2018 Amigos Member Conference: Maximizing Your Resources – Saving $$, Saving Time



Changes in technology, user expectations, and the economy are redefining the roles and services of libraries and librarians. In response to these transformations, libraries are revising buildings, staffing patterns, collections, services, purchasing practices, technology, and more. Libraries are working smarter to do more with less and librarians are adapting to new and different roles. Our Wednesday, May 16 member conference will address these issues and offer best practices on how you can maximize the resources available at your library.

We would love to showcase our vendors to our members! With the sponsorship, your company will get exposure to libraries of various sizes and types. This year our Learn @ Lunch sponsors will have the opportunity to do a short pre-recorded presentation.

If you have any questions about the conference topic or presenting at an online conference, contact Tracy Rochow Byerly, Chief Programs Officer at byerly@amigos.org or 800-843-8482, ext. 2891.

Candidates for Board of Directors (Librarian) – three to be elected for a three-year term:

portrait: David EckertMr. David Eckert
Library Director, Crowley Ridge Regional Library System (AR)

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portrait: Sheila JohnsonMs. Sheila Johnson
Dean of Libraries, Oklahoma State University (OK)

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portrait: Barbara LovatoDr. Barbara Lovato
Library Director, University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus (NM)

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portrait: Anna StrackeljahnMs. Anna Strackeljahn
Director, Lindenwood University-Belleville Campus Library (IL)

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portrait: Jennifer StrayhornMs. Jennifer Strayhorn
Library Director, Texarkana Public Library (TX-AR)

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Candidate for Board of Directors (Independent) – one to be elected for a three-year term:

portrait: Heather HagemanMs. Heather Hageman
Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Washington University Medical Campus (MO)

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Below are the presentations that will play during the Learn @ Lunch session. If you are unable to attend, we still want you to participate! You can participate in the contest until May 25, 2018.

To enter:

  • Click on each vendor logo and listen to the short presentation
  • Listen at the end for the Amigos SECRET WORDS
  • Enter each vendor's special words into the answer submission form below
  • Complete the form and submit

Questions? Contact Terri at mertz@amigos.org. Good luck!

Learn @ Lunch Presentations
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Wednesday May 16, 2018
Times - all CDT Session Session Links Presenter(s)
9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote - Leadership: The Innovation Leadership Imperative
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Go to session portal Mary Lee Kennedy
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. I Have an I.D.E.A.: Low Barrier Project Management for Effective Resource Allocation
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Go to session portal Elizabeth German
10:15 a.m. Increasing Your Reach on Social Media Without Ads
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Go to session portal Marla Lobley and Megan Hasler
10:15 a.m. Re-evaluate, re-purpose and do it yourself. How we saved money and changed spaces
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Go to session portal Barbara Lovato
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Member Meeting
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Go to session portal Amigos Board Members
12:30 p.m. Break
12:45 p.m. Learn @ Lunch
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Go to session portal Member Discount Vendors
1:15 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. Cycle of Success: Communicating the Value of Your Library
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Go to session portal Grace Atkins and Taira M. Meadowcroft
1:30 p.m. Doing Less with Less - Sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Go to session portal Sara Seaman
1:30 p.m. Maximizing Your Staff
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Go to session portal Dana Belcher
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Closing Keynote - Let It Go: Rethinking Library Services
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Go to session portal John Spears

Wednesday May 16 Sessions
Mary Lee Kennedy portraitKeynote Speaker: Mary Lee Kennedy - mkennedy@arl.org

Session Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. CST

Session Title: Opening Keynote - Leadership: The Innovation Leadership Imperative

Session Description: We've all heard the saying, "Innovate or Die". What does this mean for libraries as we participate in one of the greatest technological revolutions yet? This talk presents why's and how's that all of us can use to create a culture of innovation. Based on the concepts of Strategic Conversations and experience in leading innovation across multiple types of libraries, the presenter will ground theory in practice by explaining innovation communities and the benefits they foster for staff, partners, and customers.

Speaker Bio: Mary Lee Kennedy partners with organizations to empower and inspire local and global communities to create and use the knowledge that enhances lives. While digital technology has opened education and economic development opportunities, there is vast untapped potential in how we connect and use information. In her consulting practice and as the former Chief Library Officer at the New York Public Library, Senior Associate Provost at Harvard, and Director of Knowledge Networks at Microsoft, Mary Lee’s career is focused on innovating the way we share credible knowledge.

Elizabeth German portraitSpeaker: Elizabeth German - egerman@tamu.edu

Session Time: 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. CST

Session Title: I Have an I.D.E.A.: Low Barrier Project Management for Effective Resource Allocation

Session Description: Choices must be made when deciding what projects to take on and which ones need to be deferred. In a world where libraries need to do less with more, these choices can be very difficult. This presentation will describe an “I.D.E.A. document” that asks potential project managers to: (I)dentify; (D)efine; (E)xpand; and (A)uthorize the basic premise of their idea. This one to two-page document helps decision makers understand where resources would be allocated and makes transparent the work throughout the organization. The I.D.E.A. document is based within formal project management and contains essential elements such as scope, budget, stakeholders, and risks through a value-added process that minimizes red tape.

Speaker Bio: Beth is an Assistant Librarian at Texas A&M University where she is the Service Design Librarian. In this role she connects user experience and project management to develop and enhance library tools and services. She received her Professional Management Professional certification in 2017 and has over 4500 hours of project management experience. Currently her work includes an investigation into library inventory discovery, redesigning the SFX user flow, building out the Libraries' project portfolio, and integrating a new digital assets management ecosystem into the current user experience. Her research interests include user search behavior, design thinking, library governance, and universal design.

Megan Hasler portraitSpeakers: Marla Lobley - mlobely@ecok.edu

Megan Hasler - mhasler@ecok.edu
Session Time: 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. CST

Session Title: Increasing Your Reach on Social Media Without Ads

Session Description: Linscheid Library tripled their average reach on Facebook without spending money on ads and without investing loads of time into creating original content. The presenters will discuss quick, simple ways to create live videos and incorporate special collections into social media posts. They will lead participants in activities to identify resources available at their home libraries that can be converted to social media content and will encourage participants to share about their own social media successes.

Marla Lobley portraitSpeaker Bio: Megan Hasler is the Technical Services Librarian at East Central University in Ada, OK. She graduated from Harding University with a BA in Early Childhood Education and Louisiana State University with a Master of Library and Information Science.

Speaker Bio: Marla Lobley is the Public Services Librarian at East Central University in Ada, OK. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BS in Family Studies and a MS in Library Science. She has presented at the 2015 Texas Library Association conference and the 2017 Oklahoma Library Association iCon.

Barbara Lovato portraitSpeaker: Barbara Lovato - bllovato@unm.edu

Session Time: 10:15 - 11:00 a.m. CST

Session Title: Re-evaluate, re-purpose and do it yourself. How we saved money and changed spaces

Session Description: Twenty-three years later after the campus library building was completed, a local bond made funds available to replace the original thread-bare and worn out carpet in the 10,000-square foot facility. Since everything was going to have to be moved, we were able to systematically replace, reorganize and re-envision spaces, processes and collections. During the project, we incorporated the reference collection into the regular stacks and created a special collection for local legal resources among other substantial changes. We re-purposed old reference shelving to create "cafe'" seating areas through the library and by making longer stack ranges we were able to create more open spaces for student seating. Planning consisted of everything from moving around scale model pieces of paper representing stacks and furniture to moving around actual stacks and furniture to see how it looked. It was an extremely tedious, iterative and exhausting process.

Speaker Bio: Barbara Lovato has worked in the library field for nearly 20 years and is currently the Library Director and Senior Lecturer III at The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. She has worked in every area (technical services, public services, reference and administration) and position (technician, specialist, Librarian, Associate Director and Director) in an academic library. She has taught Library Instruction sessions in a wide range of topics as well face-to-face, for-credit instruction in the area of Research Methods. Her research interests, publications and presentations have included Library User Satisfaction, Internet Research, Copyright and Fair Use and Emerging Information Technologies. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and enjoys volunteer work, reading, watching movies, working as background in television and movies, fishing, hunting, hiking and spending time with her family.

Grace Atkins portraitSpeakers: Grace Atkins - atkinsge@missouri.edu

Taira M. Meadowcroft - MeadowcroftT@health.missouri.edu
Session Time: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. CST

Session Title: Cycle of Success: Communicating the Value of Your Library

Session Description: How have the Libraries contributed to your success? Asking this simple question to stakeholders can go a long way toward library advocacy. In 2017, the University of Missouri Libraries' Marketing Team established a method for gathering library user success stories and publishing them on their news page. Under the banner of "Cycle of Success," the University Libraries invite users to allow the them to feature their work and share their stories. These curated stories have gone on to be featured in campus newsletters and news outlets, which has extended the reach of these stories and has centralized the libraries in campus conversation. Cycle of Success is the idea that libraries, faculty, and students are linked; for one to truly succeed, we must all succeed. The path to success is formed by the connections between University of Missouri Libraries and faculty members, between faculty members and students, and between students and the libraries that serve them. More than just success, this is also a connection of mutual respect, support, and commitment to forward-thinking research.

Taira Meadowcroft portrait

Speaker Bio: Taira Meadowcroft is an Information Services Librarian for the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri. She focuses on providing evidence-based information to health practitioners in MU Health Care and assisting with their quality improvement efforts. It is through her work on the University of Missouri Libraries’ Marketing Team that she communicates the valuable impact the library can make in health care. While librarian by day, by night, Taira is an avid podcast listener, who has far too many episodes in her queue which causes a tiny bit of anxiety, but it’s all in the name of learning.

Speaker Bio: Grace Atkins is the Outreach & Open Education Librarian for the University of Missouri Libraries. A longtime advocate for open education, Grace is currently a designer and implementer of the University of Missouri System's Affordable & Open Educational Resources initiative, a SPARC Open Education Leadership fellow, and an Open Textbook Network system leader for the state of Missouri. She is an active member of the University of Missouri Libraries' Marketing Team, which streamlines communication and leads library advocacy efforts.

Sara Seaman portraitSpeaker: Sara Seaman - sara.seaman@np.edu

Session Time: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. CST

Session Title: Doing Less with Less: A Proven Strategy

Session Description: Doing more with less is the reality facing all librarians. But let's be honest. That approach, usually forced on us by funding constraints, at best cuts corners and buys a little time. In the long-run it reduces library quality and burns out employees. Implementing a "doing less with less" strategy results in increased productivity and decreased stress. In this session, we explore how a two-year college library has been able to increase the value of its service and collection by doing less with less, while gaining a great deal more in the process.

Speaker Bio: Sara Seaman’s library career reflects a diversity of experience and practices. It bridges the 20th and 21st century technologies, from card catalogs to Integrated Library Systems, Telex II to internet based databases, and print to digital. Seaman has worked in libraries large, medium, and small; encompassing public, corporate, and academic settings; and positions ranging from business and engineering specialist, one-person librarian, corporate consultant, to library director. Libraries include the University of Oklahoma Library, Tulsa City-County Library system, Rockwell International, major oil-industry corporations, Tulsa Community College, and Omaha’s Kaplan University. She is happy to be at home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, directing the National Park College Library since 2008.

Dana Belcher portraitSpeaker: Dana Belcher - dbelcher@ecok.edu

Session Time: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. CST

Session Title: Maximizing Your Staff – Reorganization and Training on a Shoestring

Session Description: In August 2012, Linscheid Library underwent a full staff reorganization to realign job duties and titles that had become skewed due to high staff turnover. With the full cooperation of all staff, redeployment went smoothly and was received positively. However, staff turnover is still problematic creating the need to fill voids efficiently and effectively. Cross-training is now a priority, with official ICE designations made to compensate for vacations, illness, and resignations. This first part of this presentation will walk through the reorganization process and subsequent training materials for new hires. The second half will focus on dealing with staff absences, creating ICE contacts, and cross-training materials and issues.

Speaker Bio: Dana Belcher has served as the library director at East Central University’s Linscheid Library since January 2016, and served as assistant library director from July 2005-December 2015. After receiving her MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 1996, she served as the periodicals and acquisitions librarian at ECU from July 1997-December 2015. She has been active in OLA since 1997, serving as chair of the Interlibrary Cooperation Committee for two years, as co-chair of the Vendor Relations Committee since OLA’s Centennial in 2007, and on the Program Committee for conference. Dana truly enjoys being involved in the professional association and in the entire conference process. She was active in SIGALO (Serials Interest Group for All Libraries in Oklahoma) and OKULS (Oklahoma Union List of Serials), serving as webmaster for both. Dana is an experienced librarian having served all areas of the profession, from acquisitions to cataloging to circulation, reference, instruction and as liaison. Service and assessment are her passions as they are the driving forces to providing a positive and productive experience to all library users.

John Spears portraitKeynote Speaker: John Spears - jspears@ppld.org

Session Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CST

Session Title: Closing Keynote - Let It Go: Rethinking Library Services

Session Description: We tend to think of library services as simply circulation, reference, and programming, but libraries do so much more. Unfortunately, though, when it comes to serving our communities, we are sometimes our own worst enemies. All too often, we establish policies and practices that are built around our convenience and expectations instead of the needs of those we serve. Breaking free of this mindset can be difficult, and it may require slaughtering a herd of sacred cows. Building a truly community-focused library intent on removing unnecessary barriers allows our users to define their own experiences—ones without artificial limitations. This can have long-term benefits in how we are perceived, better utilize our scarce resources of time and money, and maybe even reignite staff’s passion. It’s time to rethink library services beyond the traditional model and unleash the creativity of our staff and our community.

Speaker Bio: John Spears has been Chief Librarian & CEO of the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) since early 2016. Mr. Spears has nearly 20 years of experience working in urban, suburban, and rural libraries. Prior to joining PPLD, he served as the director of libraries in Salt Lake City (UT), Naperville (IL), and Joliet (IL).

John is a past president of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and was the 2015 Utah Librarian of the Year. He is active in PLA as a contributing editor to Public Libraries magazine and co-author of “Forward Thinking,” a column that explores trends in public librarianship. He believes that libraries act as a catalyst in the artistic, cultural, economic, and civic development of their communities, and that the strength of a library resides in the staff and the connections they form with those they serve.

In addition to his work in the library profession, John’s passions include serving those experiencing homelessness, working with young addicts to overcome their dependency and reach their full potential, and promoting and participating in the arts. Within his own community, he serves on the governing board of the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care and the boards of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Ithaka Land Trust and Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs. He also enjoys traveling, cooking, and taking care of their three dogs with his partner, Brian.

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