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Spring Meetings 2018

Sponsored by
Public Library and Trustee Section (PLTS);
School, Children’s and Young People’s Section (SCYP);
Paraprofessional Section;
and the Regional Library Systems

April 16 - Seward Memorial Library
April 17 - Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library
April 24 - Lexington Public Library
April 25 - Alliance Public Library


Nebraska’s Changing Demographics and 
Their Impact on Your Community and Your Library
David Drozd, Center for Public Affairs Research, University of Nebraska Omaha

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Have you noticed any changes in your community? If your local area is following the statewide trends, the population is likely aging and becoming more diverse. Rural areas are continuing to experience net out-migration, especially at college ages, but some return in their late 20s and 30s. These and other demographic factors will be discussed so that your community characteristics and current and future library clientele is well known. We’ll cover how to obtain a profile of commonly used statistics from the Census Bureau’s website, how Nebraska communities are unique, and what demographic changes are likely in the years ahead. Everyone will find something interesting in this session that will benefit your planning and community outreach.

David Drozd (Drewz) is the Research Coordinator for the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. David has served in this capacity for 15 years and is a specialist in data compiling and analysis. David has worked with the U.S. Census Bureau and its data extensively, and is widely quoted in the media when Census and other data are released. A native Nebraskan growing up near Columbus, David completed his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As an expert on the Census and population change, David aids in the discussion of Nebraska’s changing demographics. 


Librarians Serving Youth: Supporting Brain Development
Sheryl Feinstein, Dean of the College of Education, University of Nebraska Kearney

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Ever changing, growing, and eager to learn – the perfect description for youth and librarians. Libraries offer a wide range of literature and programs for children during the pre-school, elementary and adolescent ages. In the process of creating new and innovative paths to learning there is no group more eager for information and support than librarians. This interactive presentation will focus on the transforming brain of our babies, children, and teens in relation to libraries. The fascinating changes that are combusting, generating, and igniting in our youths’ brains shed light on how to best understand, support, and mentor them.

Sheryl Feinstein is Dean of the College of Education at University of Nebraska Kearney. Dr. Feinstein is widely published, with numerous books and journal articles, primarily on adolescent development and brain research. She has taught a variety of courses in higher education, including Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development. 

Her work includes authoring the book Secrets of the Teenage Brain 2nd Ed, which was a national and international best seller for Corwin Press; The Praeger Handbook of Learning and the Brain 2 vol., Praeger Publisher; Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress, Teaching the At Risk Teenage Brain, and Inside the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher; and 101 Insights and Strategies for Parenting Teenagers, Healthy Learning Publishers. 

She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2007-2008 to Tanzania where she taught at Tumaini University in Iringa and conducted research involving the adolescent. In 2006 she was a fellow at Oxford, UK and wrote the book Parenting the Teenage Brain. In 2014-2015 Dr. Feinstein participated in a Fulbright scholarship to Moldova in Eastern Europe where she taught in their MA in Education programs and did research concerning online courses. While there she also volunteered at a high school for orphans.

Prior to being in higher education, Feinstein was a curriculum coordinator for a K-12 school district in Minnesota and taught in the K-12 schools in South Dakota and Missouri. While she greatly enjoys her career, Sheryl would say her biggest accomplishment was raising her own four children.



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