2022 ILOC Schedule

Make Room for Yes: Overcome Challenges & Take Advantage of New Opportunities

Below is the tentative schedule of events for ILOC on January 20, 2022. The links to the Zoom webinar rooms will be live the morning of the event. If you have questions, please contact the Continuing Education Team.

ILOC uses a concurrent session model, with two breakout options in four sessions over the course of the day. We also offer keynote sessions in the morning, over the lunch hour, and an evening session for trustees. Can't decide which one to attend? No worries! Sessions will be recorded (unless otherwise noted) and links to watch the recordings posted to this page after the conference concludes.

We will begin broadcasting the conference on January 20, 2022 at 8:50 a.m., with the morning keynote starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. Click the Zoom links below to access the webinar room before each session. If prompted, the password for each session is: ILOC

9:00 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. | Morning Keynote

From Community Potlucks to City Planning

Cindy Fesemyer was a newcomer to a small rural community when she took the job as their new Library Director. During her seven years in that position, she grew from a clueless newbie to a strong community advocate. With some training, strong partnerships, and little bit of fake-it-till-you-make-it, she and her team positioned the library as a go-to resource for the entire community. She shares her experience with community engagement efforts as an example of libraries at the center of small rural communities.

Speaker: Cindy Fesemyer | Fesemyer Consulting LLC

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10:15 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. | Breakout Session 1

Community Mapping: Partner up for Effective Community Engagement

Are you ready to look for partners within the community you serve but don't know how to get started? Or maybe it's time to expand your partner repertoire? Or reconnect with former partners you haven’t’ seen in a while? In this interactive session you'll learn to map the people and organizations in your community and walk away with a plan to make a new partnership connection.

Speaker: Cindy Fesemyer | Fesemyer Consulting LLC

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Davenport Outreach Libraries in the Park

The Davenport Public Library was granted CDBG funding to hire Summer Staff and partnered with the Parks and Recreation Department to provide Library in the Park at 8 parks each week for 6 weeks. The staff was able to interact with 511 citizens through crafts, checkouts, library card registrations, and so much more! 

Speaker: Brittany Peacock | Davenport Public Library

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11:15 a.m. to 12:05 a.m. | Breakout Session 2

Policies of Yes

Join us on our journey toward ensuring our library policies and procedures are actively inclusive below the surface of being equitable and diverse. We’ll introduce our plans to adopt a JEDI policy statement and create an inclusion and belonging committee to review policies and services. We’ll talk about writing effective policies and providing training to help staff instill belonging in our users while giving them permission to be flexible and inclusive, even in tough situations.

Speakers: Jennie Garner, Kellee Forkenbrock, Emily O'Sheridan Tabor | North Liberty Library

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Make Room For a Food Pantry @yourlibrary: YES! ​​​​​​

In the midst of the first COVID-19 surge, parts of Iowa, including Ely, were ravaged by the 2020 Derecho. Our Library responded to the needs of its patrons and area communities who did not have power for almost a week by setting up a temporary food shelter. People donated food and home items to anyone who needed them. No need to prove a need or give an explanation. Ely Library and volunteers learned that a lot more people need the pantry than expected, and they worked to make it a permanent part of the library offerings. Hear about the ways the library reached out to find community partnerships, how the workload is managed, and what we’ve learned in the 15 months since then.

Speakers: Sarah Sellon and Ali Alldredge | Ely Public Library

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12:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. | Lunch Keynote

Librarian Problems? Just say Yes!

Librarians may have 99 problems, but saying yes doesn't have to be one of them! In this keynote presentation, William Ottens, creator of the popular Librarian Problems blog and author of Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks, will share the best, and, okay, maybe the worst, that can happen when you say "Yes!" to out of the box solutions and new ideas. Because let's be honest, librarians face a lot of solvable problems. William doesn't have the solutions to all of them, but when librarians get together and laugh about their problems (and their successes) together, it’s a healthy and beautiful thing.

Speaker: William Ottens | Librarian, Author and Creator of Librarian Problems Tumblr

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1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Breakout Session 3

Say "Yes" to Memory Kits: Serving Your Patrons with Dementia and their Caregivers

This presentation will answer the "why" of creating and circulating Memory Kits for the caregivers of people with dementia and the "how" of putting together these kits at your library.

Speaker: Karen Brandt | Lied Public Library, Clarinda

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Quick Picks: Delighting Customers and Decreasing Wait Time With Serendipitous Discovery

With customers facing long wait times for popular books and our shelves packed with duplicate copies purchased to fill those holds, Ames PL Adult Services staff thought there must be a better way. Enter the Quick Pick collection! Incorporating popular new titles, Quick Picks cannot be placed on hold, are limited to 2 per card, and only check out for 1 week. Customers are routinely delighted to serendipitously find a copy of the new Louise Penny, Amor Towles, or Colson Whitehead title when they planned to wait another month or two to receive a copy. In this session, I'll explore scaling this idea for any size library, choosing titles to add or weed, navigating the logistics of budgeting for and marketing the collection, choosing to purchase vs. lease the materials, and the surprises encountered along the way.

Speaker: Cathy Cooney | Ames Public Library

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2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Breakout Session 4

Say 'Yes' to Better Health: Programming & Partnership Ideas

The Iowa Department of Public Health Division of Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention will present on three programs that can be implemented at libraries. Presenters will share details about each of the programs and success stories from implementing them in libraries. Fresh Conversations is a free nutrition and physical activity education program for adults 60+. Better Choices, Better Health is a 6-week evidence-based program that helps adults of all ages and caregivers manage the symptoms of chronic diseases. Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for diabetes self-care.

Speakers: Hailey Boudreau, Ali GrossmanLaurene Hendricks | Iowa Dept. of Public Health

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Even though librarians might not always have a background or interest in STEAM areas, providing library programming on those topics can be beneficial to youth in your community. In this session, learn how Cedar Falls Public Library went from “Zero” to “Full STEAM Ahead” over the course of two years. We’ll explore program opportunities, materials purchased, and how all of this can be applied in your library. You don’t have to be a STEAM expert to incorporate these ideas. At the end of this session, you’ll leave with ideas, resources, and the confidence to try some STEAM programming at your library.

Speaker: Katie Nedwick | Cedar Falls Public Library

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6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Evening Session

ALA Libraries Transforming Communities Panel Discussion

Small libraries have been community change agents for decades, knowing their patrons well enough to support them in attaining lofty community aspirations. Iowa is full of these change makers! Join Cindy Fesemyer as she facilitates engaged library professionals who are taking part in ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) $3,000 grant to small and rural libraries. The panel includes ALA’s Samantha Oakley, director of the LTC program; WiLS’s Laura Damon-Moore, convener of the Central Region LTC Engagement Hub; and Iowa participants in the regional hub.

Speaker: Cindy Fesemyer | Fesemyer Consulting LLC

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Past ILOC Conference Recordings

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