Express Session Trio #3

Thursday, October 19, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Room: 104/105

Program Details

Title: It's in the Cards!: Planning & Implementing an Artist Trading Cards Swap Program

Presenter: Holly May, Librarian, MCAS Yuma MCCS Station Library

Program Description

Do you want to create a community art program for all ages with limited resources and limited time? An Artist Trading Cards Swap Program maybe just the thing you're looking for! Learn about these small, portable works of art that are intended for trading. Tips, tricks, and a breakdown of logistics will be covered during this session.

  • Participants will be able to identify the difference between ATCs and ACEOs.
  • Participants will be able to identify 4-6 of their current, seasonal programs that could incorporate ATCs craft sessions.
  • By the end of the session, participants will understand the resources necessary to create an ATC Swap program at their library.

Presenter Bio

Holly May started her library career in the Beaufort County, SC public library system while attending the University of South Carolina for her master's degree. Since 2003, she has served in the Department of Defense (DoD) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) libraries including bases in Okinawa, Japan; Valdosta, GA; Ramstein, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and Yuma, AZ. She also served at Headquarters level for the Navy Library Program in Washington, DC. Holly is the Supervisory Librarian at the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Station Library at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, AZ. Her library is part of the 20-library Marine Corps system and the 200-library DoD MWR Libraries system.

2023 AzLA Artist Trading Cards.pdf

Program Details

Title: Peers Helping Peers: Career Development for Student Aides inside Libraries and Beyond


Karina Wilhelm, ASU Center for Archaeology and Society Repository, Archivist

Jacob Robertson, ASU Libraries, Public Services Coordinator

Program Description

ASU Libraries employs over 150 students as opposed to 170 full time staff and academic professionals. Most of these students will never pursue careers within the library or even academia, yet the skills they develop through dynamic, personable supervision suit a variety of career paths. This session will discuss strategies for recruiting, retaining, and developing transferable skills for Student Library Aides.

Learning outcomes:

  • Techniques to help student staff develop transferable skills
  • How to mentor aides from student employee to career professional
  • Examples of successful experiences working with student employees

Presenter Bios

Karina Wilhelm has been a library and archives professional for over 16 years. She supervised student employees at ASU Library for 10+ years in the Map and Geospatial Hub and in the Design and the Arts Library. She recently became the Archivist for the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Center for Archaeology and Society. As a lifelong learner, Karina has degrees in art history, library science, geography, and soon anthropology. She finds joy in helping college students develop professional skills to take into their careers.

Jacob Robertson has worked for ASU Libraries since 2019, currently managing the Design and the Arts Library. An alum of ASU, he received his BA in Liberal Studies and Art History, as well as his MA in Art History. Jacob's specialization is nineteenth century British Art, and has collaborated with ASU Library Distinctive Collections for an exhibition on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press.

Program Details

Title: Your Place in MPLA


Amadee Ricketts, Cochise County Library District, Director

Amber Kent, City of Case Grande, City Librarian

Program Description

The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) supports libraries and library staff in twelve states, including Arizona.  Come to this lively, interactive session to discover your place in MPLA.

Participants will be able to identify:
• What MPLA is and what makes it unique
• What benefits MPLA offers for members across the region, and
• Upcoming MPLA conferences and events

Presenter Bios

Amadee Ricketts has worked in public libraries all over the west since receiving an MLIS at Dominican University / College of St. Catherine in 2002.  Since 2016, she has been the director of the Cochise County Library District, based in Bisbee, AZ.

Originally from Idaho, Amber Kent is the Library Manager at the City of Casa Grande Public Library. She graduated from BYU-Idaho and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Arizona Library Association, having held various positions over the years, and is currently the MPLA Representative. Recently, she achieved her Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) designation from the American Library Association.. Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband, five children, and managing their small business.

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