Ithaca College is proud to host a series of workshops designed to help librarians and educators better serve patrons of different identities and needs.  Our hour-long workshops provide a local alternative to expensive Continuing Education training, and seek to foster community among regional teachers and library staff. 

Workshops are taught by professional librarians who work in a variety of settings, and by Ithaca College professors, students and staff.  A certificate of completion will be made available at the end of the program. 

These events are free of charge, and breakfast and lunch are provided. 

Registration closes on Friday, April 5

Register here

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Katharine Kittredge at kkittredge@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Schedule of Events - Friday, April 26

Time Event Presenter(s)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast  
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Graphic Novels that Enhance Diversity 

Graphic Novel Advisory Board (GNAB)
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Educational Computer Games for All Ages Lauren Suna
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Creating Programs and Spaces for Teens Anna Lawrence, Regina DeMauro, Kate Bennett
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch  
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Transgender/LGBT Support: Books and Practices Luca Maurer, John Jacobson, Regina DeMauro, August Miguez
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Setting Up and Using a Maker Space Cady Fontana, Sharona Ginsberg

Presentation Descriptions

Graphic Novels that Enhance Diversity

Discussion of the role graphic novels play in encouraging reading and promoting diversity, with a special emphasis on some great new titles dealing with racial diversity, lgbt representation, mental health and addiction issues, and the experiences of the differently abled.

Games For Fun and Learning

From introducing kids to Computer Science Principles to exploring Refugee Camps, to experiencing life in developing countries, Games For Fun and Learning will go over how to increase student engagement and comprehension through the implementation of games for learning. 

Creating Programs and Spaces for Teens

Librarians working in a large city, small city and a rural library share their strategies and experiences in their work with teens.

Transgender/LGBT Support: Books and Practices

LGBT inclusive practices, with an emphasis on representation and ways literature with transgender characters, content and authors reflect back to folks who are marginalized as well as providing a window into these experiences for folks with dominant identities.

Setting Up and Using a Maker Space

Presenters will share academic and public library experiences of creating, staffing, and stocking a Makerspace. From top tools to daily logistics, gather tips and ideas to build your own community focused space.