Day 2 Schedule

Day 2

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

FINAL SCHEDULE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th


9:00 AM Ballroom: CLA Annual Meeting & Awards

9:45 AM: Break in Exhibit Hall

10:15 AM: Ballroom-Keynote Speaker: Jean Baur

How to Wear Many Hats without Losing your Head

If you had a well-defined job, or if your job didn’t shift the minute you thought you’d gotten your work done, life would be fairly easy. But when you’re cataloging books, handling reference requests, managing acquisitions, etc. plus dealing with the challenges of the pandemic, including customers/patrons who are especially needy, you find yourself multitasking and it’s exhausting. In this fun and interactive session, learn how to:

· Single task

· Minimize disruptions

· Give yourself breaks

· Bundle nonessential tasks

· Ask for help.

These critical steps will help you wear many hats without losing your head.

Sponsored by: CLA Technical Services Section


11:30 Session 1

Room 21/22

The Strangeness of New – Again

Presenter: Ellen Janpol, President, Janpol Consulting Services

The Great Resignation and career realignments over the last two years have forced many librarians to look at their career options. But are we being limited by our own boundaries – the strangeness of being “new” again? What can we best leverage from our past experiences to avoid the common pitfalls of starting a new position? What are the key components of a “newness” strategy that will help us adjust in the first 30, 60, 90 days? This session will offer practical solutions to help ensure that we have the knowledge and the toolkit to build, sustain, and prosper in being “new” again.

Sponsored by: Ellen Janpol, CLA Member


Room 24

Dew-Op: Exploring a Dewey Hybrid

Presenters: Kristina J. Lareau, Head of Children’s Services, Ridgefield Library; Ann Victor, Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian at Fairfield University

Dew-Op stands for Dewey-Optimization or even Dewey-Optional. In 2019, Ridgefield Library created 18 categories and reorganized the Children’s non-fiction collection. Two years and a pandemic later, Dew-Op still serves its purpose of being a more browsable collection for children; however, through feedback, evaluation, trial and era, and some of the “science” part of Library Science, this collection has taken on a life of its own. Kristina and Ann will provide research, methodology, proposals, lessons learned, and provide ample information for you to explore a Dewey alternative in your own library.

Sponsored by: Kristina J. Lareau and Ann Victor, CLA Members


Room 25

Introducing Remote Reader’s Advisory Services at Your Library

Presenters: Elizabeth Connell Adams and Siobhan Schugmann

Greenwich Library has been providing remote reader’s advisory services for children and adults since 2019. Our services have exploded in popularity, despite a renovation closure and a global pandemic. Learn about our de-centralized, interdepartmental approach and unique workflow structure that has allowed these services to flourish without overburdening any specific team member. We’ll discuss staff buy-in and our criteria for creating consistent, quality lists of suggested titles that are interesting, unexpected, and inclusive. Learn how we’ve trained our teams to recognize and value diversity in their curated recommendations: what worked, what didn’t, and what had to change fast!

Sponsored by: Elizabeth Connell Adams, CLA Member


Room 26

Chill Out: Applying the Principles of Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga to Children's Programming

Presenters: Ericka Bajrami, Director of Children’s Services, Farmington Libraries.

Learn how to use the principles of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga to teach families and educators, lead classes/special programs (both in person and virtual), and incorporate them into all children's programming. Yoga storytimes, a tween mindfulness and meditation program, and breathing exercises for children will be highlighted.

Sponsored by: Ericka Bajrami/Farmington Libraries, CLA Member


Room 27

Game Based Learning and Library Communities: A Seminar with HMGS Next Gen, Inc

Presenters: Jared Fishman and Jim Stanton

Game-Based Learning is becoming more and more popular with each passing day, as institutions of varying types have been looking for new ways to build and foster community, ranging from adult groups to youth groups. HMGS Next Gen, Inc is a non-profit organization that specializes in facilitating game based programming and has found enormous success in connecting with New York based libraries. This seminar will demonstrate why tabletop miniatures, board games, role playing, and even historical simulations serve libraries in their mission to connect diverse members of the community together in a fun, educational way. We will provide examples of programming, testimonials from the libraries we currently serve, and a pathway moving forward in forming new relationships. Furthermore, we’ll demonstrate the ways in which the content provided within the context of Game-Based Learning is inextricably connected to reading and literature. If you’re looking to start a game club but don’t know where to start, Next Gen is ready, willing and able to provide the support you need!

Sponsored by: Colin Welch, CLA Member


12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Session 2

Room 21/22

Going Fines Free

Presenters: Ramona Burkey, Director, Russell Library; Melissa Canhamclyne, Director, Hamden Public Library; John Jessen, Director, New Haven Free Public Library; Tom Piezzo, Director, Brainerd Memorial Library

Interested in knowing more about becoming a fines free library? Our panel of directors are all from libraries who have made the jump. Join them to learn about the benefits of going fines free, hear tips on how to make the switch, and persuasive arguments to use with your town or board.

Sponsored by: Tom Piezzo, CLA Member


Room 24

System Assisted Shelf-Reading Initiative to Assess Catalog Validity

Presenters: Emily Aylward, Access Services Manager; Joseph Frawley, Systems Librarian; Mitchell Robinson, Circulation Supervisor, Shain Library, Connecticut College

What are the chances that a patron will find an item in the correct location? How many ghosts are haunting your catalog? Connecticut College employs a shelf list utility in conjunction with a structured approach to shelving to conduct a continuous inventory of its physical collection. As of November 14, 2021, 21% of the collection has been reviewed with a catalog validity of 96.8%. The program enables a data-driven approach to collection management. Results include timely recovery of lost items, prompt correction of misshelved items, quick identification of missing items and greater student engagement in collection management.

Sponsored by: Mitchell L. Robinson, CLA Member


Room 25

Opening the Job Candidate Pool

Presenters: Colleen Bailie and Brandie Doyle

As libraries continue to have open discussion about ways to hire and attract a more diverse staff, join Colleen Bailie and Brandie Doyle as they discuss opening the job candidate pool and hiring full time staff members without traditional MLIS degrees. An open group discussion and Q&A will follow.

Sponsored by: CLA’s EDI Section


Room 26

STEAM Power: Comics, Cosplay, Libraries, & Museums

Presenters: Joe Defeo, Sara Horowitz, and Molly Virello

STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) education has become the norm for curriculum across the country, but often starts too late. Out of school learning is imperative for children. Who better to get them safely on that path than a bunch of superheroes?

The merger of STEAM based learning comics and cosplay is a natural fit. It opens the world of STEAM all ages in a way that is hands-on, accessible, and engaging, while building a strong bridge between formal and informal learning. Together the panel will bring ideas on how to make the world of STEAM immersive educational open and alive for the very young.

Sponsored by: Molly Virello, CLA Member


Room 27

Modular Makerspace Programming to Create Community Touchstones

Presenter: Kevin David Redline

Makerspaces allow patrons to learn foundational skills for different creative and technical mediums. Librarians and library staff provide instruction, based on their own knowledge, through programming designed to introduce tools and skills for future use. Unlike a classroom structure, library programs often do not have the opportunity to work with the same group of patrons every time. This presentation provides an overview of Makerspace programming standards, expectations, and outcomes while providing examples of creative projects that provide module instruction based on a patron’s skill level that culminate in a library feature made with community members.

Sponsored by: Kevin Redline, CLA Member


2:30 PM Break in Exhibition Hall

3:00 PM Session 3

Room 21/22

So, You’re Expecting a Challenge for Doing Your Job

Presenter: Sam Lee

Overview of policies, procedures and best practices for handling challenges and censorship.

Sponsored by: CLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee


Room 24

Working Remotely for Librarians – Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make it Work

Presenter: Molly Virello

Stepping outside the traditional library space, and into the comfort of an at-home office, a couch, or a sandy somewhere else, librarians can carve out a space to work remotely while still retaining the ability to reach their patrons, provide access to quality programming, pave the way for libraries to share information, promote resources, and even lead change in their communities. Join Molly as she discusses how librarians can work remotely, adapt, plan, create, implement, manage, & evaluate their services to the best of their ability in order to unleash their library’s potential to engage and wow their patrons and communities.

Sponsored by: Molly Virello, CLA Member


Room 25

Well-being of My Community: Aligning Library Capacity to Meet Community Needs

Presenters: Gail Hurley, CT State Library and Cynthia Randall, Cornerstones of Science

Public Libraries are increasingly being called upon to provide critical services and resources to community members on issues such as COVID, food insecurity, and water quality, as examples. Gail Hurley, CT State Library and Cindy Randall, Cornerstones of Science will facilitate the use of the STEM Equity Framework (IMLS grant award RE-20085-OLS-21) where participants will explore factors like personal beliefs, organizational culture, community engagement and use to develop a profile that determines how Aware, Intentional or Purposeful is your library’s capacity to provide equitable access and a vision for what a STEM Equity library might look like for your community.


Room 26

Teams that Work: Building, Sustaining and Leading Effective Teams

Presenters: Laura A. Horn, Executive Director, Library Connection, Inc. and Beth Crowley, Library Director, Cheshire Public Library

We all work in and with teams, but few of us are aware of how best to leverage them and how to avoid common pitfalls. In this session, we’ll discuss the key components of effective teams, identify common problems, and offer practical solutions that will help ensure you have the knowledge and the tools necessary to build, sustain, and lead effective teams.

Sponsored by: CLA’s Career Development Committee


Room 27

DEI Audit Program at Hopkins School

Presenters: James Gette and Jenny Nicolelli

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the librarians at Hopkins School implemented a DEI Audit of the library's fiction collection. This presentation includes a description of the audit process and a summary of what we learned. It will also provide insight as to how a DEI Audit can be used to strengthen a library's collection and improve community engagement.

Sponsored by: CLA’s EDI Section, Kymberlee Powe


4:00 PM Session 4

Room 21/22

Responding to LGBTQ+ Challenges and Support

Presenters: Sam Lee (moderator), Panel speakers: Mary Richardson, Teen Services Librarian, Simsbury Public Library; Marisa Hicking, Teen Librarian/Acting Children's and Teen Services Manager, Avon Free Public Library; Sage Gentry, Teen Services Librarian, Farmington Libraries

A panel discussion moderated by Sam Lee on LGBTQ+ challenge trend. How libraries and librarians responded – and how to support your LGBTQ+ staff.

Sponsored by: CLA’s Intellectual Freedom and LGBTQ+ Section


Room 24

Reference and Adult Services Meetup

The CLA Reference & Adult Services Section invites you to stop by to meet with other librarians, share thoughts on the conference, and unwind before heading home. We’ll provide coffee and snacks.

Sponsored by: CLA’s Reference & Adult Services Section


Room 25

Designing for Human Behavior

Presenter: Joe S. Agati

When you consider your library’s spaces, are you really putting patrons first? The humans in your library study, move, learn, and interact in very interesting - and somewhat predictable - ways. But library spaces do not always respond to patron needs helpfully. This session will help you to consider your patrons in a new and accommodating way. By looking at human behavior instead of the basic purpose of a room or its furniture, you are helping patrons and your institution.

Sponsored by: Douglas Lord , CLA Executive Committee


Room 26

Creative Kits for Kids

Presenters: Caitlin Augusta, Janice Pellegrino, Tess Beck, Melissa Meagher

Librarians from Stratford Library will present some of their popular take-home kits for kids ages 3 to 12. See what goes into kits for Alphabet Parade, Book Scientists, Nutmeg Book Group, Science Sunday, Movie Watching, Craft of the Week, and more. Some kits are designed to go with live Zoom programs and others are self-directed activities. Participants will receive kit samples to take home (while supplies last).

Sponsored by: Caitlin Augusta, CLA Member


Room 27

Reading for Accessibility and Inclusion: Exploring educational pathways for library workers in order to better serve those with print disabilities and increase equity and access to digital reading materials.

Presenters: Maria Bernier, Elizabeth Joseph, and Susan LaPerla

The Ferguson Library was recently awarded an IMLS Laura Bush planning grant focused on improving libraries’ services for people with disabilities and reading barriers. The grant will also develop educational resources for library workers that will improve library services at the national level. For the CLA audience, we plan to share the scope and timeline of our project. We will also host an informal focus group to understand current awareness of resources for those with print disabilities and gain a better understanding of the learning and training needs of Connecticut Library workers.

Sponsored by: CLA’s ADA Committee and EDI Section