Librarians in Interesting Times

Virtual Conference – October 18-19, 2020

Program Descriptions

Sunday, October 18th

11:00-12:00 pm PLD & ASLD division meetings

1:00 – 2:00 pm Virtual Conferences: getting the most out of not being there! — Virtual events offer great opportunities but also present new challenges for both presenters and attendees. We’ll share tips and tricks on keeping attendees engaged, best practices for participants and more!

2:30 – 3:30 pm What’s New in Privacy — Every day the privacy landscape changes. New laws, challenges, applications, and materials are popping up in an increasingly faster pace. This session will cover recent changes in the privacy arena with updates on legal cases, changes in federal and local laws, new privacy tools including applications, and new and updated lists of tools and materials to help protect yourself, your library, and your patron.

4:00 – 4:45 pm: Keynote Speaker:  “Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations: A 21st Century Conversation” — Dr. Kitty Oliver, author, oral historian, media producer, and performer, takes an informative, inspiring journey into the diversity of our stories and our commonalities.

4:45 — 5:45 pm Panel Discussion: Diversity in Montana Libraries  Samantah Hines, et al.  

Monday, October 19th

9:00 – Noon: Knowing What We Know Now: Planning for the Next Disaster — Use that new knowledge gained during the pandemic to create or revise a disaster plan for your library. We’ll apply the “any disaster” model to plan for general issues that usually come up and consider how to adapt to unique circumstances. We will share ideas and come away from this day better prepared for the next disaster.   

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Accessing the Montana Legislature: Information and Resources — This presentation covers ways to access information for the 2021 Legislative Session.  Information includes: legislative web site, how to navigate and follow bills, committees, and floor sessions, and plans for remote capability for legislators and the public who will not be able to come to Helena because of COVID.    

Speaker Bios

Matt Beckstrom was born and raised in Montana.  He has been with the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana since 1999 as the Systems Manager/Librarian.  He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Montana State University Billings in 2010, and graduated with his Masters of Information Science in information systems degree, with two graduate academic certificates: Advanced management of Libraries and Information Agencies, and Digital Content Management from the University of North Texas in 2012.  He currently serves on the Montana Library Association board, the ACLU Montana Board and is a councilor for the American Library Association.  His first book, titled Protecting Patron Privacy, was published in 2015 by ABC-CLIO.  He is a contributor to an upcoming book on Library privacy, and is a frequent speaker on technology, security, and library topics at conferences. 

Susan Byorth Fox, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from University of Montana.    She has worked in the Legislature since 1989, first in temporary positions with the Senate as Bills Coordinator and the House as Amendments Coordinator. In 1992, she started as a full-time Legislative Research Analyst (before term limits).  She has worked in many policy areas including public health and human services, specifically mental health, corrections, criminal justice, and provided staff services for two rounds of redistricting and now the legislature and legislative process.  In July of 2006, she became Executive Director of the Legislative Services Division that provides the legal, research, central IT, and financial support for the Legislative Branch. Her permanent positions in the Legislature have been nonpartisan positions serving both chambers and both parties.

Joann (Jo) Flick is the Continuing Education Coordinator at the Montana State Library. Prior to coming to MSL in Spring of 2011, Jo worked in marketing and product development for an instructional media publisher, as a programmer/producer for a PBS station and as a curator/program director for several different cultural organizations. Jo holds an MS Ed. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology, a BA in Art from the State University of New York and has decades of experience designing and distributing learning media and informal educational programs for all ages. Jo is a former EMT and volunteer firefighter, an always mom, painter, backpacker, Montana Master Gardener, and volunteer citizen-scientist for Glacier National Park. She lives year-round in beautiful downtown East Glacier Park with her best friend and their two cats. 

Pam Henley: Pam worked in public libraries for over 20 years, and is now a consultant with the Montana State Library. She’s participated in many virtual meetings and trainings over the years.

Dr. Kitty Oliver, author, oral historian, media producer, and performer, takes an informative, inspiring journey into the diversity of our stories and our commonalities.

Suzanne Reymer is a Statewide Consulting Librarian for Montana State Library. She works with public librarians and boards on law, policies, strategic planning, technology, etc.


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