Conferences

One Profession, One Purpose

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The 2022 Kentucky Library Association annual fall conference will be held in Lexington, KY at the Embassy Suites/UK Coldstream on October 12-14. Join us for this year’s theme, One Profession, One Purpose where Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson will be the keynote speaker.

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Conference Costs & Details

  • Pre-conference Workshops - Oct. 12th 9:30 – 4:30
    • Participatory Design as Library Assessment: Principles and Practices for Creating and Evaluating Inclusive Library Teams & Services - Hailley Fargo, Northern Kentucky University & Scott Young, Montana State University
    • Transform Your Textbooks: A Practical Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) for Kentucky Educators - Ilona Burdette, Executive Director, Kentucky Virtual Library; Naulayne Enders, Kentucky Christian; Amanda Slone, University of Pikeville; Laura DeLancey, Western Kentucky University; Kelly Smith, Eastern Kentucky University, Josh Farrington, BCTC & Ben Rawlins, University of Kentuck
    • Cost: $65 (member)/$80 (nonmember)/$35 (students, unemployed, retirees)  - lunch is included
  • Full Conference (includes lunch both days)
    • $130 members & presenters
    • $175 nonmembers
    • $75 students & retirees
  • Thursday only (includes lunch)
    • $90 members & presenters
    • $125 nonmembers
    • $40 students & retirees
  • Friday only (includes lunch)
    • $75 members & presenters
    • $95 nonmembers
    • $30 students & retirees

*Registrations received after October 5th will be charged an additional $20

To register for the member rate, you can join or renew your KLA membership now.

Hotel Reservations

KLA has a block of rooms at the conference site, the Embassy Suites/UK Coldstream. The room rate is $149/night and includes a complimentary breakfast, complimentary evening reception (hosted by hotel), and overnight parking. To be included in the room block, reservations need to be made before September 12th. Please use this link to make your hotel reservations or call the reservations department at 1-800-EMBASSY.

Vendors and Sponsors

For more information about sponsoring or exhibiting at KLA 2022, please review and complete the conference sponsorship form.

Conference Program & Speaker Details

Pre-conference

Participatory Design as Library Assessment: Principles and Practices for Creating and Evaluating Inclusive Library Teams & ServicesHailley Fargo, Northern Kentucky University & Scott Young, Montana State University

Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 - 4:30 (lunch provided)

Hailley Fargo HeadshotScott Young Headshot

In this workshop, facilitators will introduce the concept of participatory design and showcase how this method can be used to improve library services and library teams. After learning about the history of this method and the facilitators own experiences using this technique, participants will complete hands-on exercises and reflections through the three stages of participatory assessment. This approach centers on mutual learning, equal expertise, shared power, co-creation, co-determination, democracy, and equity. In doing this work, collaboratively, libraries can use this method to gain insight on their own colleagues, as well as collaborate with their community to improve services and resources.

Transform Your Textbooks: A Practical Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) for Kentucky EducatorsIlona Burdette, Executive Director, Kentucky Virtual Library; Naulayne Enders, Kentucky Christian; Amanda Slone, University of Pikeville; Laura DeLancey, Western Kentucky University; Kelly Smith, Eastern Kentucky University, Josh Farrington, BCTC & Ben Rawlins, University of Kentucky 

 Wednesday, October 12, 1 - 4:00

Open Educational Resources are increasingly part of the landscape of Kentucky higher education, but what is OER really? Where do you get it? How do you use it? Is it as good as traditional course materials? Is free the same as open? How do you create your own? Does it make a difference to students? What can I do on my campus? Join colleagues from around Kentucky as they share practical tips to help you transform access to instructional materials. Topics will include:

  • An introduction to Creative Commons licenses.
  • How to adopt and teach with OER.
  • How to adapt and create OER.
  • How one Kentucky university went all OER in six weeks.
  • The impact OER can have on cost savings and student success.
  • How to become part of Kentucky's Open and Affordable community.

Featured Speakers

Crystal Wilkinson 

Crystal Wilkinson HeadshotCrystal Wilkinson is the award-winning author of The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), Perfect Black, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries. Crystal identifies as a southern, feminist fiction writer, and grew up in the hills of Kentucky. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is an Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program. She is a 2020 USA Artist Fellowship Recipient, and in 2021, Crystal was named the Poet Laureate for Kentucky.

 

 

Leah Brown

Book Cover of Dare to Lead by Brene BrownLeah Brown, a certified Dare to Lead instructor will provide a deep dive into Brene’ Brown’s Dare to Lead curriculum focused on team integration and providing tools to cultivate daring leadership skills for yourself and those you lead.

 

 

Michelle Robertson

Clipart graphic of a toolbox containing charts, a calendar, and a pencilALA's Ecosystem Task Force has created the ONE VOICE toolkit to help library organizations assess and extend the strength of their ecosystems, and to identify and pursue priorities for advocacy and legislation. The state ecosystem can include a wide range of library organizations, including friends groups and trustees, as well as vendors, literacy groups, and all types of libraries. Michelle Robertson, task force member and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma will share details about the toolkit and help librarians, of all types, consider opportunities to promote and advocate for each other while recognizing common goals.

Other Conferences

Please see the KLA calendar for information about other upcoming events, including section-sponsored conferences.