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Wednesday, April 19

Presenter: Bea Saba

Library Director

Bryan + College Station Public Library System

Three ways to strengthen your community connection and grow your digital collection


Join Bryan + College Station Public Library System Director Bea Saba to learn about the benefits of Sora partnerships with local schools, their Reciprocal Lending Arrangement with Harris County Public Library System and the positive results of curating collections based on their community.
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Presenter: Debbie McDonald

Account Executive


Unlocking Greater Access to Films that Matter for All Audiences


Learn more about how Kanopy is supporting public libraries with ever expanding access with new subscription models to meet every budget. Kanopy provides libraries and patrons access to high-quality films that stimulate imaginations, promote learning and spark meaningful conversations. Learn more at kanopy.com.
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Thursday, April 20

Presenter: Andrew Garrison

Independent Filmmaker & Professor of Film and Digital Production

University of Texas at Austin

Telling Stories through Film


Meet Andrew Garrison, an award-winning, independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Garrison will share his experiences bringing stories to life, show clips, and discuss the filmmaking process.

Garrison’s documentary, TRASH DANCE, filmed in Austin, is the unprecedented double-winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at AFI DOCS (Silverdocs) and the Full Frame Film Festival and of SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition at its premiere. From the Austin-American Statesman: “Garrison’s thoughtful, eloquent documentary illuminates the reality that all work matters and has dignity, no matter the invisibility of the labor.” Garrison’s award-winning documentary, THIRD WARD TX, filmed in Houston, premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS.

Garrison’s work has earned him Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA and AFI Fellowships, and his films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. He is a Professor of Film and Digital Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin. THIRD WARD TX is available on Kanopy from New Day Films.

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Presenter: Beth Muirhead


Birdville ISD

Our Sora Journey Through the Year


Librarian Beth Muirheid walks you through Birdville ISD's experience with Sora over the past year. Topics covered include Sora integration, student orientation, promoting your digital collection and how to utilize Sora for both assigned and summer reading. This is a can't miss presentation if you're interested in how to get the most from Sora from the start of the school year to the end – and beyond.

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Presenter: Amanda Hunt

Secondary District Librarian/LMS

New Braunfels ISD

Providing a deeper reading experience with Sora


Amanda Hunt, District Librarian/LMS New Braunfels ISD, discusses the convenience of working with Sora to provide for students. Topics include ease of ordering and search, Sora's title curation, availability of the newest titles to keep collections up to date and more. This presentation also examines the importance of being able to offer alternatives for students who need accommodations or prefer digital over print.
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Presenter: Jennifer Shaw


Irving Public Library

Next-level ways to promote your digital collection


Irving Public Library Librarian Jennifer Shaw looks at the importance of reaching out to patrons to keep them informed of the latest collection news. Learn some tips to spread the word about your digital collection, including social media, OverDrive-provided graphics, curated and featured collections and more. This presentation also covers how Irving Public Library started using the new Shelf Talker feature to promote their book clubs. And learn about the CPC lending model that Jennifer uses to maximize her budget and get titles into the hands of more patrons. If you're looking to promote your collection to more of your community, be sure to check out this presentation.

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Presenter: Trela Weesner

Library Media Services Administrator

Lewisville ISD

Exploring OverDrive Advantage


Take a deeper look at OverDrive Advantage with Lewisville ISD Library Media Services Administrator Trela Weesner. This presentation will discuss how Trela manages and budgets for her Advantage collection to meet her individual school's unique content needs beyond what's already included in her district-wide collection.
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Friday, April 21

Presenter: Pamela Arevalo-Thompson

Lead Librarian

Judson ISD

Making a connection with Public Library Connect


Judson ISD Lead Librarian Pamela Arevalo-Thompson discusses the district's Public Library Connect (PLC) partnership with the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL). Topics include the ease of adding libraries in general, specifically adding SAPL without the need for a card due to the PLC partnership, restrictions set up to avoid inappropriate content and SAPL's assistance in providing needed content. If you're looking for ways to enhance your digital collection, be sure to check this program out.

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Presenter: Heather Hornor

Library & Information Technology Coordinator

Richardson ISD

Presenter: Ashleigh Osborne

Library & Information Technology Educator

Richardson ISD

How to boost your digital collection


Join Library & Information Technology Coordinator Heather Hornor and Library & Information Technology Educator Ashleigh Osborne to learn how library leadership and campus librarians maximize the ordering and curation process in Sora to keep their collection refreshed!

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