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NLS Operations Alert

No. 20-13

DATE        :  February 10, 2020
TO            :  Network Libraries
FROM       :  MaryBeth Wise, Network Consultant
SUBJECT  :  2020 biennial conference registration


NLS 2020: Access, Discovery, Engagement, the 2020 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Print Disabled Individuals, will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska, May 17-21, 2020.

The conference will be preceded by a preconference workshop, Accessible Technologies and Applications (coordinated by the Midlands Conference), on Saturday, May 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join more than 180 fellow librarians and library staff in Lincoln to explore the major 2020 initiatives for NLS. You will hear from leading experts and explore compelling themes such as:

  *   strategic planning
  *   discovery and access of network-produced content
  *   braille eReader and next-generation player development
  *   duplication on demand
  *   data collection policies and practice
  *   the impact of technological developments on library services
  *   preparing patrons for service changes
  *   how implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty will impact your library

The conference will also spotlight new partnerships, technologies, and initiatives. Participants will learn cutting-edge ways to use data to understand users, measure and communicate impact, and plan for the future. There will be training and workshop sessions on streamlining processes for coding books, BARD administration troubleshooting, making the most of Voyager searches, and more. Learn how to maximize existing tools and resources and discuss with your peers what new methods, procedures, and policies are needed to provide patrons with the best library service possible.

Conference registration

Registration for the 2020 conference is now open. To register, please complete and submit the online form NLS 2020 Conference Registration<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/35WRRF9> no later than April 15.
Hotel registration

The Graduate Hotel at 141 N. Ninth St. in downtown Lincoln is the host hotel for this year's conference. Those attending can make reservations online<https://be.synxis.com/?adult=1&arrive=2020-05-14&chain=21643&child=0&currency=USD&depart=2020-05-22&group=200514LIBR&hotel=76812&level=hotel&locale=en-US&rooms=1> or by calling the Graduate Hotel at 402-475-4011.
Hotel reservations must be made no later than noon (EDT) on April 15. The daily room rate is $94 per single or double, plus applicable taxes. To obtain the conference rate, please state that you are making reservations for the Library of Congress, National Library Service Conference, 2020.

The preliminary DRAFT agenda is attached.

Attachment: Preliminary Agenda 2020 Conference [MS Word (.docx) / 7 p.]

For more information, please contact:
MaryBeth Wise
Network Consultant
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