2014 / YOUmedia and Learning Labs: Connected Learning in Action

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2014 / YOUmedia and Learning Labs: Connected Learning in Action

Gia Arbogast, Branch Administrator, Miami-Dade Public Library

Taylor Bayless, Librarian II, Chicago Public Library, YOUmedia

Jennifer Collins, Teen Services Coordinator, San Francisco Public Library

Kendra Davey, Assistant Branch Manager, Pima County Library

Amy Eshleman, Program Leader for Education, Urban Libraries Council

Danielle Patrick Milam, Director of Development, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Corey Wittig, Digital Learning Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Connected Learning revitalizes the educational process by forging links between students' academic studies, their personal passions, and opportunities to engage with peers who support and share their interests. Join a discussion with members of the YOUmedia and Learning Labs community of practice who are using Connected Learning to create new pathways to college, career and civic pursuits. Engage in an exercise to begin to reimagine and redesign your programs using the Connected Learning framework.

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Gia Arbogast
Assistant Director
Outreach, Communications and Programming
Miami-Dade Public Library System (FL)

Gia Arbogast became the Assistant Director for the newly created Outreach, Communications and Programming division of the Miami-Dade Public Library System in 2012. As Assistant Director she is responsible for the development and execution of the Library’s Signature event, the International Art of Storytelling, along with system-wide programming such as Summer Reading, Teen Read Week, and Bookmark Contest as well as outreach services like mobile libraries, Talking Books, Connection: Library Service for the Homebound, Jump Start and Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade). Ms. Arbogast also implemented YOUmedia Miami and was instrumental in creating the Library’s early literacy initiative, Reading Ready.

Jennifer Collings
Teen Service Coordinator – Offices of Children and Youth Services
San Francisco Public Library (CA)

Jennifer Collins has served as the Teen Services Coordinator for San Francisco Public Library since 2000 and has worked as a youth services librarian in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She oversees youth development efforts and school outreach services as well as directing out-of-school time programs and events for ages 13-18. She has also played a central role in developing and designing a new youth digital learning lab for the San Francisco Public Library. She has advised architectural teams on developing youth spaces within library branches and represents the library on many Bay Area community working groups. 

Twitter: @jenlibsf

Kendra Davey
Assistant Branch Manager
Pima County Public Library (AZ)

Kendra Davey has worked as a Youth Services Librarian for 7 years with Pima County Public Library. During that time, her focus has been to provide teens and young adults with meaningful job and career skills through volunteering at the library. Kendra also has a deep interest in leadership and institutional planning. She has combined all three interests with her work during the planning process for Pima County Public Library’s (PCPL) Youth Media Lab. Kendra served as a supervisor and mentor for PCPL’s Youth Design Team, a group of 22 teens tasked with planning a youth media center for Pima County.

Twitter: @kdavey

Amy Eshleman
Program Leader for Education
Urban Libraries Council (US)

As Program Leader for Education, Amy Eshleman is leading ULC’s support of Learning Labs for Libraries and Museums, a national program to design and build innovative learning experiences and spaces for teens in 24 libraries and museums across the U.S. Prior to joining ULC, Amy was the Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Partnerships at the Chicago Public Library. In that role Amy led the creation and implementation of long-range planning, design and resource-building collaborations and programs including: YOUmedia; One Book, One Chicago; Kraft Great Kids and Computer Smarts @ CPL. 

Twitter: @eshlefoot   @Learning_Labs_

Danielle Patrick Milam
Director of Development
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (NV)

Danielle Patrick Milam is an urban planner that landed in the public library world in 1998. She currently serves as Development Director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Foundation where she shapes and finds funding for service innovation and partnership initiatives. Before that, she served as Sr. VP of Program and Development at the Urban Libraries Council in Chicago, IL, where she designed industry conferences, research, publications and futures projects. Prior to that, she ran her own planning firm in San Antonio, TX, while raising her 4 children, working on environmental, literacy and economic development projects.  

Corey Wittig
Digital Learning Librarian - Teen Services
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA)

Corey Wittig is the Digital Learning Librarian for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He manages The Labs @ CLP, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's teen-only Learning Lab and was recognized as a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2012.

Twitter: @loveplussqualor

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