2013 – Preconferences

See also 2013 Breakout Session Descriptions.

Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson – Video Book Talks

In this hands-on pre-conference, Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson from the Nebraska Library Commission will take participants through the process of creating short videos for their libraries. They will teach participants why they should be using video in their libraries and go through the entire process of video creation. Learn how to create a video from start to finish by scripting, recording, editing and posting the video online. Participants will leave with a video of their own creation by the end of the workshop.

Price: $35
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Times: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Keliann Laconte – NASA Explore Marvel Moon

Open the door to another world by providing hands on science experiments for your community! Undertake hands-on NASA activities that are designed to engage children ages 8 to 13 and their families in the library environment and rely on inexpensive, fun materials. Receive NASA activity plans, resources – and lots of ideas!

Price: $65-Includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Times: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Bonnie McKewon – Shifting Sands: A Changing Library Landscape

In this pre-conference, see how library spaces are being reimagined as creative gathering places. Look at how staff job descriptions are changing to meet patron expectations. Discuss what fresh skills library trustees need to bring to the 21st century board table. And see how Planning for Results leads library staff and boards to respond to community needs. Yes, the sands are shifting, but good news – it’s not quicksand – we can best navigate a changing library landscape by working together!

Price: $50
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Times: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Heather Woody – Inspiring Small Libraries

Learn ways to motivate, influence and inspire the people within your team in order to keep them engaged, fulfilled and enthused about the work they are doing on a daily basis. These key intangibles are important in reducing turnover and increasing overall job satisfaction. People and their performance excel when they are able to add fun into their daily mix of tasks, projects and goal achievement. Learn ways to implement productive, performance enhancing fun into your library.

Price: $50
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Times: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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