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The Art of the Picture Book Conference was launched in May 2006 in Ashland, Ohio. The two-day event drew a total of 158 attendees, featured award-winning authors/ illustrators as keynote speakers, and offered 35 sessions, selected from a total of 45 proposal submissions. By involving co-curricular programs and community partners, such as other departments on campus, the university bookstore, local public libraries and school districts, and regional museums, the conference offered a variety of techniques to develop and enhance literacy in children. Presentation opportunities allowed our university students a venue to showcase their comprehensive information abilities. Crossover into various disciplines created wide interest and networking opportunities, and increased library visibility across campus. Learn how we navigated these murky waters without a map and realized the benefits of venturing beyond the protected waters of the academic library.

This session will provide insight into general conference planning skills, such as timelines, schedules, delegation of duties, cross-disciplinary communication, and backup plans. These skills are applicable to workshops and smaller events as well. We will also focus on the unexpected challenges and rewarding opportunities of working closely with university colleagues and with partners outside of the library and academia. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences with conference/workshop planning, and will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for new collaborative partnerships on their campuses and within their communities. Timelines and checklists of tasks for successful conference planning will be provided.