The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 is now open! This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal.
Do you offer a service or program at your small library that other librarians might like to hear about? Have you implemented a new (or old) technology, hosted an event, partnered with others in your community, or just done something really cool? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference gives you the opportunity to share what you’ve done, while learning what your colleagues in other small libraries are doing. Here are some possible topics to get you thinking:
- Unique Libraries
- Special Collections
- New buildings
- Improved Workflows
- Staff Development
- Advocacy Efforts
- Community Partnerships
- That great thing you’re doing at your library!
For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Speakers will be able to present their programs from their own desktops. The schedule will accommodate speakers’ time-zones.
If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 13, 2017. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.
Recordings of all 2016 Big Talk From Small Libraries sessions are now available. You will find them through the Previous Conferences page.
We are still waiting for a few of the PowerPoint files from our presenters – they will be added as soon as we receive them.
And don’t forget to complete the conference Evaluation! We’re looking for input from people who attended the live conference and watched the archived recordings.
WebJunction wrote a wonderful article about Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016. Take a look to see what they had to say about this year’s event.
Throughout the day, there were 429 individual logins to the 2016 Big Talk From Small Libraries conference. However, there were multiple locations hosting groups, and when we add in those numbers, our total attendance this year was 470!
Click on the picture to see the full map. This map was created using ZeeMaps.
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 is a wrap! Thanks to all the presenters and attendees. It was a great day!
Recordings and Presentations
At the moment we have a single eight-hour-long video file. As with previous years, we’ll be editing this down into the individual presentation recordings, posting them to YouTube, and embedding them here on the site under Previous Conferences. We’re also collecting the PowerPoint files from each of our speakers and will also be posting them as we receive them. So, this process, especially the video editing, will take some time. Everything will be posted as it becomes available, but experience tells us that this process will take a week or two.
Continuing Education Credit
Nebraska librarians can earn 1 C.E. credit for each 50-minute session attended. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot track which sessions you attended, so please fill out and submit this special Big Talk From Small Libraries CE Report form, so your C.E. credits can be recorded correctly.
If you are a non-Nebraska librarian, any CE credit you wish to earn for this event will need to be arranged with your CE-granting agency since we are not authorized to give you CE. We will not be providing certificates for attending the conference. A “Thank you for attending” email has been automatically sent from the GoToWebinar system to all attendees who logged in to the live session. That message serves as your proof of attending.
Please share your impressions of this year’s Big Talk From Small Libraries on our Evaluation Survey.
Thanks once again, and please keep an eye on the site for more news and updates. If you have any questions, please use the Contact form to send us your questions, comments and feedback.
Big Talk From Small Libraries will be broadcast online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements and firewall configuration. GoToWebinar works on Windows, Mac, Google Chrome OS, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE – Pre-Registration is no longer required!
As of 8:30am CST on February 26, you will be able to join the conference at any time by following these instructions. There is one login for the entire day of presentations – you can use these instructions to log in and out of the conference as you like throughout the day, based on your interest and availability.
1. On your computer workstation, go to
and register in the GoToWebinar system.
2. Use the link on the confirmation webpage to connect to the session.
3. You will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers (VoIP).
If the link above does not work, go to http://www.joinwebinar.com Type or paste in the Webinar ID: 152-461-147 and enter your e-mail address. Click ‘Yes’ or ‘Always’ (or ‘Trust’ on a Mac) if prompted to accept the download.
Today is the last day you can pre-register for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016!
This free one-day online conference will be held this Friday, February 26 from 8:45am to 5:00pm. The event is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! Each of our speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. But, everyone is welcome and encouraged to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library. Topics range from technology (new and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library.
Check out the full schedule and get registered today!
Southeast Library System and Seward Memorial Library are hosting a showing of Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 in Seward, NE – with pizza! If you’re in the area, sign up on their website to join the party.
Is anyone else getting together with colleagues to watch Big Talk From Small Libraries? Let us know in the comments and we’ll share your info here.
Register today for Big Talk From Small Libraries and hear how the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, NY earned the 2016 Best Small Library in America award!
Library Director Rosemary Cooper will be joining us to share the story of how the community joined together to transform the library into the cultural center of the town.
Big Talk From Small Libraries 2016 will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 via the GoToWebinar online meeting service. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! Each of our speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries. Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small your library. But, if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you!
The full schedule for the 2016 Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference is now available!
You will find it on the Schedule page. Information about our presenters is available on the Speakers page.
We are still collecting details from our presenters, so some descriptions and speaker bios are not posted yet. Additional information will be filled in as we receive it.
If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time to jump over to the Registration page and sign up!
You are welcome to watch as an individual or to host a group viewing of the conference. If several staff members from the same library want to attend, you can just register for one seat and have staff members view/listen together via one workstation. You can also host a viewing party this same way and invite staff from other libraries. For any group viewings, if you know who will be there, you can list your Additional Attendees on your one registration or you can send us a list after the event.