Online Conference for Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries

Jun 11, 2020

The schedule and presenters have been announced for the second Library 2.020 mini-conference: “Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries.”  This free, online event will be held on Wednesday, June 17, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. MDT. This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries — as well as the many unique challenges that they face.


All times MDT

1:00-2:00 p.m.

  • OPENING KEYNOTE: Jim Lynch and Kate Laughlin (co-moderators), with Jennifer Pearson, Melanie S. Toledo, and Dianne Connery.

2:00-2:30 p.m.

  • Connecting the Community – Digital Inclusion: Dianne Connery
  • Nitty Gritty Policy Makeover: Jennie Garner
  • Winning Grants for Small & Rural Libraries: Stephanie Gerding
  • Park It Right Here: Creating Welcoming Grounds at Rural Public Libraries: Angela Gonzalez
  • Understanding Political Power and Influence: Patrick Sweeney

2:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Libraries and ebooks; challenges and opportunities: Cindy Altick Aden
  • Building Stronger Relationships with Tribal Libraries: Janessa Esquivel
  • Virtual Storytime: Bailee Hutchinson
  • Library learning in the time of COVID: resources and tips for library people : Veronda J. Pitchford
  • Library Reopening Plans: Mary Soucie

3:00-4:00 p.m. 

  • CLOSING KEYNOTE: Crosby Kemper, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

The conference page has full descriptions of sessions and presenters. Learn more and register.

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