Imagine the Possibilities

Half Day Preconference

Breaking the Code: An Escape Room Challenge for School and Public Library Collaborations

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202 AB

Your challenge is to escape dead-end partnerships. Using deadpan library humor, this preconference will turn participants into players working together to solve the mystery of successful collaborative impact models. As you scavenge for resources, unlock data sharing agreements, cipher shared collections, and decode collaborative impact models, the nature of how these collaborations work will be demystified.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Evaluate a variety of library and school partnership models, and identify elements that that can be replicated in their home library systems 2: Analyze strategies for developing collections that support partnership programs in order to determine best practices 3: Determine whether curriculum mapping, formal partnership agreements, deposit collections, and/or popup libraries are a good fit for their community

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

Tags: Preconference, Collection Development, Equity of Access, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Youth Services


Katie Cerqua, Youth and Family Services Manager
Virginia Beach Public Library , Virginia Beach , VA

Katie Cerqua is the Youth and Family Services Manager for Virginia Beach Public Library, coordinating services for citizens birth-18. Library Journal chose Cerqua as a 2016 Mover & Shaker for her work fighting "summer slide," through a program that brings library literacy programming into school buildings, helping at-risk youth combat summer learning loss. Cerqua serves on the ULC's Education Leaders Planning Group, and presents at state and national conferences on providing innovative library youth services.

Kelly Rottmund, Teen Services Coordinator
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA

Kelly Rottmund is the Teen Services Coordinator at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She feels extremely lucky to spend her days focusing on how the Library and its staff can empower teens to be builders of their own future. Kelly has worked as the manager of Teen Departments in libraries both large and small, and is a past member of the Amelia Bloomer Project, an ALA booklist committee, and YALSA's Young Adult Services Symposium Planning Taskforce.

Rachel Reinwald, School Liaison Librarian
Lake Villa District Library , Lake Villa , IL

Rachel Reinwald is the school liaison librarian at Lake Villa District Library. She has taught the ALSC CE courses School/Public Library Collboration and Demonstrating Youth Services Competencies. She is the co-chair for ALSC's Education committee and a member of the Interdivisional School/Public Library Collaboration committee.

Ellen Myrick, President
Publisher Spotlight , Smyrna , TN

Ellen Myrick's company, Publisher Spotlight, is dedicated to enabling librarians and teachers to see children's and teen books from around the world. Ellen spent ten years in library marketing at Ingram, five years as Judging Chair for the Audie Awards, and has served on PLA committees for the President's Program and as Chair for the Excellence in Small and Rural Libraries award. Ellen currently serves on the Sound Learning committee for the Audio Publishers Association.

Amie Wright, Manager, Sprucewood Branch
Edmonton Public Library , Edmonton , AB

Amie Wright is the Chair of School Aged Services at the Edmonton Public Library. Previously, she was the School Outreach Manager at the New York Public Library and city lead for MyLibraryNYC, New York City's award winning school-library partnership. A Library Journal Mover and Shaker 2017, Amie has spoken widely on educational collections, outreach, and professional development - most notably at New York Comic Con. Follow Amie @librarylandia for suggestions on comics, education, or both.


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