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2018 PLD Midwinter Conference
Homewood Public Library
1721 Oxmoor Road
Birmingham, AL 35209

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Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Category: Event

PLD Midwinter 2018


Registration is closed!

Deadline to register was:
January 21, 2018.

Registration Costs:

  • Full day with lunch (member) = $40
  • Full day with lunch (non-member) = $45
  • Half day with lunch (member) = $30
  • Half day with lunch (non-member) = $35
  • Half day with no lunch (member) = $25
  • Half day with no lunch (non-member) = $30

Contact Heather Cover ([email protected] or 205.332.6621) if you have any questions about the conference or Jodi Poe ([email protected] or 256.782.8103) if you have any issues registering.


9:00 – 12:00 Keynote

Renew Yourself
Speaker: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
We'll begin your Staff Day experience by spending some time and energy on ourselves...re-visiting dreams and re-establishing goals for our work and life.

1:15 – 2:30 Early Afternoon Sessions

Finding the Right People and Helping Them Grow
Speaker:  Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Everything we do to build strong, effective teams depends on starting with the right people in the first place. At this session, hiring supervisors will consider not just how to hire but how to hire "right" and then how to assure your team and its new member are successful.

Planning and Conducting Sensory Friendly Storytimes
Speakers: Jennifer Wolfe, Athens State University  and Amanda Coleman, Athens-Limestone  Public Library
This presentation will: introduce ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), examine best practices for including children with special needs, highlight national librarians with expertise in the field such as Barbara Klipper, Carrie Scott Banks, etc., applaud local librarians in Alabama who are making a difference, and inspire you to better serve children with ASD, as well as children with other special needs.

Circulating Non-Traditional Items
Speakers:  Rosanna McGinnis, Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library; Marianne Lenox, Hunstville-Madison County Public Library; Madalyn Cohron and Shanae King, Hoover Public Library
Libraries across Alabama are circulating everything from cake pans to Hotspots. Join this panel to find out why they decided to circulate non-traditional materials and how they do it.

Fair Use in Libraries
Speaker: Jeff Graveline, Associate Dean for Research & Instructional Service, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Are you interested in learning more about copyright law and how to protect yourself and your library from possible copyright infringement?  This informative session will cover the basics of copyright and fair use as they relate to libraries and teach you how to avoid common copyright pitfalls. You will also learn about best practices for using copyrighted materials as well as strategies for locating materials you may freely use without concern over copyright permission or infringement.

2:45 – 4:00 Late Afternoon Sessions 

The Right Approach: Connecting with Coworkers
Speaker: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
What Cleveland has learned about championship teams translates perfectly to libraries...and it's all about connections. Staff in any position will come away from this session convinced they CAN impact not only their success - but their co-workers' as well.

Using Google Drive in Your Library
Speaker: Rob Harris, Homewood Public Library
Find out what you, and your library, can do with Google Drive, a free, cloud-based product that allows users to create files (using their products), store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files with other users.

Planning Library Spaces
Speaker:  Chris Pizzuto, The Mell Group
Chris Pizzuto, the new owner of TMG (aka, The Mell Group), will discuss creative ways to adjust your existing library spaces to add flexibility, diversity and/or rearrange them for new purposes. Whether it's a funded project or out-of-the-box thinking on a shoestring, he'll pull from his 15 years of custom design and state contract product knowledge to show you ways to get the most out of your library's space.

Open-Source Ideas for a Musical Summer
Speakers: Matt Layne & Michael Lopez, Emmet O’Neal Public Library; Lance Simpson, Birmingham Public Library—Central
Looking for something unique to do for Libraries Rock, the 2018 Teen Summer Reading theme? Join these out-of-the-box thinkers as they discuss creating musical instruments through old-school and 21st century methods. They’ll also show you how to use free open-source software programs such as Audacity, Finale, and Garageband to create musical compositions and how to upload said compositions to Soundcloud.

Registration is closed.

Deadline to register was: January 21, 2018.

Contact: Heather Cover
[email protected]