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9:30am-10:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast Outside of Ballroom A
10:00am-11:00am Welcome & Keynote Ballroom A
Creating Successful Events  Julie Kronlage, Vice President of Sales, Travel Dubuque
Meetings and events can be stressful to plan; whether that be an event for 10 people or an event for 1200+ people. From the moment the pen signs the contract to the time the last person leaves the room from the event, the planner is always in “go mode”. During this session, we will talk about how to create and execute your events, how to garner interest from a variety of attendees and how to secure the best outcome for your event. Julie Kronlage, Vice President of Sales at Travel Dubuque, has been an influence in the travel and tourism industry in Dubuque County and the State of Iowa since 2003. In her current role, she has worked with teams to create, market and execute small to large meetings and events (including the Iowa Library Association Annual Conference in 2013); organized itineraries and events for group tour companies; planned for and assisted military reunions and assists the Travel Dubuque team in planning for a variety of events in the Tri-States.

When she’s not out telling the great story of Dubuque, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children exploring communities throughout the Midwest and the Country, appreciates a good game of golf (where she can usually be found supporting her teammates on the cart) and can often be found enjoying the outdoors.

11:10am-12:00 noon Breakout #1 Ballroom A
Forming a Creativity Tribe Mary Potter Kenyon
How can libraries help their patrons reconnect with their innate creativity? With real life examples that demonstrate it is never too late to create and concrete examples of successful programs the presenter has led, the presentation also includes pertinent research behind the science behind creativity. Mary Potter Kenyon, UNI graduate and certified grief counselor, currently works as program coordinator for Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque. She is widely published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies, including seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is the author of six books, with one on creativity being released by Familius Publishing in late 2019. As a former director at the Winthrop Public library and Senior Services librarian at the James Kennedy Public library in Dyersville, Mary has been planning, coordinating, and facilitating workshops and classes of interest to adults for the past six years. She founded the Lifelong Learner’s group at the Dyersville library and began a monthly Artisan Souls creativity group at the Shalom center.
Breakout #1 Mary Alexis Room
Promotional Items for Your Library John Leonard Berg
This will be a show-and-tell session. Over the past several years we have tried to promote our library with a variety of gift items, services and activities that are attractive to university students.  The session will discuss and demonstrate sample promotional items that we have used and how students respond to our efforts.  Folks attending this session will be invited to share their own success stories in marketing the library and library programs to the public. John Leonard Berg is the Coordinator of Public Services at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.
Breakout #1 Arizona Room
This Blessed AIR: All Iowa Reads & Successful Book Discussions Karen Davidson and Michael May
Learn all about All Iowa Reads, and how to run your own successful book discussion with this year’s selection, “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm” by Ted Genoways. Karen Davidson is Coordinator of Learning Resources at Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar Campus.

Michael May is Adult Services Librarian at Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque.

Both Karen and Michael are All Iowa Reads Committee Members.

12:00 noon - 1:00pm LUNCH Ballroom B
1:00pm-1:50pm Breakout #2 Arizona Room
Gamification in your library Paul Zurawski
Games can be incredible tools for teaching math, logic, long term planning, etc. This session is designed to show librarians the ways games incorporate these skills and how to get your patrons playing while thinking critically about their favorite games. This session will cover board, card and video games. Paul Zurawski is the Young and Emerging Adult Librarian at the James Kennedy Public Library, as well as part owner of Dyersville Comics and Games. He runs YA and college age related programming, as well as video, board and card game programs at his library and store.
Breakout #2 Mary Alexis Room
You are Invited: Events for Students, Staff and the Community Christopher Doll and Molly Zogas
Often at academic libraries, events organized by the library focus solely on the students. Although the Charles C. Myers Library at the University of Dubuque also has events focused on entertaining and meeting the needs of students, it also has many events geared toward staff and the community as a whole, both on and off campus. This presentation will show how the Charles C. Myers library meets the needs of students, staff and the community through events. The latter part of the presentation will focus on events that the library doesn't host per se, but different events that the Charles C. Myers library has become a part of in an effort to make the library as valuable as possible. Christopher Doll is the University of Dubuque library director. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Dubuque County Library District and was appointed by the Governor of Iowa to IHRAB (Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board).

Molly Zogas is the Library Office Manager at the University of Dubuque. She is currently earning her LMHC license.

Breakout #2 Ballroom A
Rise of the Machines: Making Marketing for Programs Automated Emily Bainter
You’ve heard that automation is on the rise, and we say embrace it! Learn about new and innovative tools to make the bots work for you so your programs are well-attended and in demand. Find out how a small up-front time investment can set you up to be hands-off when it comes to promotion leading up to the event itself. By the end of the session you will agree: "All hail the robot overlords!" Emily Bainter has been a Communications Specialist with the State Library of Iowa since 2015. From graphic design to social media to website updates and more, she is the one-stop-shop for all the communications needs of the agency. This has given her well-rounded communications expertise along with efficient ways to maximize time and effort for workplace success.
2:00pm-2:50pm Breakout #3 Arizona Room
Programming Outside the Lines Amy Muchmore and Sarah Smith
Attracting younger adults to visit the library requires pushing beyond the boundaries of typical library programming. From Nerf in the library to campfires in the park, we’ll tell the story of how we built an exciting year round calendar of adult programming. By exploring new ideas and adding non-traditional programs to our schedule we’ve gone from 40 programs in 2011 to over 110 programs in 2018. We’ll share what worked, what didn’t, and give you the tools to steal our ideas and color outside the lines. Amy Muchmore and Sarah Smith are Adult Services Librarians at Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, IA. Over the past 7 years they have been involved in scheduling traditional and outside the box programming for adults, in addition to meeting the demands of public service desks, collection development, and other duties as assigned.
Breakout #3 Mary Alexis Room
Your Successful Program!  (That No One Attended) Victor Lieberman
You invest time, effort, and loads of enthusiasm to create what you feel is a fun and popular program.  And attendance is ... modest.  What practical steps do you take to create programs that offer variety, are fun for you to provide, (seem to) respond to popular interest, but also do not exhaust you and your staff to the point you are disappointed when few (or no one) participates?  A case study and debriefing about how to plan for the best outcome, but to also prepare for an alternate one.  Is it really someone's "fault" when few or no one attends an event? Victor Lieberman currently works as Learning Resources Coordinator at the Peosta Campus of Northeast Iowa Community College, since 2016.  Prior to that he was Social Sciences Bibliographer & Reference Librarian at the University of North Dakota for 17 years, having worked 5 years previous to that as an Adult Services Librarian at the Queens Borough Public Library in New York City. 
Breakout #3 Ballroom A
Dotting your I's and Crossing your T's: Project Management for Events Joyce A. Meldrem
Ever wonder if you've overplanned or underplanned for an event? Meldrem will share some of the different project management options that they have used at the Loras College Library.  She will also review some of the major items that should be included in project management and planning. Joyce Meldrem is the Library Director at Loras College and has been there nearly 15 years. Her library has offered numerous events working to get more people into the library and interested in the library.
3:00pm-3:30pm Wrap-up Ballroom A
Be sure to stay for this - we have door prizes and give-aways!