Necessarily So: The Challenge of Legacy Librarianship"
“Legacy librarianship” is a term coined by George Needham and
Joan Frye Williams to describe the fundamental truths that have been passed
down through the generations of librarians – in library school, on the job,
and in our professional literature. For example, we’ve always been told that
one-on-one assistance to patrons is our most valuable activity, and should
be our top priority. Have you ever wondered if these truths would hold up
under serious scrutiny? To stay relevant we must be in sync with the needs
and desires of our communities, but how can we implement change when the
inertia of "legacy librarianship" is a nearly irresistible force?
OCLC Vice-President and library consultant George Needham will take a
humorous, no-holds-barred look at recent data that challenge traditional
library thinking, and will offer some surprising suggestions for
re-imagining the library. This webinar is designed for librarians, public
service and branch staff, library workers with customer service
responsibilities, friends, trustees and commissioners, plus anyone with both
a connection to the library community and a sense of humor.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
1. Dewey, or Do We Not?
We'll cover how the decision was made to
go "bookstore" style, the time and steps to make the switch incorporated into
the process of building and moving to a new library building; how our patrons
have received the new layout, and for those detail interested persons, what
location categories we use and their arrangement as well as what did happen to
the Dewey Decimal System.
Kenton Temple, Director, Anna Porter
Library, Gatlinburg, TN
2. What are Library Districts?
This session will address what a library district
is, how to
form a library district (Iowa Code Chapter 336), the benefits and concerns
regarding library districts and what needs to be in place before forming a
Becky Heil and
3. Enliven Your Work with Web Tools
We’ve all heard Apple’s trademark slogan “there’s an app for that.” And we’ve
come to know the expression Web2.0 This session combines the best of both
concepts with a look at how library worklife can be enhanced by using web-based
products. Set up meetings with web scheduling. Advertise library events with
web calendars. And distribute library questionnaires using web surveys. Join
this session to change the way you work—and enliven your work on the web!
4. Geek the Library: A Community Awareness Campaign
Geek the Library provides unique opportunities to connect with the public and
start important library funding conversations. Find out how this bold awareness
campaign gets communities talking about public library funding. Join Geek the
Library Field Marketing Manager Jenny Powell for a short presentation covering
the history of the project, detailed results from the pilot campaign and
information about how your library can successfully implement the campaign
11:45 - 12:-15 Poster Sessions
"Memories of the 30s" Shenandoah PL Video History Project
Shenandoah Public Library and the local museum teamed up to make
videorecordings of people's memories of Shenandoah during the 1930's.
Learn how they did it, and how you might do a similar project in your library.
Jan Frank-deOis. Director, Shenandoah Public Library
Brian Daoust, Shenandoah Schools
Evan Lindburg, Student, Shenandoah High School
Jeannine Liljedahl, Museum volunteer
Library Ark: Animal Mascots in Libraries--It's a Zoo in Here!
QR/Two Dimensional Codes: Low Cost Marketing of Library Resources and
How you can use codes to connect resources with your patrons using smart phones:
reader's advisory, online catalog, local resources
Ann Coulter, LRC Director,
Southwestern Community College
What are the differences among eBook reader devices? How can they (and
can't they) be used?
Karen Burns, SW Iowa Library Service Area
Eunice Riesberg, Northeast Iowa
Library Service Area
12:15- 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:45 No sessions--more time to Visit the Virtual Exhibits!
1:45--2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
1. Social Media Trends and the Library Profession
Interested in no-cost technologies that rural and
small libraries are taking
advantage of to enrich their websites and other
communications with members? Join us for a discussion about small ways to reach
out, connect, and communicate with colleagues and patrons near and far or offer
new convenience for your patrons with technology. Learn about texting a
librarian from a mobile device, real-time chat sessions, and online services
like book talks.
Sonja Plummer Morgan
2. Presentation Zen: Making Memorable Power Point Slide Shows
This breakout session is based on the book Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on
Presentation Design and Delivery by Garr Reynolds. Reynolds is an acclaimed
communications expert and creator of a hugely popular website on presentation
Presentation Zen challenges the conventional
wisdom behind making slideshows, urging us to think more creatively when
considering the preparation, design, and delivery of public presentations.
Brandie Ledford leads this discussion to help change the way we use
PowerPoint or Keynote. Join this session, as Brandie “channels” Garr
Reynolds with tips on effectively designing slide presentations and tenets
of Zen simplicity!
3. Volunteers: The Core/Corps of the Library
We will talk about how to get volunteers, how to start
a program, how to keep them, what jobs volunteers can do in a library, what
ages of volunteers you can have, how to justify them and not lose budget,
pros and cons of volunteers, who manages the program, incentives, volunteer
policies and applications and much more.
2:45--3:15 Break and
Visit the Virtual Exhibits!
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
1. It's In the Bag: Preschool Outreach Plus
It is 10:00 A.M., do you know where the children are? They are in daycare,
that is where. For years libraries have seen a decrease in the number of small
children who visit the library for story time. Rapides Parish Library has found
the answer. Our Preschool Outreach Plus service. What will participants learn
from this program?
- How to set up the program
- How to manage the circulation records
- How to market the program
Tammy di Bartolo
2. eRA for eBooks?
Reader's advisory is one of the
backbones of library service in public libraries. With the advent of ebooks,
how do we transfer the skills we've learned with print books to electronic
books? How much of an impact on the reading experience are the devices we
use to read ebooks? Katie Dunneback, Consultant with East Central Library
Services, will cover these questions and more in a discussion of reader's
advisory in an ebook age.
3. SMILE: Stellar Morale Incentives for Library Employees
Every library, from a staff of one to 100, has to worry about keeping staff
and volunteer morale high. The best customer service comes from people that
love what they do - even on the worst day. Budgets are tight, and even
tighter for what many of our funders consider "fluff". How is a library
supposed to find a way to keep spirits and service high without draining the
budget? Join us for an interactive presentation and lively discussion on how
to keep your smile and your budget, too!
6:00--6:30 Welcome Back!
6:30--7:30 Trustees' Session: "Why Are We
Jim will talk about why the
public library is important in the rural/small communities, and the need for
strong, effective governance to make it work.