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October 2015

Dirty Words with Ben Bizzle (OPP)

October 9, 2015 @ 9:30 am

Ben Bizzle is the director of technology at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a 2013 Library Journal Marketing Mover & Shaker and part of Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library’s 2013 John Cotton Dana Award-winning creative team. He is also a national speaker and library marketing consultant. He pursues technological solutions to the challenges facing libraries in the 21st century. "With a billboard gone viral, a video shared by the author of Fight Club, and a Facebook cover signed…

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January 2016

Bringing Library Stories To Life, Inspiring Your Patrons To Action (OPP)

January 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 United States

Learn to create a story, article, or content piece that's relevant using key insights and information and then bring it to life. Then enjoy a hands-on activity that demonstrates an advertising agency's process of how they come up with themes and then how the story blossoms to life via multiple touch points. Presented by Michelle Weed, Creative Director at Leo Burnett. Michelle joined Leo Burnett in 2010 to create brand experiences that matter. With an expertise in creative concepting, she…

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April 2016

Best of the Best Adult Program Showcase (OPP)

April 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Join us for our annual Best of the Best Presenter Showcase featuring a wide variety of presenters and performers for adult audiences. Each presenter will give you a “taste” of the program that they would bring to your library. It's a great way to get new ideas for programs as well as network with your peers. Performers include Linda Marie Smith (musician), Cherise Slattery (chef), William Pack (storyteller), Tom Kens (motivational speaker), Mark Lyons (cheesemaker), Inderjeet Sidhu (musician), Nancy Plummer (image…

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July 2016

Trust Me, I Don’t Know What I’m Doing: Marketing & Design Strategies (OPP)

July 29, 2016 @ 9:30 am
Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy
Homewood, IL 60430 United States

A graphic designer who’s worked in marketing departments and with marketing professionals in libraries and beyond, Tom Deja will share his approach to marketing in general and marketing and design for libraries specifically. Some nuts and bolts advice for getting the most out of your designs if you’re a non-professional and some helpful tips on working with design professionals, especially for people who don’t do so on a regular basis, also included. During his 20-plus years as a creative professional,…

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October 2016

Low-Cost Adult Program Ideas (OPP)

October 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Rd
Joliet, IL 60431 United States

Need fresh ideas for low-cost programs? We’ll introduce you to speakers who are willing to travel for a cost that fits your budget. We’ll also share program ideas you can replicate yourself on any budget. Community resources (organizations and businesses make great partners!) will also be presented. Registration includes coffee, light breakfast, program, and a box lunch. To view the complete Best of the Best database of presenters, visit http://bestofthebest.laconi.net. Agenda 10:00 a.m. Program begins 10:05 - 11:20 a.m. Presentations…

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January 2017

Innovative Community Engagement (OPP)

January 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barrington Area Library, 505 N Northwest Hwy
Barrington , IL 60010 United States
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Community engagement can include residency programs, self-publishing platforms, workshops and other services with and for artists and makers of all skill levels. Laura Damon-Moore and Trent Miller from Madison Public Library will share an in-depth exploration of MPL’s pop-up Bubbler program, where local creatives are employed to offer hands-on activities for people of all ages. Join us in a win-win for artists, makers, tinkerers and innovators engaging with communities through libraries.   10:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast 10:30 a.m. Program…

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April 2017

The Art of the Headline with Charlie Meyerson

April 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room
Oak Park, IL 60301 United States
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Learn what your audience is telling you about which headlines (and subject lines, tweets, and Facebook posts) work best to connect your work with those who’ll find it most relevant. Improve email open rates, website engagement and more—without compromising your integrity or your audience’s trust. Takeaways: Why email is still a channel unmatched for gaining audience insight Easy ways to determine the words your audience finds most interesting How article-level headlines should differ from email and social media headlines The…

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September 2017

Models of Community Engagement – OPP

September 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Schaumburg Township District Library IL + Google Map

As libraries strive to find the best ways to connect with and serve community needs, Community Engagement strategies, positions and departments are on the rise. While models for this vary from one library to the next, many are pursuing similar goals, such as better outcomes for all stakeholders and community ownership - benefits well documented by businesses and peer institutions with a history of community engagement. In this session, Kelly Benkert, Director of Leadership & Community Engagement at Northwestern University,…

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January 2018

Large-Scale, All Ages Programs – OPP

January 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Elmhurst Public Library, 125 South Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126 United States
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Public libraries are offering large-scale, all-ages programs to showcase their relevance and engage families in memorable, shared experiences. A panel of seasoned programmers will explain why these types of programs are important, share their practices in developing them, the components that make them successful, and lessons learned along the way.  Panel Includes staff from Highland Park Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, River Forest Public Library, and Schaumburg Public Library. 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Check in/networking/breakfast 10:00 a.m. - Large-Scale,…

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August 2018

Community Engagement Beyond Boundaries: Open 24 Hours

August 10, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N Dunton Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 United States
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Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-engagement-beyond-boundaries-open-24-hours-tickets-48004090527

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