2014 Conference – Breakout Sessions

  1. 12 Ways to Market More Effectively

    Jamie Matczak, Nicolet Federated Library System

    You don’t need a ton of money or staff to effectively market your library, you just have to think differently and creatively. From promotional videos to jaw-dropping emails, Jamie will share techniques for gaining attention, increasing attendance and what marketing tools are available for even the smallest of libraries.

  2. Advice from the School of Hard Knocks

    Cal Shepard, State Library of North Carolina

    An interactive workshop on how to empower yourself even when you live in a small town. Lessons learned (the hard way) while working in a town of 2000 people.

  3. Better Meetings Mean Better Governance

    John Chrastka, EveryLibrary

    Are your board meetings an exercise in frustration? Do you retread the same issues with your board colleagues, or are your meetings full of surprises? Learn tips and best practices in agenda design and committee assignments, and techniques for chairing meetings, resolving conflicts, and engaging staff. EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka is a long-time library trustee and Illinois state board chair. He will convene this interactive workshop designed to help solve your meeting problems – and problem meetings. Bring your concerns and be prepared to share your own tips, too.

  4. Building Makers: A Statewide Approach

    Erica Compton, Idaho Commission for Libraries

    Have you thought about implementing maker programs in your library? Idaho Commission for Libraries is supporting the implementation of makerspaces in 11 public libraries across the state. The project includes training on tools & technology, leveraging partnerships, involving community, & evaluating outcomes. The results include formal & stealth programming incorporating engineering, robotics, 3D printing & other STEM topics to draw teens into these innovative programs and spaces! Come discover what Idaho is doing, what we are learning, and what’s next.

  5. Crafty U (and patrons, too!)

    Jeremy Bolom, Lincoln Parish Library

    Whether browsing library materials or Pinterest, crafty patrons love discovering creative and budget-friendly projects. Learn how to get over a year’s programming with little more than scissors, glue, and recyclables. Sample projects will be shown and demonstrated, and attendees will make a craft to take home (just like patrons)!

  6. Delivering Excellent Customer Service

    Lisa Lewis, Safford City Graham County Library

    Sharing tips and ideas on how to ensure that your patrons have a wonderful experience at your library by delivering excellent customer service. Will include customer service training for staff as well as establishing patron friendly library policies.

  7. Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy

    Crystal Schimpf, Community Technology NetworkKieran Hixon

    Looking for ways to get your staff and patrons up to speed? This session offers practical tips, tools, and techniques to help bridge the digital divide at your library and create a culture of learning around technology. If they can figure out Dewey, they can figure out Windows!

  8. E-Rate Roundtable Discussion

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    Michael Roche is with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the E-Rate Coordinator for Vermont will be conducting an informal round table discussion of the current status of E-rate reform. Those whose libraries receive E-rate funding, or who work with the program are encouraged to join the dialogue. Items that will be discussed are:

    • How will the new “rural” be redefined and what will this mean in relation to E-rate services for rural libraries.
    • What will be the changes to NSLP and how will this impact the current rural discount formula.
    • Reduction in the discount matrix.
    • Multi-year budget and multi-year application process will be developed.

    Facilitation will be provided, as needed, by Kieran Hixon, ARSL Board Member and Colorado E-rate Coordinator.

  9. Five Levels of Appreciation in the Workplace

    Delbert Terry, DeSoto Parish Library

    According to research, 64% of Americans leave their jobs because they feel unappreciated. This leads to job dissatisfaction and diminished work performance. The languages of appreciation (words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, tangible gifts, and physical touch) are essential for a productive work environment. Workshop guides participants into establishing appreciated work setting.

  10. Flip the Script: Changing the Direction of Your Library

    Dianne Connery, Pottsboro Area Public Library

    The workshop will focus on how to create a new mission and make it a reality. Our library has dramatically changed focus in the last three years-from book depository to tech hub. We’ve learned the importance of looking outward instead of inward, building relationships and being open to new ideas.

  11. Frugal Fundraising: It Doesn’t Take Money to Make Money

    Judy Calhoun, Southeast Arkansas Regional Library

    Fundraising without spending what little money you have can be a challenge. With a little ingenuity and a determined effort, any group can raise funds without spending much money at all. Join us as we share proven fundraisers that have produced profits with little or no start-up costs.

  12. Fundamentals of Fun: Getting the most from your workers

    Eliza Ordway, Alfred Box of Books Library

    What is the best way to get the most from your workers? LOVE your job! In my experience, having fun and not taking yourself too seriously all the time is a great way to start. I work with a variety of ages in my library; college age student workers and retired teachers and librarians. Each has their own idea of what work should be like and me being somewhere in the middle I also have an idea of what makes work fun. I will offer some ideas of how to balance the fun with the serious sides of running a library.

  13. Get That Grant!

    Becky Heil, Iowa Library Services

    An overview of the grant writing process which will explore what makes an eff ective grant by focusing on four main rules for writing a great proposal: know your funder, follow the rules, do your homework, and focus on people’s needs. We will also examine the basic components to a good grant proposal.

  14. Growing Your Own: Mentoring, continuing education and leadership opportunities

    Pam North, Sherwood Public LibraryAnn Roseberry, Richland Public Library

    Simply put, we are mentor and mentee from a small, rural library. We are currently managing libraries of our own – one each in Oregon and Washington. Our history of working and learning together and compiling resources for continuing education and leadership training will be valuable to all attendees.

  15. Health on the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources

    Patricia Devine, National Network of Libraries of Medicine

    Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

  16. Highway to Harmony: Mapping the Integration of Homeschoolers into your library

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    Nationwide, homeschooling is a huge part of 21st century learning. We help students and families succeed with homeschooling. Our programming engages both students and parents with breakout sessions, hands-on learning and social interaction. With how-tos and real experience, we map the road to successful homeschool programming.

  17. I meant to get an MLS but the library was too busy! Having a Successful Library Career without the MLS Telling Your Story

    Ruby L. Nugent, University of Colorado Health Sciences Library

    This session uses storytelling, networking, and creative group work to encourage library staff to share the importance of their unique library journey. With renewed energy and confidence, attendees will take away new ideas, resources and tools key to building and maintaining a successful career, with or without a MLS degree.

  18. I must have been crazy, but it worked: Bringing the Smithsonian to Patagonia

    Abbie Zeltzer, Patagonia Library

    The presentation demonstrates, through word and image, Patagonia Library’s road to bring Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit to Patagonia, Arizona, population 919 for six weeks, and to create a local history companion exhibit and host 12 programs at ten venues in eastern Santa Cruz County Arizona.

  19. Increasing Your Library’s Capacity: Do More for Your Community

    Stu Wilson, Library Strategies Consulting GroupSue Hall, Library Strategies Consulting Group

    An ongoing, highly successful leadership institute for rural communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin will be described and discussed. It will highlight the keys to building organizational capacity in small libraries and literacy organizations in such areas as fundraising, joint partnerships, advocacy, marketing, planning, community assessments and innovative evaluation.

  20. iPin! Do you?

    Lauren Drittler, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System

    While Pinterest© can be a useful tool for crafters, culinary amateurs and fashionistas, it can also be a valuable resource for libraries, librarians, and library users. Join us to learn how your library can benefit from establishing an online sharing community with Pinterest.

  21. Lab at the Library: STEM Programming

    Holly Jackson, Portneuf District Library

    STEM programming is crucial to creating critical thinkers and by forming community partnerships and creating STEM based programs we can increase the next generation of innovative individuals. These programs don’t have to be extravagant either! There are simple, cost effective ways to convey STEM related concepts. Come gather some ideas of how to implement fun, hands on STEM programming for children, teens, and adults in your libraries.

  22. LEGO @ Your Library

    Mandy Broadhurst, Guntersville Public Library

    Building with LEGO® can provide children of any age a unique, creative, and fun opportunity for learning and socialization. Find out how to start a LEGO Club at your library, including tips on funding, supplies, library materials, club operation, and much more. Participants will also get a hands-on LEGO-building experience.

  23. Maker Spaces: Small Space, Low Budget, High Quality

    Jet Kofoot, Iowa Library Services - North Central District

    This session is intended to help librarians recognize opportunities to create a quality maker space in a small library where resources are limited. It will incorporate information about what a maker space is and offer numerous how to examples that will include cost and space estimates.

  24. Marketing Your Library through Social Media and More

    Penny Hummel, Penny Hummel Consulting

    Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other forms of social media are invaluable assets for libraries hoping to increase their visibility, deepen customer loyalty, grow new audiences, and foster interaction with members of their community. Learn practical ways to effectively and efficiently mobilize these powerful marketing tools for your library.

  25. Marketing Your Library: It’s more than Flyers and Friends

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    Advocacy and marketing are tools that build successful libraries. Learn the skills and resources necessary to keep your library in the minds and hearts of your community.

  26. Nothing but the Truth: Assessing Authenticity in Multicultural Picture Books

    Anna Bates, Stuttgart Public LibraryJudy Calhoun, Southeast Arkansas Regional Library

    Picture books that depict a variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural groups within the U.S. have the ability to acquaint children with other cultures & ethnic backgrounds. But how do you know when a children’s book accurately portrays the culture of its characters? This workshop will give you the tools you need to choose wisely.

  27. Programs with Pizazz

    Mary Jo Mack, John A Stahl Library

    Our library has hosted some programs that have had overwhelming response. Examples are the Polar Express Story time, Lego Block Parties, Come in Out of the Cold, Mask (grade school) story time and special reading programs. Details about these programs and more will be shared in a presentation.

  28. Routes to Reading: Early Literacy Models that Work in Rural Libraries

    Stephanie Bailey-White, Idaho Commission for Libraries

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries received a National Leadership Grant in 2012 to implement the Routes to Reading Program with the goal to significantly increase the amount of reading done in Idaho homes and rural early childhood education settings. Borrow some great ideas and resources that are available to all.

  29. Board gaming for all ages and interests

    Jezmynne Dene, Portneuf District Library

    With the recent resurgence of board gaming many new and amazing options are now available for all ages and interests. Come and explore the new age of gaming along with gathering strategies to stay within your budget.

  30. Strategic Planning for the Small Library: Aim for the future by planning now

    Gail Santy, Central Kansas Library System

    Every library needs a map to you steer successfully toward your destination, but library literature is geared towards big libraries. Learn to prepare a strategic on-going improvement plan using the Japanese technique of kaizen to lead your library to success by involving library board, staff, friends and the community

  31. Strengthening your Tech Core: Training on the Web

    Maribeth Shafer, Central Kansas Library System

    Evaluate your training needs with in the core tech skills. Discover where to find Online Training Programs and Tutorials for specific tech skills. Leave with a training plan to gain core Tech Skills vital in the Library Community.

  32. Tablet Slinging Librarians: Using Tablets to Improve Library Services

    Leah Kulikowski, Wamego Public Library

    No matter a library’s size or budget, we are all looking for ways to increase staff efficiency and better serve our patrons. This workshop will focus on practical and creative ways to use tablet technology (including reference, circulation, payments, storytime music, program registrations, and more!) to stay on the leading edge of customer service.

  33. Taking the Fear Out of Content Creation for Teens

    Amy K Marshall, The Craig Public Library

    Do teens coming to you with programming ideas scare you or challenge you to help make them a reality? Libraries: the forefront of content creation AND helping teens realize their vision. From Readers Theaters to Building a 3-D Printer; what’s in YOUR toolbox to help your teen patrons grow?

  34. The Pursuit of Happiness… Through Libraries

    Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library

    “The public library is a center of public happiness first…” John Cotton Dana, 1896. Research points to how we can increase happiness in ourselves and others. Using interactive activities, participants will discover how to increase happiness in themselves and others. You will walk away with a smile and a plan.

  35. The Yacolt Library Express: A maximum of service with a minimum of staff

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    Explore this very successful, mostly unstaffed library with presenter Sam Wallin, and ask lots of tough questions! How does it work? What about security? How do people get in? What do you mean by “successful?” How much does it cost? Would it work in my district?

  36. Thinking Outside the Storytime Box

    Amanda Bowden, Portneuf District Library

    Storytime is a great way to help encourage and build literacy development in children. But there are many other programs that can address the literacy needs of patrons and their children. Join Amanda as she leads a discussion on some great programs that are easy and inexpensive, including Special Needs Storytime, Baby Storytime, Music and Movement, and Make and Take Literacy Boosters.

  37. To combine or not to combine: thinking about school/public library combination

    Harry Willems, Central Kansas Library System

    There is movement in some communities, as cost saving measure, to consider combining the school and public library. We will show the good and the possible bad of this and provide checklists for issues to consider.

  38. Trustees: Your Greatest Assets

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    The last library director did everything and then presented it to the board. When I took over as director I expected the Trustees to actively participate. With training and resources we are working together to improve our library. My workshop would help other libraries involve their board in actively working to improve their library as we have.

  39. Use Your Annual Statistics to Evaluate Your Library—Fast

    Chris Rippel, Central Kansas Library System

    Each year public librarians submit statistical reports describing their libraries. Chris demonstrates a fast method for using these statistics to compare libraries of similar size, identifying strengths and suggesting improvements. Here is a link to analysis created in 1 hour: https://db.tt/UAAzX5P8

  40. What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps

    Jeffrey Stoffer, Ak-Chin Indian Community LibraryYadhira Osuna, Ak-Chin Indian Community Library

    Now that you have your iPads what do you put on it? This presentation gives an enormous amount of apps suggestions and a link to our App Tumblr that can be used to search for apps for library specific topics. We hope our experience can be a benefit to all.

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