Recharge Unconference 2015

Date: October 30, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Gail Borden Public Library District, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120

Looking to re-energize your innovation and creativity? Join us as we transform to Recharge: Continuing Education for Library Leaders at our first Unconference. You’ll participate in hands-on learning activities, hear from innovators in the field, and be inspired by keynote speaker, Beck Tench, an educator, designer, and technologist. This isn’t your average unconference. Be prepared to move, explore, discuss, and have fun!

To Recharge, participants will:

  • Rethink space, physical, mental and personal
  • Transcend barriers to collaboration
  • Engage in active learning
  • Expand creative networks
  • Explore new, inspiring ideas

Activities will include:

  • Keynote presentation and learning experience with Beck Tench
  • Experiential learning activity to expand your communication and creativity
  • Power presentations from library leaders
  • Opportunities to connect and share with your library community

Cost: FREE — Sponsored by H.W. Wilson, Gale Cengage Learning and TBS. Optional $10 boxed lunch from Panera. Beverages are not included.


“Unconference: Cultivate Conversations on Culture”
Anne Belden and Tony Hahn




Introducing the Recharge Unconference Keynote Speaker


The Recharge Unconference is quickly approaching in October! We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our amazing keynote speaker Beck Tench.

Beck Tench is an independent educator, storyteller, technologist, and designer who writes, draws, and presents on fear, failure, and change. Beck will open the unconference with this talk:

Librarians in Space: How to make space, find courage, and take risks in your life and library
What would you do, if on the first day your job your director told you that if you didn’t fail, she or he would be disappointed in you? How would you fail on purpose? Fail productively? Fail without shame? Beck Tench shares her experience of being told exactly that on July 7, 2008 and what she did before, during, and after to come to a place where failure, risk, and change — while still scary — are possible in her life and work. Regardless if your director encourages failure as a goal, it is a reality for the change that libraries need to make. Learn how to make space for it, use it, and be changed by it.

You won’t want to miss this great talk!

Sign up today for the Unconference!

Find out more about Beck at her site