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Grow Local: Central Georgia Libraries Unconference: Program


The Russell Library of Georgia College invites you to the 1st Annual Central Georgia Libraries Unconference 

Grow Local: Cultivating a Culture of Professional Development in Central Georgia Libraries   

Friday July 28, 2017  

Russell Library: Georgia College & State University  

Milledgeville, Georgia 



Program Summary: 

Central Georgia Libraries Unconference:  "Grow Local: Cultivating a Culture of Professional Development in Central Georgia Libraries".   

The unconference will be a low-cost, low-travel professional development opportunity for Central Georgia public and academic libraries. The unconference will stimulate new skills and perspectives through an unscripted, impromptu-style facilitation. The unconference will also allow Central Georgia's academic and public librarians a shared space for networking.  

 * Central Georgia Libraries Unconference will also bear continuing education credits (CPEs) for those librarians who need to obtain credits in order to maintain state certification. ‚Äč



9:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m.  

Welcome and Light Refreshments  

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  

Emy Decker, The NextGen Public Services Manager - Georgia Tech Library  

10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Session 1:  Breakouts TBD


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

Session 2: Breakouts TBD  

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  

Session 3: Breakouts TBD  

2:45 p.m.  

Light Refreshments served  

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Session 4: Breakouts TBD  

4:00 p.m. - 4:30pm  



Keynote: Emy Decker, The NextGen Public Services Manager - Georgia Tech Library   
“From a Seed to a Flower: Professional Development in the Contemporary Library” 

 Opportunities for professional development are everywhere within the library environment! From turning your ideas into publications and presentations to getting involved in professional organizations, there are myriad ways to move your career to the top. If you tend to be more on the introverted side, there are also many other methods to make a name for yourself. Our keynote speaker will demonstrate how exciting and rewarding professional development can be. By harnessing your passion within the library arena, you can catapult yourself to success in the library profession whether you are in an academic, public, or special library setting



 Emy Nelson Decker is the NextGen Public Services Manager for the Georgia Tech Library. She holds an MLIS from Valdosta State University and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. Emys current research interests are centered on leadership and team building, professional development, and reimagining library services toward a greater focus on user engagement and the needs of digital thinkers. In addition to presenting in venues such as the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, she has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters within the library field. She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries.