• Don’t forget to submit to Big Talk From Small Libraries

    by  • December 9, 2013 • Tech • 0 Comments

    In the rush of your holiday activities, don’t forget to submit your proposal to Big Talk From Small Libraries – http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/call-for-speakers/! The deadline is January 10, 2014.

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    The Call for Speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 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 2014, we’re looking for seven 50-minute presentations and five 10-minute “lightning round” presentations.

    Big Talk From Small Libraries 2014 will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 between 9:00 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 via the online form at http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/call-for-speakers/ by Friday, January 10, 2014. Speakers from libraries serving fewer than 10,000 people will be preferred, but presentations from libraries with larger service populations will be considered.

    More details about the conference can be found @ http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk

    This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission (http://nlc.nebraska.gov/) and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (http://arsl.info/).


    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 travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


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