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Sessions will take place on Zoom.
Monday, October 25

9:00am EDT

Opening Keynote: What Just Happened?: Navigating the Pandemic Flux with Rebecca Raven and Michelle Arbuckle
Marketing Libraries Think Tank kicks off with a dynamic keynote address and interactive Q&A with Rebecca Raven, Michelle Arbuckle, and participants. Let’s unpack the pandemic and how it continues to impact our marketing directions.


Rebecca Raven

A passionate believer in the power of libraries to stimulate positive change through community engagement, Rebecca Raven spent a long and rewarding career in public libraries. She is co-creator and Program Director of the Public Library Leadership Program (PLLeaders) and most recently... Read More →

Monday October 25, 2021 9:00am - 10:05am EDT
Zoom https://accessola.zoom.us/j/81752960681?pwd=TFo2R3pvSUw3dkxiaVdOQWhXcDRXUT09

10:10am EDT

Welcome Back! How Are Your Communities Responding? with Kathy Dempsey
Libraries around the world have been changing hours, policies, and services since the pandemic began. Even if your building(s) have been fully open for months, the public might still be confused about what to expect. To draw people back to your spaces and services, your outreach needs to be creative and attention-getting, as well as thoughtful, reassuring, and well-planned. To help you reach everyone in your community effectively—even people without internet access—this training session will offer guidance, ideas, and a marketing plan template that’s ready to fill in and roll out.


Kathy Dempsey

Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to book The Accidental Library Marketer and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential. Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and... Read More →

Monday October 25, 2021 10:10am - 11:00am EDT

11:05am EDT

Building Better Promo: Tips to Increase Your AODA Compliance and Marketing Inclusivity
A practical session focusing on your website and in-branch promotions through an accessibility lens. We will share accessibility checking tools and other resources to incorporate into your day to day tasks and examine the current provincial legislation.

Monday October 25, 2021 11:05am - 11:35am EDT

11:45am EDT

Re-Opening Our Libraries: Hitting the Ground Running with Andrew Colgoni, Katrina Fortner and Oz Kamaci
While some of our libraries have found various ways to be open during the pandemic, others (like those of our panellists) are more fully reopening our spaces after a long hiatus. With new rules, changing guidance, and other unpredictable obstacles, communication is especially challenging. This session will be a conversation with local communicators & marketers in the public and academic sectors about what’s happening in their libraries right now and what they are doing to navigate obstacles. In this interactive session, participants are encouraged to share what they are doing and what’s working for them at their library.

Monday October 25, 2021 11:45am - 12:15pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

Monday October 25, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Reaching EVERYONE in the Community: Breaking Barriers To Library Services
Reaching every person in the community, whether or not they have access to technology, a permanent address or are experiencing other barriers, is increasingly vital during this challenging time. From direct face-to-face information sharing to on-the-ground, multi-language and targeted grassroots outreach, every effort is important. Panelists will discuss these issues and how they are using multiple tactics to achieve good outcomes.

Monday October 25, 2021 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Library TikTok: Understanding the Assignment
Does getting your library on TikTok live in your mind rent-free? Already there and wondering how to land on everyone’s #FYP? The creators and faces of four booming #librarytok accounts join us for a panel discussion breaking down how they got started on the app, the time and resources it requires, how they measure success and why sometimes TikTok just hits different. TikTok will also be on hand to offer some tips and tricks, and advice on posting cadence and content creation best practices.

Want to do some research before the event? Check out our panelists' Tik Tok accounts to see what they do! 
Jessica Bellows, Reference Assistant, Whitby Public Library, tiktok.com/@whitbylibrary
Laura Nicolucci, Media Partnerships Lead - Entertainment, TikTok
Bailey Randolph, Teen Services Librarian, Grand Prairie Public Library tiktok.com/@gppubliclibrary
Mychal A. Threets, TikToker & Digital Community Librarian, Solano County Library
tiktok.com/@solanolibrary, tiktok.com/@mychal3ts
Erin Wilson, Children's and Adult Fiction Assistant, Whitby Public Library, tiktok.com/@whitbylibrary

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Laura Nicolucci

Media Partnerships Lead - Entertainment, Tik Tok
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Jessica Bellows

Children and Adult Fiction Assistant, Whitby Public Library
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Bailey Randolph

Teen Services Librarian, Grande Prairie Public Library
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Mychal Threets

Digital Community Librarian, Solano County Library

Erin Wilson

Children's and Adult Fiction Assistant, Whitby Public Library
Hi There!My name is Erin, and I've been with the Whitby Public Library for 5 years now. I've got my BAH in Sociology and Child Development from the University of Guelph and my LIT from Durham College. I've been a part of our libraries Reader's Advisory team for a couple years now... Read More →

Monday October 25, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Connection in the Midst of Change with Rebecca Higgins
Rebecca Higgins, Mental Health Educator, leads us through an interactive 30-minute session, where we will explore strategies for navigating the uncertainty, change and stress exacerbated by the pandemic. Using the ABCs of self-care (awareness, balance and connection), we will add simple, practical tools to our wellness toolboxes.

Monday October 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

3:45pm EDT

The Future of Library Land: In Conversation with the Next Generation
Ainara Alleyne, age 12, connects with library lovers of all ages as Hamilton Public Library’s first Junior Librarian in e-Residence. She loves to share her favourite reads on Instagram and create posts about books with characters and themes that celebrate diversity and culture. Koren, joins Ainara in conversation about her role and how you can begin a residency in your own system.

Monday October 25, 2021 3:45pm - 4:30pm EDT
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