Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Session 3: Breakouts 11:55 AM-12:50 PM

Conference Room 1

Connecting for Health: Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Funding for Healthier Communities


Presenters: Bennie Finch, NNLM, Region 7; Susan Griffiths, North Haven Memorial Library; Caitlin Kelley, Montague Public Libraries; Douglas Lord, CLA President, C.H. Booth Library; Heloise Nana, Ferguson Library


An introduction to NNLM resources & funding opportunities. Four Connecticut public libraries will share about their funded grant projects and other health programming ideas and practices from their libraries. Presenters will share about the funding process, lessons learned, and more. Come be inspired by these great projects and innovative practices that support health. Learn how your library can support health in your community using NNLM funds and resources.


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Conference Room 2

Can we get satisfaction? We can try! Creating and Administering a Library Staff Satisfaction Survey


Presenter: Barbara Ghilardi, Fairfield University


Gathering feedback from patrons has become commonplace in most libraries but how often is feedback gathered from library staff? In January 2022, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library released a strategic plan with an initiative to create and administer a library staff satisfaction survey. Formal feedback had not been collected before and Library Leadership felt it was important to hear from staff about how they were feeling after a few years with many changes. This presentation will cover the process a library staff working group followed to create and administer a survey to all full-time library staff. Participants can expect to walk away with a possible model for how to implement a survey like this at their own libraries.


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Conference Room 3

Renovating for Future Users


Presenters: Carl Antonucci, Ph. D., Central Connecticut State University, Michael Crumpton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Jessica Tagliaferro, SUNY Westchester Community College


Library renovations can come at random times based on a variety of factors such as money, age of facilities, changing needs of stakeholders and environmental modifications. Space, being one of the strongest pillars of librarianship, along with resources and expertise, needs thoughtful, considerate and purposeful enhancement to properly and effectively serve a wide and diverse range of stakeholders and users. This panel will discuss and explore the philosophy and perspective behind library renovations as libraries pivot and plan for the future of libraries and library services, covering both public and academic libraries.


Sponsored by: CLA Conference Committee

Conference Room 5

Strategic Plans: Good, Better, Best


Presenters: Maxine Bleiweis; Erica Roggeveen Byrne


Why do some strategic plans work and others fail? Two seasoned planners will explore the realities behind the process and share strategies for success for your next plan. Attendees will come away with a fresh look at the planning process. This mother/daughter team has been helping libraries in New England for the past seven years, using their backgrounds in public library administration and community activism.


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Conference Room 6

Host a GAP (Giving Alzheimer's A Purpose) Gathering In Your Library


Presenters: Elizabeth Chubet, Southington Public Library; Tina M. Hogan, Alzheimer's Association


Host a GAP Gathering (Giving Alzheimer's A Purpose) at your library for people in the community with early stage dementia. The Southington Public Library and the Alzheimer's Association are partnering on this project that brings people together with early stage dementia with engaging activities and creates a social network for the participants. This presentation will show you how the Southington Public Library started these events with training and guidance from the Alzheimer's Association and how to partner with other local organizations to spread awareness and reduce stigma associated with dementia.


Sponsored by: CLA Conference Committee

Conference Room 7

Adventures in the Library of Things


Presenter: Francie L. Berger, Hall Memorial Library


Hall Memorial Library has taken the Library of Things concept to the next level with the introduction of Adventure Kits! With the support of our Friends of the Library group and other local partners we have created 15 Kits to loan- all are appropriate for individual or family fun and learning.


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