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NLA/NSLA 2016: Pre Conferences
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NLA/NSLA 2016 Joint Conference / Pre-Conference Sessions

All preconferences take place on Wednesday, October 19. Registration for the full conference is not required in order to attend any preconference.

Creativity and Collaboration – Unleashed (Registration $10)

Sponsored by the NLA Special and Institutional Section, Do Space, the NLA Public Library and Trustee Section, the NLA College and University Section, and the Nebraska Regional Library Systems

Join us for a full day preconference at Do Space, a community technology library, invention workshop, and digital playground located in the heart of Omaha (72nd and Dodge). Tours of Do Space will be offered at various points throughout the day, simultaneous with informative panel discussions and sessions focused on taking the themes of this preconference back to your community. Sessions will examine the role of the library in the development of community creativity, collaborative learning, exploration, community engagement, and invention. Attendance will be limited to 40 due to space constraints.

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch is on your own)
Location: Do Space,  7205 Dodge Street [Google Map]
Limit: Maximum of 40 attendees.
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Community Engagement & Conversation (Registration $35)

Sponsored by: NLA Public Library and Trustee Section

In this participatory session you will explore the role of community engagement and community conversations in your library. Through interaction with your colleagues you will learn how community engagement can be used to build strong relationships with strategic partners, address the issues facing your community, and help discover your library’s place in the community.   Stuart Chittenden, of Squish Talks, will lead you through activities surrounding conversation and its importance in building community. He will reflect on his recent project, A Couple of 830 Mile Long Conversations, and will share what he learned in his conversations with Nebraska’s communities.   We will discuss a variety of methodologies for employing community engagement, and share how they can be implemented in your library. With the help of your colleagues, you will begin to identify areas of opportunity in your community and develop strategies to take advantage of these opportunities to address community issues. You will then be given the tools to guide a similar conversation at your library or in your community.   Find out more about Squish Talks at

Presenters: Micki Dietrich, Omaha Public Library; Megan Klein Hewett, Omaha Public Library; and Stuart Chittenden, Squish Talks

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch is included)
Location: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Limit: Maximum of 30 attendees. Minimum of 10 attendees, or session will be cancelled.


Storytelling Tips & Techniques (Registration: Free)

What can be done to freshen up or expand the book/storytime experience? Sandra Wallick of Lincoln City Libraries will share websites, storytelling techniques, themes with book titles, music, flannel boards, and more.

Presenter: Sandra Wallick, Lincoln City Libraries

Time: 8:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Limit: No attendance cap.

Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (Registration: Free) 

Are you interested in starting or improving consumer health services in your library? Then this workshop is for you! We will define the core competencies of providing consumer health information services, and then dive directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. The class will begin with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community. Together we will examine issues of literacy, health literacy, and the health information needs of special populations. From there we will explore authoritative resources for just about any type of health question, apps and mobile health technologies, how people are using social networking for health questions, and how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different populations in your community. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets for hands-on exercises. This course provides 4 CE credits towards the Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate.

Presenters: Christian Minter, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, and Annette Parde-Maass, Creighton University Health Sciences Library

Time: 8:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Limit: No attendance cap.

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Transforming Changes in Your Library (Registration: Free)

Sponsored by: NLA College and University Section

Discussion on change management:  how to effect change successfully and how to survive change in your workplace.  Learn why some people just don't work well together and how to change that.  Focus on succeeding with change and not letting change cause you to burn-out.

Presenter: Tina Walker, Fremont Public Library

Time: 1:00 PM -- 5:00 PM
Location: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Limit: Maximum of 20 attendees.

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