Boldly Go Where No Library Has Gone Before: Taking Outreach to New Frontiers

What do vortex cannons, pirates, pastelitos and the Bookmobile have in common? Library outreach! This panel discussion will review the basics of effective outreach: what it is, how to plan, make an impression (and be remembered!) and effectively follow-up. Presentation followed by lively Q&A to share your successes and epic fails.



Brent Capley
Miami-Dade Public Library System
Brent Capley is the Branch Manager of the West Flagler Branch Library of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. His favorite part of being a manager is outreach and connecting with the community. He has a J.D. and served as the law librarian for the Office of the Miami-Dade County State Attorney for eight years prior to joining MDPLS in 2020.

Jordan Workman
Miami-Dade Public Library System
Jordan Workman has worked in libraries—both public and academic—over the last 18 years. She is currently the Librarian in charge of the Miami-Dade Public Library System's four Bookmobiles that make over 130 scheduled stops each month and participate in special events.

Louise Gestwicki
Miami-Dade Public Library System
Louise Gestwicki is a Library Services Specialist with the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Community Engagement and Programming unit. She oversees systemwide community outreach efforts and coordinates participation in fairs, conventions and community partner events. She was a Children’s Librarian prior to joining the Community Engagement unit and has worked with MDPLS for 23 years.