Fabulous Fridays Announcement and Registration Form
These popular one-day conferences sponsored by the NCLA Public Library Section, will engage you in lively discussions about issues that matter to you everyday. Come and hear from leaders in NC libraries, while sharing ideas and learning from your colleagues.
In addition to sessions on Circulation, Merchandising, Youth Services, Volunteers, Security, Reference, Providing Great Service with Reduced Resources, Digitizing Local History, and ebooks, you’ll hear from our keynote speaker, NC State Librarian, Cal Shepard.
For your convenience, these conferences are located in three locations across the state.
For more information or special dietary needs, contact Chuck Ebert at cebert [at] durhamcountync [dot] gov.
Dates and locations:
October 12—Pack Memorial Library, Buncombe County Public Libraries, 67 Haywood St., Asheville
October 19—Central Library, Forsyth County Library, 660 West 5th St., Winston-Salem
October 26—Braswell Memorial Library, 727 North Grace St., Rocky Mount
Registration fee, which includes lunch.
$30 Non-Members of NCLA
$15 NCLA members non-PLS members
$10 NCLA PLS members
Cal Shepard, State Librarian
9:30 AM Registration and coffee
9:55 AM Welcome
10-11 AM First concurrent sessions (4 sessions)
11:15 AM-Noon Keynote Speaker (Cal Shepard, State Librarian)
Noon-12:45 PM Lunch (provided as part of registration)
1:00-2:00 PM Second concurrent sessions (4 sessions)
2:15-3:15 PM Third/final concurrent sessions (4 sessions)
3:15-3:30 PM Wrap-Up/Evaluation
Breakout Sessions Available:
Description: Come share your experiences and learn tips and tricks from your colleagues by joining us for our Circulation Issues Panel Discussion! Panelists will discuss hot topics and actively seek audience participation and questions. This is your chance to learn about creative solutions and innovative ideas for those tricky circulation situations relevant to today's libraries.
Digitizing Local History
Description: We hear more and more about digitization, but what does it mean and how can you library participate? Learn how NC libraries, large and small, can dip their toes into digitization through the lessons learned by librarians themselves; also featuring the valuable assistance available through the NC Digital Heritage Center in Chapel Hill.
The Medium is the Message: What Does Your Merchandising Say About You?
Description: Take a tour of library and retail merchandising styles to see how you can improve merchandising, signs, and displays. Come away with fresh ideas, and a complete Thanksgiving display that you can use!
Managing the eBook Explosion @ Your Library
Description: eBooks have become explosively popular with our patrons. How do we manage and juggle this growing demand? Join us for a panel discussion of public library staff that will share their experiences and answer questions about eBook collection development and budgeting; publisher restrictions and challenges; training patrons and staff; and troubleshooting common problems. Join us for the discussion and share your thoughts about what the eBook future may hold for public libraries.
Beyond Storytimes: Youth Programming that Works
Description: Programming for youth is rewarding but can be challenging, especially for staff with multiple roles (children, teens, families) in programming. Get your programming groove back with new and proven approaches to youth programming, from leaders in serving children and teens!
Description: Both library customers and staff want to feel safe in the library. Join security experts and staff who have pioneered best practices in creating and maintaining safe environments in libraries. Learn how you can make a difference.
Providing Great Service with Reduced Resources
Description: How do we keep customers coming back in an era of reduced resources for library staffing, collections, programs, and services? As libraries are increasingly faced with tough decisions like these, join us for a discussion of how libraries are finding both strategic and practical ways to serve and delight customers.
Description: As libraries seek ways to be the best stewards of available resources, we will explore how libraries are involving volunteers. Come hear best practices for developing a volunteer program, identifying branch needs and managing volunteers. The panelists will also address any specific needs, issues and concerns of those attending. A resource guide will be distributed.
Moving Beyond the Desk: New Approaches to Reference
Description: Reference has changed immensely in the last 10 years, with online reference, fewer print resources, more emphasis on technology skills, and innovative outreach to the community. Join panelists from NC libraries to hear how they have embraced new models of service to reach customers in today’s ever-changing environment.