White Pine Virtual Annual Meeting October 21, 2020


Dianne Connery is the Library Director of the innovative Pottsboro Area Library in Pottsboro, Texas, a community 80 miles north of Dallas with a population of 2,300 people. Dianne was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to this rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, she led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed this library into the vibrant community hub it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries and a huge proponent of digital inclusion. Dianne shares some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community.

Virtual Author Series with Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl, author of Detroit Hustle:  A Memoir of Love, Life, and Home

My bread and butter is covering small business in the country’s greatest city for innovation, entrepreneurship, and community building. I come prepared with my own pair of Carhartt bibs, every grease stain earned in service to my father’s small excavating company.

I also know a fair amount about urban renewal and rural poverty.

I am currently an adjunct professor of journalism at Michigan State University, but I once bled blue as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, class of ’13, at the University of Michigan. I am an alum of Crain’s Detroit Business, CNNMoneyFortune Small BusinessWestword, and USAA, where I helped military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.

Registration deadline: November 9, 2020

This Zoom session is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

Virtual Author Series with Rachel Gladstone


Rachel Gladstone, author of The Weekend Wedding Assistant, a romantic comedy about death and second chances. 

Rachel started her career as a bohemian backpacker who hiked across Europe and ended up singing backup for Arlo Guthrie and David Bromberg and eventually brought her musical and songwriting talents to Nashville.  Taking Music City to her heart, she wrote songs with leading artists such as Rosie Flores and landed her own acclaimed “All Booked Up” book review column for the international online magazine Dishmag.com.  Her previous writings have appeared in the Nashville Scene, Nashville Lifestyles magazine Ourselves, Foundations, and GX

Rachel will share with us the twists and turns in her life that culminated in her writing a novel.  She’ll discuss how the characters popped in her head and her writing and editing process.  She will also share a reading and we will have time for Q&A at the end. 

“Rachel Gladstone’s sad, funny, redemptive story will strike a chord with anyone who’s loved and lost and gotten back up on their feet again.  This is a blueprint-wise and knowing-for recovery and renewal.  Brava!”

~ Ken Burns, Filmmaker

“Rachel Gladstone’s The Weekend Wedding Assistant” is a fast-moving and highly entertaining story about death, love, passion, and the sorrows and hopes that living brings.  Wonderful, exuberant, real.  A great weekend read!  I am looking forward to a film adaptation!

 ~ Lucinda Williams, Grammy Award Winning Artist

Registration deadline: November 2, 2020

This Zoom session is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

The ABC’s of Q & A


Thinking Like a Journalist to Tell Your Community’s Story

Jeff Milo has been working in libraries since he was a teenager. His degree is in Journalism from the MSU School of Communication and Media, and for the last 16 years, he’s been a reporter-at-large for several publications including the Detroit Free Press, Paste Magazine, the Ann Arbor Current, the Detroit Metro Times, and on-air for WDET. Since 2010, he has been a Circulation Specialist for the Ferndale Area District Library, where his responsibilities have expanded into social media content production, program coordinating–including live music, and leading the library’s Art & Exhibition Committee. At the end of 2019, he started hosting and producing episodes for the library’s new podcast, “A Little Too Quiet”. 

Registration deadline: October 12, 2020

This Zoom sessions is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

“Ask the Attorney” with Anne Seurynck

 

Attorney Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC answers your library-related legal questions. 

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Anne has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing ordinances and policies, serving as general counsel, counseling clients on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act issues, and working with communities on millage and Michigan Campaign Finance Issues. Anne also has an expertise in library law which we know about due to her connection to the Library of Michigan and the COVID inspired Director Meeting Fridays. 

 
Questions should be submitted to kvanauken@wplc.org by Friday, October 2. 

Registration deadline: October 5, 2020

This Zoom session is planned for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on questions/answer time.

You will be sent the Zoom link with your registration confirmation.

Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: A Tale from a Small Town in Texas


Dianne Connery is the Library Director of the innovative Pottsboro Area Library in Pottsboro, Texas, a community 80 miles north of Dallas with a population of 2,300 people.  Dianne was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to this rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, she led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed this library into the vibrant community hub it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries and a huge proponent of digital inclusion.  Dianne will share some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community. 

Registration deadline: October 19, 2020

Each Zoom session should last about 1 hour

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

Looking Ahead, Planning for Reopening Webinar

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. central (2:00 pm Eastern)

Even as many are working overtime to provide remote and adapted services to their communities, librarians, library staff and boards are planning for reopening when it becomes safe to do so. There are many considerations, from patron and staff safety to dealing with materials, equipment, and space; from bringing staff onsite to restarting programs. Has your state established a task force or working group to launch the planning process? Join a conversation with colleagues from states across the country, share information, ask questions, hear what resources are available and let ALA know what help you need. Please register here.

This conversation is being convened by ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Chapter Relations Office.

Megan Murray Cusick, MLIS
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
American Library Association
mcusick@ala.org

Soft Skills Academy from Library of Michigan


The Library of Michigan is excited to present free, online continuing education for Michigan library staff that you can access now from our website. You will need to create a user name and password but it’s free and easy and you only need to do it once for any/all of the courses. Each course takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Staff Skills Academy: Online CE through the Library of Michigan

You can limit courses by category. The categories are:

  • Cataloging
  • Customer Service
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Programming
  • Readers’ Advisory
  • Reference
  • Technology

Shared by Sonya Schryer Norris, Library Consultant, Library of Michigan on 4/10/2020