the future of libraries in the digital age
We're excited to announce our third Library 2.018 mini-conference: "Social Crisis Management in a 21st Century World," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).
This event is being organized in partnership with Patty Wong, Director of Library Services at Santa Monica Public Library.
Our human condition has changed dramatically and has implications for libraries of all types on a global scale. Food insecurity and hunger, housing policies and homelessness, violence, mental health service needs, social, economic, educational and racial equity, substance abuse and drug overdose – all of these and many more challenges impact the people who frequent our libraries – as customers, students, faculty, and staff. Operational decisions continue to be influenced by social concerns. Join us for a series of conversations on how libraries have developed, responded, and championed programs and services to address some of these social crises and learn about outcomes. What’s the new normal for libraries in this world of social and economic disparity? Has it altered or enhanced our core mission?
This is a free event, being held online.
to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open HERE.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarysocialcrisis on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.
Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (California)
Patricia Wong is the Director of Library Services for the Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) system in California. Previously, she served as the Yolo County Library Director for nine years. Before her tenure leading the nine locations of the Yolo County Library system, Wong was the Deputy Director of Library Services of the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library. There, she managed the daily operations of the Central Library and its 12 branches. She has also held positions as Library Program Manager for Children’s Services in the Oakland Public Library and Supervising Librarian and Children’s Librarian for the Berkeley Public Library. Wong has co-authored nearly a dozen publications and has held many elected posts for national organizations such as the American Library Association, the United States Board on Books for Young People, and the Chinese American Librarians Association. She has also held a part-time faculty position at San Jose State University’s iSchool of Library and Information Science. In 2013, she received the California Library Association’s Member of the Year Award. Wong holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UC Berkeley.
|Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, is the Executive Director at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York where for 20 years she has assisted 66 public libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities. Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Rebekkah is the Library Sustainability columnist for Library Journal, author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World [ALA Editions], Resilience (part of American Library Association's Center for the Future Series) [ALA Editions], author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State. Rebekkah is co-founder of the New York Library Associaton's Sustainability Initiative and in 2017-2018 Rebekkah served as co-chair of the ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability. Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and past president of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association.
Executive Director of Hesed House
Ryan is the Executive Director of a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. He regularly travels the country training libraries, police departments, schools and other organizations on how to work compassionately with difficult homeless individuals. Ryan is the author of the ALA book, The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness.
Managing Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library/Central Library
Madeleine Ildefonso is a Managing Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and is the project manager for the New Americans Initiative. As one of LAPL’s Department of Justice-trained representatives, Madeleine has a feet-on-the-ground perspective of how libraries can support naturalization, citizenship and other questions about immigration. As she approaches her 14-year anniversary as a librarian for the city of Los Angeles, Madeleine is interested in connecting Los Angeles residents with engaging and meaningful services and programs to empower their decisions, to support their wellness and build their interest and investment in personal and community resilience. It is her sincere hope that this work will strengthen library users personal and institutional relationships so that they may find relief, understanding and support as well as gain life-changing services, information and skills.
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.