This has been an uncommonly inspirational and informative conference – and it’s not over yet. Guess I missed a very moving talk by Steve Pemberton: “Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.” Glad I can watch it later…privately…with tissues. So often, we never know the impact we make – the lives we touch – the good we do. Serving the public – from birth to death – is really an amazing path to choose for ones life’s work.
Some missed programs:
Participatory experiences in the library – those that put the user in charge of their learning – are an exciting way to create meaningful connections for the community. Learn strategies to facilitate and scale programs and spaces for your patrons no matter your library’s size by leveraging trends to inspire your community to take ownership of library experiences.
Librarians have long debated the philosophy and financial role of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials. This is still a critical topic as fines and fees pose a significant barrier to library use, especially for low-income families. In this interactive session, explore research on the benefits of eliminating fines and fees and engage with colleagues on this topic, including how to overcome challenges to achieving increased library access.
Does your library have a unique culture that attracts a certain kind of talent? Want to increase your success at hiring and keeping stars for your team? Want to know what rules to break, what data points to track, what question to always ask and what to do with red flags and green flags? Want to compare questions and techniques with libraries with 3 very different cultures? Join us!