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Thursday, September 26 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
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1. Allison Radermacher: Engaging Children & Young Adults - Do you ever get frustrated because children, teens or even adults aren't listening or participating in your program? Listen to this hot topic session to get some quick and easy ideas for how you can engage your patrons during programming.
2. Maggie Townsend: Who is this Marie Kondo chick? - Spark joy? Tell your clothes “thank you? Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’ll teach you everything you need to know in ten minutes!
3. Al Bernardo: Back in a GIF: Augmenting Tutorials and Research Guides with Active Images  - What's easier than making a video, but more eye-catching than a simple screenshot? Animated GIFs! These graphics can be used for more than just adding pizzazz to your Geocities site or reacting to social media posts. This Hot Topic Presentation will introduce attendees to creating animated GIFs demonstrating how to use libraries' online resources. Attendees will also be shown examples of animated GIFs in tutorials and research guides, and introduced to free software for animated GIF creation.
4. Devon Olson: Situated Information Literacy: teaching with context - This presentation will discuss the theoretical foundations and practical applications of situated information literacy (IL), a pedagogical framework which foregrounds a student’s own informational context. As opposed to traditional IL frameworks which are constructed within solely academic contexts, situated IL provides students with the heuristics they need to navigate the different information worlds of today’s divided information ecosystem, where multiple truths proliferate.
5. Jesse Leraas: Building and Maintaining Your Professional Network - The term “networking” often suggests ideas of cocktail parties and schmoozing; two traits that aren’t usually associated with librarians. Building your professional network is an essential component to personal and professional growth. This presentation will explain the underlying value of building your network, how to assess your current network, and tools to keep your network up-to-date.  

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Allison Radermacher

Library-Media Director, Ellendale Public School
Allison Radermacher has been a school library media specialist at Ellendale Public School for 9 years. She attended the University of Mary and received a degree in elementary education and then attended VCSU to obtain her master's degree in education with a concentration in library... Read More →
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Maggie Townsend

Instructional Coach, Bismarck Public Schools
Maggie Townsend is a former school librarian and current instructional coach. She lives in Lincoln with her family—husband, 3 kids, a corgi, a bird, and two geckos (which is two geckos too many). She hates people who don’t fold towels correctly and loves red Starbursts.
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Al Bernardo

Social Sciences Librarian, NDSU
Al Bernardo is the Social Sciences Librarian at North Dakota State University. From 2015-2017, he was the User Services Librarian at Valley City State University. 
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Devon Olson

Research and Education Librarian, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Devon Olson, MLIS, is a Research and Education Librarian at UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Devon is interested in how disciplinary epistemologies inform information literacy, and is currently engaged in research projects investigating discursive practices surrounding... Read More →
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Jesse Leraas

Library Director, Sanford Health
Jesse Leraas is the Library Director for Sanford Health. He spent 14 years at Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota, where he served as a Librarian and, later, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in English and History from the University... Read More →

Thursday September 26, 2019 2:10pm - 3:00pm CDT
Room 5 805 E. Beaton Dr., West Fargo, ND 58078
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