Program

Wednesday, May 9

1:30–4:15 PM: Optional Tour of Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Education Facilities

Space is limited and sign-up is required.

1:30 PM: Bus pick up at the Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village

2:00 PM: Arrive at Zoo for a tour with Zoo Academy High School Students (Aquarium & Conservation Center)

2:50 PM: Tour of New Education Facility (Little Lions Preschool, Zoo Kindergarten, and Zoo Academy High School Classrooms)

3:10 PM: History of the Education Partnerships at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium with Dr. Elizabeth Mulkerrin

3:45 PM: Depart Zoo

4:15 PM: Arrive back at the Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village

4:30 PM–5:30 PM: Welcome reception for conference attendees and speakers

Sign up for the tour here.


 

Day 1 | Thursday, May 10

 
8:00 AM–9:00 AM: Registration and Coffee


 
9:00 AM–9:15 AM: Welcome Remarks

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal
Laura Marlane, Executive Director, Omaha Public Library
Melissa Comine, Chief Academic Officer, Omaha Public Schools


 
9:15 AM–9:45 AM: The State of Our Unions: A Brief Tour of School/Public Library Collaborations and Outcomes

Presented by:
Susan Benton, President and CEO, Urban Libraries Council


 
9:45 AM–10:15 AM: Getting to Yes: Laying the Groundwork with Information and Options

Presented by:
Stephanie Ham, Director of Library Services, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Partner in Limitless Libraries Initiative


 
10:15 AM–10:45 AM: Attendees Meet & Greet


 
10:45 AM–11:00 AM: Break


 
11:00 AM–11:30 AM: Anchor City #1: The Indianapolis Story

Presented by:
Sarah Batt, Manager, Shared System Library Project, Indianapolis Public Library
Deana Beecher, Library Media Specialist, Decatur Central High School (IN)
Jackie Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Public Library


 
11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Anchor City #2: The Los Angeles Story

Presented by:
Eva Mitnick, Director, Engagement & Learning Division, Los Angeles Public Library


 
12:00 PM–12:45 PM: Keynote

Presented by:
Chelsea Clinton, Author; Vice Chair, the Clinton Foundation
 
Introduced by:
Susan Alice Buffett, Chairwoman, Sherwood Foundation


 
12:45 PM–1:45 PM: Lunch & Book Signing


 
1:45 PM–2:15 PM: Anchor City #3: The Muncie Story

Presented by:
Katherine Mitchell, Content Management Coordinator, Muncie Public Library


 
2:15 PM–2:45 PM: Limitless Libraries: Nashville’s Unique and Inspiring Alternative

Presented by:
Emily Farmer, Collection Development Librarian, Limitless Libraries, Nashville Public Library


 
2:45 PM–3:00 PM: Break


 
3:00 PM–3:30 PM: Facilitated Working Session


 
3:30 PM–4:15 PM: Deep Dive on Partnership Development: Who to Connect With and When

Presented by:
Brian Payne, President and CEO, The Central Indiana Community Foundation
followed by a conversation about partnership development with:
Eva Mitnick, Director, Engagement & Learning Division, Los Angeles Public Library
Akilah Nosakhere, Director, Muncie Public Library
Jackie Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Public Library


 
4:15 PM–4:35 PM: Sponsor Presentation


 
4:35 PM–5:05 PM: Memorandums of Understanding: Issues, Examples, and Exemplars

Presented by:
Jackie Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Public Library


 
5:05 PM–5:30 PM: Open Questions


 
5:30 PM–6:30 PM: Reception


 

Day 2 | Friday, May 11

 
8:00 AM–9:15 AM: Breakfast and Reflection on Day 1

Facilitators will work in small groups with attendees to reflect on the day 1 topics and document.


 
9:15 AM–10:15 AM: The Policy Perspective

Presented by:
Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Public Library Association, ALA, Office of Information/Policy
followed by a panel disussion with:
Deana Beecher, Library Media Specialist, Decatur Central High School (IN)
Susan Broman, Acting Assistant City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library
Emily Farmer, Collection Development Librarian, Limitless Libraries, Nashville Public Library


 
10:15 AM–10:30 AM: Break


 
10:30 AM–10:50 AM: Sponsor Presentation


 
10:50 AM–11:50 AM: Implementation: Making It Real!

Presented by:
Cathie Chenowith, School Liaison, Los Angeles Public Library
Beth Kroehler, Assistant Director, Muncie Public Library
Gena Miller, Elementary Library Media Specialist, Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township
James Staub, Tech Services Team, Nashville Public Library


 
11:50 AM–1:00 PM: Lunch


 
1:30 PM–2:00 PM: Deep Dive on Collections from the Library Point of View

Presented by:
Sarah Batt, Manager, Shared System Library Project, Indianapolis Public Library
Emily Farmer, Collection Development Librarian, Limitless Libraries, Nashville Public Library
Eva Mitnick, Director, Engagement & Learning Division, Los Angeles Public Library
Melinda Sheffield, Media Specialist, Muncie Community Schools


 
2:00 PM–2:20 PM: Sponsor Presentations


 
2:20 PM–3:20 PM: Tech Leads from Libraries Discuss Partnerships and Solutions

Presented by:
Susan Broman, Acting Assistant City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library
Deb Lambert, Director of Collection Management, Indianapolis Public Library
Jenny Lane, Tech Services Team, Project Manager for Joint ILS, Nashville Public Library
Katherine Mitchell, Content Management Coordinator, Muncie Public Library
James Staub, Tech Services Team, Nashville Public Library


 
3:20 PM–3:35 PM: Break


 
3:35 PM–4:30 PM: Facilitated Working Session and Open Questions


 
4:30 PM–5:00 PM: High-Level School Perspective on the Pros and Cons

Presented by:
Dr. Steven Baule, Superintendent, Muncie Community Schools
Dr. Shawn Smith, Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township


 
5:00 PM–5:30 PM: Keynote: What a Literacy-Rich Community Looks Like

Presented by:
Emily Dowdall, Chief of Development and Policy Implementation, Policy Solutions, The Reinvestment Fund


 
5:30 PM–6:30 PM: Reception


 

Day 3 | Saturday, May 12

 
8:00 AM–9:00 AM: Breakfast


 
9:00 AM–10:00 AM: Impact on Staffing: Balancing Workload, What Happens in the School Library?

Presented by:
Rhonda Cowan, Media Specialist, Muncie Community Schools
Emily Farmer, Collection Development Librarian, Limitless Libraries, Nashville Public Library
Charity Karcz, Head Librarian, Jesuit Preparatory School (IN)


 
10:00 AM–11:00 AM: Getting the Ball Rolling: Inspiration and Action Steps for Every Level

Presented by:
Dr. Steve Goeglein, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Metropolitan School
District of Lawrence Township


 
11:00 AM–11:30 AM: Break


 
11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Closing Keynote

Karl Dean, former Nashville Mayor; 2018 gubernatorial candidate for the State of Tennessee
Via live stream


 
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