Author Archives: Jennifer Koerber

NELA Diversity Summit Links

All the links from my presentation at the NELA Diversity Summit. If you have questions about any of them, comment below!

Celebration & Integration: Services to Immigrants & New Americans, Library Journal, June 2016
Includes an additional list of resources. Resources everywhere!

Libraries Mentioned in Presentation, in order

Astoria (OR) Public Library, website translation
Multnomah County (OR) Public Library, website translation
Carol Stream (IL) Public Library, website translation
Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library, Newcomers Book Discussion group
Intercambio conversation groups, Waukesha (WI) Public Library
San Jose (CA) Public Library, Family Learning Centers
Wee Play San Jose, play literacy for birth – 5 years
Los Angeles (CA) Public Library, citizenship
Buffalo & Erie County (NY) Public Library, naturalization ceremony
Queens (NY) Public Library, New Americans Program
Hartford (CT) Public Library, citizenship legal aid
San Jose Public Library, Life Skills Academy
Louisville (KY) Free Public Library, services to immigrants
Cedar Falls (IA) Public Library, Cultural Literacy Series
Hartford Public Library press release about Career Pathways program
ALLAccess in the Libraries, Rhode Island libraries collaborative program
Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), another libraries collaborative effort
Boise Public Library, Hillcrest Branch has the most targeted programming for immigrants/refugees
Skokie (IL) Public Library, Civic Labs
Houston (TX) Public Library, MobileExpress
Grandview Heights (OH) Public Library, GHPL PopUp Library
“It’s Electric: a Pop Up Library on Wheels,” Library Journal article, 2016

Other Organizations/Initiatives

New Americans Campaign
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Immigrant Justice Corps
Global Talent Idaho
Learning Lab Boise
Welcoming America, Welcoming Week September 2017
Networks for Integrating New Americans project, World Education
Programming Librarian, from the ALA Public Programs Office
Article: Immigrants Overcome Obstacles with Library Support

Blog is Currently on Hiatus

Hi, all! Over the past year, the training/writing/consulting business has ramped up nicely, and I just haven’t been posting blog content. So, I’ve archived the posts for now, and might revive this in the near future.

For examples of my work/writing, check out:

Should I get back to writing regularly, I’ll move this blog to the front page and you’ll be the first to know! 🙂

Open for Business!

Simple Joy, Jennifer Koerber, 2016

Simple Joy, Jennifer Koerber, 2016 – See note below

Today, with the newness of spring outside, I’m officially hanging out my shingle. As of May 2016, I am available for training, speaking, consulting, and writing/editing services in the central New England area or online. Please contact me via email at for more information or an estimate.

Here’s what I do:

My thanks to everyone who has helped make this day possible – former colleagues at the Boston Public Library, friends and supporters from grad school on, my family, and my husband Matthew, who has always been there for me.

I’m looking forward to working with you soon!

Note on the photo: I’m also participating in Somerville Open Studios with my husband Matt this weekend, April 30 – May 1. If you’re local this weekend, feel free to stop by and say hi! Information at the SOS website/my profile.

Coding at the Library – a Library Journal webinar

Here are the slides and handout from my webinar for Library Journal: Coding as a Practical Library Program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Coding Programs at Libraries – Handout

Thank you to Carmen and Saadia for the opportunity to speak with you and show the many possibilities for coding programs at the library, and for Brook & for all the work they do to support students and educators in coding.

Good luck, and have fun!

Breakfast talk during PLA in Denver

On the Friday morning of PLA, I presented to a great room full of library administrators and directors on a model for evaluating emerging technologies in a public library setting.

The blurb: Public libraries are being asked to do something they’ve never really had to do: continuously evaluate an ever-increasing stream of New Tech for use or relevance to the library setting. How can a model help them navigate these new waters?

Edited to add: I’ve taken down the slidedeck for now because I’m revamping this talk for another use. It’ll be back, no worries.

Belated Workshop Slides

Apologies – in the past three months I’ve bought a townhouse, moved, and did all the repairs and upgrades necessary in a new place. These are a little delayed.

Back in August, I did back to back workshops on Evolving Yourself for staff at Merrimack College’s McQuade Library and the Cambridge (MA) Public Library. Here are the slides for Cambridge, which was a little longer and had some extra stuff in.