Big Talk, Small Libraries

The Public Libraries in Ohio are some of the greatest in the nation. We have awesome libraries due to local and state support, as well as advocacy support of the Ohio Library Council. We have incredible continuing education offered through OLC, the State Library of Ohio, Regional Library Services, and consortia, to name a few resources.

As small libraries, we sometimes have trouble finding the time or funding to get away to bigger events such as conferences and conventions. Your Small Library Action Council understands this, and we are working to make events more accessible for you.

In the meantime, we believe it is important to share resources with you that could help you in your libraries. There are two upcoming online conferences, which are both free, that you should know about.

The first conference is BIG TALK FROM SMALL LIBRARIES 2017 presented by Nebraska Library Commission. The conference will take place February 24, 8:45 – 5:00. You can find more information at this link:

The second conference is LIBRARY 2.017: EXPERTISE, COMPETENCIES, AND CAREERS. This conference is open to libraries of all sizes, and will take place March 29, 3:00 – 6:00. You can find more information at this link:

I have attended a Library 2.0 conference in the past. Not only is it full of great information, but it can also be a fun experience from the comfort of your library. You navigate to different sessions, browse the vendor exhibits, and you can interact with presenters, attendees, and vendors.

I encourage you to think about these options for additional, free, continuing education.

Cheers and happy learning!

Betsy Eggers, Director
Napoleon Public Library


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