Embracing eBooks - Program

July 17, 2013

Holiday Inn, Worthington

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8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. - Registration

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. - Keynote
Embracing the Landscape: an Overview of the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of eBooks in Libraries
Sue Polanka (No Shelf Required®)
There is a lot that librarians are called to embrace when it comes to providing eBooks to their patrons. Who are the publishers that are working with libraries? What models are publishers using to license eBooks to libraries now? Where are the best business models for libraries and our patrons? When will my patrons be able to get those bestsellers from publishers that don’t license to libraries now? And, most importantly, why does this all seem so hard??? Sue Polanka, author of No Shelf Required and eBook expert extraordinaire will take us on an hour-long journey across the landscape and bring us out safely on the other side, with a better understanding of how we can guide our patrons across this rugged terrain.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. – noon - Breakout Session 1
Session Name Presenter(s) Description
Partnering with Lions Clubs to Provide Accessible eReaders to Patrons Rebecca Felkner (Grandview Heights Public Library) and Jane Jarrow (Ohio Lions) Providing eReaders for patron circulation is becoming commonplace. When your library takes the plunge, be sure to provide visually accessible eReaders for patrons who may be blind or visually impaired. The one device currently available that provides true access to eBooks for people who are blind or visually impaired is the iPad. The Grandview Heights Public Library works with the Tri-Village Lions Club to provide an accessible iPad mini, training handouts and training. The Lions Club of America has long been a supporter of vision issues. Tri-Village Lions Club member Jane Jarrow has prepared a grant project that any Lions Club may replicate to provide funds for the purchase of an iPad mini for their local libraries. Ms. Jarrow also prepared training materials for patron use and has been instrumental in setting up training sessions for Grandview Library staff. Learn about the Lions grant project and how the Grandview Library is working to provide visually accessible eReaders to their patrons.
It Won't Download - Resources for Troubleshooting eReaders and eBooks Jennifer Hrusch (Columbus Metropolitan Library) OK, you've learned all the basics about how eReaders work, and you are ready to help your customers. Whew! Then you hit download and nothing happens. Panic! An error message appears. Run! Don't do that. Figuring out why "it's just not working" is easier than you think. Jennifer Hrusch, eReader trainer from Columbus Metropolitan Library, will share tips, tricks and resources that will help you figure out exactly what to do when it just won't download.
Building an eBook Collection Robin Nesbitt (Columbus Metropolitan Library) Learn how to build an eBook Collection to entice your readers!
Storybuilding with the iPad: Using New Technology in Programs for Kids Erin Kelsey and Michelle Hockman (Worthington Libraries) Using new technology in a program can be intimidating. Michelle and Erin decided to take the plunge and host a school-age writing program using a story animation app on the iPad. We partnered with the Thurber House, a non-profit literary center, to teach the elements of a story. Kids 4th through 6th grade brought their own stories to life with a free app called Toontastic.

Please join us as we share how we planned and executed the program from start to finish. Participants will see how we developed the format around the app and then collaborated with the Thurber House to add a creative writing element. We learned a lot about programming with new technology. You will see what worked and what didn't for us, and how to better provide programming of this type in the future.
eBooks: Issues and Options for K-12 Schools Karen Coy (INFOhio Liaison, Hamilton Clermont Cooperative Association) This session will provide an overview of the eBook options available to K-12 schools noting the advantages and disadvantages of ebook products for school communities. Challenges encountered by schools who have added ebooks to their school library collections will be shared. The session will highlight both successful and failed ebook implementations.
Open Lab Time    

Noon - 1:45 p.m. - Buffet Lunch and Open Lab Time

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Breakout Session 2
Session Name Presenter(s) Description
How Did We Get Here? A Review of the Legal Framework of eBook Publishing and Its Impact on Public Libraries Jon Iten (Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease) Jon Iten, the Ohio Library Council's legal counsel, will review the differences between the legal framework of traditional book publishing and that used by the publishing industry for eBooks. This will include a discussion of how some of the public policy choices Congress made many years ago has impacted public libraries.
Patron Training: Doing the Right Thing! Shahin Shoar (Upper Arlington Public Library), Anne Wachs (Washington-Centerville Public Library), and Andrea Adkins (Washington County Public Library) In the last couple of years, public libraries have been faced with the new challenge of training patrons and staff on eReaders and eBooks. With constant changes in formats, devices and services patrons look to their libraries for assistance and guidance. Come learn about the various services three Ohio libraries have offered, including one-to-one, formal and informal drop-in sessions, permanent gadget installation, and other resources to help patrons feel more confident in the use of downloadable service.
Covering the Waterfront: Doing Digital Device Demos Gerry Vogel, Debbie Switzer, and Nadge Herceg (Avon Lake Public Library) Avon Lake Public Library responded to the Christmas eBook Tsunami of 2010 by creating a climate of comfort about a wide array of digital devices and services. Staff learned by trying, doing, observing, learning and sharing best practices as things evolved. They created unique tools and used different settings to share this knowledge with our patrons, culminating in a Gadget Gallery and eReaders to check out. Experience can teach, expectations can be managed, panic attacks can become teachable moments.
Training: Trials & Tribulations Lea Carrigan (Fairfield County District Library) and Julie Van Hoose (Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library) Wondering how to get your staff trained to help patrons with ebooks? Not sure where to start? Whether you are stuck doing it all yourself or sharing resources in a group, Lea and Julie can share tips and tricks they have learned training staff.
Finding the Right eReader, Funding, and Implementation Plan Deb Logan (Mt. Gilead Schools) Thinking of adding a collection of eReaders to your library? Don’t know where to start? Faced with challenges? Join this practical, tip-filled journey that starts with a plan to involve district goals, teachers, students, administrators, parents and community members in putting together an LSTA grant, policies and procedures, and ends with adding 30 classroom Nooks and 40 circulating library Nooks with nearly 2,000 titles to our expanding eBook collection. Barnes and Nobel Community Relations Manager Stefanie Heinsen will also answer questions.
Open Lab Time    

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Breakout Session 3
Session Name Presenter(s) Description
E-Readers For Homebound Patrons Rachel Gut (Dayton Metro Library) With Large Type beginning to disappear, eReaders are emerging as the new option for people with low vision, especially older adults who often also need a light-weight solution. Dayton Metro Library has found a creative way to bridge the gap by circulating eReaders to Homebound patrons.
Provide a Better Service: Troubleshooting eMedia Jessica Curtis (Westerville Public Library) Improve both your technical and service skills by attending this program on troubleshooting eMedia. We will discuss frequently encountered issues on websites, material formats, and the most common devices. Conversation models for successful customer interactions will also be presented.
Exclusive "E": Digital-Only Authors and Public Libraries Cari Dubiel (Twinsburg Public Library) More and more writers are choosing to self-publish their books online through e-publishing platforms like Amazon, BookBaby, and much more. In addition, small press and even some publishers' imprints are choosing to e-publish only as well. In this session, participants will learn about this new market, get a general overview of how e-publishing works, and discover ways to support these authors through digital collections.
Dangling the Carrot: Staff Incentives for Embracing Technology Sandi Thompson (Puskarich Public Library), Cynthia Chibis (Dayton Metro Library), and Astrid Huber (Worthington Libraries) Worried your staff won’t be able to cope with new technologies? Find out three libraries’ solutions in this panel moderated by Evan Struble, Library Consultant. You’ll learn how incentives for staff learning can work, which staff get on board easily and which take convincing, how to get your Board on board, and where to find the funds.
Early Learning Apps in the Library Hayley McEwing (Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County) Why, when, and how should we use apps in the library, particularly with young children? Find some answers to these questions. Discover apps that aid early literacy, math, and science learning as well as some notable eBook apps. Get ideas on how to use iPads in library programming.
Open Lab Time    

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Registration rate of $50 includes six contact hours of continuing education credit and buffet lunch.


Embracing eBooks is brought to you through the partnership of 

The State Library of Ohio, Ohio Library Council and OHIONET

This event is funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.