Register today for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018!

There’s only one week until Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018!

Check out the full schedule and register to join us on Friday, February 23.

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

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College and University Sessions @ Big Talk From Small Libraries

Did you know that Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 has great sessions for colleges and universities?

At Your Service: the Library as a Community Hub, Tim Lentz, Library Director, Midland University, Fremont, NE (FTE: 1400)

If You Feed Them, They Still Might Not Come: Piloting a Successful Library Open House at a Small, Liberal-Arts College, Lindsey Lowry, Electronic Resources Librarian, Lewis Library at LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA (FTE: 997)

Strategic Planning = Efficiency for the Small Academic Library, Julie Pinnell, University Librarian, Cochrane-Woods Library, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE (FTE: 2,000)

Getting the BAND back together (BAND is a mobile community application that facilitates group communication), Edita Sicken, Instruction & Access Services Librarian, Manchester University, North Manchester, IN (FTE: 1,500)

Sign up today!

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Best Small Library in America at Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018

Register today for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 and hear how the Boundary County Library in Bonners Ferry, ID earned the 2017 Best Small Library in America award!

Library Director Craig Anderson will be joining us to share the story of how the library and the community joined together to “Create a Culture of Opportunity!”.

Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 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!

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2018 Schedule Now Available

The full schedule for the 2018 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.

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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2018 Registration Open

Registration for the 2018 Big Talk From Small Libraries conference is 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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2018 Call for Speakers Closed

The Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018 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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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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