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Maryland Statewide Circulation Conference


The Maryland Statewide Circulation Conference is the annual circulation conference for library staff throughout Maryland. The conference brings together library staff for presentations on the latest trends in circulation and other relevant topics to circulation, support, and reference staff.

2022 Sessions

Tuesday, January 25th

Keynote Address - Beyond Late Fees: Eliminating Access Barriers for All Community Members
Carrie Valdes, Library Director, Grand County Public Library, Utah

When a library charges fees, denies service or requires patrons to jump through hoops to gain access, who benefits? Certainly not the patrons that need library services the most. This presentation will discuss how one rural public library learned to take a hard look at what it really means to provide library service focused on empowering all community members. Institutional barriers can be difficult to take down and - for some - difficult to recognize.

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Free and Fresh Fridge: Creating a Food Access Hub
Devon Andrews, Kathleen Montgomery, and Darcy Coover, Charleston County Public Library, South Carolina

In 2021, South Carolina's Charleston County Public Library launched the Free and Fresh Fridge Program at their new rural St. Paul's Hollywood Library, offering free produce to anyone in the community to increase access to healthy foods and improve health outcomes in this underserved area of the county. The fridge is supplemented by produce grown in the branch's community garden, and the branch is able to offer hands-on cooking workshops to patrons using a donated Charlie Cart.

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Welcoming Deaf Patrons to Your Library
Kathy MacMillan

In this interactive overview, you?ll learn communication tips for interacting with deaf patrons, information about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, and even some basic ASL vocabulary to introduce yourself and help patrons navigate the library.

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Wednesday, January 26th

The Library Land Project
Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand, The Library Land Project

Greg Peverill-Conti and Adam Zand are the co-founders of the Library Land Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to explore, document, and promote the essential role of public libraries in our communities. The Library Land Project looks at public libraries from the patron's perspective. Since 2018, the duo has visited more than 400 public libraries across America. They will share their experiences and observations from the point of view of a user walking through the door for the first time. They will also share a few of our favorite libraries and discuss what makes them outstanding.

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Productivity Micro-Sessions: Bullet Journals & Project Management 101
Genive Purchase and Mike Fried, Enoch Pratt Free Library & Maryland State Library Resource Center

Looking for new ways to improve your productivity in the new year? Join Genive Purchase, Deputy Chief of the State Library Resource Center, and Mike Fried, Chief Information Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the State Library Resource Center for two micro-sessions that will introduce you to some tips and tricks to help you get on the path of completing your goals for the new year!

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Panel Discussion: Navigating Circulation Services Through a Pandemic
Panelists: Suzanne Bonser, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County Library; Levi Branson, Frederick County Public Libraries; Tamara Jones, Enoch Pratt Free Library; Brandon Mollock, Montgomery College; Melisa Bosse-Karczmar, Harford County Public Library; and Mariel Sass, Enoch Pratt Free Library's Social Worker

We have all had our share of experiences navigating work and life through a pandemic. Panel members will share their perspectives working in circulation services during this time. Attendees will also be able to share their own personal experiences and ask questions to the panel. Enoch Pratt Free Library's social worker will be on hand offering support and guidance on managing stressful or difficult situations. Moderated by the Statewide Circulation Conference Chair, Keisha Pearson.

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