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On the third day of the Rural Libraries Conference, I attended…

Morning keynote with Rhoda Janzen, author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress and English + Creative Writing professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She did a book signing afterwards and you better believe that I got two of her books signed.

ImageAfter the morning keynote, I headed to the Plinkit Users Group to learn about Enfold’s ESP — a new CMS that we might all be migrating to in the near future. The description: This is an open forum for staff members from Plinkit and non-Plinkit libraries who want to learn more about ESP Library. The Plinkit program is currently transitioning to ESP Library from Enfold Systems. Enfold President Aimee Errington will be with us to answer questions about the new product and provide a demonstration. All Michigan libraries are welcome to get in on the discounted pricing available through the Library of Michigan for this library-specific website template and hosting product.

Plinkit Users GroupSeeing the demonstration of ESP, it reminded me quite a bit of WordPress and what I see on the back-end of this blog. To start a WordPress website for the library would be cheaper than ESP — but I would have LOADS of support from not only from Enfold but from the other member libraries. And I wouldn’t have to worry about domain renewal or paying for WordPress via my credit card and then being reimbursed.

Waiting for the second session to begin…


Three SLIS alumni and the director of White Pine Library Cooperative, Bryon Sitler.


Four SLIS alumni!

The second, and final session, that I attended was Ten Legal Issues Every Director or Trustee Should Know by Anne Seurynck, Attorney, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

Description: “We will explore common legal questions from library directors and trustees. This session will cover a wide variety of legal issues such a patron behavior and internet policies. We will also address complicated issues such as the open carry of weapons, pornography and sexual predators. Frequently asked library privacy questions will also be addressed.”

20140502_111800Following the second session was the closing luncheon where I sat with Erin, Matt, and Jaema. I first met Jaema when I toured her library, Addison Township Public Library, for my 30 Years and 30 Libraries project.

20140502_132627The conference concluded after lunch and we made our way to Shepler’s ferry dock.

20140502_133921Until 2016…