ALPS Conference Spring 2013

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Arkansas Library Paraprofessionals

May 13-15, 2013 Arlington Hotel Hot Springs, Arkansas

Welcome to the ALPS 2013 Conference! Flapper dresses, gangsters and mystery await you as ALPS Roars Through its 20’s. I’m so pleased you could join us at The Half Moon Club where we hope you will find sessions to jazz up your library and make you a dynamic part of the community it serves. Paraprofessionals leaving with a renewed feeling of optimism and high-spiritedness has been the goal of the conference committee. We are so excited that you could join us for we have planned organized “crime raids” geared towards motivating you, all while you network and enjoy historic Hot Springs. I strongly encourage each and every one of you to see not just what ALPS can do for you and your library, but what you can contribute to ALPS!!! This will be my ninth conference, but only the second one that I have actually been involved in conference planning and a part of the Executive Board. The past couple of years have been a learning experience. Along the way I’ve been able to network with paraprofessionals all over the state and learned things beneficial to my library and career. My only regret thus far is waiting so long to get involved!!! Check your Tommy guns at the door, Charleston ‘til your feet ache, let your faux pearls swing and make sure you know the password for admittance!!! Welcome to the Arlington and join the excitement as ALPS Roars Through its 20’s. Shya Washington ALPS Chair, 2013

2013 ALPS Executive Council Chair

Chair Elect

Past Chair

Shya Washington

Erin Baber

LaTonya Jones Dean B. Ellis Library Garland County Library Craighead County

Arkansas State University

1427 Malvern Ave.

Jonesboro Public Library

P.O. Box 2040

Hot Springs, AR 71901

315 West Oak

State University, AR 72467


Jonesboro, AR 72401



870-935-5133 ex. 31 870-935-7987 fax

Secretary Beth Lincoln Torreyson Library University of Central Arkansas 201 Donaghey Avenue Conway, AR 72035 501-450-3413

Treasurer Kim Hillison Garland County Library 1427 Malvern Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-623-4161 501-922-4483

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Historian Loretta Edwards UAMS Library 4301 West Markham #586 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-6738

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Registration “A” Foyer




The Gangster Museum of America ~ 510 Central Avenue Take yourself back to the days when mineral water, gambling, bootlegging, and other pleasures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Experience how some of the most notorious criminals in America co-existed with the quaint population of this little valley town. Enjoy the audiovisual experience of the seven galleries. Play in the antique casino and hear the historian in the museum theater relate who, what, when, and where. Light Refreshments

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Breakfast Conference Center B



Registration “A” Foyer


New Member Session Erin Baber & LaTonya Jones


Come meet other new members and learn about ALPS and the Arkansas Library Association. Cypress 1 9:00



Keynote Address Adaptability and All That Jazz Adaptability is the most sought-after skill of this decade. Do you have it? Do you ‘bend like a Willow’, or ‘snap like a dried up twig’? Once you've uploaded the Adaptability APP you will not only be an asset to your organization; your employability will skyrocket!” Face to Face Communications Conference Center C 10:45

Roundtables Moderator Location Sandra Hooper Mezzanine Andrea Massie Mezzanine Conference C Loretta Edwards Cypress 2 Elizabeth Jennings Conference C Linda Keller Conference C Kim Wells Cypress 1 Donna Rusher Conference C Kara Propes A Foyer

11:15 Roundtable Academic Circulation Administrative Archives/Genealogy Audio Visual/Media/IT Cataloging/Acquisitions ILL Public Library (all areas) Reference Youth Services



Lunch with Carolyn Ashcraft, State Librarian  Poster Presentations

Conference Center B

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Self-Protection in Today’s Environment

Dealing with Diverse Patrons

To Dewey or Not to Dewey – The Metis Challenge to “Ditch” DDC

The presentation is centered on how to recognize potential dangers and what options are available when confronted with potentially dangerous situations.

A basic introduction to dealing with diverse patrons, including international patrons and potentially dangerous ones. Includes information about language, body language, personal space and cultural differences.

Several states have adopted the Metis Classification System to replace the Dewey Decimal. The “pros and “cons” for each are reviewed and participants will be asked if this effort to “ditch” the Dewey for Metis is a rational and worthwhile initiative.

Stephen Gahagans

April Sheppard

Dr. Jud Copeland

Conference Center C 1:50 2:00

2:00 2:50

Cypress 1 Cypress 2 Break/Basket Auction/Networking/Vendors Successful Teen Program…or Beating the Odds Leadership in the Library How to Attempt This Without Killing the Teens or Their Parents From abject poverty to the height Ways to have successful book of her profession, her meteoric Come explore thoughts, beliefs and talks, program ideas and projects career took her all the way from practices used in Library leadership roles that teens AND parents will love. the cotton fields of Arkansas to and how they are put into practice in a the Lincoln Bedroom of the White department that is extremely varied in House and beyond. An daily expectations and roles impossible story that became possible.

Nina Darley Conference Center C 2:50





Heather Smith

Cypress 1 Cypress 2 Break/Basket Auction/Networking/Vendors

What I Wish I’d Said – Dealing With Difficult People

What the Heck is Boolean? – The Basics of Research

“Libraries and Librarians, We Need You”

This fun and interactive workshop will give you industry-specific realworld tips on “what to say and do” when dealing with difficult people.

A brief introduction to search strategies using library catalogs, databases and even the Internet. Learn how to create better, quicker and more accurate searches.

February 26, 2013, marked the 100 year of the official adoption of the Arkansas State flag. My research became a historical event and the centennial celebration is now recognized in history because of services offered and support through the libraries. The Library is now more than a study and research facility, it is a community and comfort center.

Face to Face Communications

April Sheppard

Jason Irby

Conference Center C 3:50

Martha Dixon

Cypress 1


Cypress 2

Break/Basket Auction/Networking/Vendors

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Quick Fix Book Repair Can’t always afford to purchase book repair supplies? Don’t toss those books out that you think are beyond repair! Please join Book Repair MacGyver, as he demonstrates quick-fixes to many of your book repair nightmares. You’ll never look at glue the same way again. Greg Woods Conference Center C





“To Know One’s Onions is the Bees Knees” – Connecting Schools and Public Libraries

Clinton School of Public Service Lecture Series

Designed to help schools (public, private, special and academic) connect to their public libraries for programming, book selection, promotion and education.

A history of the Clinton School of Public Service speakers’ series which grew from 6 events a year to over 120 events a year. The logistics required to produce the events and how to maximize the impact of each program.

Kara Propes & Sloan Powell

Nikolai DiPippa

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Cypress 2

Basket Auction/Networking/Vendors Dinner Conference Center B

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Breakfast Conference Center B





Business Meeting

Conference Center C Take This Job and Love It!!!

Heifer International; Around the World and Here in Arkansas

Wanna get excited about getting up and going to work? Then come join this energetic and highly interactive workshop.

An overview of Heifer International’s work around the world as well as the educational opportunities it provides.

A brief overview of the grant writing process. Beginning with planning and ending with writing a grant proposal.

Face to Face Communications

Nate Williams

Debbie N. Hall

Conference Center C 10:50




Cypress 2

Break/Basket Auction/Networking/Vendors Unfortunately, We Do Judge a Book by its Cover!

There Ought To Be a Policy For That

Small Library Teaching Forefather Knowledge

Did you realize people make 11 assumptions in the first 30 seconds they meet you? Come learn how simple and affordable updates to your wardrobe and accessories can improve your image and your impact in the workplace.

Overview of types of library policies and concerns that need to be considered when policies are being developed; practical ways to present your policy ideas and suggestions to decision makers.

Fun Facts about Presidents that make learning fun. Program has been used with toddlers through senior citizens.

Jerri Arnold

Mindy Hodges

Lynnette Ward

Conference Center C 11:50 12:00

Cypress 1

Grants: Planning, Searching, Writing

12:00 1:30 Conference Center B

Cypress 1 Cypress 2 Break/Basket Auction/Networking/Vendors Lunch with Patricia (Trish) Miller, ArLA President Winners-Basket Auction and Raffle Departure

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All Meetings will be held on the 2nd floor.




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Communications and Training

GAIL JOHNSON Gail Johnson founded Face to Face Communications and Training in 1997 to fill the need for customized training in the increasingly competitive workforce. Ms. Johnson's strong communication background gives her a 21st century perspective on training needs: "Strengthening communication skills between workers and managers, workers and peers, and especially workers and customers is the key to success in this era where miscommunication abounds— electronically as well as face to face. Businesses and organizations can set themselves apart and continue to prosper in these difficult economic times, if theytrain staff in people skills—the ‘soft’ skills.”

Ms. Johnson has designed and delivered thousands of communication-related workshops throughout the United States. She also taught college-level speech communication courses prior to founding her company. Ms. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the Association for Training and Development. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has named Face to Face Communications and Training a designated Training Provider for its ITP grant program. Ms. Johnson's individualized approach to training has earned her a loyal client base that has grown primarily through referrals. Her client roster spans a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, banking, travel, architecture, legal, health-care, as well as local governments, education, libraries, and park districts. Thus proving to her mother and various elementary school teachers that, YES! you can make a living by talking incessantly!

PAM PARR Pam Parr joined Face to Face Communications and Training in 2005. Having attended the University of Iowa as a Theater Major with a Pre- Law minor, she owned her first business at the age of 23. She was a founder and partner in Fox Valley Trophy and Awards for 20 years, an icon in the recognition industry. Pam brings 30 (plus) years of business management and customer service experience to Face to Face. Her career spans corporate, government and entrepreneurial entities. “Her insights as a team leader and business manager, as well as business owner are invaluable to our clients” Johnson says, “Parr brings real world perspectives and a refreshing sense of humor to the programs we present together.”

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BIOGRAPHIES Jerri Arnold has a BSE-English from University of Arkansas, but since March 2005, she has enjoyed giving away free Premier Designs jewelry while teaching women how to look and feel their best and how to expand their wardrobe through proper accessorizing. Her passion is helping other women have successful home-based businesses. She has been married for 20 years and has a fabulous 16-year-old daughter. Carolyn Ashcraft has had a distinguished career in librarianship. She was County Librarian in Grant County and Library Director in Saline County. At the Arkansas State Library, Ashcraft worked as a Library Program Advisor and as Coordinator of Extension Services from 1993 to 2004. In addition, she served as Deputy Director for Library Services and Development in 2004 and 2005. She assumed the position of State Librarian and Director of the Arkansas State Library on November 1, 2005, upon the retirement of Jack Mulkey. On the state level, Ashcraft serves on numerous committees in her role as an advocate for libraries. She is active in the Arkansas Library Association, having served as President in 2000. She is a member of the American Library Association. A native of Sheridan (AR), Ashcraft earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (1979) and a master’s degree in library science at the University of Alabama (1991). She currently resides in Sheridan with her partner, Patrick Mouton. “I’ve been working in Arkansas libraries since I was in the sixth grade. This is where my heart is.” Erin Baber is a clerk and bookkeeper at the Garland County Library, where she has been employed for five years. This year will be her second year as an ALPS member and she is looking forward to many active years in ALPS. Erin spends most of her free time gardening with her husband and playing with her dogs. Dr. Jud Copeland is Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. He has been teaching in the Graduate Library Media Program at UCA since August 2007. His research focuses on intellectual property and copyright, emerging models of library administration, and international and global aspects of cataloging and classification of traditional and multimedia resources. Nina Darley works at the Jonesboro Public Library. She worked in school classrooms for 10+ years, 3 years in a Children’s Library. She is into her second year as the YA Librarian – with a low body count.

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Nikolai DiPippa is the Director of Public Programs at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Under his leadership, over 130,000 people have attended over 750 programs with leading academics, newsmakers, and world leaders. They have included six Nobel Prize winners, 17 Pulitzer [winners], 37 ambassadors, and nine former presidents. DiPippa is also the host and executive producer of the NPR radio show, “Clinton School Presents,” which is a dialogue with the distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School. He helped develop and maintains the Clinton School’s speaker series website, Since launching in 2009, over 125,000 people from 183 countries have accessed the archived events online. Martha Dixon is a motivational speaker who was recognized as one of “Top 100 Women of Arkansas” by Arkansas Magazine. She is the author of Triumph Beyond Measure: an Autobiography. Stephen Gahagans is currently the Chief of Police for the University of Arkansas Police Department. He has been in law enforcement for 28 years. Many of those years involved speaking on the subject of recognizing warning signs and what to do when confronted with risky encounters and situations. Debbie Hall has a BSE from SAU and an MLS from University of Alabama. She has worked at the Arkansas State Library since 1986, the first fifteen years as a reference librarian and since 2001 as Manager of Grants. She was ArLA President in 2008. Mindy Hodges has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and English from Baylor University. She has a Juris Doctorate from UALR Bowen School of Law and is a member of the Arkansas Bar. She worked as an economist at the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., a budget analyst at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, and is currently the Chief Fiscal Officer at the Arkansas State Library. From Wabbaseka in Jefferson County, Arkansas, Jason Irby was drawn to Little Rock in the early 1980s to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He enrolled in UALR’s Radio, TV and Film program because of his interest in broadcast production. He completed his under-graduate degree in 1986 and his master’s in 2003. Irby is the author of Love within Life, his first published book of poems and short stories, released March 2012. He created an annual award in 2003 to benefit grad students in the School of Mass Communications at UALR and contributes proceeds from his book to the award. He contributes to other community causes around Little Rock. He enjoys writing, traveling, and audio/video productions.

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LaTonya Jones is the Circulation Supervisor for the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library. She has worked in public libraries for sixteen years. LaTonya has been an ArLA member for eight years. She served as a Regional Representative for seven years, as ALPS Chair for 2012, and is currently serving as Past-Chair. LaTonya loves taking Sunday drives after church with her husband. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies include shopping, cooking, reading, and working in the yard. Trish Miller has been working in the library field for twenty three years. She worked for the White County Public Library System in Searcy, AR, for ten years before moving to Little Rock and in 1999 became the first Resource Center Specialist for Remington College. Her professional memberships include the American Library Association, Library Support Staff Interests Roundtable, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Arkansas Library Association, Arkansas Library Paraprofessionals, and honorary member of the National Technical Honor Society. As a member of these organizations Trish has held positions as Chair Elect, Chair, Past Chair and Conference Committee Co-Chair. Other positions include serving as a member of the Conference, Scholarship, Public Relations, Awards, and Centennial Committees of the Arkansas Library Association and Regional Representative for Region VI of the Central Arkansas ALPS Division. In 2008 Trish was awarded the “Lorrie Shuff Paraprofessional of the Year Award.� During the Arkansas Library Association Fall Conference held in September of 2011 she was nominated and elected President Elect of the Association. Trish is currently serving as the 2013 President of the Association. Sloan Powell has been the library media specialist at Simon Middle School in Conway, Arkansas, since it opened in 2006. She has a varied job history including museum registrar, systems librarian, and bookkeeper. She is a native of Little Rock and still remembers the awe of going to the big public library downtown and not believing that she could take home any book she wanted. She loves to read, walk, cook, knit, and nap. Kara Propes is the Youth Services Librarian and has been with the Faulkner County Library in Conway since 2005. She has served and been a part of ALPS since 2006, including serving as ALPS Chair in 2010. In 2012 she became chair of the Youth Services Round Table for ArLA, where she still serves. She was raised in a small town but has always felt Conway is her home. Kara is a teen advocate and believes whole-heartedly if we do not create an inviting atmosphere for our youth, our libraries will not exist in a few years. April Sheppard is the Assistant Director for Public Services at the Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University. Her duties include being the head of reference, library

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instruction, and research consultations. She began her career as the Night Circulation Supervisor and has seen a lot of different (and sometimes strange) patrons. Since then, the university has seen a huge growth in international enrollment, requiring library personnel to learn how to meet the needs of culturally diverse patrons. Before working in the library, April worked in the medical field where she became certified in CPI (Crisis, Prevention and Intervention) – a skill that has proved useful in the library on more than one occasion. Heather Smith, MEd, a former elementary teacher, joined the UAMS Library in 2002 and is the Head of the Learning Resource Center, Teaching Resource Center, and Library Systems. She currently has a staff of 6, comprising non-classified and classified staff. She also serves on the Library’s Management Team and is part of the decision-making process for current and future operations of the Library. Heather is the mother of two beautiful children, Makaela, 5, and Aiden, 1, who make going to work incredibly difficult. Lynnette Ward has been working as Branch Library Director for the Lonoke/Prairie County Regional Library System since 2004 at the Carlisle Public Library. She holds weekly Toddler Time, once-a-month Story Hour, bimonthly BINGO4BOOKS, and Movie Nights, Summer Reading, and Holiday activities. Carlisle is a town of 2,300. The library is 2,100 square feet. Nate Williams is the Global Education Manager at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR. His department delivers educational programs to over 14,000 visitors a year that focus on the global issues of hunger and poverty as well as cultural differences and similarities world-wide. Prior to working for Heifer International he worked for the Boy Scouts of America and served as a teacher in a rural school in Kenya. Gregory Woods is a Nashville, Tennessee native and has been employed in the Circulation Department at the University of Memphis Library for over 18 years. Because he works in the evening, he often has time to do book repairs. When the budget got tight and they could no longer send books to the Bindery for repair, he devised his own quick repair methods. He uses everyday items to get professional results. He has presented his book repair techniques at conferences and often has been called upon for on-site visits. He is known around the library as the MacGyver of Book Repair.

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Region I-North West Kareen Turner University of Arkansas University Libraries 365 North McIlroy Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 Phone: 479-575-6424 Fax: 479-575-5558 Region II-North Central Anna Edwards North Arkansas College 1515 Pioneer Drive Harrison, AR 72601 Phone: 870-391-3122 Fax: 870-391-3245 Region III-Northeast/North Beth Lincoln UCA Torreyson Library 123 201 Donaghey Avenue Conway, AR 72035 Phone: 501-450-3413

Region IV-Northeast/South Kimberly Wells Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library 315 W. Oak Ave Jonesboro, AR 72401 Phone: 870-935-5133 ext. 1123 Region V-West Central Sandra Hooper UCA Torreyson Library 105 201 Donaghey Avenue Conway, AR 72035 Phone: 501-450-5232 Region VI-Central Judi King 900 West Capitol Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Phone: 501-682-2866 Fax: 501-682-1529

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Region VII-East Central Vacant Region VIII-South West Brenda Van Dusen National Park Community College Library 101College Drive Hot Springs Arkansas 71913 Phone: 501-760-4105 Region IX-South East Audrey Long John Brown Watson Memorial Library UAPB 1200 North University Drive Slot 4912 Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Phone: 870-575-8112 Fax: 870-575-4637

2013 ALPS Conference Committee Members Erin Baber

Audrey Long

Sherry Chastain

Kara Propes

Anna Edwards

Sherryl Robinson

Loretta Edwards

Donna Rusher

Lynaire Hartsell

Kareen Turner

Kim Hillison

Brenda Van Dusen

Sandra Hooper

Shya Washington

LaTonya Jones

Kimberly Wells

Judi King Beth Lincoln

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors Arkansas State Library Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Department, Joe David Rice Dean B. Ellis Library - Arkansas State University The Friends of the Garland County Library The Friends of the Library - Jonesboro Public Jonesboro Public Library National Park Community College OCLC - Page 12 -


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