Size Doesn't Matter: Transforming Big Ideas into Small Library Environments

Wednesday, 1/23/2019

When it comes to providing services and programs, the size of your library doesn't matter.

If you’ve ever heard about a fantastic library idea from a super-big library and thought, “There’s no way I can make that idea work in my understaffed, underfunded small library,” think again! This presentation celebrates all things small and shares big ideas that work in small libraries.

Learning Outcomes

Participants of this session will:

  • Re-examine the concept of “small” when it comes to thinking about your library
  • Learn ways to modify so-called “big library” ideas into smaller library environments
  • Gain practical ideas from other small libraries about services, programs and resources you can implement in your library

Who Should Attend

Library workers serving small and rural communities


Maryann Mori has presented on a variety of topics at several national library conferences including ALA (2018, 2009, 2008), ARSL (2018, 2014, 2013), ALSC (2012), PLA (2010) and The Internet Librarian (2007). She has also been published numerous times in professional journals and books, writing about such topics as teen services, library volunteers, job-related stress and programming. Formerly the teen specialist librarian for the Evansville Vanderburgh (Ind.) Public Library and director of Waukee (Iowa) Public Library, Mori is currently a library consultant for the State Library of Iowa. She completed her MSLIS from the University of Illinois in 2006.




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