Lead the Way: Libraries at the Heart of Community Engagement

Beck TenchMonday Keynote
Beck Tench

Beck Tench is a wife, daughter, friend, teacher, gardener, cyclist, kind stranger, and Ph.D. student at the University of Washington Information School.  She researches how the design of physical and digital spaces cultivates contemplative experience and practice. She is particularly interested in understanding how space facilitates a greater capacity for accessing personal wisdom, connecting with others through compassion and friendship, improving the quality of our lives through greater awareness of life as we’re living it, and coping with the distractions of digital culture.

She was formally trained as a designer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent her career before returning to academia helping museums, libraries, and non-profits embrace risk-taking, creativity, and change through technology and personal space-making. Her work from that time was mentioned in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and several books and blogs. 

Tuesday Keynote
Zander Miller & Brandon Morris

Zander Miller is a librarian focusing on digital literacy and digital collections. He moved to Kenosha three years ago to start working at Kenosha Public Library straight out of graduate school. His work and instruction focuses on empathy and understanding of the public’s experiences around technology and beyond.

Brandon Morris was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is currently the Vice President of Evolution Basketball Inc. Basketball is one of his loves, and he was blessed with the opportunity to play college basketball as well as professionally for nine years in six different countries. People throughout the city of Kenosha consider him a community advocate. If you ask him though, he’s just a prideful Kenoshan that get the chance to be in different rooms and thrives at being the voice for those that would benefit most from the discussed resources.

Tuesday Post-Conference Workshop
Level Up Your Facilitation Skills

Tuesday, 12:30-4:00 pm
$100, includes lunch

Some meetings drag on seemingly without end, while others are engaging and productive. The difference – skilled facilitation! In this fun and interactive session participants will learn about facilitation skills that, with practice, will improve meetings.

Headshot of Cindy FesemyerHeadshot of Amanda StanderferPresenters Cindy Fesemyer and Amanda Standerfer will discuss group dynamics, facilitation core competencies, and tools to use in group meetings. We’ll spend time in small groups practicing core facilitation skills and working through how to navigate difficult conversations with groups. Participants will leave the session ready to facilitate more productive staff meetings and lively library and community conversations.