SLJ’s second annual day-long leadership event dedicated to those innovating children’s services in public libraries will focus on trends and issues in Children’s Services. This free event, held at Nashville Public Library will tap thought leaders, authors and top children’s and teen librarians and their directors from across the nation to engage with one another in an intimate but intensive exchange of expertise, leadership strategies, and best practices.
This year’s theme “Accelerating Your Impact” will explore:
Outcomes vs outputs and what that means for understanding the power of the services libraries deliver
What thinking about “impact” means for shaping and driving Summer Reading and other program development
How to articulate the library’s impact to stakeholders at
How to foster innovation through effective staff development that grows management skills toward thought leadership from the Children’s room and out into the community
Programming highlights include:
Keynote by Gretchen Caserotti, Director,
Meridian Library District (ID)
Expert Panel:Summer Reading that Counts:From Community Engagement to Student Impact
We will look at how impact, from the children’s room out into the community, translates into real numbers – not just the number of readers signed up for the summer reading program, but the important ones, like the percentage of participants now reading at grade level or higher, the increase in materials borrowed from the library, and the foot count level after summer reading is over. Attendees will walk away with tools to implement effective and measureable summer reading programs.
Moderated by: Lindsey Patrick, Main Library Children’s Services Manager, Nashville Public Library, TN
Panelists: Elizabeth McChesney, Director Children and YA Services, Chicago Public Library, IL Kathy Shahbodaghi, Public Services Director, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
A special appearance by Ruta Sepetys, author,
Out of the Easy
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Limitless Libraries project and explore innovative learning spaces such as the library’s Makerspace and the newly opened Music Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame. These new spaces, in the center of downtown Nashville, support out of school learning; safe places for children, tweens, and teens to hang out; and rich environments for teaching artists and mentors to interact in engaging spaces where kids not only consume media but learn how to create it.
Group name: School Library Journal
Group Code: MSBMSBA
Rates: $199.00 (only available Thursday, April 24, 2014 due to a city wide event succeeding the Think Tank)
Hotel Rate Cut Off:
April 3, 2013 (before 5:00 pm EST)
The participants at the SLJ Public Think Tank are those taking leadership in creating strong and effective programs and libraries, and envisioning the future vitality of libraries to best serve our communities. This includes but is not necessarily limited to: public library children’s librarians, public library teen services librarians, school librarians in close collaboration with public libraries, and public library directors. SLJ‘s definition of a leader is shaped by accomplishment and outlook as much as title or affiliation. If you know someone else who should be included, let SLJ‘s editor-in-chief Rebecca Miller know who they are and why they should be invited.