2019 Adult Services Symposium

Reading, Responding & Results
Thursday, April 25, 2019
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Santa Barbara Central Library
40 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This training is FREE for attendees. The day will feature four panels on current topics of concern to library staff, with a focus on better serving and connecting with adults and intergenerational groups in our community. Generous time for Q&A and discussion will follow each panel presentation. A boxed lunch is included. Please plan to join us for the whole day (and possibly for the non-grant funded social the night before – see details below).  We are looking forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!

Working Agenda: 9:30AM-2:30PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks 
Greg Lucas – California State Library
Carolyn Brooks – California State Library
Michelle Perera –  Pasadena Public Library
Shari Werb – Library of Congress
Jessica Cadiente – Santa Barbara Public Library
Shawn Thrasher – Ontario City Library

Libraries RESPOND To Social Issues, Moderated by Morgan Pershing – PANEL 1 SLIDES | Video

  • Jen Lemberger (Santa Barbara Public Library) – Responding to food insecurity in Santa Barbara with the Unending Hunger Book to Action series.
  • Erica Thatcher (County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries) – Responding to opioid use and families struggling with addiction in San Luis Obispo County with the  Hey, Kiddo Book to Action series.
  • Justin Formanek (Blanchard Community Library) – Responding to homelessness in Santa Paula with Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America; perspectives from a smaller library.

Libraries RESPOND To Disasters, Moderated by Jody Thomas – PANEL 2 SLIDES | Video

Irma Morales (Ventura County Library) – Ventura County Library’s experience with the Thomas Fire; best practices that came from the fire and its aftermath.

  • Lisa Neubert (Santa Barbara Public Library) – Santa Barbara Public Library and the community’s response to two sequential disasters, the Thomas Fire and the Montecito debris flow. How libraries increased programming, information provision, health outreach, and ongoing support. Collaborative Leadership article by Jen Lemberger mentioned in Lisa’s presentation.
  • Heather Cousin (Thousand Oaks Library) – The Library’s/City’s response to the twin incidents of the Borderline mass shooting and Thomas/Wolsey fire.
  • Sarah Solis (County of San Diego Public Libraries) – Coordinating services between county agencies during a disaster; how to better work together.

PICNIC LUNCH & CHAT – A boxed lunch will be provided. Please make your lunch selection when you register. Bring a cotton picnic blanket and join us on the lawn (weather permitting) of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Gardens, adjacent to the library.

Work your Core:  Incorporating READING into all you do, Moderated by Cathy Crosthwaite – PANEL 3 SLIDES | Video

  • Brendle Wells (Sacramento Public Library) – According to patrons, library staff are the reading experts, but does your library actually have a vibrant culture of reading? How SPL made reading a priority and put books first in everything we do.
  • Elena Garcia (Braille Institute of America, Santa Barbara Center) – Reconnecting with avid readers who experienced vision loss and loss of access.
  • Megan Katz (Los Angeles Public Library) – How LAPL and LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education engaged in an unprecedented partnership to give every adult school student a library card and share resources to enrich lives. Video from LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education 
  • Tanya Lindquist (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) – Rethinking book clubs, a non-fiction reading challenge that boosted the profile of the non-fiction collection and its circulation.

Using Data in Decision Making: Getting RESULTS, Moderated by Dana Vinke – PANEL 4 SLIDES | Video

  • Nancy Schram (Ventura County Library) – Using data to implement Open+ at Hill Road Library.
  • Tricia Bengel (Ingram Library Services) – Using data to discover how fewer copies, more titles, and hyper local collections benefit each community.
  • Stacy Lein (South San Francisco Public Library) – Using Project Outcome data to improve digital literacy programs and services.

Closing Remarks

SURVEY – If you attended, but did not complete the survey, please take a few moments and complete by the end of April https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCFBAdultSvcsSymp2019

Adult Services Symposium Attendee Information

The 2019 Adult Services Symposium EVENT MAP gives an overview of the Symposium location, parking options, Amtrak train station, recommended nearby hotels, and non grant funded social hour location the evening of April 24, 2019.

We recommend using public transportation, ride-sharing, or carpooling when possible. Parking can be found in City Lots 6 and 7. More parking information, a map, and fee schedule.

Adult Services Symposium Event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/376925703098193/
Please note: you must officially register, not just reply to the Facebook event. 

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About the 2019 Adult Services Symposium

The 3rd Annual Adult Services Symposium is part of California Library Association’s Spring Fling programs. The 3rd Annual Adult Services Symposium will be presented  by California Center for the Book, in collaboration with the California Library Association Adult Services Interest Group and Black Gold Cooperative Library System Reference & Adult Services Committee.

2019 Adult Services Symposium Planning Committee





On-site doodles by Bill Sannwald.

IMLS and Statewide Aligned Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal 7: California libraries are staffed by a skilled and diverse workforce whose members engage in continuing education and leadership development opportunities, deliver high-quality library and information services, and effect positive change in their communities.

Join us for a Pub Quiz the Night Before the Symposium


We’d love if you join us for a non-grant funded get together the evening before the Adult Services Symposium. We’ll be forming teams of 1-6 people. Entry is $5 per person. Join a team or just come by to say hello!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 
6:15pm – Meet up
6:30pm – Registration Starts
7:00pm – Pub Quiz begins!

Old King’s Road Pub
532½ State Street (Near the corner of Cota and State St.)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Pub Quiz website: http://sbpubquiz.com/

About a week before the night, the Quiz Master will post an entry with clues about the upcoming game’s questions: https://defenestrate99.blogs.com/pub_quiz_blog/

About California Center for the Book

Our mission is to help the librarians of California get their communities reading and connecting.

We help librarians develop and expand programs that promote reading, community engagement, and lifelong learning for adults and intergenerational groups. We also offer professional development opportunities and share resources to help librarians and community partners achieve these goals.

We value resource sharing, collaboration, community-building, and innovation.