This year, we are so lucky to have a new face on our team. Claire McCully accepted our internship position last month, and has been doing an amazing job enhancing our social media presence and getting the word out about April 16th. We've enjoyed getting to know her, and thought you should meet her too!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I received my Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Before starting graduate school, I worked for several years as a bedding designer. When that industry started moving overseas, I began to look into new career options. I started working in customer service and began volunteering at the public library. Through these opportunities, I realized I wanted my new career to have a helping aspect. I see librarianship as a career where I can help others by being an information resource.
What aspect of librarianship most excites you?
I am very interested in library marketing and programming. With an increasing number of library services online, it is a challenge to reach community members who may no longer visit the library building. Libraries must market themselves in new ways to ensure the community knows all the services public libraries offer. I am excited to be a part of the Library OnConference team and gain more experience using social media as a marketing tool.
Tell us one fun, interesting fact about you.
I designed bedding for Seventeen Magazine, Hilary Duff, and Baby Phat.
What is the best book you’ve read lately?
I liked The Bees by Laline Paull with its unique twist on a dystopian story. Told from a bee’s perspective, it reveals the secrets of the bee world.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy crafting, travel, yoga, watching movies, and listening to audiobooks.
What do you hope to do in your library career?
I enjoy helping public library patrons and would love to work with readers’ advisory, programming, and marketing. I plan to continue to help spread the word that today’s libraries are important community resources that offer much more than books.
Claire, we wish all the best, and thank you for donating your time and talent to Library OnConference.
We're excited to announce that The Library OnConference was mentioned in Associations Now, a publication for the American Society of Association Executives. Since then we've been asked more questions about the conference. Here are some updated FAQs. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Who is invited to participate in the Library OnConference? Any library professional who is interested in meeting other library professionals, sharing new ideas, and learning from one another!
If the conference is free, how do you operate? The Library OnConference is completely volunteer-based. Everyone from the keynote speaker to the moderators to the organizers choose to do this because they are genuinely passionate about the future of libraries and the people who work in them.
How do I use Google Hangouts? Google Hangouts is always adding new features, so definitely check this page. All you need is a computer, headphones, microphone, and a Google + account so you can access Google Hangouts.
How will the conference be organized? The conference will be held in the afternoon on Thursday, April 16. You can see how last year's conference was organized here. We are currently in the process of organizing our key note speaker, moderators, and intern. If you're interested in helping out, apply here.
What are the small group hangout sessions about? At registration, participants will select the topic/theme that most interests them. After the keynote speaker, participants will go to the small group session based on their preferred topic. Moderators will help guide conversation as participants meet and share ideas.
When can I register? Stay tuned for registration dates! You can apply to be a moderator or intern now!
Barbara & Gwyn presented at the Illinois Library Association's Annual Conference about the Library OnConference! Conference moderators, Jennifer Drinka and Maggie Thomann, stopped by and so did Secretary of State Jesse White. We also got to share the Library OnConference with librarians in academia, schools, and public libraries- so much fun! Check out our survey results and the pictures below. We're planning another Library OnConference this spring so stay tuned!
For many of you, Monday, July 14, may be the first time you've visited our site. Welcome!
The whole beauty of this new conference model is that we, in may ways, don't know what will happen, either! Let's face it: Google Hangouts may completely change by August 26th. We have no idea how many participants will want to get involved or what hangouts will be popular. And that's completely OK.
We've prepared. We'll roll with it. It is our hope that not only will you learn the skills to interact with colleagues virtually, but that you will be empowered to continue to do so, all over the map, without hesitation that a virtual meet-and-greet will be a pain, take up too much time, or feel weird. Feel good about yourself: it takes courage the first time around!
Our moderators are working hard on engaging questions to spark discussion, so really, there is no need to prepare, other than setting up your equipment. Bring your ideas, and something that makes you proud to work at your library. Maybe you started a new program at your library. Maybe you are laying the foundation for a new service. Or maybe you work with amazing people and want to talk about your team.
Whatever it is, we want to hear it! Go #liboncon!
The Library OnConference (Lib OnCon) is created for you. As fellow public librarians, we understand that some of your best ideas come from sharing experiences, talking about difficulties, and just getting connected with other library professionals. But we also understand the reality that many public libraries and librarians face: understaffing and budget restrictions. These issues can hinder library staff from going to conferences that would introduce them to the very people who can provide much-needed inspiration and motivation.
That's why we're introducing Lib OnCon. Without worrying about travel, registration, and staff scheduling, we hope that anyone who wishes to participate is able to. All you need is Google Hangouts and you'll be connected to an amazing keynote speaker and fantastic library colleagues. Unlike other virtual conferences, this one will let you chat with each other in small group sessions.
As registration opens up, we will post details about how you can attend this new, virtual get-together. In the meantime, meet our team, learn about the keynote speaker, and get excited!
Looking forward to "hanging out" in August,
Lib OnCon Team
CONNECT, SHARE IDEAS, GET INSPIRED.