Announcing the Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference

We’ve been listening!  A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries.  Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that.

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.

Topics range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to partnering with your community. Speakers will cover eight topics—one each hour.  Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

More details, including speaker bios, session descriptions, technical information and registration can be found @

This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Small & Rural Libraries and Library Renewal.

Big Talk From Small Libraries
February 28, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CT)

Preliminary Schedule:
8:45am            Log-in, Welcome, Housekeeping – Michael Sauers & Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission
9:00am            Helping Your Patrons E-Read – Karen Mier, Plattsmouth Public Library (NE)
10:00am          Community Partnerships – Karla Bieber, A.H. Brown Library & Diane Althoff, Gregory Public Library (SD)
11:00am          The Fayetteville Free Library Fab Lab – Lauren Smedley, Fayetteville Free Library (NY)
12:00pm          TBA
1:00pm            Training the Public – Jessamyn West, (VT)
2:00pm            Working in the Cloud – Jezymnne Dene, Portneuf District Library (ID)
3:00pm            Gaming and Game Collection Development – Diane Trinkle, Nortonville Public Library (KS)
4:00pm            TBA

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