It Happened in My Town: Collaboration in Crisis
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 102/104/106
An EF5 tornado rips through your town, taking lives, destroying homes, flattening businesses. A shooter opens fire in a theater. Riots break out and rally for days. A wildfire rages, burning everything its path. Flooding swallows a town, threatening lives. What would you do if this happened in your town? Learn firsthand from the survivors of natural and man-made disasters, and hear how they turned crises into opportunities by working collaboratively.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Learn the significance of being connected to your unique community well in advance of a disaster, and what to do if you are not. 2: Understand what resilience looks in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters. 3: Gain compassion and hear about lessons learned by library staff as they faced difficult days during and following a disaster
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Low interaction: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program
Miriam Anderson Lytle,
Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, IL
Miriam Anderson Lytle, MLIS and PLA Leadership Academy grad, is Community Services & Program Development Division Chief for Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, one of Illinois largest library districts. Miriam oversees Branch Services (Rakow and South Elgin), Library on the Go (ReaderShip, Education, Life Enrichment, Home Services), Hispanic Services, Public Programs, Community and Civic Engagement, 21st Century Readers Advisory, grants and special projects. Miriam is a 2016 PLA Program Liaison in Denver.
Patti Bateman, Director
Aurora Public Library, Aurora, CO
Patti Bateman is Aurora's Library & Cultural Services Department since 2009, with the City of Aurora since 1977 in many positions. Her MLS is from the University of Denver. George "Skip" Noe, Aurora's City Manager since 2010, has been in public service for 35+ years, holding government management positions in Texas and Colorado. He was 2013 City Manager of the Year by Colorado City Management Association and Aurora's Chamber 2014 Man of the Year.
George Noe, City Manager
, Aurora, CO
Paula Watson-Lakamp, Communications Manager
Poudre River Public Library District, ,
PAULA WATSON-LAKAMP is Communications Manager for Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, Colorado. She has a background in communications, marketing, special events, graphic design, brand management, and social media. Paula has a passion for "pushing the envelope" and sees marketing and promotions as fun, creative endeavors that can be enjoyed by all. She is the author of the book, Marketing Moxie for Librarians: Fresh Ideas, Proven Techniques, and Innovative Approaches.
Pioneer Library System, ,
Aiden Street is a County Coordinator for the Pioneer Library System- a three county system with 11 branches and 7 information stations located in central Oklahoma with oversight for the Moore, Noble and S OKC public libraries. Aiden graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her MLIS and has worked for 15 years with PLS in many roles. She is a graduate of the PLA Leadership Academy and the MPLA Leadership Institute.