See You at Next Library 2019!

Greetings! If you are attending Next Library 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark next week, please consider this interactive session. I am thrilled to be joining colleagues from the US and Australia to present “The Power of Stories.”

Storytelling – an ancient, community-building, revered, and always-relevant “technology” – is a powerful connector. Stories can bring people together. Stories resonate with everyone and we can use them to better understand our communities and ourselves. This interactive session introduces three unique ways to extend and enhance the power of stories in your institution. We will explore how to gather and utilize our community’s stories via narrative inquiry, how to provide inclusive and welcoming programs built around storytelling for everyone, and how to capture and share stories via audio recording in any space afforded – no recording studio needed! This session will cover the many facets of storytelling: using our voices to tell our personal stories, work stories, and library stories, and how to use stories to promote and make our libraries accessible. At the end of the session participants will have learned how to use the results of narrative inquiry to engage with their community to better understand needs and forge solutions, how to adapt story-based programming and services to accommodate children with neuro-diverse disabilities, and how to gather stories with simple, on-the-go, recording methods to create powerful artifacts. Story-based experiences of all kinds can increase listeners’ understanding of a variety of groups, demonstrate the value of everyone’s experience, and remind listeners of their shared humanity. We will demonstrate how Libraries have the power to change lives.


Kylie Carlson

Kylie Carlson is the Coordinator of Community Learning and Partnerships at Yarra Libraries, overseeing/managing the Community Programs and Outreach; including the Ewing Trust Fund for Yarra Libraries. Kylie also oversees Yarra Libraries Marketing and Online development, Social Media and Library Advocacy Campaigns. Kylie was recently awarded City of Whittlesea Citizen of the Year- Access and Inclusion 2018, for her extensive work of inclusive programming and initiatives in the library sector. Kylie was also recently named one of 13 ALIA Heroes (Australian Library and Information Association) for 2018. Kylie’s programs, in particular for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) has inspired the development of an online training resource for librarians to learn and run Sensitive Storytimes in their library services. Kylie has also introduced inclusive practices into regular Storytime sessions and has been sharing the training resource by partnering with PLV (Public Libraries Victoria).

Felicity Macchion

Felicity Macchion is Library Manager Yarra Libraries, managing an innovative, focused library service within an inner metropolitan municipality in Melbourne, which is home to a diverse community. She provides leadership and strategic direction to staff of 80 plus personnel across five branches, overseeing and managing the entire library service. Felicity has worked in various management and leadership roles in libraries for over 20 years, actively participating in various working parties and leadership training. She is a participant of the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) program, Cohort 2, an Executive board member of Public Libraries Victoria, and is also on the State Library of Victoria’s Lead and Learn working party for all Victorian Libraries.

Jason Evans Groth

Jason Evans Groth is a Digital Media Librarian at NCSU Libraries. As part of the Learning Spaces and Services department he helps to support the eleven audio and video production suites and several other high-tech creative multimedia spaces. He earned his MIS/MLS from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in May of 2013. At IU he was the graduate assistant for the Media Preservation Initiative from 2012- 2013, an Assistant Archivist at the Indiana University Libraries Film Archive from 2010-2013, the graduate assistant for the Digital Library Program at IU from 2011-2012, and a teaching assistant for the classes “The History of Rock and Roll: 70s and 80s,” “History of the Beach Boys,” “History of Frank Zappa,” “History of the Blues,” and “History of Jimi Hendrix.” From 2001-2010 he toured the world as a guitar player and with many bands and artists, including Magnolia Electric Co, Jens Lekman, and The Impossible Shapes.

Dr. Michael Stephens

Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. Dr. Stephens has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. Since 2010, Dr. Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. He is inspired by library spaces that support user curiosity, encourage participation, nurture the creation of new knowledge, and encourage the heart. He is the author of The Heart of Librarianship and forthcoming Wholehearted Librarianship. In 2018, Dr. Stephens spent a month in Australia visiting libraries, keynoting a multi-national conference, and serving as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern Queensland.To review Dr. Stephen’s archive of work, visit his Tame the Web website and blog