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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

2024 MLA Seeds of Change Virtual Mini Conference

Start Date: 4/10/2024 9:00 AM EDT
End Date: 4/10/2024 4:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Online Via Zoom

Organization Name: MD Library Association

Joshua Stone
Email: mlaexec@mdlib.org
Phone: (410) 947-5090

The Maryland Library Association proudly presents the Seeds of Change Virtual Mini Conference! Join us on April 10, 2024 for a day of learning and exploration. This virtual mini conference covers topics including workplace culture, improving customer service, building collections for young adults, and the impact of learning. This conference is intended for front-line library workers, but library workers from all backgrounds can benefit from these informative sessions.
Attendees of the virtual mini conference will receive CEU credits upon completion. This conference will take place on Zoom, and links will be sent to registrants at least 48 hours before the event.

Member price: $50
Non-member price: $65

Seeds of Change Virtual Mini Conference
Exploring Microaggressions: What Are They and Why Are They So Harmful – 9:00am-11:00am
This presentation explores the phenomenon of microaggressions in the workplace, shedding light on the subtle forms of discrimination and their impact on Individuals and organizational culture. It examines how seemingly harmless comments or actions can perpetuate biases and marginalize certain groups, hindering productivity, engagement and overall well-being. Through real-life examples and research backed insights, participants gain awareness of the different types of microaggressions.

Shirley Mason (she/her), Circulation Services Manager, Baltimore County Public Library, BCMLA Secretary
Michael Jackson (he/him), Assistant Library Manager, Baltimore County Public Library
Robert Mason (he/him), Library Supervisor, Baltimore County Public Library

Unlocking the Secrets of Customer Service Basics – 11:15am-12:15pm
Customer service is universal! Whether you are new to librarianship or to the workforce, or if you are looking for a refresher, this session will discuss the basic fundamentals of communication, empathy, healthy boundaries & more. Take your customer service skills to the next level and cultivate a new mindset.

Jaime Bradshaw, Assistant Director, Somerset County Library
Caprice Harris, Library Services Manager, Somerset County Library
Danielle Craige, Library Services Manager, Somerset County Library

Gap in the Shelf – 1:45pm-2:45pm
While middle grade typically centers protagonists ages 8-12, YA mostly has protagonists ages 15 and up, leaving a gap on the shelves for young readers aged 13-14. Current middle grade trends leave them little opportunity to see themselves represented on the page. There is a critical need in the middle grade space for those readers aged 13-14, but publishers are still reluctant to expand this category. Librarians, teachers, and young readers are searching for stories that address “tough” topics at an age-appropriate level. Where are the 13 year old protagonists, and how do we change the publication landscape? Hear from four authors who are tackling this challenge, covering themes from environmental and social justice to neurodivergence and human trafficking. Join us for this roundtable conversation on the middle grade market and how authors are filling the upper middle grade gap–tackling important and serious topics in a way that is accessible to the middle grade reader. 

Meg Eden Kuyatt (she/her), Author/Instructor, Anne Arundel Community College
Heather Murphy Capps (she/her), Author/Instructor
Maria Jose Fitzgerald (she/her), Author/Teacher, The Brearley School
Sydney Dunlap (she/her), Author/Educator

Growing Through Learning – 3:00pm-4:00pm 
Learning is the vehicle that drives organizational change. It empowers individuals to appreciate what works, question those processes that do not, and work together to create solutions. When individuals learn and co-create together, they revive each other and the organization, making learning the seed of transformational change. The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach is an innovative way for organizations to grow through learning. AI works to bring organizational change but from the lens of positive collaboration. We grow in what we focus our attention on. When that focus is positive, it creates an appreciative outlook for the entire organization.

Regina Paige, IT Manager of Internal Training, Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center
Uhjin Sim (she/her/hers), Instructional Designer, University of Maryland Extension

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 4/7/2024 11:45 PM

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