Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

How One Small Library Strives to Be the Community’s University

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 105 AB

The Upper Dublin (PA) Public Library elevated its profile when library staff made lifelong education a goal and brought impactful programming to the core of its mission. UDPL librarians will share how their focus on early literacy, STEM, and continuing education for adults rises above the traditional, aligns with residents? needs, and involves the community in its own success. No additional staff required!

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Be able to implement simple strategizing techniques for identifying community priorities and staying on focus with or without a formal strategic plan. 2: Be able to identify methods for connecting with people and institutions in their communities to support an impactful programming focus. 3: Have the knowledge needed to analyze staffing that could be realigned to support the developing role of the library as the community?s university

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

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Administration/Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Organizational Change, Partnerships and Collaboration, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries


Cherilyn Fiory, Library Director
Upper Dublin Public Library , Fort Washington , PA

Cheri is a dynamic municipal Library Director with over 10 years of management experience serving a well-educated and involved township in Montgomery County, PA. She's passionate about libraries and providing the best customer service. She's shown proven success at fostering relationships and bringing together library stakeholders for the benefit of the community. Cheri received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.

Lauren Smyth, Assistant Director
Upper Dublin Public Library , Fort Washington , PA

Lauren has served as the Assistant Director & Head of Public Services at Upper Dublin Public Library for the past 4 years, focusing on areas such as adult programming, staff & volunteer management/development, library administration, and digital collection development. She was previously the YA Librarian at UDPL for several years and has also taught English at a local community college for the past 7 years.

Jennifer Roberts, Head of Children's Services
Upper Dublin Public Library , Fort Washington , PA

Jennifer currently serves as Head of Children?s Services for a suburban library outside of Philadelphia. She has been a children's librarian for over ten years and focuses on early literacy, collection development, and how she can use her creative skills on the job. She received her Bachlor's degree in theatre from SUNY Oswego and her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

Molly Kane, Head of Teen Services & Emerging Technologies
Upper Dublin Public Library , Fort Washington , PA

Molly is currently Head of Teen Services & Emerging Technologies at a small public library outside of Philadelphia. Prior to this, I was a high school media specialist. My areas of focus are teen volunteerism, non-networked technology, and inclusive YA collections.

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