Big Talk From Small Libraries: Free 1-Day Online Conference

ImageThe "Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016" one-day online conference is this month,  Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of how big or small the library, if your library serves a few hundred or a few thousand, this is the day for you. It's aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of the speakers will be from a small library or works directly with small libraries.

Friday February 26, 2016
8:45am - 5pm CST (attend one or all the sessions)
Register here
GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference

You may attend one or all of the sessions. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now, or maybe try something new. 

Here's the schedule of presentations:

Welcome to the Conference & Introductions

Transforming our Library from Lovely to Lively!

Best Small Library in America 2016: Albert Wisner Public Library

Dig Into Your History

12:00-12:50pm – Lightning Round:
12:00 – Leveraging the Power of Little
12:10 – The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site
12:20 – Easy Group Calendars
12:30 – To the Big Stage on a Small Budget: From Special Collections to Archive 2.0
12:40 – Kicking up our Heels

Learn More, Pay Less
Have you always wanted to learn about the latest technology, how to create a disaster plan, updates on children’s programming or how to host a comic con? Join me to learn about free and low cost webinar and training opportunities available to everyone. Keep you, your staff and your board up to date on all the newest information without breaking the budget. Topics range from grants to RDA to programming ideas and much more. Please feel free to bring your favorite training websites to share!

Honoring the Past, Moving Into the Future
The Park City Library recently underwent renovation on our historic high school, circa 1928, to develop a 21st Century library. The building’s history was preserved with reveals of historic brick, metal beams, and windows – while adding a coffee shop, digital media lab, high-tech community gathering spaces, increased youth services areas (including gaming), bookstore browsing displays, roving reference, and expanded study areas. Along the way, a commitment to preserving the history of the building allowed it to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places – blending the old and the new to create an innovative amenity and town treasure.

Reach Them, Teach Them: Having a Lifelong Learning Series in YOUR Library
Regardless of your library and town size, you can help with your adult patrons’ ongoing learning. There is a wide variety of ways in which we can accomplish this effort. Attend this workshop to learn about putting together a Lifelong Learning Lecture Series at your library – it doesn’t have to require a lot of staff time, effort, or money. Learn some tips and tricks to make it work at YOUR library.

Flip The Script: Changing the Direction of the Library
Learn how the rural library dramatically changed focus in the last 5 years—from book depository to community hub, and how they’ve turned outward to build relationships and try new ideas. Being at the fortunate point in time that the library was running out of money and volunteers, with no tax dollar support, created freedom to experiment without fear of failure. Successful leaders need to paint a compelling and inspiring picture of what that future will look like. This requires developing your own clear vision of where you want to go and providing meaningful guidance regarding how to move forward.

This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission, and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

Reference: Big Talk From Small Libraries website
Photo credit: building previously used by the Mill Pond Public Library in Kingston, WI