Small & Rural Libraries Conference

Date(s) - 01/27/2017
8:30 am CST - 4:00 pm CST

Niceville Community Center

Keynote speaker: Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West

Future Proofing the Library
The relentless pace of technological change can be a stressor on small libraries. Jessamyn West looks at new ways to frame “the future” and discusses simple steps and small projects that libraries can do to approach the future on their terms.

Other sessions include:

Shoestring STEM with Megan Fontaine of the Destin Library

This presentation will explore how the Destin Library created a virtually no-cost middle school STEM program using readily-available online resources, and how this model could be adapted and expanded to fit libraries of any size. Subjects covered will be resource development, advertising/marketing, and class structure.

How to Help Your Patrons with Financial Aid with Ursula Backus from Gulf Coast State College

This presentation will provide training on how libraries can help their patrons with the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid), how to help patrons find scholarships, and how financial aid offices and libraries can partner.

Picture This: It Happened at My Library with Dorothee Bennett of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative

Should photography of your library events be part of your planning? Absolutely! We take a lot of pictures in our libraries. We want to tell the story of our library. But when looking for just the right picture for a social media post, a presentation, or a budget talk, oftentimes we can’t find what we need. Learn how to get the money shot that tells the story of your library: customers of all ages who explore, create, and learn! This presentation will provide answers to some burning questions, including: How do I find the right photo for my presentation, flyer, and post? Do captions/hashtags matter? How can I use the pictures I took at the library event?

Knowledge Fairs for Dummies with Deborah Hynes, Susanna Gaston, and Lynn Lowenthal of the Jackson County Public Library

This presentation will provide information on how you can organize your own knowledge fair:

  • Why a knowledge fair?
  • Basic approach to finding participants
  • Guaranteeing attendance
  • Publicizing the event
  • SNAFUs
  • What we learned
  • What we would change with Jackie Keller from the Internal Revenue Service and Hollee Hansen from the United Way of Northwest Florida

Individuals who earned less than $64,000 in 2016 can file their taxes for free. This presentation will provide information so you can help direct your patrons to this service.

Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. (CST). The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CST).

Please note that, while this conference is geared toward small and rural libraries, all library staff are welcome!

Registration is closed for this event.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.