Networking Programs

Check Out the Recharge Workshop Line Up!


In addition to Beck Tench as the keynote speaker, the Recharge Unconference offers amazing local librarians leading mini workshops. Your library peers will share their best tools to empower you to regain energy, get inspired, and increase creativity. Check out the full line up of Recharge Workshops below!

Build New Partnerships Through Shared Economy
Amy Killebrew & Vicki Rakowski, Make it @ Your Library

Shared economy (or sharing economy or peer economy) is a growing trend usually associated with online services like Airbnb, Uber, and a myriad of others. The team behind Make it @ Your Library will discuss some of the things they learned about merging their mission with the sharing economy, and lead the conversation on how libraries are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this trend.

Create Common Ground Through Aspirations
Susan Carlton, Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library

When we talk about aspirations, we improve the chance of finding common ground to better learn to work together and get stuff done.  Learn about the aspirations conversation that is used in the Harwood Institute’s training.

Cultivate Conversations on Culture
Anne Belden, Head of Adult Reference at Ela Area Public Library
Tony Hahn, Reference Librarian at Des Plaines Public Library

Values and culture statements are at the core of designing library services and are known to have a powerful influence on the staff and library users. Join us for an anonymous sampling of values and culture statements from for-profit companies and libraries followed by a discussion on ways to cultivate a positive cultural shift.

Expand Your User Experience Toolkit
Brodie Austin, ‎Virtual Community Engagement Manager at Skokie Public Library

If you’re an innovator, your toolkit needs to include solid interviewing techniques for customer and market research. One such technique is the “jobs to be done” interview. We’re going to learn what it is, how to do it, and how to identify the “jobs” that users hire your library to do.

Defy Traditional Work Space
Bille Jo Moffett, Manager of Studio 270 at Gail Borden Public Library

Think differently about space in your library and how to work within it. Learn tips and tricks to abandon your desk and work freely throughout the library.

Find Your Platform for Creativity
Amy Holcomb, ‎Co-Chair of Recharge

This session will share a variety of resources to encourage playful learning outside the library to help spark creativity and inspiration.

Practice Creative Adaptations
Alicia Hammond, Co-Chair of Recharge
Magan Szwarek, Adult Services Manager at Forest Park Public Library

You don’t need to a library genius to create amazing experiences and services for your community. In this session, learn about remixing and scaling to creatively adapt great ideas to your community no matter the size or demographics.  

Register for the Unconference!

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