Annual Meeting 2023


WPLC Annual Meeting

10:00 am 4:00 pm

Trillium Banquet Center

The Trillium Banquet Center, 6415 State Street, Saginaw, MI 48603

$25 members / $35 non-members; an invoice will be sent later.

Organized by White Pine Library Cooperative

AccessABILITY in Library Collections, Jen Taggart, Department Head of Youth Services, Bloomfield Township Public Library
One size does not fit all when it comes to collection development that is inclusive of disabilities or learning differences. In this interactive presentation, we will discuss various disabilities and participants will learn how to identify adaptive materials and multimedia geared to cognitive, motor, visual, auditory, sensory and social skills development. A special focus will include materials for non-speaking individuals. Attendees will also take away vendor sources and tips on disability language, community assessment, collaboration with other organizations, circulation policy, and collection marketing.

Jen Taggart is Head of Youth Services and librarian responsible for the creation of the Youth Accessibility Support Collection (ASC) at the Bloomfield Township (MI) Public Library in her previous position. She has
presented on accessibility in library services, programming, and collection development nationally in addition to creating the biennial Adaptive Umbrella Workshop for librarians and educators working with people who have disabilities since 2010. She also created the Accessibility Services Roundtable (ASR) of Michigan librarians providing services for patrons with disabilities.

Mickey Carolan, Author and Speaker
Author and Speaker Mickey Carolan did not have to look far for his inspiration. Being raised by two deaf parents motivated Mickey to share his family’s story as a legacy for future generations and as a social-emotional learning message for all children in the deaf community. Mickey lives outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife, Erin, and their two children, Elloree and Brooks. When he isn't optimizing global supply chains or supporting his wife's salon, he is writing stories of courage and resilience for children. Mickey enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, reading, and lifting weights.

Mickey's current publications include:

  • Sky, the Deaf Home Run Hero: A Lesson in Courage (Deaf Kids Can #1)
  • Bonnie and the Deaf Bake Squad: A Lesson in Confidence (Deaf Kids Can #2)

Mickey’s future publications include:

  • Mom Dad Not Hear: Deaf Parents: 30 Powerful Stories and Lessons about Leadership, Life, and Love – January 2024.

Matt Pacer, Reference Librarian, Special Collections, Library of Michigan
Matt Pacer is a Reference Librarian at the Library of Michigan. His role is to curate the Michigan Collection and the Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room, provide reference assistance, and promote the library's collections and services through speaking engagements. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wright State University, a Master's in History from Kansas State University, and a Master of Library Science degree from Wayne State University.

Tobin Buhk, Author and Aficionado of History with a Dark Twist
Tobin T. Buhk is a freelance author specializing in historic true crime. To research his first book, Cause of Death, he volunteered in a county morgue. His subsequent true-crime publications include Skeletons in the ClosetTrue Crime in the Civil War, and Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids. Mr. Buhk lectures frequently on historic crime, and each presentation draws material from one or more of the author’s books and articles.

Registration deadline: September 26, 2023

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