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2019 NILRC Conference: A Conference for Community College Libraries


Progress through Persuasion & Perseverance

Registration closes: September 11, 2019 - Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NILRC_ConfRSVP2019

2019 Presentations:

Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success - Kona Jones

Do you have obstacles in your professional (or even personal) life that are keeping you down and not allowing you to achieve your goals? In this session, we will talk about a simple process of how you can work though whatever life has thrown at you and the importance of not falling below the line when trying to work through your challenges. Come with obstacles, but leave this session with a plan!

Benchmarking & Peer Assessment - Sam Suber & Terra Jacobson

At the MVCC Library, we are currently assessing how we compare to peers within Illinois. We are using benchmarks identified by the “Standards for Libraries in Higher Education” published by ACRL. In this presentation, we will showcase sample benchmarks derived and examples of how benchmark data improved MVCC library services. Following the presentation, there will be an informal discussion about what benchmarks you would find valuable for your library.

Counting in Community Colleges - Linda Dhaese, Sarah Hill, Beth Mandrell, Hilary Meyer, Rachelle Stivers, and Frances Whaley

Looking for ways to assess the impact of your department? Want to craft a success story to tell on your campus? This panel presentation contains overviews of assessment projects recently undertaken at community colleges and shares insights into librarian experiences in the CARLI counts program.

Talking to the Board: Do’s and Don’ts for Telling Your Story - Jennifer McIntosh

Will you be ready when you are asked to make a public presentation to community stakeholders about your library? How would you use twelve minutes to tell your library’s story while also addressing fiscal and administrative controls? This community college library educated its Board of Trustees about library operations while keeping the focus on the one thing we all care about – students. We used personas to tell the story of how our students use and value our library, integrating video and imagery to draw the audience into the user experience. Learn about our planning process, how we decided what to include and how to present it.

Held at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello IL, this year’s conference will take place October 3-4, 2019.

A Conference at Allerton Park for Community College Libraries

Conference Schedule:

Thursday October 3, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:15 Welcome - Frances Whaley, NILRC Chair

1:15 - 2:00 Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success - Kona Jones

2:00 - 2:45 NILRC Committees & Working Groups Panel

2:45 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 3:45 Benchmarking & Peer Assessment - Sam Suber & Terra Jacobson

3:45 - 4:30 Preparing for ICCB Program Review - Terra Jacobson & Spencer Brayton

4:30 - 4:45 Break

4:45 - 5:30 Around the Table - Share a recent challenge that your library has overcome

5:30 - 6:30 Dinner

6:30 - 8:30 Networking walk & talk and cash bar

Friday October 4, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 Networking walk & talk

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast (NILRC board meeting in the Oak Room)

9:00 - 9:20 CARLI Update - Anne Craig

9:20 - 10:15 Counting in Community Colleges - Linda Dhaese, Sarah Hill, Beth Mandrell, Hilary Meyer, Rachelle Stivers, and Frances Whaley

10:15 - 10:45 Break & Checkout

10:45 - 11:30 Talking to the Board: Do’s and Don’ts for Telling Your Story - Jennifer McIntosh

11:30 - 11:50 Share your experience - Activity

11:50 - 12:00 Closing comments

Earlier Event: September 11
NILRC Board Meeting -- Online
Later Event: November 13
NILRC Board Meeting -- Online