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IMLS Focus 2015: Engaging Communities

Date Time: 
June 02, 2015 9:00 AM ET to 4:45 PM ET
Event Location: 
Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

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9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Framing the Day

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Assessing the Needs of Our Communities

  • Moderator:  Susan Benton, President and CEO, Urban Libraries Council, @ULCSusanBenton / @UrbanLibCouncil
  • Panelists:
    • Jacquie Brinkley, Library Consultant, Infopeople, @infotweets
    • Danielle Milam, Development Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Foundation, @LVCCLD
    • Kristin McDonough, Director, The New York Public Library Science, Industry, and Business Library, @NYPL_SIBL

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Building Capacity with Programs and Partnerships

  • Moderator:  Norine Han, Citizenship Outreach Specialist, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, @USCIS
  • Panelists:
    • John Szabo, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, @LAPublicLibrary
    • Susan McVey, Director, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, @ODLtweet
    • Homa Naficy, Multicultural Services Director, Hartford Public Library, @HPLCT

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Michele Farrell, Senior Program Officer, IMLS, @US_IMLS
  • Lisa Wadors Verne, Educational Program Manager, Benetech, @Benetech

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Working Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Leveraging Partnerships, Part 1: Cross Sector

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Leveraging Partnerships, Part 2: Federal

  • Moderator: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Team Leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, @LINCS_ED
  • Panelists:
    • Steve Reder, Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics,  Portland State University, @Portland_State
    • Jamie Markus, Library Development Manager, Wyoming State Library, @WyoLibraries
    • Denise Dombek, Division Chief, Division of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, Region 6 – San Francisco, U.S. Department of Labor, @USDOL

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Communicating with and Beyond Our Communities

  • Moderator: Greg Lucas, State Librarian, California State Library, @CAStateLibrary
  • Panelists:
    • Renee F. Hill, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, @iSchoolSU
    • Rivkah Sass, Director, Sacramento Public Library, @Rivkah / @saclib
    • Jennifer Peters, Community Engagement Administrator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, @JenniferBPeters / @TSLAC

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Reassessing for Success: Evaluation and Sustainability

  • Moderator: Robert Karatsu, President, California Library Association, @RKaratsu / @CalLibAssoc
  • Panelists:
    • Marcia Mardis, Associate Professor, School of Information, Florida State University, @FSUlibIT
    • Michelle Perera, Director, Rancho Cucamonga Library, @CityOfRC
    • Julie Walker, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service, @georgialibs

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks


Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
National Leadership Grants for Libraries