Extending the Learning – ULA Conference 2017

As the trainer for the Salt Lake City Public Library system, I love conferences. They are a great place to learn, grow and meet new friends. One dilemma I always face though, is how do you transfer what you learned at the conference into daily practice? And how can you share the information gained across the organization? At SLCPL my solution has been to encourage our staff to present a “spark talk.” A spark talk is a short (4-6 minute) recorded presentation summarizing one great session they attended. The spark talk helps the presenter gain a deeper understanding of the topic, because it requires that they spend time reviewing their notes and further researching the topic. In addition to sharing knowledge with colleagues, the videos also serve as a call to action to anyone else at the library with interests in the topic. But why describe Spark Talks when I can just share examples? Here are two that cover some of the great session from this year’s conference.

Allied at the Library

Book a Librarian

Shout out to Michael Cox, Spring Lavallee and Salvador Oregon who were the original presenters of Allied at the Library at the ULA conference and also to Dory Cochran and Alex Sundt who presented Book a Librarian 2.0. Thanks to all of you for inspiring us!

ULA Conference 2017 – So Many Adventures, Which One Will You Choose?

Don’t miss out on the adventure, ULA Conference early registration ends on Monday, April 10th at midnight.

Follow this link to see the excellent pre-conference and session choices ULA 2017 offers.

You can also explore the program on sched.com (the schedule is public; if you would like to mark sessions you are attending, you will have to sign up for a free account or use your account info from last year).

Questions? Contact Jessica Breiman at jessica.breiman@utah.edu or Tommy Hamby at thamby@slcpl.org