Presentations and talks

Bikes and Libraries: Pedaling Toward Innovative Outreach, Health, and Sustainability. Webinar, American Library Association, Virtal, April 2017

Shifting Our Center: Diversity, Whiteness, and Librarianship. Breakout session, Los Angeles County Library Annual Training Day. Los Angeles, California, August 2016.

Lessons from Hiring Librarians.  Keynote, 4th Annual Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association Conference: Spring Fling into Library Careers.  Columbia, Missouri, April 2016.

20 Ideas for Using Bikes in (and out of) your Library. Spark Talk, Public Library Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, April 2016.

What Does it Take?  Building and Maintaining a Seed Lending Library.  Webinar, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association, Virtual, February 2016.

In addition to drawing heavily on personal experiences starting and maintaining seed libraries in smaller urban and suburban public libraries, the presenters will discuss seed libraries that are thriving in a variety of settings, including other types of public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries, and non-library organizations.

20 Ways to Bring Bikes into your Library. Ignite Session, California Library Association Conference: Reimagine Reinvent, Pasadena, California, November 2015.

How Does Your Seed Library Grow? Poster Session, California Library Association Conference: Reimagine Reinvent, Pasadena, California, November 2015.

How does your seed library grow? Librarians are engaging new demographics, supporting environmental sustainability, and exploring innovation in seed libraries of all shapes and sizes. Seed-related educational programs are promoting health and nutrition while providing inspiration and support for community members with no prior knowledge or experience with gardening. In the move from a growing trend to an established service, seed libraries have hit some bumps, including brushes with the law. Three public librarians and the founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles will share not their experiences. Whether you’re interested in starting a seed library or revamping your current program, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to listen and discuss with other librarians best practices for this emerging library program.

Bike Kitchens, Bike Libraries and Other DIY Shops Build Skills and Community. California Bicycle Summit: Equity in Motion, San Diego, California, October 2015

Using a term derived from an actual kitchen converted to a community bike shop, “bike kitchens” have proliferated throughout the state, providing low-income Californians, especially youth, access to bikes and opportunities to learn job skills and become leaders in their communities. Learn from programs like Fleet Street from Los Angeles, Bike Bakersfield’s bike kitchen and bikes del pueblo in San Diego. Dan Beringhele, Berkeley Public Library; Emily Weak, Mountain View and Oakland Public Libraries; Cindy Parra, Jason Cater, Bike Bakersfield; Dana Sherman, Fleet Street.

Lessons from Hiring Librarians. ALA JobLIST Pavillion, American Library Association Annual Conference: Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves, San Francisco, California, June 2015.

Emily Weak, founder of the blog Hiring Librarians, will reveal lessons learned from interviews with hundreds of people who hire librarians and nearly 600 job hunters. The workshop will use the Hiring Librarians survey format to also look at the job hunting experiences of attendees, in order to help develop personalized strategies for finding work.

Silicon Valley Grows: Seed Libraries Unite. Poster Presentation. American Library Association Annual Conference: Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves, San Francisco, California, June 2015.

Reprising the poster presented at the 2014 California Library Association Conference. How can seed libraries help us move toward our experience-oriented future? The team from Silicon Valley Grows shows how four libraries, led by a Master Gardener, united to increase their reach and resources, solved a seed saving problem, and presents engaging programming. See how you can join the community of seed libraries and grow your patron base. Local food starts with local seed!

NMRT 101. Panelist. American Library Association Annual Conference: Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves, San Francisco, California, June 2015.

New Members Round Table leaders and experienced members welcome current and prospective NMRT members to the NMRT 101 session. Learn about what NMRT does, NMRT events happening at the ALA Annual Conference, benefits of membership, and how to get more involved. This will be a great place to make connections and network with new members and experienced leaders alike.

Be You. Just the Best Possible Version of You. Keynote Speech (invited). Symposium on LIS Education, Virtual and Champaign, Illinois, April 2015.

“Hiring is all about fit.” “Be professional.” But what do these terms really mean for new grads, and for librarianship? Let’s talk about how students can push us beyond these concepts, and how it can change our industry. This talk will help students make their own decisions as they sort through the advice they receive.

Bikes + Libraries. National Bike Summit: Bikes +, Washington, D.C., March 2015

Public libraries are an exciting partner for growing bicycling. Libraries provide lifelong learning opportunities and shared resources. As government agencies that directly serve the public and value broad accessibility, libraries are an excellent gateway into working with a city or county. Libraries are already creating bike-related programming. I am a librarian in Mountain View. Here in the rapidly densifying heart of Silicon Valley, we are supporting our city’s commitment to improving bike access with our Library Bike Stop initiative. We installed a Dero Fixit station, providing 24 hour access to a repair stand, air, and tools. We also embarked on a programming series to share skills in everything from urban cycling to making bike lights out of tin cans, and led a bike tour of Silicon Valley libraries. Other libraries, such as those in Seattle and Los Angeles, have acquired Bikebraries, modified bikes that transport library resources to special events. This presentation will focus on possibilities for working with libraries to provide services and educational support for the growing bike movement. I will show off some of the programs and resources that libraries are already providing, and provide insight into how cyclists might forge library partnerships in their own communities.

Tin Can Bike Light, a Maker Station. Workshop presentation. California Association of Museums Conference: Navigating Uncharted Waters: Museums at the Forefront, San Diego, California, February 2015.

Conceived and led a drop-in workshop where participants built a simple bike light using a tin can, a filament bulb, a switch and a battery. They were able to discover how a circuit works, learn to use a soldering iron, transform trash into something useful, and light up the night, all in one activity.

Fireside Chat – Job Hunt Edition. Webinar with Stephen X. Flynn (invited). San Jose State University iSchool Connext’s Fireside Chats, Virtual, February 2015.

An informative, informal session about job hunting with Emily Weak of Hiring Librarians and Stephen Flynn of Open Cover Letters. They’ll be talking about what they have learned about the job hunt process by running those sites.

Q & A with Hiring Librarians. Webinar (invited). Florida State University ALA Student Chapter’s Lunch Q & A, Virtual, November 2014.

A brief presentation about the blog Hiring Librarians, including general hiring tips. Followed by questions from participants.

Ride on! Bikes and Libraries. Panel Presentation with Mana Tominaga, Emily Weak, Anwan Baker, Dan Beringhele, Annabelle Blackman and Ednita Kelly. California Library Association Conference: Be the Change, Oakland, California, November 2014

Bike riding in large U.S. cities has nearly doubled in the last decade. Many local politicians see the value in promoting biking by investing in better bikeways and bike share programs. Libraries can help support these efforts in various ways by actively engaging the biking community in a myriad of services and programs, ranging from simply promoting its biking books and magazines, offering ample bike racks on site and loaning locks, and providing bike repair and safety programs. You’ll hear from four librarians about how they made biking relevant in their libraries and reached their biking communities in different ways: Oakland Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and Berkeley Public Library all developed bike trailers for outreach and promotion; Mountain View Public Library obtained a freestanding bike repair stand and tools. All four systems present various bike related programming and services to support cyclists and promote biking. Learn how you can start supporting biking in your own community!

Silicon Valley Grows: Seed Libraries Unite. Poster Presentation with Emily Weak, Angela Ocana, Hillie Salo, Marlene Iwamoto, and Lisa Liu. California Library Association Conference: Be the Change, Oakland, California, November 2014

How can seed libraries help us move toward our experience-oriented future? The team from Silicon Valley Grows shows how four libraries, led by a Master Gardener, united to increase their reach and resources, solved a seed saving problem, and presents engaging programming. See how you can join the community of seed libraries and grow your patron base. Local food starts with local seed!

WikiSeat: A Community Design Challenge. Poster Presentation with Emily Weak and Nic Weidinger. California Library Association Conference: Be the Change, Oakland, California, November 2014

Interested in bringing design thinking to your library? A WikiSeat starts with a small welded metal bracket that acts as a support structure. From this single catalyst, patrons can build their own tripod seat. Each WikiSeat is unique – it is a reflection of the needs and ideas of its creator. WikiSeat is licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license, which means that anyone can use or remix this idea, and any
patron can find the skills and community needed to complete this challenge. What are you waiting for? Get some Catalysts, make some seats and celebrate with a gallery show!

ESL Conversation Clubs. Panel presentation with Emily Weak, Hilda Lopez and Rachel Collier (invited). The Future of Libraries 10.0: Libraries Fostering Communities, San Francisco, California, October 2014

Discussion of Mountain View Library’s successful ESL program.

Ready, Set, On The Go: How Bay Area Libraries Use On-Call Librarians. Poster Presentation with Sarah Naumann and Emily Weak. California Library Association Conference: Libraries without Limits, San Jose, California, November 2012.

Reported on research that explored how libraries recruit, schedule, train, manage, and evaluate on-call workers. Addressed the type of work given to this category of worker.

On-Call in SF: How Bay Area Libraries Use On-Call Librarians. Emily Weak and Sarah Naumann. Library 2.012, September 2012.

Reported on research that explored how libraries recruit, schedule, train, manage, and evaluate on-call workers. Addressed six major questions.
• Is there a good definition of this class of worker?
• Who is using on-call librarians?
• How are these librarians hired?
• How are they trained, scheduled and managed?
• What are their primary job duties?
• What are the similarities and differences between on-call and full time workers?

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