#NJLA17 Programming Spotlight: Small Libraries Roundtable

At a small library, librarians wear many hats. Even if someone doesn’t think they’re in a small library, they very well could be if their job description includes “other duties as assigned.” It’s a natural fact of working in a municipal library, and the Small Libraries Section is here to help! Here’s a sneak peek of their programming at conference and another great reason to attend.

Making Your Space: the Nuts and Bolts of Policy and Procedures for Makerspaces, Monday Apr. 24 from 11:00-11:50 AM kicks off Small Libraries’ contribution to conference as a virtual preconference. This is included with your conference registration for free, and can be watched at your convenience if you’re busy on Monday. You’ll walk away from this panel with plans and procedures to ensure that access to your makerspace is fair and safe.

Agree to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable, Tuesday Apr. 25 from 11:30 AM-12:20 PM It is important in all libraries that the staff gets along, and sometimes there’s no easy way to know how to foster a work environment where everyone is open to sharing their comments and suggestions while being able to amicably disagree. Coworker interactions will be the main focus of the panel, but the tools the panelists suggest will be applicable to all aspects of the library world.

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Emerging Technologies and Small Libraries Networking Mixer, Tuesday Apr. 25 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Held in the Eden Lounge, this is the perfect place to network with other librarians whether they’re from small libraries or not. Networking mixers are a great way to meet other librarians from around the state and to unwind after a full day at the conference.


Small is Beautiful 3.0: The Small Libraries Quiz Show, Wednesday Apr. 26 3:40 PM-4:30 PM

What better way to end conference than with audience participation? Audience members will suggest issues they struggle with, and in rapid-fire game show style the panelists will suggest their own fixes. Let your last session at conference be a fun but productive one!

The Small Libraries section has a great selection of programming spread across all three days of conference, so make sure you check out the full schedule for all that they have to offer, and don't forget to REGISTER!

Stacey Shapiro and the 2016-2017 NJLA Conference Committee