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ABHE Evaluator Training 
Monday, June 12, 2017 Full Day: 8:30 AM-4 PM
$60 (lunch included)

Every librarian from an ABHE College or University is invited and encouraged to participate in this valuable training opportunity, whether a novice or an experienced evaluator.  The Association for Biblical Higher Education will provide specialized accreditation evaluator training for librarians from ABHE colleges and universities during this full day pre-conference workshop. The training will include:

  • an overview of the ABHE accreditation process
  • a working knowledge of the ABHE Standards for Accreditation
  • an understanding of the entire evaluation process with a concentration on Standard Nine: Faculty Resources and Standard Ten: Library and Other Learning Resources
  • the responsibilities of the evaluation team
  • how to prepare for the evaluation visit
  • expectations and activities of the visit
  • how to write the evaluation team report

All that is learned from the training can be applied to ABHE evaluation team visits, to your library, and to your institution.

On-campus accommodations are available starting Sunday night. Monday breakfast can be added for an additional cost.

The below pre-conference sessions are a part of ACL-Pro. Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be issued at the completion of the session(s).

JoAnn Rhodes

Pre-Conference #2–Emergency & Disaster Planning
Monday, June 12, 2017 Half Day: 9 AM-12 PM
$60 (lunch included)

JoAnn Rhodes and Daniel Thomas

JoAnn Rhodes is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. She was the Technical Services Cataloging Librarian at South Carolina State Library and Library Director at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. JoAnn has experience in archives and serials and has served on boards of South Carolina academic library consortium (PASCAL), local shared catalog system, and Association of Christian Librarians (ACL). Mrs. Rhodes has been a library consultant for numerous libraries in the USA and overseas. She retired in 2012.

During the first half of this pre-conference, JoAnn Rhodes, will address the topic: What Your Library Disaster Plan Never Told You.

In May, 2010, the library at Columbia International University had a devastating fire which destroyed the library, resulting in a total remodeling and rebuilding of the library building and contents. In spite of having a basic disaster plan in place, it became immediately obvious that there were issues that had never been considered as that plan had been developed, even after following a template. Library disaster plan templates are readily available for librarians to use in developing the outline of plans for their libraries. In her presentation, Jo Ann will address issues that are not so obvious from those written plans, issues that need to be considered in order to make a disaster plan effective. The presentation will cover issues in the planning process as well as issues rising  from the attempts to recover from a disaster, issues that need to be considered when drawing up a disaster plan.


JoAnn Rhodes

Daniel Thomas, MI State Trooper, will go over ALICE training and how to prepare your library and staff for an active shooter attack, during the second half of this session. ALICE Training is the first program in the country to use option-based, proactive, survival strategies to prepare for active shooter events.


Emily Puckett

Pre-Conference #3–Library as Place: Imagining and Creating New Spaces in Your Library
Monday, June 12, 2017 Half Day: 1 PM-4 PM
$60 (lunch included)

Emily Puckett Rogers

Emily Puckett Rodgers is the Space Design and Assessment Librarian at the University of Michigan Library and heads the Library Environments department. In this role she collaborates with library administration, librarians, and staff across all library units to develop, inform or coordinate major initiatives associated with designing adaptive learning and research library spaces to enable collaboration, facilitate innovative forms of research and learning, and effectively integrate technology in a residential campus setting. Her efforts focus on informing holistic space and programmatic designs that make significant improvements to and demonstrate the value of the library to the campus and the broader academic community. Emily received her MSI from the University of Michigan's School of Information in 2010 and her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2005. She also coordinates Library Journal's New Landmark Libraries series, a competitive review of the best designs in large-scale renovations or new buildings across public and academic libraries in North America. You can find Emily on Twitter @epuckett.
Pre-Conference Description
Whether you are involved in a large-scale renovation or new construction or you are looking to re-imagine existing library spaces, you'll be involved in a variety of activities from research and community conversations to fundraising and strategic space planning. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the key phases of space design from a user-centered perspective, participate in a hands-on exercise to get experience with appropriate tools and techniques, and learn more about budget and planning considerations, regardless of budget size or constraints.