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The Conference on The Purpose-Based Library
Event Starts:
Wednesday August 24, 2016
@ 12:00pm

Event Ends:
Thursday August 25, 2016
@ 2:00pm


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Crowne Plaza

1301 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

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image_1460407770.jpgThe Conference on The Purpose-Based Library

August 24-25

Kansas City, MO

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Are you looking for ways to create real growth opportunities for your library? Do you want your library to do more than survive but actually thrive? Conceived from the book, The Purpose-Based Library, join us for a special conference to explore answers to these important questions. You will discover new ways to think about metrics, reexamine customer self- driven services, identify and assess your community needs and through cutting-edge services and programs, realign your library services accordingly.

During this two-day event, you will learn how to apply these concepts to your
 unique library environment. On Day One, authors John Huber (Service Alignment Consultant) and Steve Potter (public library administrator extraordinaire) will cover the key ideas in their popular title while additional speakers discuss putting these ideas into action! On Day Two, working together in groups, conference attendees will apply these newly acquired Purpose-Based Library skills to examine and respond to their unique community needs.


Learning Objectives: 
  • New ways to think about metrics
  • Reexamining customer self-driven services
  • Effectively leveraging the considerable footprint of libraries
  • Identifying and assessing community needs and realigning library services accordingly
  • Actively encouraging community fundraising
  • Offering cutting-edge services and programs

Draft Agenda

Premises behind The Purpose-Based Library: 

  • Survival depends on quicker, faster, better lean core services
  • Success depends on community/library partnerships and value-added metrics
  • Growth depends on libraries communicating, reflecting and pursuing their true purpose

Purpose Based Library Conference General Objectives

  • Become familiar with The Purpose-Based Library approach to developing an essential, sustainable, community based library!
  • Take first steps in developing a work plan for implementing the Purpose Based Library approach


 Day 1

Noon to 1:00 Lunch

1:15  -  2:30 Introductions and Opening Keynote - Steve Potter and John Huber

2:30 – 2:45  Break

2:45 – 3:45  The Communities Pyramid

3:45 – 4:00  Break

4:00 – 4:45  Dashboard Metrics - Katrina Jones, Statistical Research Analyst, Mid-Continent Public Library

5:00 Networking reception (cash bar)

Day 2

9:00 – 12:00 Break out into facilitated workgroups to consider what do we do             now and how you can address it in a "Purpose Based" way

Questions to consider/work through

Question One: What do you consider your top two/three programs you offer to the community?

Question Two: Where does your current program fit in the pyramid?

Question Three: How do you currently measure your top two/three programs you provide now?

Question Four: How would you demonstrate a "value proposition" for the top two to three programs you offer now?

Question Five: What are your community’s greatest needs, or in other words, where do the largest cracks exist in the communities pyramid.

Question Six: How would you demonstrate a "value proposition" for the top three to five programs you offer now?

 Limited parking is availableSelf parking is $10.00 per car, per day for event parking and $17.00 per car, per day for overnight guests. Valet parking is $14.00 per car, per day for event parking and $20.00 per car, per day for overnight guests.