Did you watch a session with staff members or colleagues? Or maybe you will watch a session recording as a staff? Use these questions to start your conversations or to keep them going.
Keynote, Kick Starter, Closing Session
Librarians and Bartenders: Why People Need Us
What are your "three Bs?"
What do you do to stay positive and encouraging each day, especially during the difficult moments?
How do you end your day at the library in a positive way?
Kick Starter: How to Become a Great Speaker: A Step By Step Guide
What makes you nervous when you speak? How can you turn this into a positive thing?
What can you do as a speaker to make your audience more comfortable?
What ways can you make your presentation better or enhance it?
Closing Session: Trials and Triumphs for a Public Library Facilities Manager
What lessons can you take away when things go wrong at the library?
When was the last time you showed another staff member respect? Is it something you do daily?
Library Leadership Track
Developing Dynamic Leadership For Your Library
When was the last time you failed at the library, and what did you learn from it?
What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can they help you grow as a leader?
Who are you as a leader? How can you best lead your staff?
The Wild Introvert: Why Quieter People Are Excellent Leaders
What are some of your best qualities as an introverted leader?
What are ways you decompress as a leader when you have a full day of being "on?"
How could staff perceive an introverted leadership style as a disadvantage?
Ethics in the 21st Century
What can your library do more of to help patrons become their best selves?
How can libraries help bridge the digital divide when it comes to skill sets?
When was the last time you did an audit of your library's policy guidelines? Is it time to re-look at them?
Managing a Vibrant Volunteer Program
Why does your library have volunteers? Why do people volunteer at your library? Do these two match?
What are your volunteer policies? What role will the library have in volunteer rights?
What procedures does your library have in place in case a volunteer isn't fitting with your library's mission?
How do you thank your volunteers?
Tech Trends Track
Best of the Web: 2018
What is your favorite web tool that Richard shared?
What tools do you think could be applicable to your library?
How could using these tools be used in current library programming?
Sharpening the Bleeding Edge: Four Technologies That Librarians Should Watch
What additional challenges or opportunities do you see for libraries for each technology?
Do you use any of these technologies in your library or personal life yet? If so, which ones and why?
Tech Notes from the Field
What Tech Tip or Lesson did you find most useful?
What is your favorite tech tip or tool that you use every day?
Small & Mighty Track
Not Just for Kids: After Hours Programming for Adults
What contingency plans and other information do we need to gather to make an after-hours program work here?
Which of these programs seem like the best fit for our community/library?
How can you gather feedback about what will be most well-received at your library?
What potential partners/programs/organizations can we work with to sponsor or present programs?
Practical Privacy for Libraries
What is one thing you might implement at your library to help people with privacy?
What obstacles do you expect to encounter when trying to share this information, or trying to implement privacy practices in your library?
Strategic Planning When You Can't Afford a Consultant
Organizational Services Track
Part-Time Employees – Big Time Impact
How can you work on challenges for including your part-time staff into the library?
What does your on-boarding process look like for part-time staff?
How do you celebrate the successes of your part-time staff?
Building Respect Inside the Library Walls
As a library leader, how can you best create a positive atmosphere among your staff inside the library?
What kinds of guidelines does your library have for meetings? Are they based on respect and listening?
How or what can you do to show your co-workers that you appreciate what they are doing?
Above and Beyond: Developing a Culture of Organizational Citizenship
What is the organizational culture of your library? Is it well defined?
What is important to your library culture, and why?
What do you teach your new employees? What do you encourage in new employees?
Youth Services Track
Is There an App for That? Working With Young People in the Digital Age
How can the science of the adolescent brain help you better serve youth?
How might you incorporate opportunities for teens to hang out, mess around, and geek out into your space?
What kind of partnerships might you build with other youth serving organizations to provide more opportunities for
What are the biggest barriers you are facing in working with adolescents? What tools / programs are you experimenting with as a way to engage youth?
Huge Impact, Low Cost
Which of these programs excite you the most?
Do you use Pinterest to research and organize ideas about programs? If not, what do you like to use?
Do you have ideas about some local volunteer activities you could sponsor as a program (like Jen’s volunteer efforts)?
Is there a way to scale the ideas to your local organizations and service providers?
Building Family Engagement Systems Within and Across Library Services
What are some things you are doing already that help with the 5 Rs (reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, re-imagine)?
How can you take your various family engagement efforts and make them more intentional and systematic?
How can you engage your administration and co-workers in participating in the library’s efforts to engage families?