What if You Wrote the Questions?
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
- For this one-hour webinar with a library innovator, you can
At first, Jessica
Liddell couldn't get school administrators around town to even talk to
her. At the Grand Rapids Public Library, they'd decided that the best
way to improve literacy in school-age kids was to connect with their
schools. That's almost impossible when you can't get a conversation
When she did finally
get a message through, she was met with skepticism. What could the
public library do to get kids more engaged with reading? It was a
serious question, not a put-off. Jessica answered like it was a CFP,
writing her extensive answer in a conference-length paper.
That paper earned her
an in-person meeting with the assistant superintendent, a person the
public library had been wanting to meet with. It was a great
opportunity, but Jessica had only been working at the library for a
couple of months. She got a crash course in the library's programs and
Out of that meeting,
and conversations that followed, came the first small steps of a
partnership. The DigiBridge project that came out of it won the Urban
Libraries Council 2014 "Top Innovator" award for Leading Learning, and
the project is going strong.
DigiBridge is an
inspiring project, and if it sounds like the kind of program you'd hear
about at a conference, you're right. Those presentations have been made.
We wanted to talk to Jessica to hear where the project started. How did
they build relationships? What did they do before they had a budget?
How did they bridge the cultural gaps between libraries and schools?
That's why we're
talking to Jessica Liddell this Thursday
from 1–2 p.m., live via webinar. We want to hear about DigiBridge,
and she'll start by giving a brief presentation about their project.
Then we'll have an open question and answer time. I have questions ready
from the conversation we've had already, and we'll be looking for
questions from you, too.
Join us for an hour,
and ask the questions you would want to ask after the conference panel
ends. (Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
or type them into the chat window during the event.)
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator