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Tuesday Topics, February 2023

Tuesday Topics showcase Rochester Public Library’s promise ‘More Than You Think.’

(held February 7)

Jeff Bostic, Central Library’s Digital Media Associate for the imagineYOU Digital Media Learning Lab gave an overview of the Lab’s major components: Music Production, Video Production, Digital Art, Photography, and eSports.

watch Jeff’s presentation

View/download Jeff’s PowerPoint presentation

(held February 14, 12pm-1pm, via Zoom)

Jay Osborne shared his experience working in the Rochester Public Library’s Technology Center, and the essential role his division has in empowering some of the city’s neediest residents.

Video link forthcoming

(held February 21, 12pm-1pm (in person) Central Library’s Kate Gleason Auditorium

Antoine Ajani McDonald, Librarian in Central’s Local History & Genealogy Division, provided an overview of how the Library helps to foster Equity and Justice in our society with diverse cultural community representation in programs and services, including Central’s Archive of Black History and Culture Project.

Video link forthcoming

Watch archived Tuesday Topics videos on the RPL YouTube channel at ‘Rochester Public Library NY’

Winter 2022 (click to view)

Our Winter 2022 Tuesday Topics series was online only. We presented three Tuesday Topics, on the Rochester Public Library’s critical role in fostering Children’s Literacy, Jobs and the Economy, and Equity and Justice.

Children’s Literacy: Learn how the Library is helping to prepare children for kindergarten with the data driven Raising a Reader family literacy program and how RPL is educating partnering organizations on the Talking is Teaching initiative.

Presenter: Tonia Burton, Children’s Services Consultant, Monroe County Library System; recipient of the 2021 Jacque Cady Award for Advocacy for Children from Roc the Future.

Jobs and the Economy: Learn how Central Library’s Business Insight Center (BIC) helps entrepreneurs and businesses, providing free market research and intellectual property information via databases and resources that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive.

Presenter: Jennifer Byrnes, MLS, MPH, Manager, Business Insight Center and the Carlson Center for Intellectual Property at Central Library.

Repairing the Historical Record through Community Collaboration: Learn how the Library helps to foster Equity and Justice in our society with diverse cultural community representation in programs and services, including Central’s new Archive of Black History and Culture.

Presenters: Christine L. Ridarsky, City Historian & Historical Services Consultant, Rochester Public Library, and Mekko Griffin Mongeon, the Exhibit Project Manager for Clarissa Uprooted, a project of Teen Empowerment.

*watch the 25-minute video, Clarissa Uprooted: Youth and Elders Uncover the Story of Black Rochester, referenced by Mekko Griffin Mongeon in the “Repairing the Historical Record” talk.

Winter 2021 (click to view)

Our Winter 2021 Tuesday Topics series was online only. We focused on racial equity and the role of Libraries throughout the pandemic. Our roster included new content as well as relevant past programs. Please note: only the 3 talks on racial equity/inclusion are on this playlist; relevant past programs aren’t cross-referenced here.

Winter 2020 (click to view)

Winter 2019 (click to view)

Winter 2018 (click to view)

Winter 2017 (click to view)

Winter 2016 (click to view)

Winter 2015 (click to view)