I was recently able to attend the joint conference for the Nevada Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association in Stateline, Nevada and let me just say, there was a lot going on.
First, however, I would like to send a big Thank You to the Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records for providing scholarship monies so that I and two staff were able to attend this important event.
For myself, the conference kicked off with a joint meeting between library directors and the State Council on Libraries and Literacy. It was great to see what libraries are offering across Nevada and a chance for others to hear the struggles our areas are facing. We also met with Dr. Pavel Solin, developer of NCLabs. This is a really amazing software designed to teach coding languages in a fun and engaging way. The Elko County Library has been using it in programs the last several years, but what was great about attending this presentation was seeing the advancements and use of 3D Printing together to create a working drone. It has definitely provided insight into what we can offer at future programs.
The day continued with wonderful workshops and chances to discuss issues impacting Nevadans today. The second day of the conference was full of resourceful sessions and it was hard to decide which one would be the most beneficial. Fortunately, I had two others with me and we were able to get a good coverage of what was being offered. The day kicked off with keynote speaker Dale Dougherty, C.E.O. of Make Magazine. Maker spaces are pretty big in the library world right now and it was wonderful getting some ideas on how to make it work in any size library on a budget. I even had a chance to speak with Deanne Dekle, an outreach consultant with the New Mexico State Library, on a “moving” maker space that rotates locations yearly. This would be a wonderful community project.
Throughout the day I attended workshops on methods to help staff innovate, conflict management, and a neat idea to turn the library into a puzzle/scavenger hunt. We ended on a very exciting note - the Nevada State Library is looking to expand virtual reality into libraries throughout the state. This is an amazing technology with endless applications; I will definitely be keeping my eye on this project and endeavor to provide it to Northeastern Nevada in the future.
Ultimately, there were a lot of ideas shared and we returned home bursting with excitement. Our hope is that we can bring some part of what we learned to fruition within our own communities and share the amazing resource that is our libraries.
Here's to a bright future!
Kassie Antonucci, Library Director
Powerpoint Presenation - by Holly Whittle, Youth Services Librarian
Photo Essay - by Annette Robinson, Circulation Supervisor