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Staff Training Symposium: Libraries Transform

Join us at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library as we explore ways that libraries can transform using the trends that make up the American Library Association's Libraries Transform Campaign. Follow the event on twitter with #STS16

When: Thursday, October 6, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Campbell County Public Library, Newport Branch
901 E. 6th St.
Newport, Kentucky  41071
United States
Presenter: Pat Wagner
Contact: Kaitlyn
513-751-4422 x10

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Staff Training Symposium: Libraries Transform

Join us at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library as we explore ways that libraries can transform using the trends that make up the American Library Association's Libraries Transform Campaign.


9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:30am-12:00pm Resilience: Thriving During Times of Change, presented by Pat Wagner

Challenging times test us and help us grow. For our library communities, it means big changes in everything from our missions and visions to our individual roles. How do we stay productive and positive when we have to balance tried-and-true library principles against new expectations? What if our experiments fail? What if the skills we spend decades mastering are no longer relevant? And  how do we find new opportunities when the resources we have never feel like enough?
12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm-1:45pm Breakout Session 1
  • Fandom: Engage and Support Its Surprising Culture of Participation and Creation, presented by Pat Wagner

The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries identifies “fandom” as a developing trend impacting libraries. Actually, it’s been around for decades? Centuries? But it’s become more visible and cohesive with the rise of various “cons” and social media, drawing hundreds of thousands of active participants from around the world. One cohort are the fan fiction writers. Learn about betas, triggers, and drabbles, why even established writers find “transformative fiction” appealing, some of the more controversial aspects (for mature audiences), and why it is more than just about the writing.

President Barack Obama has called income inequality the “defining challenge of our time.”[1] According to the Institute for Policy Studies, income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population – and in the United States, income inequality has been growing markedly for the past 30 years. [2
1:45pm-2:00pm Break

2:00pm-3:00pm Breakout Session 2
  • Unplugged: Quiet Rooms, Radio Silence, Self-directed Play, and Library Gardens, presented by Pat Wagner

In the midst of trends towards live music performances, group activities, and the hum of makerspace machinery, some libraries are taking a different route. Everyone from cardiologists to early childhood educators are touting the advantages of unhooking from the 21st century, muting the mobile devices, and returning to nature, contemplation, silence, and the joys of reading a physical book without distractions. Quiet rooms are returning, but what else can your library do to create niches of peace reflecting a different era?
  • Trending Apps, presented by Cassondra Vick

Learning about these new #LibrariesTransform trends is fun, but what about the “old” trends, like apps? They may no longer be an emerging trend, but apps are still going strong and new ones come out every day. Want to learn about the latest and greatest? This session will cover new apps to share with your patrons and use for yourself!
3:00pm-3:15pm Break
3:15pm-4:15pm Breakout Session 3

Led by the work of the psychology professor Jeffrey Arnet and his article "Emerging Adulthood: A Theory of Development from the Late Teens Through the Twenties," emerging adulthood considers the period from the late teens through twenties as a time of distinct psychological and behavioral characteristics that in more affluent countries may result in individuals’ taking longer to move out of their parents’ home, involve themselves in a career, get married, and have children. [1

The way that society and individuals value privacy will change, especially as technologies require the supply of more and more personal information; become smaller, cheaper, and more available; or monitor users and connect to the internet. Individuals will need to balance their value for privacy with the benefits of these new technologies.

4:15pm-4:30pm Wrap-up: Feedback Forms and Parting Gifts

As in previous years, massages will be available from 12:00pm-4:00pm


Jane Hammons is an Information Literacy Instruction Librarian at Northern Kentucky University. She received her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science in 2008 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In addition, she has a MA in History from the University of Cincinnati and is currently completing a MS in Instructional Design from Western Kentucky University. Jane’s research interests include the connections between information literacy, information access, and income inequality. 

Melanie Blau McDonald has volunteered or worked in school libraries, academic libraries and special libraries performing reference, reader's advisory, library usability studies, library outreach, instruction and staff development and training. Currently, she is the Executive Director of SWON Libraries.

Cassondra Vick originally hails from Nashville, TN and has worked in public libraries for almost 15 years (and even served as a library page in her high school). She has spent most of her career in Youth Services, having worked in both Young Adult and Children's Services. However, her time studying for her MLIS at the University of Kentucky ignited a passion for library tech, allowing her to turn formerly personal interests into professional ones! She is the Technology Educator at SWON Libraries.

Pat Wagner has been a trainer, educator, and consultant for 40 years, having worked with clients in 48 states and Canada. She is a manager and producer at Pattern Research, Inc. Pat likes to find the essence in models of human behavior and organizational design and build effective and engaging formats for learning: face-to-face, in print, and online. She has been a poet, playwright, printer, publisher, and graphic designer, and loves books, gardens, and the arts.


Early Bird Special Until September 15th

Employees of Supporting Member Libraries: $60.00

Geographic Libraries: $70.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $80.00

After September 15th

Employees of Supporting Member Libraries: $65.00

Geographic Libraries: $75.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $85.00


There will be a Grab-and-Go Breakfast with breakfast breads, fruit, juice, Starbucks coffee, and tea.


Your choice of boxed lunch sandwich or salad. Please choose your lunch from the available options when you register.

End of the Day Dessert

Cheesecake slices will be provided.

When you register, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, or email Kaitlyn Marsh at

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