LIbrarians Leading Change: Library Programming for Community Engagement
SJSU ALA Student Chapter

Student Group

This special presentation is hosted by the SJSU ALA Student Chapter and features guest speaker Kelly Williams, Supervisory Librarian for the Suwanee Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. The world of library programming is exciting and full of fun, but can often be overwhelming. We will learn about best practices for library programming, types of programs, and how Gwinnett County Public Library transitioned from in-person programming to virtual over the course of the pandemic. Williams will discuss ways librarians can serve the needs of their diverse communities with vibrant online programming. Students will learn about resources, tools, and techniques that can be used for expanding library services to reach a wider audience. Williams will also share the value of becoming involved in professional library associations.

About our speaker:
Kelly Williams (pronouns: she/her) is a supervisory librarian at the Suwanee Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. She has worked in libraries for just over seven years. Kelly received her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Valdosta State University in 2020, and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2019. She is particularly passionate about library programming, technology, makerspaces, and helping herself and others reach their advancement goals. She has developed programs that develop children’s aptitudes for STEAM skills, as well as various programs that make it easier for adults and teens to be technologically savvy. Kelly has served on the Georgia Library Association (GLA) New Member Round Table as the Secretary for the past two years, and she serves as a copy editor on the Georgia Libraries Quarterly editorial board. She is the founding chair of the Programming Interest Group of GLA, and has recently been elected GLA Secretary for 2022. She lives in Gwinnett County with her husband, three children, and two dogs. In her spare time, she devours YA and romance novels, chases her children around, and crochets.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Online via Zoom