Upcoming conference is where librarians go for informationA library is a great place to turn to when you need information or you want a good read. But where does the librarian go for information and training?
By: Alison Stucke, For the Budgeteer News
A library is a great place to turn to when you need information or you want a good read. But where does the librarian go for information and training?
Scores of library and information professionals and volunteers from the Lake Superior area and beyond are expected to attend the second annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) this Friday, June 7, at WITC-Superior for a day of learning, resource sharing, and networking.
“I really enjoyed going to LSLS last year,” says Duluthian Emily Savageau, MLIS. “It was fun being around a group of people who shared a similar interest. I’m excited to hear what everyone is talking about this year at the symposium. I’m also presenting for the first time so that will be a new experience.”
Registration is still open for anyone interested in “getting your northern library on.” See the event’s website at http://lakesuperiorlibrariessymposium.com/ or register at the door between 8:00 and 8:45 a.m. The conference runs 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at WITC, 600 North 21st Street, Superior.
“The creative masterminds behind LSLS provided librarians in our region with an excellent low-cost opportunity for networking and learning,” says Diane Kauppi, MLIS, of the Ruth A. Myers Library/Ojibwe Archives at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Don’t expect to hear any “shushing” at this event as cutting-edge library, information, and technology expertise hums throughout the building. “Libraries by Design” is the theme of the event (borrowed, with all due respect, from popular HGTV programs), and workshops will focus on how library/information workers design their space, skills, and services in the 21st century.
This second annual event will feature keynote speaker Nate Hill, assistant director of the Chattanooga Public Library, co-chair of the Digital Public Library of America’s Audience & Participation Workstream, and one of Library Journal’s 2012 “Movers and Shakers.” Most recently, he’s been coordinating a redesign of the fourth floor of Chattanooga’s downtown library as a community space for knowledge sharing and media production.
Additional highlights will include the choice of 16 workshops presented by participants from throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, on topics including library marketing, collaboration tools, social media for libraries, and much more, as well as networking time during lunch (provided) and breaks.
Social gatherings pre-conference (Thursday at Dubh Linn Irish Pub in Duluth) and post-conference (Friday at The Thirsty Pagan in Superior) will provide more opportunities for library-related deep thinking.
LSLS was developed by librarians from the Duluth/Superior area to help librarians develop enhanced professional networks and promote resource sharing and communication between organizations.
“When we work together, we can do so much more for the people who use our libraries. I hope the success of LSLS continues and that it also inspires local, grassroots professional events in other areas,” said Matt Rosendahl, director of Learning Resources at WITC, and a member of the planning committee of the LSLS.
More than 130 librarians from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula joined in the learning and fun at the LSLS inaugural conference held June 1, 2012, at WITC-Superior. In January 2013, LSLS held an “Un-Symposium” that brought together information specialists for an afternoon filled with networking, a technology “petting zoo,” and discussion sessions on topics of the participants’ choosing. Super-sized note pages were posted on the wall, and topics were listed, voted on, and selected in real time.
For more information on the event or to register, visit the LSLS website at http://lakesuperiorlibrariessymposium.com/lsls13/.
Alison Stucke lives in Duluth and is a librarian at WITC-Superior.