordless picture book reading and share their thoughts on broader application of the model for family literacy programming in both schools and public libraries.

Tiffany Coulson, Associate Director, Programming, Altera

Saturday, October 2 | 11:15 AM-12:30 PM [75 minutes]

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award 2022
Each year, Washington State’s K–3 students vote to select the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA). Hear all about our amazing 2022 nominees, learn about the award, and discover how you can use the books, resources, and activities to engage your school library program.

Dave Sonnen, Teacher Librarian, WCCPBA Comm. Co-Chair, Sherwood Elementary, Edmonds School District
Paula Wittmann, Teacher-Librarian, WCCPBA Comm. Co-Chair, West Woodland Elementary, Seattle Public Schools
Stephanie Wilson, Teacher-Librarian, Mariner High School, Mukilteo School District
Kathy Wallace, Teacher-Librarian, Grass Lake Elementary, Kent School District
Amy Cook, Teacher-Librarian, Kennewick School District
Ryan Grant, Teacher-Librarian, Medical Lake School District
Charleen Lee, Teacher-Librarian, Bellevue School District
Alicia Rogers, Teacher-Librarian, Auburn School District
Monica Sands, Librarian, King County Library System
Charisse Tsukamoto, Teacher-Librarian, Renton School District
Sherry Loniewski, Teacher-Librarian, Camas School District

Growing STEMs in an Elementary Library
10 and 1/2 Amazing STEM books, 11.25 Awesome STEM projects, 94.7% chance of intense student engagement. 0.00 out of your budget. This is hands on, so plan for sloppy and expect mistakes, and keep the books and the glue separated. We will look at more than ten great books that personify the awesomeness and fun hidden in STEM topics, and then we will build off those ideas to give students a hands-on experience that makes the ideas of STEM accessible to everyone.

Brian Cleary, Teacher-Librarian, Evergreen Public Schools

Marketing Your Special Library – A Toolkit
Looking to increase traffic to your special library? Your colleagues will show you how it’s done. Learn how to produce a virtual tour, design a campaign, draft the perfect social media post, and more. This session will demonstrate tricks and tips for creating a toolkit that will take your special library marketing game to the next level. Presented by the WLA Special Libraries Division.

Laura Edmonston, Deputy Law Librarian, Special Libraries Division Chair, Washington State Law Library

Library Science as CTE
A handful of librarians in Washington State are offering high school students the opportunity to earn Career Tech Education credit for working in the library. Whether you're a librarian who is currently offering CTE credit or you are interested, this is a chance to learn what is required to set up a framework for Library Science through the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, see which frameworks are being used currently, and share assignments that have been successful with students.  

Jodi Kruse, Teacher Librarian, R. A. Long High School - Longview School District

Advancing Income & Health Equity to Underserved Veterans Populations
Thousands of veterans in Washington fail to apply for life-altering benefits and pensions valued at millions of unclaimed dollars. Discover how your library is uniquely positioned to transform lives by becoming a hub for veterans’ services. Learn about the Veterans Connections Café Program, a library-hosted collaboration that integrates veteran-specific teleservices programming with coordinated case management supported by community members called Navigators. Participants will leave with ideas for identifying potential community partners, creating an efficient veteran-centric space within the library, integrating a teleservice program, meeting HIPPA compliance and security encryption standards, and developing protocols and practices.

Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator , WestCareWA Foundation, WestCare WA/Washington Serves

TeachKit: Expanding Digital Learning Through Informal Coaching
Educators will explore instructional partnership using the Washington Digital TeachKit as a resource for powerful use of educational technology. Participants will reflect on current needs of educators and identify ways in which digital tools can promote student agency, engagement, creativity, and equity.

Hillary M Marshall, Library Media Specialist, Washougal High School/Washougal School District
Shana Ferguson, Teacher Librarian, Columbia River High School/Vancouver School District
Mark Ray, Free Range Educator, Self-Employed

Saturday, October 2 | 2:15-3:00 PM [45 minutes]

Memes with Teens: Building Connections and Community with Discord
How can Discord be used to create connections and build community by meeting teens where they are? Attendees will learn how to use Discord as a tool to support programs, build relationships with teens, understand the differences between Discord and other programming platforms such as Zoom and Instagram Live, and encourage teen participation and ownership of the server. Presenters will also share successes and pitfalls to prepare for, tips for bringing Discord to library management, and feedback from real live teenagers.    

Caitlyn Cavanaugh, Teen Services Librarian, Pierce County Library System
Katie Higdon, Teen Services Specialist, Pierce County Library System

What's Your Library Story: Data Collection Glory
Are you looking for ways to amplify the beauty of your library? Does the word “advocating” leave you frustrated because you feel like you’ve tried everything?  Look no further! I will share a myriad of ways to build community and advocate for libraries, and you will leave with a plan. Together we will share best practices to build relationships, leverage staff support, and create community cheerleaders. Your data will speak for itself and we will find a way to use it and tell your story. The data collection we will be using to draft our "library stories" will include information about our students furthest from educational justice who most need a robust library service. Every advocacy step will be examined through a race and equity lens for purpose and impact.

TuesD Chambers, Teacher Librarian: Ballard High School, Seattle Public Schools

OSPI Media Literacy Grant Opportunities, First in the Nation
The Washington State Legislature has passed legislation that creates grant money to create online educational resource (OER) curriculum units that embed media literacy into core content areas for the next ten years. Learn more about how Washington became first in the nation in media literacy education and how you can either apply for a grant from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) or access the units that are created. All are welcome.   

Shawn Sheller, Teacher-Librarian Technology Integration Specialist, Kent School District

Trauma-Responsive Tools for Serving the Public
Have you ever lost your cool when working with or confronted by a challenging patron? Understanding toxic stress and trauma and how they impact behavior is critical for working with the public. Especially in a public library setting where the people served are often impacted by trauma, and may be marginalized and underserved members of society. In this interactive session we will explore the brain science behind trauma and how it impacts human development and behavior, examine our own ability to manage stress as it relates to working with the public, and learn tools to foster our own resilience and build positive relationships with those served in our libraries.

Mary Power, Marketing & Communications Manager, Sound Discipline
Stacy Lappin, Director of Program, Sound Discipline

Nonhierarchical Mentoring to Disrupt the System! Creating Communities of Solidarity within the Library
Increasingly, many organizations have created mentorship programs to provide early-career employees with support from longer-serving colleagues. There are many benefits to this model; however, it often comes with an implied or explicit power imbalance, which can preclude the possibility of both parties receiving and providing the most meaningful support. The presenters, who as pre-tenure faculty are in the minority among our library faculty group, have addressed this challenge by creating an intentional, nonhierarchical mentoring community for ourselves. We will discuss the applicability of this mentorship model for library workers in many situations and settings who might be disadvantaged by a top-down mentorship model.

Nicole Gustavsen, STEM Liaison Librarian, Gonzaga University
Shayna Pekala, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Gonzaga University
Anthony Tardiff, First-Year Experience Librarian, Gonzaga University

Food Literacy at the Library: Growing Communities & Making Cultural Connections through Food
In this session, school and public library workers will gain ideas to engage readers and connect communities through programs and books about food. Leave with a reading list and programming ideas to use food as a way to discuss language arts, social studies and STEAM education.

Philip Lee, Publisher, READERS to EATERS (moderator)
Craig Seasholes, Librarian, Dearborn Park International Elementary School
Dr. Michelle H. Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, iSchool, University of Washington

Saturday, October 2 | 3:45-5:00 PM [75 minutes]

OTTER & Sasquatch Award Nominees for 2022
Committee members for the WLA OTTER and Sasquatch Book Awards will present the nominees for 2022. Discover 18 wonderful chapter books and novels for grades K–6, and hear how librarians in schools and public libraries around the state can use the lists to promote reading, inform purchasing, and engage their community.

Beth Bermani, Youth Services Librarian, Mount Vernon City Library
Caroline Kelley, Teacher-Librarian and Technology Integration Specialist, Carriage Crest Elementary Kent School District
Monica Hodges, Jefferson Elementary Librarian, Mount Vernon School District
Additional presenters TBD

Partnering During the Pandemic: Public & School Libraries Join Forces for Washougal READS [45 minutes]
Learn how a public library and school district joined forces to create a community reading and discourse program to tackle current diversity issues. We asked the question, "How can we citizens be part of the solution?" Our answer is Washougal READS. Participants will discover resources like the ProjectLIT book lists, brainstorm potential topics of interest and speakers related to their community needs, and leave with ideas for implementing  a similar program in their communities. They will learn the ups and downs of school library and public library partnerships as well as the background of our eight-year partnership, the speakers and topics important to our community, and the next steps for Washougal READS now that we have kicked COVID to the curb!

Hillary M Marshall, Library Media Specialist, Washougal High School Library
Rachael Ries, Branch Manager, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

Your Next Job: Expansion to Help the Community & Economic Recovery
In 2020, three public library systems joined together to pilot Your Next Job, offering one-on-one support services to job seekers in our region. Our partnership goal was to bring together resources to support our shared population. Our team members along with several regional community partners, including WorkSource WA, provide in-depth reference appointments in ten languages.  The focus is on patrons overcoming barriers to achieving economic self-sufficiency, including little or no access to technology and nontraditional career pathways. This session will provide key information on how public libraries of any size can provide this service.   

Marion Scichione, Assistant Managing Librarian, Central Library, The Seattle Public Library
Meira Jough, Program Manager, The Seattle Public Library
Felix Reyes, King County Library System
Emily Felts, Sno-Isle Libraries

You’ve Got a Friend in Washington Libraries
Now more than ever, libraries need the support of their local library boards, foundation members, and friends groups to amplify the services and opportunities available to their communities. Whether it’s a safe and friendly re-opening, providing broadband opportunities for education and telehealth services, or recruiting for broader diversity, we need to connect our communities with honest and respectful conversations in order to move into a new, inclusive future. In this panel discussion, we’ll hear from a mix of library trustees, friends, and staff who will share their successes to being stronger library advocates.  

Shawn Schollmeyer, Washington Digital Newspapers Coordinator, WLFFTA Chair, Washington State Library
Craig Seasholes, Librarian, Dearborn Park International Elementary School
Carol Ellison,Circulation Supervisor, Everett Public Library

Transgender People – Moving Past 101 & onto Reliable Info Resources
Transgender people are no longer the mystery that they were just a few years ago. Many library staff have taken intro-level competency trainings on transgenderism and transgender people. But what comes after that? Do you know how to assist transgender patrons find reliable resources? Are you tasked with developing organizational policy and practice, and need to find substantive information upon which to base those policies and actions? Here’s your chance to dig deeper. This session will take you to the next level, where you will learn what info transpeople seek and provide you with an overview of authoritative resources.   

John Otto, MLIS, Seattle Public Library

COVID-19 & the Frontline Public Library Worker: Can You Hear Us Now?
What started as a general survey regarding frontline worker experiences with their public library’s resumption of services following the spring lockdown of 2020 became a case study in a breakdown in communications between management and frontline staff at one of North America’s largest public library systems. Survey respondents described a range of feelings, perceptions, and assumptions regarding management’s concerns for their health and safety against the library’s goal of resuming public services. The results support a range of recommendations, surprisingly simple to implement, but powerful in their implications for strengthening bonds across the organization as we move towards a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

Siobhan Stevenson, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Brandon Haynes, President, Toronto Public Library Workers Union, CUPE Local 4948, Toronto Public Library

You Want Me to Read My Smartphone? Media Literacy for Today's Technology
Most of our patrons find news, information, and social engagement through quick snaps, Tweets, posts, and videos than websites or more traditional news and information resources. Explore strategies, examine high school curricular resources, and discover new ways to support your own patrons' critical media literacy skills. This workshop includes open educational resources developed by a team of high school English teachers and their school’s teacher librarian with the support of funding from the Media Literacy grant from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Shana Ferguson, Teacher-Librarian, Columbia River High School
Julia Christian, English Teacher and Certified Teacher Librarian, Columbia River High School
Tavia Quaid, English and Social Studies Teacher, Columbia River High School

Saturday, October 2 | 5:15-5:45 PM [30 minutes]

BIPOC Meetup
Connect with other BIPOC library professionals and advocates for open networking and discussion. To prioritize space for groups that are underrepresented in our profession, this meetup is open to those who identify as people of color and/or Indigenous.

Connect with other LGBTQIA+ library professionals and advocates for open networking and discussion. To prioritize space for groups that are underrepresented in our profession, this meetup is open to those who identify LGBTQIA+.

Student Meetup
Connect with your student colleagues for unstructured networking time.