August 11th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

This past Saturday I attended my first WordCamp, and the first WordCamp in Omaha. I picked up a few tidbits and from the developer side of things, I have a much better idea how themes work under the hood. Best tip: the Editorial Calendar plugin. The best session I attended was the last one of the day which was more about blogging in general than WordPress specifically. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of that one.

Website is Not a Poster

Themes Made Easy

Content Driven WordPress Developent

WordPress and Local SEO

Your Customers and You

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May 5th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

A narrative post regarding my recent adventure up to the very out-of-season Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is forthcoming. In the meantime, here’s my photos from the trip.

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January 15th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Big TalkRegistration for the 2014 Big Talk From Small Libraries conference is now open! Details can be found on the conference’s  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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October 31st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

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 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.

This conference is organized and hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by theAssociation for Rural & Small Libraries.

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August 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

My response to sending press and media to #DefconI think one of the differences between Black Hat and DEF CON is that each have a different relationship to their heroes.

The first night of Black Hat parties – all fairly corporate, though relaxed affairs with hackers of all stripes – I found myself at a VIP party talking to one of the key cogs in Black Hat’s clockwork. This person told me they were absolutely, 100% convinced that there weren’t any real ‘black hats’ at Black Hat. Not anymore. It was all sales, marketing and salespeople.

I politely disagreed, and suggested they go to different parties.

Black Hat is hacking scrubbed of its sense of wonder. And sadly, it mirrors the times we’re in.

Read Violet Blue’s full post @ ZDNet.

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June 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

arsl_logoContinuing Education and Training Grant to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference, September 25-28, 2013 in Omaha

Nebraska public librarians have a terrific opportunity to attend a national professional conference this fall–right in their own backyard!

Because we think this is such a great opportunity, the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) will be targeting all of the funds available this year for Continuing Education and Training Grants toward grants to Nebraska public library staffers to attend the ARSL Conference. We hope to send about 35 to 40 Nebraska librarians to the Conference.

Full details @

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May 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers


Scholarship applications for the 2013 conference, to be held in Omaha, NE on September 26-28, are being taken now, until June 15, 2013 at 5:00 Central Time. Apply Now >>

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries currently offers three annual conference scholarships to promote the organization and the conference. They are the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship, the Founders Scholarship and the Ken Davenport Scholarship.

The Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship will go to a current LIS student. It includes conference registration, hotel, $500 stipend and a free one-year membership in ARSL.

The Founders Scholarship and the Ken Davenport scholarship will go to a current library professional. They include conference registration, hotel, a $500 stipend and a free one-year membership in ARSL. The definition of a “Library Professional” is a library staff member working in a small and/or rural library. A degree or certification is not required.

Candidates do not need to be members of ARSL; however membership is encouraged.

The committee asks candidates for any scholarship to provide a briefly worded essay -”Why I Want To Go!” and a completed application form.

The winners should have not attended the ARSL conference before and will be required to write a short blog entry on the ARSL website to share their conference experience. Winners will also be invited to serve on the ARSL Scholarship Committee the following year.

The Conference Scholarship Committee selects winners based on a demonstration of need, demonstration of not only a desire to serve the small and rural community but an already established pattern of working within the community, willingness to network, share and aid in developing new networks to aid small and/or rural libraries and a willingness to share what they learn at the conference with those in their networking areas.

A special thank you to our ARSL Premier Members who have helped make these scholarships possible through a $10 contribution as part of their membership.

See also information on 2012 State Library Agency provided scholarships

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April 20th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Registration is now open for the 2013 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference being held in Omaha, NE, September 25-28. My colleague Laura Johnson and I will be presenting a pre-conference workshop on creating video booktalks for libraries, so I encourage you to spend the extra $35 and join us for what should be a very fun session.


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April 18th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

CIL2013_Core_of_LibrariesFlickr user godaises attended Computers in Libraries this year and took some great notes. The best part is she posted all of them on Flickr? Why flickr? Well these aren’t your standard bullet-point-based notes. Thanks for sharing!

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April 10th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

ITI LogoYesterday was mostly an attendance day so I don’t have much in the way of stories other than to mention great lunch conversation over Greek food and dinner conversation over Ethiopian food. So, lacking a coherent narrative  I hereby provide you with links to sites that I’ll definitely be checking out post-conference. The list may seem a bit random in spots but it’ll give you a pretty good idea of the topics I’ve been learning about over the past two days.

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