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Friday, February 23

7:30am - 8am

AkASL travel grant recipients meeting. Suzanne Richards & Suzanne Metcalfe

8am - 9am Meetings

AkASL general meeting. Barb Bryson
Intellectual freedom committee. June Pinnell-Stevens
Adult readers RT. Georgine Olson
Cataloging RT. Christie Ericson
Special libraries RT. Leslie Wood
Government documents RT. Daniel Cornwall

9am - 10:30am Keynote

Unshelved: a funny thing happened on the way to the library. Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum

In this keynote address, the creators of Unshelved will describe how they happened to start making comics about a library. They will entertain us with burning questions such as: How it is received in the library world and with the general public; Who are the characters in the strip and the stereotypes they drew on (and rejected) in developing them; The reallife stories; And the new business of web comics. They will bring sale items for purchase during conference.

10:30am - 10:50am Break

10:50am - 12:20pm Sessions

Web 2.0: Blogs and Wikis. Steve Shields

This session will discuss Web 2.0 concepts, terminology and technologies such as blogs and wikis. You will learn about resources for creating blogs and wikis as well as how libraries are utilizing these technologies.

Books kids will sit still for part I: fooling around with words and language arts. Judy Freeman

Judy Freeman will share her latest favorites in children's books, an eclectic and indispensable assortment of compelling read-alouds for children. She will demonstrate a variety of motivational, practical techniques to link literature with storytelling, booktalking, reading aloud, creative drama, music, writing and illustrating, comprehension and higher level thinking skills, and other across-the-curriculum activities that bring children to books.

Basic legal reference techniques. Katie Fearer

Do you ever wonder how to respond to a legal reference question without giving legal advice? Would you like to share your legal reference experience with your colleagues? Participants in this workshop will explore the boundary between reference work and legal advice, techniques for handling legal reference questions, and guides for legal research. So that's what my book is about! What a writer learns from readers. Marsha Qualey Since her first YA novel was published in 1991, Marsha Qualey has been hearing from readers. She'll talk about how their questions and comments have opened her eyes and broadened her understanding of the (sometimes delicate) connection between teens and books.

Electronic presence and outreach: beyond your library's website. Mike Pruzan

Terms like social software, electronic community, and "Library 2.0" get used a lot these days, but how can you take these ideas and turn them into practical patron services? This session will explore how all types of libraries are extending the reach into their communities and offering services that make them more visible, available, flexible, practical, and successful. Some of the concepts, tools, and library examples discussed here include: "The next generation virtual branch", IM, MySpace, FaceBook, Squidoo,, The "Second Life Library 2.0" and the growing importance of both Open WorldCat and RSS aggregation.

12:30pm - 2pm

State of the State Luncheon. $ Kay Shelton & Clark Gruening

2pm - 3:30pm Sessions

Graphic novels from the inside out. Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum (Unshelved)

What are comic books doing in your library? Cartoonist Bill and librarian Gene give you their unique perspective on this exploding phenomenon, with a short history of the art form, some tales from the trenches, and a (brief ) reader's advisory.

Issues of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and literacy. Ric Iannolino

How to recognize Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, how it affects individuals, families, and the public & how we as librarians can interact and serve a patron with FASD.

Manage and maintain your Gates library computers (Computer lab). Dale Mussleman

If you have public access computers donated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 003, come get a refresher or learn for the first time how to manage and maintain them. Bring any questions or problems. Topics will include security, installing and updating software, user profiles, troubleshooting, and revamping your non-Gates computers.

School library advocacy and collaboration: the key to the future begins @ your school library. Greg Byerly & Carolyn Brodie

This program identifies the keys to successful advocacy, the characteristics of a good collaborator and strategies to make advocacy and collaboration work. Participants will learn how to advocate for their library and how to collaborate with educators in their building on information literacy instruction and in connecting information resources. Practical examples of successful collaborations and solutions that lead to student achievement will be demonstrated from Kent State's Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education.

Talking without jargon: improving library/IT relations. Kim Bolan & Rob Cullin

Believe it or not, it is possible for library staff and IT (Information Technology) staff to have a successful relationship. The authors of Technology Made Simple (ALA Editions 2007) will discuss what is needed for a good working relationship, provide practical tips, and show how that relationship can improve library services.

3:30pm - 4pm Break

4pm - 5:30pm Sessions

Books kids will sit still for part II: a romp across the curriculum. Judy Freeman

In this session, Judy Freeman will showcase memorable new children's books that tie in to math, science, social studies, and then some, with ideas and activities you can hear today and try out on your students tomorrow. We'll explore useful and stimulating ways to make the curriculum come alive, including Reader's Theater, research skills, and projects that encourage curiosity, creativity, and just plain fun.

Traditional intellectual property rights of the Tlingit vs copyright law. Linda Wynne

A panel discussion about intellectual property versus copyright law between Rosita Worl and librarians.

Explore WebJunction's new design (computer lab). Lisa Wozniak

WebJunction is an online community created to help library staff share ideas, solve problems, take online courses, and have fun. Come find out about all the resources available to library staff at WebJunction including technology resources, online learning, discussion boards, and more. This session will be a great opportunity to check out our new site design in addition to learning more about finding exactly what you need to help solve problems for your library. (lab space limited)

The big read. Karen Keller

AML Librarians ( Jane Baird, Chris Bristah, Sherri Douglas, Karen Keller) present a twopart session. The first part will describe NEA's The Big Read program, one-book community read programs and planning, the book selected, program ideas, assistance available and distribution of materials. The second-part would be an actual discussion of the selected title, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Top 10 things I've learned about managing libraries. Mary Lou Caskey

Overview of the most important aspects of running a library from a veteran library manager and mentor. Mary Lou is the Director of the Mid-York Library System, a cooperative library system consisting of 43 public libraries in up-state New York.

6pm - 7:30pm

Exhibitor's reception. BRAVEmonkey, jazz

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Authors' dessert reception at downtown public library. John Unzicker, classical guitar

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