Viewing and Discussion Programs with Ken Burns’ The Civil War

58 minutes

Use the Ken Burns’ Civil War film series to engage your community in meaningful discussion of the idea of the United States as a union. 

Join Lisa Sheffield, Adult Services Librarian at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard, North Carolina, to learn more about hosting a viewing and discussion series for adult audiences. Lisa will share her experiences presenting film-based programs, offering attendees a simple program model, and discussing best practices for scheduling the series, finding and working with a scholar/speaker, setting program and audience goals, promoting the series, facilitating each session, and conducting evaluation. Participants will learn how to use the Ken Burns’ The Civil War as the basis for public programming.


Lisa Sheffield, adult services librarian, Transylvania County Library (Brevard, NC)

Lisa Sheffield is the Adult Services Librarian at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard, North Carolina. Her responsibilities include collection development in reference, adult fiction and non-fiction, network administration, teaching training classes for both library staff and library patrons, and adult program planning. She is a member of the American Library Association and the North Carolina Library Association. She also serves as one of the two public librarians on the Training Advisory Committee of NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide electronic resource library. She is a certified Master Trainer and has done training classes for the State Library of North Carolina and Lyrasis. She received her Master’s in Information Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.