2015 Schedule has been posted

CalendarFor those that have been patiently waiting for the day’s schedule to appear, your patience has paid off. The day’s schedule is now available!

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Planning update

UpdateHere’s an update for those of you interested in how the 2015 planning is progressing.

Registration is going gangbusters! As of this morning we have received 260 registrations and more are coming in every day. We have 1000 seats available so please continue to help us promote the event and get your friends and colleagues registered.

All but one of the speakers have confirmed their participation. Once we have all of our speakers confirmed we’ll be able to set the day’s schedule.

In the meantime, several of the confirmed speakers have sent us their bios and session titles. You can find this information via the Speakers link at the top of the page. We’ll be sure to add submitted information as we receive it.

Thanks for your continued patience as we get everything organized. This year’s conference is going to be worth all of the hard work.

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2015 Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2015 Big Talk From Small Libraries conference is now open! Details can be found on the registration page.

The schedule of presentations has not yet been set. We’re in the process of contacting presenters now, and we’ll have a schedule available for you soon.

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2015 Submissions Now Closed

Closed signThe submission period of the 2015 conference are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal. We’ll be going through the submissions over the next few days and will then contact those who have been accepted. If you are not contacted this week, your submission will be put on the on-deck list on the off chance someone who’s been accepted is unable to participate. Once we have filled and confirmed all of the time slots, we’ll update everyone here.

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2015 Call for Speakers Now Open!

YellThe Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 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
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!

For Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 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 9, 2015. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

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Save the date!

CalendarBig Talk From Small Libraries 2015 will be held online from 8:45am – 5:00pm CST on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Keep an eye on this space for the call for presentations coming soon.

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Evaluation results

To DoThank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our evaluation survey for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2014!

The 140 responses indicate that the Conference successfully reached the small libraries it was targeting.  Library sizes ran the gamut, but 82.5% of respondents reported that their libraries served fewer than 10,000 people.  Overwhelmingly, respondents were from public libraries-almost 85% of them.  A little more than half were library directors.

Most respondents, 88%, viewed the conference alone.  The universally popular theme of saving money was the subject of the most often viewed session – 90% of respondents watched the 10-minute Lightning Round presentation, from Eric Palo, “How to Stretch a Small Budget – Consider Buying Used Books.”   The least often viewed session during the live broadcast is the session most often at the top of respondents’ “plan to view the archive” list, which would seem to indicate that the scheduling might have more to do with how many live viewers the session drew than the subject.

A majority of respondents spent the whole day at the Conference.

As far as the most useful session, it seems the Conference had something for everyone, because choices were spread among all of the sessions.  “Non-literary Collections, Why?” was most often selected, with 21% of the responses.  “Non-literary Collections” was also chosen most interesting session by 29% of the respondents, so we’ll have to see if many libraries start including camping equipment, cake pans, and toys in their collections.

Almost 66% of respondents had not viewed a previous Big Talk Conference, so it looks as if word is spreading and we’re gaining viewers.  If you thought the Conference was useful, won’t you tell some of your colleagues about it next year?  Email and Facebook seemed to be the way most respondents heard about the Conference.

The evaluations included some great ideas for sessions next year.  We hope that you’ve been inspired to submit a proposal for a presentation next year.  Look for the call for proposals around Thanksgiving.

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Second call for evaluations

Thanks to all of you who have already completed the Evaluation Form for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2014! We’ve received lots of good comments and ideas to help us as we plan our future conferences.

If you haven’t had time to submit the evaluation yet, it will remain open until this Friday, March 14. So, please take a few minutes to fill it out at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WGNV7RZ

Michael, Christa & Laura

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Map of 2014 pre-registrations

Last night we were asked to post the map that we were showing as part of the conference introduction and break slides. Here it is:

BTSL 2014 Registration Map

This map represents people who pre-registered. We were able to create this map since as part of pre-registration we asked for city and zip-/postal-code. With that data we were able to create the map.

We did look this morning to see if we could create a similar map based on actual logins, but as part of the login process we did not ask for the same data so we don’t have the data we need to create such a map. We will consider this for next year.

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2014 Attendee Statistics

We’ve crunched the numbers that we have from GoToWebinar and we can report the following numbers for those interested:

  • 366 unique logins totaling approximately 415 attendees.
  • 398 attendees from the US and 17 from Canada.
  • Attendees represented 41 US states and five Canadian provinces.
  • The most number of participants came from Nebraska.
  • The largest viewing party was 15 from the Central Kansas Library System.

And here was the results of the FTE poll we did during the day:

FTE Poll


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