Climbing to the Top: How We are Reinventing our Library
This session will describe how one library has gone from virtually no programs and little community support to a thriving hub of activity which includes weekly programs, increased daily attendance, and a very happy staff.
Vanessa Adams, Independence County Library, Batesville, AR
Rising to the Challenge: Using the Aspen Institute Report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries for Strategic Planning
The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” and its companion Action Guide can be powerful tools for libraries as we seek to leverage our position as a trusted community resource to forge new partnerships for achieving community goals. Learn how one small public library used the Aspen Report in its strategic planning process to develop a dynamic new road map for community success.
Anna Yount, Transylvania County Library, Brevard, NC
Having problems finding a sponsor for your library program? This session explains a new way to seek sponsorship, with examples from other small & rural libraries’ success stories.
Anna Bates, Stuttgart Public Library, Stuttgart, AR
It’s tough to get teens into your library and engaged, so what can you do to make that a reality? Programs, volunteer hours, gaming, and so much more. This session will give you ideas you can take back to your library that will help you get teens into your library and keep them engaged and coming back.
Jane Blue, Andrews Public Library, Andrews, NC
Librarians are notoriously tight lipped when it comes to sharing successes. Come learn about how to tell our stakeholders what we’ve done without sounding arrogant, and the purpose of a good grassroots advocacy campaign.
Patrick Bodily, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho Falls, ID
Statistics prove that reading is neither a favorite activity nor a priority for a majority of adults. Find out how the use of incentives, displays, and social media can entice, encourage, and engage readers in and outside the library, AND build a new base of reading advocacy simultaneously.
Jeremy Bolom, Lincoln Parish Library, Ruston, LA
Small and rural libraries are often the only game in town for services, spaces, events, and programs and they are also free of charge. Make your library a special place to visit full of surprise and delight where they will want to stay for a length of time!
Jean Bosch, Winterset Public Library, Winterset, IA
Every year the Continuing Education Committee for the Utah Library Association has planned, sponsored, and presented the “ULA Fall Workshop” to rural libraries throughout the state. North and south, east and west, a different location each year, we have taken presentations about current library issues and solutions to outlying libraries that may not have budgets for training or conferences. This session will tell our dynamic story about our struggles, our learning curves, and the wonderful insights both received and shared through our outreach to Utah’s small and rural libraries. We will show how we do it and share our ideas for the future.
Valerie Buck, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
The establishment of our community garden and edible landscaping has created new partnerships – local colleges, health organizations, scientists, artists, and businesses. It is attracting new users. This session will review the steps to get it started and where we see it going.
Dianne Connery, Pottsboro Area Public Library, Pottsboro, TX
A lack of physical space doesn’t mean a library can’t be exceptional! Two rural (municipal, association) library directors will describe how they defied the odds of their space conundrum. Bring home ideas on how to make the most of your library space, exceed your community’s needs without sacrificing your sanity!
Hope Decker, Pioneer Library System, Canandaigua, NY
Learn what Moose Lake Public Library is doing to education senior citizens in technology. iPad, Windows 10, tablets, 3D Printers, laptops, cell phones, and even smart home technology. Learn how to tailor classes to meet their needs and get additional resources
Steve Devine-Jelinski, Moose Lake Public Library, Moose Lake, MN
Looking to improve the relationship between your library and the local schools? Our Library Link program provides personalized deliveries to each school in our district every day class is in session- without the burden of a big bookmobile! A busy schedule or a lack of transportation doesn’t have to affect access to your institution. Learn how the Westerville Public Library has bridged this gap and ensures equal access to resources for all of our students.
Meredith Fletcher, Westerville Public Library, Westerville, OH
We’ll look at policy vs. procedures and learn simple strategies to overhaul policies to give staff decision-making power translating to better service. I worked with staff and board members to rewrite and condense our policies and make them proactive and positive where they were formerly more reactive and punitive.
Jennie Garner, North Liberty Community Library, North Liberty, IA
Take the library outside by partnering with your local park! NOLS has partnered with the Olympic National Park in a variety of fun and engaging programs in recent years. Learn about programming ideas, successfully working with your local park or natural resources organization, and navigating the planning and implementation logistics.
Danielle Gayman, North Olympic Library System, Port Angeles, WA
Learn from the dynamic experiences of fifteen small libraries, who re-imagined and reconfigured “smart spaces,” where community members co-create, participate in hands-on learning, and strengthen social connections. You’ll learn how to uncover community needs, interpret the input, generate ideas and prototype those ideas with simple, low-cost materials. It’s transformation!
Betha Gutsche, OCLC/WebJunction, Seattle, WA
Increase your library’s impact by empowering patrons to contribute to the library marketing conversation. This session will give participants a hands-on look at how teens communicate with each other on social media and how to use social media to promote events.
Learn how to collect patron-driven content for more meaningful dialogue, how to better represent the diversity of your service population in marketing media and how to craft vibrant, engaging campaigns designed to move beyond the brick-and-mortar boundaries of your Library Space.
From traditional paper flyers to the newest social media tricks, we’ll help you level up your library’s marketing game. Platforms covered will include Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
Sam Helmick, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, Iowa
A top ten (and bottom ten) listing of adult programs I’ve put on at the Laurens County Library. A humorous look at what has worked well for us and what failed. Included will be some honorable mentions of programs that went well, that I did not do.
Joey Holmes, Laurens County Public Library, Laurens, SC.
Are you wishing your library had Giant Jenga, a local author visit, maker space supplies or colorful reading rug? Grant writing is a skill that can enrich & expand student learning.
Learn 5 strategies for writing successful grants. Hands of workshop: participants will draft a grant including budget; telling a compelling story, budget, grant writing “rules” & matching funding source. (Special tips for Donors Choose, including student written grants!)
KE Hones, 3 SFUSD Continuation High Schools, SF, CA
Group Summer Reading is designed so that children in daycares, preschools, and summer schools can participate even without transportation to the library. I will outline how to fund, market, and assist childcare facilities to participate in summer reading, enabling an additional 1500 children to complete the program each year.
Melanie Hornbeck, Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, WY
With support from the IMLS and Knight Foundation, Historypin is working with rural public libraries across three states to provide toolkits for bringing people together to share and preserve local history. Historypin describes how a small library can lead a community-strengthening memory project and measure its social impact.
Lynette Johnson, Historypin.org, San Francisco, CA