Tech-Savvy Trustees: Advocating for the Library’s Technology Needs

Last night I had the honor and pleasure of presenting the Trustee Keynote for the 2013 Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference. I’d like to again thank Bonnie McKeown for the invitation and everyone who attended for taking your time do do so and for all of the wonderful comments.

Below is a slightly revised version of the presentation I gave live (added material that I mentioned on two slides) and as soon as the recording is available I’ll be sure to post it here. Those looking for the links of items mentioned in the presentation can find them @

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Michael Sauers

Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

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