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Friday, October 4 • 8:30am - 9:20am
Bridging Borders of Size: How Can Associations Better Serve Small and Rural Librarians

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This session is a panel of small and rural library employees discussing how professional associations can better meet their needs. Discussion will include barriers to full participation in professional associations (e.g. cost of membership and conference, no time for volunteering), perceived value of state association membership, and how to amplify small and rural library voices. Both panelists and attendees are strongly encouraged to share their candid views so as to foster honest and fruitful dialogue.

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Christie Clarke

Youth Services Librarian, Gering Public Library
Christie Clarke, also known as Miss Christie, has been the Children’s Librarian at Gering Public Library in scenic Western Nebraska since 2014. After teaching for 15 years in the Carolinas, she ended up in Nebraska. She started working at the Gering Public Library in 2010 and realized... Read More →
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Ruth Carlock

Library Director, York College Levitt Library
Ruth Carlock is retiring after 30 years working in Levitt Library at York (NE) College, where she has been the Library Director since 2012.  Ruth has also taught Cataloging and Classification in the online State Library Program through Central Community College since 2009.  She... Read More →
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Andrew Cano

Library Activist, Independent
Andrew Cano worked in a variety of libraries over 15 years and is a Past President of the Nebraska Library Association. He currently works for the Nebraska Supreme Court's Judicial Branch Education unit as the Distance Learning Development Specialist. However, he remains involved... Read More →
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Andrew Hoppmann

Library Director, Lied Public Library
Andrew Hoppmann has been the library director at the Lied Public Library in Clarinda, Iowa for the past eleven years. During his tenure at Clarinda he oversaw the development of positive community/government relations with the library, as well as expansion of funding, and services... Read More →
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Tara Painter

Library Director, Glenwood Public Library
Tara Anderson Painter is in her fourth year as Director of the Glenwood Public Library in Glenwood, Iowa after working in academic libraries for 9 years. Recently, Tara has been supporting local flood survivors with computer access and public space, as well as a rescue event with... Read More →

Friday October 4, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am CDT