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Thursday, March 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Innovation on a Shoestring: Free & Cheap Tools

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Libraries everywhere are dealing with tight budgets and shrinking staff. Small and medium libraries are particularly hard hit by these issues. So, how are they maintaining a respectable level of technology and library service innovation with little or no money and staff? They are starting new programs, bringing in new resources, and developing new partnerships by harnessing the full potential of new internet tools, technologies, and websites. This session will highlight some very creative responses from small and rural libraries in middle America. Attendees will pick up some great ideas they can take back and use at their own library, no matter what the size, to provide innovative library services and programming.

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Christa Porter

Library Development Director, Nebraska Library Commission
Christa Porter is the Library Development Director at the Nebraska Library Commission. She coordinates the Library Development Team to provide statewide programs and services: Public Library Accreditation, Continuing Education, E-rate training and consultation, Grants to Libraries... Read More →
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Louise Alcorn

Technology Services Coordinator, West Des Moines Public Library
Louise Alcorn is the Technology Services Coordinator at the West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library. She presents nationally, focusing on easy technology solutions in small- to mid-size public libraries. She has authored two books on library technology topics. Louise participates with... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
JBD Lecture Hall