The impact of Library OnConference 2016 is being felt all the way to Vermont! Loona Brogan, the host of a weekly radio show about public libraries on WGDR, Goodard College Community Radio, will be sharing Library OnConference presentations on her radio show!
If you are thinking about making a change in your career (whether you’re a librarian or not) or looking for some inspiration, tune in Monday, May 2 at 10:30 am CST at http://www.wgdr.org/ or listen to it for two weeks after it airs from the "on-demand" interface on the WGDR web site.
There will be a live Google Hangouts session at 10:05 am CST with the conference organizers! Learn more: http://www.wgdr.org/event/free-access-ories/all/
We're really excited for our third annual conference on Thursday, April 14th- mark your calendars!
If you've participated in the past, there will be some changes to how we operate this year. Because we are super grateful for the generous funding from RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), we want to make this conference even more accessible to as many people as possible.
That means that there will be no registration and no mandatory small group hangout sessions. Additionally, the conference is going to last ALL DAY so if you have an important meeting or are on the reference desk, there will be plenty of other opportunities for you to get involved and engaged.
This is how it works:
We've got an amazing keynote speaker and 5 awesome presenters. Our keynote speaker will kick off the day with a presentation and an optional small group hangout session for those who want to ask some questions or get some more info.
After that, the 5 presenters will be speaking throughout the day with optional small group hangout sessions.
Can't watch any of them on Thursday, April 14th? No worries! They will all be archived and accessible later.
This year is all about taking your career to the next level. We'll be talking about how to negotiate your salary, brand yourself, find your path, and not be afraid of risks and challenges. You definitely will want to stay tuned!
In the meantime, sign up for our e-newsletter for regular updates!
We wanted to share what we learned with you below:
RUSA (Reference & User Services Association): Creating Virtual Connections in Your Community. We are excited for this opportunity to speak about where we got started, and connect with librarians from across the country.
As part of our preparation, we researched several libraries, non-profits and schools who use Google Hangouts to make a difference. It was interesting to see how many more people are using Google Hangouts now than when we started liboncon 2 years ago.
We'd like to give shoutouts to:
New York Public Library
It's hard to believe that we're already one month into 2016 and that we're planning our third annual Library OnConference! We've been truly amazed at the amount of support that we've received from the library community about this initiative. We've received messages from all over the country and even from libraries in Europe that have been inspired and want to implement similar practices.
As we are preparing our keynote speaker, Library OnConference team, and organizing the conference day, we are so excited to announce that we have receive a generous grant from RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) to support our third conference. Previously, we have operated on zero dollars, so their contributions to this networking platform is immensely appreciated. It allows us to continue to deliver quality information at no cost to librarians from all over.
So we want to give a huge thank you to RAILS for their support of this field and those who work in it!
Stay in touch with us as we get prepared for the third annual conference!
We can't believe it's been six months since our last Library OnConference, mainly because we've been very busy in writing, speaking, and planning a new experience just for you in 2016. There has been a steady ripple affect of the work we've done, and it's incredible how many people in the library profession have embraced our new concept.
In June, we were invited by the magnificent Leah White to be interviewed for Circulating Ideas. This was an incredible experience, and we were so happy to have been asked! If you're wondering how we developed the model for our conference, or just wanted to know more about us, have a listen!
We're also excited because today, we'll be speaking to potentially 4000+ people online at The Digital Shift. If you've never attended this free conference, you should sign up today or listen to the recordings afterward.
Most importantly, thank you for visiting! Until we unveil new OnCon information, watch our YouTube channel and catch up on the keynote speakers and meet our past moderators.
The Library OnConference is TOMORROW and we are PUMPED.
Why? Because we’ve gotten a sneak peak of Beck’s Keynote, and can’t wait to share it with you!
We won’t give away any surprises, but want you to be prepared.
YOUR CONFERENCE CHEAT SHEET:
BEFORE: Have a sheet of paper and pen ready!
1 PM CDT: View Beck Tench's Keynote Session here.
2:15 PM CDT: Enter your Hangout Session. The hangout session works best with a headset and microphone if you have them.Instructions here.
ANYTIME: Live tweet the conference #liboncon. Contact us or your moderators if you have questions about using Google Hangouts. We want you to get the most out of our event and anything we can do to help, just ask.
AFTER: Be sure to fill out our survey for a chance to win something special! Details forthcoming.
See you TOMORROW.
Barbara Alvarez and Gwyneth Stupar
Library OnConference Organizers
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There are only 10 more days left to register for the Library OnConference! We have a fantastic keynote speaker, Beck Tench, and lots of fantastic small group moderators who are ready to facilitate conversation and help you build professional contacts. Register here- space is limited.
Meet Beck Tench: in her own words, a simplifier, illustrator, storyteller, and technologist.
Gwyn and Barbara met Beck Tench at ILEAD USA. In fact, Beck has participated in every ILEAD USA since its inception. Inspired by Beck's creative energy and drive to understand overcoming fear and our perceptions what failure is, we asked her to be our keynote speaker for the second Library OnConference and she graciously accepted!
You can learn more about Beck at becktench.com and watch a preview of her keynote below. Make sure to register for the conference which starts on April 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM CST.
This year, we are so lucky to have a new face on our team. Claire McCully accepted our internship position last month, and has been doing an amazing job enhancing our social media presence and getting the word out about April 16th. We've enjoyed getting to know her, and thought you should meet her too!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I received my Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Before starting graduate school, I worked for several years as a bedding designer. When that industry started moving overseas, I began to look into new career options. I started working in customer service and began volunteering at the public library. Through these opportunities, I realized I wanted my new career to have a helping aspect. I see librarianship as a career where I can help others by being an information resource.
What aspect of librarianship most excites you?
I am very interested in library marketing and programming. With an increasing number of library services online, it is a challenge to reach community members who may no longer visit the library building. Libraries must market themselves in new ways to ensure the community knows all the services public libraries offer. I am excited to be a part of the Library OnConference team and gain more experience using social media as a marketing tool.
Tell us one fun, interesting fact about you.
I designed bedding for Seventeen Magazine, Hilary Duff, and Baby Phat.
What is the best book you’ve read lately?
I liked The Bees by Laline Paull with its unique twist on a dystopian story. Told from a bee’s perspective, it reveals the secrets of the bee world.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy crafting, travel, yoga, watching movies, and listening to audiobooks.
What do you hope to do in your library career?
I enjoy helping public library patrons and would love to work with readers’ advisory, programming, and marketing. I plan to continue to help spread the word that today’s libraries are important community resources that offer much more than books.
Claire, we wish all the best, and thank you for donating your time and talent to Library OnConference.
We're excited to announce that The Library OnConference was mentioned in Associations Now, a publication for the American Society of Association Executives. Since then we've been asked more questions about the conference. Here are some updated FAQs. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Who is invited to participate in the Library OnConference? Any library professional who is interested in meeting other library professionals, sharing new ideas, and learning from one another!
If the conference is free, how do you operate? The Library OnConference is completely volunteer-based. Everyone from the keynote speaker to the moderators to the organizers choose to do this because they are genuinely passionate about the future of libraries and the people who work in them.
How do I use Google Hangouts? Google Hangouts is always adding new features, so definitely check this page. All you need is a computer, headphones, microphone, and a Google + account so you can access Google Hangouts.
How will the conference be organized? The conference will be held in the afternoon on Thursday, April 16. You can see how last year's conference was organized here. We are currently in the process of organizing our key note speaker, moderators, and intern. If you're interested in helping out, apply here.
What are the small group hangout sessions about? At registration, participants will select the topic/theme that most interests them. After the keynote speaker, participants will go to the small group session based on their preferred topic. Moderators will help guide conversation as participants meet and share ideas.
When can I register? Stay tuned for registration dates! You can apply to be a moderator or intern now!