Growing a Regional Studies Center
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 111 AB
To connect our past and present and to celebrate the history and culture of the region, Blount County (TN) Public Library has initiated a Southern Appalachian Studies program. This growing project includes a speaker series, a creative-nonfiction writing course, collection development, a rotating display, a published anthology of original local work and a book club. We see libraries as playing a dynamic role in regional culture, not just for its preservation.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Understand the steps required to establish a regional studies center 2: Adapt these steps to various regions and sizes of libraries 3: Explain the value of a regional studies center to a library's community
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)
Tags: Serving Adults, Genealogy, Local History, Popular Culture, Programming/Services, Public Programs
Jennifer Spirko, Youth Services Manager
Blount County Public Library , Maryville , TN
Jennifer has been Youth Services Manager at BCPL since the start of 2017; before that, she was a Reference Librarian there. Her previous careers include journalism and education. She has taught composition, business writing, literature and education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, North Carolina State University and Pellissippi State Community College. Her interests include gamification, creativity, YA lit and programs and STE(A)M outreach.