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Deana Brown and Kelsey Keyes

By: Brady W Moore   Published 8:05 am / August 23, 2017

Photo of Deana Brown and Nick Madsen

Deana Brown and Kelsey Keyes

Albertsons Library

Deana Brown and Kelsey Keyes shared insights from research and projects at the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s 2017 conference in Post Falls.

Brown co-presented with Nick Madsen, a colleague from Hayden. They are both members of the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT), a volunteer group supported by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Celebrating 10 years of innovating and mentoring across Idaho, their presentation, “Learning from the things that stuck: 10 years of SPLAT,” focused on past initiatives and finished with a design thinking activity to demonstrate the new direction of the group.

STEM backpack with books and activity

STEM backpack with books and activities.

Keyes presented on her recent research concerning how academic libraries can support parenting students. Her presentation, “Supporting Parenting Students at the Academic Library,” focused on who parenting students are, why academic libraries need to support them, and how to do so.

Her presentation concluded with a discussion of her grant-funded project that provides STEM-themed backpacks that parenting students can check out for their children when they come to Albertsons Library