2012 Schedule

Sessions will be held from 9:00am ’till 5:00pm CST on Tuesday 28 February 2012.

Time Topic Speaker
8:30am-9:00am Log-in, Welcome, Housekeeping Michael Sauers & Laura Johnson
9:00am-9:50am Helping Your Patrons E-Read
With the growing interest in e-readers and e-books, libraries are fielding more questions about how to use e-readers and how to download books.  Hear what one library has been doing to meet the needs of the people who are using e-readers, offering individual and group training on the devices, and bringing more people into the library in the process.
Karen Mier
10:00am-10:50am Community Partnerships
Community relationships are a key part of small town libraries. Hear how two such libraries in South Dakota adapted and grew by creating local partnerships and meeting the specific needs of their patrons.
Diane Althoff & Karla Bieber
11:00am-11:50am The FFL Fabulous Laboratory: Developing a Read/Write Culture in Your Library
Learn how to create library makerspaces, combining technology, people, and ideas that encourage and help promote a read-write culture in your library. Join Lauren Britton Smedley to learn how the FFL Fabulous Laboratory came to be and how you can integrate Making into your current library programming and services.
Lauren Britton
12:00pm-12:50pm Combined School/City Libraries: Everyone Wins
We will be discussing the benefits of having a school/ city library under one roof and how to make it work for your community.
Lindsey Hansen & Linda Holmberg
1:00pm-1:50pm Magic Tricks and Maintenance: Helping the Public Learn Technology
We’ll discuss the digital divide and the library’s position as the safety net tech support provider for Americans. Jessamyn West will discuss some of her successes and failures in running technology instruction classes in both library and non-library contexts.
Jessamyn West
2:00pm-2:50pm Working in the Cloud
Google Apps for Education are web based, easy to use office software tools that are low cost, possibly free, for educational institutions.  Google Apps help resource-thin libraries provide key services like email, calendaring and shared documentation for workflow without the cost of servers and IT staff. Google Apps proves to be an innovative and helpful tool for librarians who need to find quick ways to share documentation, forms and spreadsheets, informal surveys, and pushing content to the web. Join Idaho librarian Jezmynne Dene to learn how to implement Google apps in public libraries, save time by using the apps for workflow and data collection.
Jezmynne Dene
3:00pm-3:50pm Gaming and Game Collection Development
A video game collection is a great way to connect to teens and tweens in your community. Diane will share her library story and offer hints and tips for building your own collection with little or no budget. She will offer creative ways to incorporate this format, overcome objections, and provide your customers with one more reason to visit the library.
Diane Trinkle
4:00pm-4:50pm Closing Keynote: An American Library Horror Story with a Happy Ending
Learn about how the Independence Public Library went from a budget shortfall in 2009, which threatened the library with closure, to winning the Best Small Library in America Award in 2012.  Follow along as we share the experience of  how we dug ourselves out of a grave of debt and implemented innovative ideas which allowed us to breathe new life into our library.
Topics covered briefly will include: Advocacy, Continuing Education, Customer Service, Friends of the Library, Funding, Grant Writing,     Library Board, Leadership, Partnerships, Programs/Classes, Public Relations & Technology
I will also share a number of readily available resources that we use which have contributed to our success.
Julie Hildebrand


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