2023 Lead The Way: Libraries At The Heart Of Community Engagement

Beck TenchMonday Keynote
Dr. Beck Tench

Dr. Beck Tench is a kind stranger, contemplative technologist, and designer and researcher at Harvard’s Project Zero, where she researches the effects of digital media across our lives. She is also a founding board member of OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global network of organizations working to become more of, by, and for their communities. She recently completed her dissertation, Designing Restoration: Protecting and Restoring Our Attention Through Participatory Design, which explores designing “restorative environments” on college campuses and in libraries. It provides insights for addressing the resignation we can feel at the end of an hour, or day, lost to technology, and it stretches the idea of what a “restorative environment” can be, showing that what we make when we design from a place of wholeness has the potential to change us as individuals and as a collective. Beck 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 has been mentioned in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and several books, podcasts, 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
Workshop Registration Only

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.

Amanda Standerfer Headshot

Headshot of Cindy FesemyerPresenters 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.

Can’t attend all of Lead the Way, but interested in attending the workshop? Register for just the Tuesday afternoon workshop using the link above!