Monday, March 30, 2020

Announcing the Library 2.020 Mini-Conference: Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries

We're excited to announce our second Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This mini-conference will focus on innovation and innovative thinking in rural, independent, tribal, and other small libraries--as well as the many unique challenges that they face. A diverse array of keynote panelists and curated presenters will cover topics that will likely include:
  • Innovations to provide Internet access and training to rural patrons;
  • New ways that small libraries can offer services that the big urban libraries offer;
  • Taking community partnerships to the next level;
  • How workers from small and rural libraries can easily connect with each other to get ideas and keep innovating;
  • Novel ways to fund special programs;
  • Unique "Internet of Things" offers that are tailored to specific communities;
  • Safety, security, and ways to deal with emergencies when the sheriff's department is far away.
This event is being organized in partnership with Jim Lynch from TechSoup for Libraries, Kate Laughlin from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, and The School of Information at San José State University.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

The call for proposals is now open HERE

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing 30-minute keynote. Register (free) as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available as well as a Library 2.0 YouTube channel.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #smallruralindependent on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


Jim Lynch
Senior Writer and Editor of TechSoup for

Jim Lynch is senior writer and editor of TechSoup for TechSoup is a San Francisco headquartered high-tech nonprofit whose mission is to tech up charities and public libraries worldwide by providing software, hardware, and the knowledge to use them. TechSoup for Libraries is a free national library online information resource that covers library technology news, how-to content and information on TechSoup product donations and services for libraries. The free monthly TechSoup for Libraries newsletter has over 40,000 subscribers. Over his long career at TechSoup, Jim has created all of TechSoup’s environmental programs. He is one of TechSoup's primary presenters at conferences in the U.S. on nonprofit, foundation and library technology. He has been interviewed extensively over the years on nonprofit and library technology and green tech by the Wall St. Journal, National Public Radio, PC World Magazine, and many other news outlets.

Kate Laughlin
Executive Director, Association for Rural & Small Libraries

Kate crafts creative solutions to perplexing challenges and views today's libraries with an eye toward tomorrow. She has worked in service and management for more than 25 years, including over 15 of those working in or with libraries on the front lines, in circulation and reference provision, branch management, human resources, staff training and professional development. Kate has a real passion for service excellence and the strategic furthering of libraries and their missions. She combines this passion with her wide ranging experience in strategic management to offer knowledgeable consultation and project coordination that is deeply rooted in libraries, but always with a forward facing approach and always with excellence as goal. Before moving into independent consulting in 2007, Kate was the Staff Training Coordinator for The Seattle Public Library. She has served on the board of the WA Library Trainers group (WALT), multiple library advisory groups, and has presented at many regional and national library conferences. Kate is a longtime member of WLA and ALA.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor.
Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

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