2018 Call For Speakers now Open!

The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 is now open!

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better! We are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries. Small libraries of all types – public, academic, school, museum, special, etc. – are encouraged to submit a proposal – we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 between 8:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CT) via the GoToWebinar online meeting service.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal by Friday, January 12, 2018.

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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2017 Recordings Now Available

Recordings of all 2017 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.

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Map of 2017 Logins

In spite of a major winter storm hitting the mid-west, we had a great turnout for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017! Throughout the day, there were 326 individual logins to the conference. However, there were multiple locations hosting groups, and when we add in those numbers, our total attendance this year was 358!

Click on the picture to see the full map. This map was created using ZeeMaps.

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Conference Wrap-up

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 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.

Watch Parties

If you watched our event with others, please let us know the size of your group for our statistics via our Contact form.

Evaluation

What did you think of Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017? Please share your impressions of this year’s event on our Feedback Form.

Thanks!

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.

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Login Instructions for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017

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 24, 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

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6549195204289380610

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: 116-254-595 and enter your e-mail address. Click ‘Yes’ or ‘Always’ (or ‘Trust’ on a Mac) if prompted to accept the download.

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Big Talk From Small Libraries is tomorrow!

Small libraries! Awesome ideas! FREE!

Join us tomorrow for the Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 online conference. Registration is still open, so head over to the Registration page and sign up!

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries, but regardless of how big or small your library is, you are welcome and encouraged to come learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries.

We have a great agenda for the day, with seven 50 minute sessions plus five 10 minute lightning round sessions. You can log in and out of the conference as you like throughout the day, based on your interest and availability.

And, Nebraska library staff can earn 1 hour of CE Credit for each hour of the conference you attend:  http://nlc.nebraska.gov/CE/bigtalkform.asp

So, come join us for a day of big ideas from small libraries!

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Viewing Parties

UPDATE: The watch party in Seward has been canceled, due to concerns about the weather.

Southeast Library System and Seward Memorial Library are hosting a showing of Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 in Seward, NE. 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.

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Register today for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017!

Next Friday, February 24 is Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017!

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. 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. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the innovative things your colleagues are doing in their small libraries.

Check out the full schedule and register today!

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2017 Schedule Now Available

The full schedule for the 2017 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.

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Call for Speakers Closed

The Big Talk From Small Libraries 2017 Call for Speakers is 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.

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