Get excited!  The fifth annual iYouth Conference is just two days away!

The third round of sessions this Saturday will follow lunch, running from 1:45-2:45.  You can choose between:

Chance Hunt’s interactive session, Libraries+Partners=Community.   A 20-year librarian, Chance has worked for The Seattle Public Library and the King County Library Systems, and has taught at the iSchool. In 2004 Library Journal named Chance a “Mover and Shaker,” recognizing his partnership work with “What If Every Child Read the Same Book?”  Chance believes that public libraries thrive when they fully understand community needs and apply the knowledge through service design and engagement with the people they serve. His session will explore this concept through discussion and interactive exercises. Walk away with practical tools to apply in your library service environments.

Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler’s workshop on Universal Design (UD). Dr. Burgstahler is an Affiliate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her teaching and research focus on the successful transition of students with disabilities to college and careers and on the application of universal design to technology, learning activities, physical spaces, and student services. She founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center. Her workshop will focus on the history, principles, and applications of UD and how this approach supports the success of everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Examples with respect to instruction, technology, services, and physical spaces will be presented. 

The Diverse Voices panel, with Claire Scott, Tim Shockley, and Amy LaVare. Prior to joining Seattle Public Library last year, Claire worked as a librarian at a small, urban branch of the Oakland Public Library and as a children’s librarian in a diverse public elementary school, where she connected with educators, parents, and GLBTQ organizations helping to create welcoming environments in schools and libraries. Tim has worked in the disability community and public libraries for all of his adult life. He is currently an accessibility specialist in the Library Equal Access Program at The Seattle Public Library and the volunteer librarian supporting the creation of the Mildred Johnson Outreach Library, under the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss, located at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington. Amy is a librarian at Seattle Public Library. She has worked with diverse immigrant populations at the South Park, High Point, Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach branches.

We would also like to let those of you who are teachers know that we will be offering Clock Hours for the conference, just like last year. A total of 6 clock hours will be offered for no additional fee. If you have any questions about clock hours, please contact Erin Quarterman at

For more information and future updates, check out our webpage.  For tickets, you can visit our event page on Brown Paper Tickets

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Fifth Annual iYouth Conference
Common Ground: Engaging Diversity and Building Community in Youth Services
University of Washington–Mary Gates Hall
February 9, 2013

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