Library faculty and Assistant Professors, Deana Brown and Kelsey Keyes shared insights from research and projects at the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s 2017 Conference in Post Falls, ID.
Deana Brown co-presented with Nick Madsen, a library colleague from Hayden, ID. They are both members of the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT), a volunteer group supported by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Celebrating 10 years of innovating and mentoring across Idaho, their presentation, “Learning from the things that stuck: 10 years of SPLAT”, focused on past initiatives and finished with a design thinking activity to demonstrate the new direction of the group.
Kelsey Keyes presented on her recent research concerning how academic libraries can support parenting students. Her presentation “Supporting Parenting Students at the Academic Library” focused on who parenting students are, why academic libraries need to support them, and how to do so.
Her presentation concluded with a discussion of her grant-funded project that provides STEM-themed backpacks that parenting students can check out for their children when they come to Albertsons Library.