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Wednesday, May 30 • 8:30am - 5:30pm
PLSB Pre-Conference Session

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This pre-conference event is open to public library staff and trustees .

Proposed Schedule 
  • 8:30-8:45 am (15 min) Registration & coffee
  • 8:45 – 9:00 am (15 min) PLS Greetings/Opening
  • 9:00 -9:55 am (55 min) Roundtables/World Café Conversations
    • Explore with other library workers how to get people in the door, the future and purpose of libraries, and technology in the library through a World Café format.
  • 9:55 – 10:10 am (15 min) Break
  • 10:10-10:55 (45 min) Social Inclusion 
    • Growing a Library’s Capacity to Deliver Community-led, Socially-inclusive Services
      “Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.” – Rumi
Developing effective community-led library service is all about digging deep. Community-led services that are also socially inclusive require even deeper digging.  As institutions of learning public libraries must model  practices that effectively and responsibility engage with communities that have traditionally been under-served by public libraries, including Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people living in poverty, people with disabilities and individuals with diverse sexualities and gender identities.  Monique will discuss steps that libraries can take to build their capacity and lay a solid foundation for doing this work.  From preparing to reach out, to sustaining relationships to transferring decision-making power, the skills and tactics of socially-inclusive, community-led service can lead to extraordinary transformations – both of a library and of the greater community it serves.

  • 10:55-11:25(30 min) Supporting Success for Newcomers
    • Winnipeg Public Library’s guide to programs, resources and services for newcomers.
      Workshop description: Discover the many programs, resources and services that are helping newcomers adjust to their new lives in Canada AND improve their English language skills. Learn tips and tricks on how to use the library’s catalogue. See a demonstration of our top picks for literacy learners of the library’s free, online databases.
  • 11:25-12:05 (40 min) Collection Development and Maintenance
    • Learn how three small libraries have managed their collections to create interest and meet local needs. Highlights will include revamping Y.A. sections, tips and tricks for acquisitions, weeding criteria, and more.
  • 12:05-12:50 (45 min) Lunch and short presentation/discussion with MLA & MLC representatives about getting involved
  • 12:55-1:35 (40 min) Accessibility Panel
    • Learn about how your library can provide accessible services through library hardware, software, the National Network of Equitable Services and by utilizing the services of the Community Places Program free consultation reports on your facility needs.
  • 1:35-2:05 (30 min) Ebsco Session
    • As Databases continue to be a growing part of the library’s offering, learn how to find the best articles for your research projects and save them on your own personalized web folder for future reference. How about organizing notes on those articles on the web, too? Interested in getting the table of contents from your favourite journal emailed to you? Or, want to get new articles on specific topics emailed to you as they get published? Learn all these things (and more) to make research easier using the library's EBSCO  databases. One of our primary vendors in this area is EBSCO Publishing. These databases are upgraded continuously with features such as providing Audio, Translator Options, Improved PDF Viewer Mechanisms and the ability to set up the databases to provide your patron’s access on mobile devices.  The  databases also go well beyond research and include everything from book recommendations to providing information on how to do repairs on cars, small appliances or house upgrades.   David Lubin will present on all of these features and general overview to ensure our libraries use these valuable products to ensure their full value is realized.
  • 2:05-2:25 (20 min) Break
  • 2:25-5:30 (3 hr 5 min) Jessica Dumas/KAIROS Blanket Exercise
    • The Blanket Exercise workshop will explore the Indigenous nation's relationships with the Canadian Government, in a walk along activity through a 500-year journey. The activity reviews through a timeline from European arrival to colonization, residential school and social policies that have molded today’s Indigenous peoples. I guarantee participants will be engaged, and we will have created a safe place for questions and discussion, as we find our personal and professional paths to reconciliation. This is a highly interactive workshop. Be prepared, the workshop is physically, emotionally and intellectually engaging. The workshop closes with a sharing circle, where participants often express

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Svitlana Maluzynsky

Municipal Library Consultant, Government of Manitoba

Denise Weir

Regional Library Consultant, Public Library Services

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Courtney Campbell

Administrator, Flin Flon Public Library
After leaving her small home town in Southern Manitoba, Courtney went on to pursue Bachelor Degrees in music and education as well as a diploma in photojournalism. She completed her MLIS at Western University in 2016. Her past experience as a music teacher and photographer is used... Read More →

Jessica Dumas

Professional Lifestyle Coach, Jessica Dumas Coaching & Training
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Sabina Iseli-Otto

Public Services Librarian, National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
Sabina Iseli-Otto is the Public Service Librarian with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). She works with librarians to help match books in accessible formats to the people with print disabilities who want to read them. If you call the NNELS help line, chances... Read More →

David Lubin

Regional Sales Manager, EBSCO Publishing
Sports, Travel, Restaurants, Family
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Carolyn Minor

Section Head, Special Services Department, Millennium Library, Winnipeg Public Library
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Ralph Mueller

Facilities Consultant, Community Places Program, Province of Manitoba
With thirty years of experience dealing with all manner of buildings, Community Places Program provides whole building consultations including Accessibility Reviews designed to aid in making the physical building more accessible in a manner designed to ease the financial implications... Read More →
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Kelly Murray

Head Librarian, Bibliothèque Allard Regional Library
I became the Head Librarian in 2013 after serving as the Assistant Librarian for 5 years. I love to learn and seek out new ways to make our library impactful in our community. Webinars have been a huge help for me to look outside the box on how to do this. Check out our Annual... Read More →

Mauri Rosenstock

Outreach Librarian, Winnipeg Public Library
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Jo-Ann Verniest

Head Librarian, Victoria Municipal LIbrary

Monique Woroniak

Winnipeg Public Library
Monique Woroniak writes and is a frequent presenter in the areas of community development and anti-racist approaches to service delivery—specifically, the ways organizations can responsibly support and learn from Indigenous voices. She has played a central role in advancing Indigenous–focused... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 8:30am - 5:30pm CDT
Charleswood A