NEST 2011

NEST, the annual public library retreat, was held October 6th and 7th at The Barn in Valley Falls.

Here’s the agenda with links to handouts as available.

October 6th

9:00 – 10:30
Library Directors Café (this 90-minute session is for directors only please)
You asked for time for directors to talk and here it is! Participate in structured discussions about the issues you face and the opportunities you would like to create as the director of a library.
Others are invited to view the Joan Frye-Williams/George Needham webinar “Libraries in a Post-Print World” and then to participate in a follow-up discussion.

10:30 – 11:15
Roy Bird, author, and Gwen Battis, illustrator, discuss their new book Little Ike.

11:15 – 11:45
Jim Minges with NEKLS News


1:00 – 1:50
Breakout Sessions

A. Book Repair for Busy People
Presented by Kim Rutter (SEKLS)
Book Repair
We’re all busy and don’t have as much money as we’d like. Will repairs you make to your library’s books be worth the time you spend making them? How do you know that you’re making good repairs and not making the problem worse? Will people want to check the book out or will your repair be the last time that book touches human hands before it’s weeded? Join us to explore the process of repairing library books.

B. DIY Public Relations: The Basics of Publicity and Promotion for Public Libraries
Presented by Susan Brown, Lawrence Public Library
Susan will cover how to write a good press release, working with the media, cross promoting on social media, and using word-of-mouth marketing.

C. Managing Professional Information Overload
Presented by Heather Braum (NEKLS)
Struggling to keep track of all the content you need to read, watch, listen to, and share professionally to stay up-to-date, but can’t manage it all? Learn about five free online tools, including Evernote and Diigo, that can help you manage professional information overload.

Slides, bookmark handout, and resources can all be found on the resource post for this presentation.

2:00 – 2:50
Breakout Sessions

A. What’s in a Mystery?
Presented by Cathy Newland (Silver Lake Library)
Whodunit? Cathy Newland, in the library, with a candlestick, shining a light on great mysteries, past and present.

B. ALTAFF Trustee Training Academy
Facilitated by Brenda Hough (NEKLS)
Was your library one of the libraries that signed up for a year of access to the ALTAFF modules? Have you and your trustees started using them yet? Join this session for a review of what’s available and tips on how to use them with trustees.

C. Code Adam and Child Safety
Presented by Diana Weaver and Jenne Laytham (Basehor Community Library)
Code Adam is a child-safety program that has been implemented in businesses and organizations nationwide. It outlines steps for library staff to take if a child is reported missing. The Basehor Community Library has adopted these procedures and Diana and Jenne will discuss the program and how to implement it in your own library.

3:00 – 3:50
Breakout Sessions

A. Awakening Creativity Through Improv
Presented by John Robison (Roving Imp Theater)
If all the world’s a stage, then improv skills can help everyone! Step outside of your comfort zone and learn some improv techniques, which can foster creative thinking, making connections, and solving problems. Participants in this session will deliver a brief performance for the rest of the group at 5 PM.

B. Creating a Digital Collection
Presented by Sharon Moreland (NEKLS) and Adrienne Olejnik (Rossville Community Library)
Resources for this presentation are on the Tech Day webpage
Northeast Kansas History is a community based digital archive designed to capture and preserve the stories, images and memories of the region. See what has been digitized already (Bonner Springs, Wellsville, and Rossville) and learn about possibilities for the future.

C.Cooking the Books: Fall Recipes for Budget Success (Powerpoint Presentation)
Presented by Laura DeBaun (NEKLS)
Fall is not a time for your budget brain to hibernate. Check out these hearty “recipes” to beat the budget blues. This will be a “challenging” session, but chocolate will be provided.

4:00 Take a Break

5:00 Pre-dinner Entertainment (including a book quiz and a performance from the improv session)

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Evening Networking and Fun
Swim! Play board games!

October 7th

9:00 – 9:50
Adult Reading Discussion
Presented by Patti Poe, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Hear what the panelists have been doing to promote adult reading in their communities. Brainstorm ideas for your own adult reading programming. Do you have an adult summer reading program? Adult story time? Will you participate in Kansas Reads (the selected book is Our Boys)?

10:00 – 10:50
What’s in the cards for Children’s Programming?
Presented by Stacey VanHouten (Basehor Public Library) and Brenda Hough (NEKLS)
6 by 6      and    Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
Share your plans for Kansas Reads to Preschoolers. Learn about the 6 by 6 early literacy program that is being rolled out statewide. Find out what’s planned for Summer Reading 2012. And more!

11:00 – 11:50
Action! Action Planning
Facilitated by Brenda Hough and Cindi Hickey
NEST Action Plan (borrowed heavily from WebJunction)
It’s not really a retreat if you don’t get some time to reflect! After a brief overview of the action planning process, participants will spend some time reflecting on things they have learned, thought, or heard about at NEST 2011 and will decide on one “to do” to plan. Participants will then share ideas with others for feedback.


1:00 – 3:30
Broadband Everywhere: Libraries Connect Kansas
Presented by Cindi Hickey and Shannon Roy
How can we use broadband? What is the state of broadband access in Kansas? How can we sustain and upgrade access? Hear Kansas broadband stories. Preview the KS Broadband website and toolkit.








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