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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Young Children and the Opioid Use Crisis webinar

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Zero to Three is sponsoring a webinar on May 23 at 1 pm CDT about the effects of the opioid use crisis on young children--the impacts of parents' substance abuse disorder on their unborn and very young children.  It will include some ideas for professionals who work with young children and families to engage and support families affected by drugs.  For more information and to register, here's the link.

IFLS is also hosting a webinar (co-sponsored by several systems in Wisconsin) on June 7 with Dr. Steve Albrecht about how to handle situations with patrons who are under the influence of substances ranging from alcohol to meth to opiates.  Feeling prepared to deal with challenging behavior from people of any age helps create a safe and welcoming environment for children, so I encourage you to consider attending that one, too!  It will be recorded, too, since I know many of you are ramping up for summer excitement that week.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Call for Proposals: Power Up Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff

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This invitation is for YOU! I know you all have terrific ideas, are thinking about important things, and have amazing work to share with your colleagues. Please consider submitting a proposal for this amazing conference.
About the Conference
Do you have ideas to share about management and leadership in Youth Services? The University of Wisconsin-Madison Information School is pleased to offer the second Power Up Conference to share your exciting ideas! The conference will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on March 28-29, 2019. The program committee will be accepting proposals until August 3, 2018.
Topics may include, but are not limited to: strategic planning, collaborations, ethics, leadership pathways, advocacy, mentorship, managing change, work/life balance, staff motivation, and innovation. Youth services librarians and staff from public libraries, schools, after-school programs, museums, etc. are invited to attend – we had 142 attendees from 20 states at the 2017 conference! You may find the program from the 2017 conference here.
Our opening keynote address speaker is Andrew Medlar, former ALSC President and current director of BookOps, serving the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library. Our closing keynote will be presented by Sarah Park Dahlen, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement
The Program Committee encourages a diversity of presenters representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and representatives of allied professions.

Proposal Evaluation
The committee will evaluate all of the submissions as individual entries, and how they fit within the balance of conference content as a whole. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline using the following criteria:
  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient speakers to address all relevant aspects of the topic;
  • Originality and relevance of the proposed topic;
  • Uniqueness of content in relation to other conference presentations;
  • A range of speaker experiences and representations

How to submit a proposal
Please submit a 200-250 word description of your proposed session to Meredith Lowe, mclowe@wisc.edu, by August 3, 2018. Sessions at the conference will be one hour.  Please include an additional sentence or two about how this proposal aligns with our diversity, inclusion and equity statement outlined above. Note that the proposal will not be the finalized description for the conference program; the committee will contact selected proposal submitters for a final draft.
Panel presentations are accepted. All selected proposals will receive one complimentary conference registration ($300 value), which may be divided however the presenters of that session choose.

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