AzLA Presents: Vision 2020 Conference Webinar Series

By John Walsh

Dear AzLA members, colleagues, and friends,

I realize in this most unpredictable year we have struggled with the planning of the Annual Conference, however I believe we now have a program and platform everyone can be proud of. We have switched platforms twice and I apologize for any inconvenience and confusion. We went from our traditional Annual, to a virtual conference, and now we are presenting a whole new form of membership engagement, a conference webinar series. We believe the spreading of the opportunities for engagement and professional development over two months is going to generate more participation and member attendance. The opening and  closing events will be informative, fun, and offer presentations by some dynamic keynotes. Each weekly webinar event will offer a professional development opportunity from some of the state’s emerging leaders in librarianship. I hope that I can alleviate any undue anxiety these changes may have caused by answering a few questions about this year’s conference webinar series. We are still planning the programs so I hope this is enough information for now to abate everyone’s curiosity about “What in the heck are we going to do this year?” Information and directions will be forthcoming to provide access to all events. We are very excited about this new avenue of engagement and  I look forward to everyone joining us throughout the fall. 

What is the schedule of the webinar series? 

  • Wednesday, October 14th through Wednesday, December 16th
  • Zoom links to all events will be provided to all members 
    • The opening ceremony, the Teacher Librarian event, and the closing ceremony are the only scheduling that has been confirmed. For the webinars that will be presented every week throughout the fall, the timing will depend on whatever works for the presenter’s schedule. We are trying for consistency and the events will be scheduled and marketed before the opening ceremony.

What is the schedule for the opening ceremony?

October 14, 2020, 8:45AM-1PM

  • 8:45am-9am — Opening Remarks & Election Results- John Walsh
  • 9am-10am — Opening Keynote (Brian Pichman – Evolve Project)
  • 10am-10:15am — Break
  • 10:15am-10:45am –Vendor / Sponsor Presentation
  • 10:50am-11:50am — Program #1– Dan Stanton, “Caught off guard?”
  • 11:50am-12pm — Break
  • 12pm-1pm — Closing Keynote (Christina Roberts)

What is the schedule for the closing ceremony?

December 9, 2020 , 8:45AM-1PM

  • 8:45am-9am — Welcome & Introduce Jaime
  • 9am-10am — Keynote- Jaime LaRue
  • 10am-10:15am — Break
  • 10:15am-10:45am — Vendor / Sponsor Presentation
  • 10:50am-11:50am — Program #1
  • 11:50am-12pm — Break
  • 12pm-1pm — Closing Ceremonies
    • Awards Ceremony
    • Closing Remarks- with new Officers & President-Elect 

What is the schedule for the day of the half day Teacher/School Librarian virtual conference?

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 8:45AM-1PM

  • 8:45am-9am — Welcome / Opening Remarks
  • 9am-10am — Program #1 (45 min presentation, 15min QA)
  • 10am-11am — Program #2 (45 min presentation, 15min QA)
  • 11am-11:30am — Break / Vendor / Sponsor (All prerecorded vids ~10mins) 
  • 11:30am-12:30pm — Program #3
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm–Program #4

What is the structure of a weekly webinar event?

  • 2 Minute Vendor Demonstration / Commercial (“This presentation is sponsored by Overdrive…”)
  • 2 Minute Introduction 
  • 45 Minute Presentation
  • 5-10 Minute Discussion / Questions
  • 2 Minute Closing / Survey

Who are the keynote speakers and when will they be presenting?

October 14, 2020 9:00-10:00 am

Brian Pichman: Tech trends to look out for and loop in some trends that are new because of the shift of how the world is doing business.

October 14, 2020 12:00-1:00 pm

Christina Roberts: Cyber security and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are inevitably part of our everyday lives. In this presentation Christina Roberts will discuss current and future AI utilization in library tools and outside the library. Additionally, she’ll cover the importance of AI, cyber security, and protecting personal privacy in a cyber oriented world.

December 9, 2020 9:00-10:00 am

Jamie LaRue: When the country locked down, many librarians wrestled with how ‘essential’ their services were. Coming after ebook pricing travesties, declining circulation, stagnant or falling funding, amidst a rising tide of anti-science, civic illiteracy, and partisan polarity, what role should the library play to build healthier communities?”

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