Nevada Library Association September 2017 newsletter

A Quarterly Publication of the Nevada Library Association

ISSN 1094-6918

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President’s Message
September 2017

Hello Nevada Library Land,
The summer has come to a close, Summer Reading Programs have wrapped up, the Legislative session is over, and students are
heading back to school. Some of us are catching our breath, while others are embarking on their busiest time of year.

The joint NLA/MPLA conference is almost here! Excitement is building for the October 16-18 conference at the Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino in magnificent Lake Tahoe (Stateline/Douglas County). I am overjoyed to announce that our opening keynote speaker will be Greg Harris, the President and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH). Hold onto your hats, because our second keynote speaker is Dale Daugherty, founder and CEO of Make Media and publisher of Make Magazine.

A call to all the musicians and singers: this year’s conference will include karaoke and an unforgettable jam session. It’s almost
too much excitement for one conference!

Watch for more details and register for the conference at the NLA website at
I can’t wait to see everyone there!
Amy Dodson
NLA President

NLA -MPLA Joint Conference
October 16-18, 2017
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Lake Tahoe

NLA-MPLA 2017 Joint Conference Update

Tentative Schedule

Monday, October 16 - Nevada Library Association Executive Board Meeting, Mountain Plains Library Association Board Meeting, Nevada Library Directors Board Meeting, Preconference Workshops

Tuesday, October 17 - Full conference day, President’s Reception
Wednesday, October 18 - Full conference day; Awards Luncheon for NLA, MPLA, and the Nevada Young Readers’ Award, Washoe County Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Preconference Workshops

Attend a preconference workshop and come away with new tools for the toolkit. Learn from experts, best practices, and real world experience in the areas of Strategic Planning, Early Literacy, and Maker Services. Preconference workshops are from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 16 at the Hard Rock. Registration is $25 per person.

Strategic Planning From Every Angle
Strategic plans come in all shapes and sizes and can be confusing if not downright intimidating. Where does one begin? What needs to be included? How can it be successfully executed? In this preconference session, learn about the different types of strategic plans, the process, and implementation.

Topics include:

  • Planning for Results, the inside story.
    Learn the ins and outs of using Planning for Results to develop your strategic plan. Learn the players, make the ask, and get results.
  • Data, Listening, and Courage: The Multiplier Effect in Library Strategic Planning.
    Use data, listening, and courage to create an implementation multiplier effect. The multiplier effect results when staff get on the same page around community and library usage data, hear what the community wants through listening, innovate services to deliver on their desires, and then has the courage to change the library culture and organization.
  • Your Strategic Plan for Political and Funding Success.
    Explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organizers, political action committees, and politicians to build support and learn how your library can adapt these techniques to encourage the public to take action on behalf of their local libraries.

Speakers: Jeff Scott, Director, Washoe County Library System; Marc Futterman, President/CEO CIVICTechnologies; Patrick Sweeney, Political Director, EveryLibrary

Early Literacy: In libraries, at home, and going to the dogs!
Is it ever too early for literacy? The old saying applies, “it takes a village to make a literate community.” Join us to learn about early childhood development, reading as a family affair, and how to make reading a doggone good time!

Topics include:

  • Early Childhood Development & Libraries – Connections that Matter for a Lifetime.
    This presentation will explore Nevada’s early childhood population, those that provide early education and care in formal settings, and why early childhood is so critical for lifelong success. We will explore how libraries can make a difference for children by partnering with early learning providers and families. Ideas for creating partnerships to increase early literacy opportunities will be discussed.
  • Northern Nevada Literacy Council’s Family Reading Program.
    Parents are often told to read to their children at home to build literacy, but are seldom shown HOW to read to children for optimum literacy-building benefit. This session describes how the Family Reading Program (FRP) has worked with parents in communities across northern Nevada to model simple reading techniques for reading with children that support their literacy development. Ideas for implementing the Family Reading Program in other communities will be discussed, along with challenges and successes experienced by FRP staff.
  • Paws 2 Read.
    Each month, therapy teams visit area libraries to participate in this engaging program where friendly dogs lend a loving, non-judgmental ear to beginning readers. Research has shown that when a child is given repeated opportunity to read to a dog, the child grows more confident in their reading ability and develops a desire to read on their own.

Speakers: Marty Elquist, Department Director, The Children’s Cabinet; Amy Levy, Family Reading Program Coordinator, Northern Nevada Literacy Council; Barbara Miles, Program Coordinator, Paws 4 Love, Paws 2 Read

Makers Making Makerspaces
Are you a maker? You may not think so, but we all make every day. Have you been pondering starting your own makerspace, wondering where to start, fretting over your lack of expertise? We’ve all been there, and it’s easier than you think! Attend this interactive session for the what, where, how, and why of maker services.

Topics include:

  • Making makerspace: turning up the volume on engagement, advocacy, and innovation
    Library support of makers and making is increasingly being seen as part of the core mission for libraries of all types. Is this a brave new chapter in library practice, or a natural extension of what libraries have always done? Learn how to leverage engagement and turn up the volume on advocacy and innovation. Gain real-world insights and practical tips from this session with Dr. Tod Colegrove, an internationally recognized leader of the makerspace in libraries movement. Building from a foundation of community engagement, explore the successes, failures, and challenges faced transitioning the library into vibrant hubs of the supported community. Bring your questions and explore the art of the possible!
  • You want me to do what?!
    Come and experience hands-on with DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library's lendable technologies including Virtual Reality, Leap Motion, 3D Scanning & Printing, and more!
  • Studio 775: a place to make, take, and ideate
    Starting from the ground up, find out about the process of conceiving and implementing Maker/STEAM programs and services at the Washoe County Library System. From low-tech to mid-tech to high tech, there’s a place to start for every library and every library budget. Try out the Idea and Experience Boxes. Make up your own!

Keynote Speakers

Greg Harris, C.E.O. of the Rock & Roll Museum and Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH is the keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 17. As CEO, Harris has guided the organization through an era of unprecedented transformation with a focus on innovation and customer engagement. Under his leadership the Museum has grown attendance and revenue by double digits by executing on a strong strategic plan and focusing on the mission to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll.

Dale Daugherty, founder and CEO of Make Media and publisher of Make Magazine, is the keynote speaker on Wednesday, October 18. He has been called the “godfather of the Maker movement”, having founded both the magazine and the first Maker Faire in 2006. Dale was instrumental in launching the Maker movement which is reshaping science and technology education and creating unprecedented economic opportunity for young people and a renaissance in urban manufacturing.

Register NOW for the 2017 Conference!

Registration, exhibitor/sponsor information and a list of conference programs and preconference workshops is available at

NLA Members, don't forget to login to get your member rate!

Getting there is easy by flying into Reno/Tahoe International Airport and taking an airport shuttle, or driving one hour to Stateline, Nevada at the southeast corner of Lake Tahoe.
Exhibitors and Sponsors Please register using our Exhibitor and Sponsor form.

Book Your Room at the Tahoe Hard Rock and use the special code NLAMPLA17
Room Reservations for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at the discounted conference rate may be made at: using the group code NLAMPLA17.

MPLA is looking for a few good leaders

Mountain Plains Library Association’s (MPLA) next Leadership Institute is April 29 – May 4, 2018. Applications are being accepted through October 30, 2017. As an alum from LI2010, I encourage everyone who meets the qualifications to give this opportunity serious consideration. Working with Maureen Sullivan is an unforgettable experience. Here are the details:

2018 Leadership Institute
April 29 - May 4, 2018
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

Fellow Applications Due: October 30, 2017
The 11th MPLA Leadership Institute will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan. Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years of experience in leadership development and is the Past President of the American Library Association. She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

Criteria for applicants (fellows):
Employed in a library organization in MPLA's 12-state region
Current member of one of MPLA's 12 affiliated state library associations
Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
Expected continued contribution to the library and information science profession
Commitment to arrive at the Institute site by 5:00 PM Sunday, April 29, 2018 and remain on site and fully engaged until adjournment Friday morning, May 4, 2018
A thoughtfully completed application
Two letters of recommendation
CE credits available!

More information online at
MPLA members receive a significant discount to attend. If you have questions or would like further information please feel free to contact me at

Luise Davis
MPLA Delegate

2017-2018 NLA Scholarships awarded

The application period for the James S. McPhee Memorial Scholarship was open from Monday, August 7, 2017 -- Monday, August 21, 2017. From a total of 6 completed application packets, two recipients were selected. Congratulations to:

  • Crystal R. Van Dee, Curator of Manuscripts, Nevada State Museum
  • Seungyeon Yang-Peace, Youth Services Assistant, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

From Scholarship Chair Joanna Taylor

Henderson Libraries have great Friends!

Friends of Henderson Libraries Check Presentation

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Friends of Henderson Libraries (FOHL) presented a check to the Henderson Libraries’ Board of Trustees in the amount of $158,000. These funds were raised over the course of the year through in-library book stores, monthly book sales, and Amazon sales.
Henderson Libraries thanks the FOHL for the contributions they make throughout the year – both financially and through volunteer efforts. It’s amazing to see all they do for the libraries, and the libraries appreciate it!

Author gets carded

Children's Author, Mac Barnett

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, award-winning children’s author Mac Barnett visited the Paseo Verde and Green Valley libraries, where he shared some of his books with families in attendance and talked about the process of how a book is made. Everyone in attendance enjoyed Mac’s humor and excitement for children’s books! Afterward, Mac was excited to be presented with an honorary library card from Henderson Libraries.

From Marcie Smedley, Henderson Libraries

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Washoe County Library System, in conjunction with the American Library Association, celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month. This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association (ALA) joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

From Washoe County LIbrary System website

It's in the cards...

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is having a library card design contest library card design contest for patrons, running through the month of September. The winning artwork will be used to create the 2017-2018 cards for the district.