Information Exchange 2017


The Information Exchange is devoted to helping communities locate and strategize methods to provide better access to information, generate ideas about what libraries are and how knowledge can be shared within a community to improve the lives of its citizens.
This conference is for librarians, educators, business leaders, healthcare providers, activists, city planners—anyone who wants to build resources in their community!

Registration is now open!register

$30 – includes all speakers, sessions,
breakfast & post-party

our featured speakers

both both

Morning Keynote
Sonia Manzano

from television’s “Sesame Street” and author of
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, Miracle
on 133rd Street,
and several young adult and children’s books

Afternoon Q & A
John Dahl

Vice President and Executive Producer for ESPN Films
and Original Content, oversees the 30 for 30 documentary
and SEC Storied series.

Breakout Sessions throughout the day

People Resources Projects


Connecting with the people in your community and address their needs and experiences.


Making available the tools your community needs.


Managing the programs and projects your community needs to thrive.

Just added!
Information Marketplace
Omahans talk about what they’re doing to build their community and how you can, too

Jason Rose, Omaha Metro Area Transit – mapping out your best route
Andy Saladino, Omaha Creative Institute – CS Art, an art co-op program to connect artists and patrons
Jerilyn Hynes Kamm & Gabriela Duarte, UNO Graduate Studies – some unconventional options for lifelong learning
Brent Lubbert, Big Muddy Urban Farm – building our future through education, community, and empowerment through food


8:00-8:45 Registration and Breakfast provided by Hello Sugar

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker: Sonia Manzano

10:00-10:15 Sonia Manzano Book Signing with The Bookworm

10:15-11:00 Breakout Sessions 1

The Human Library: The Power of Conversation more info>
Claire Chamley, University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library

The Landscape- a data driven reflection of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro more info>
Kali Baker and Emily Nguyen, Omaha Community Foundation

The PLAY Project: Building a Community more info>
Deb Wisnieski, Dr. Miriam Kuhn & Dr. Danae Dinkel, University of Nebraska at Omaha Teacher Education; Carol Burk, Omaha Public Schools; Peggy Pawloski, Play+ Rooms Owner; Michael Hollins, KANEKO

11:15-12:00 Breakout Sessions 2

Preserving Histories Digitally more info>
Jason Heppler, University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library Archives and Special Collections

Bringing the Printed Word to Life: Accessibility for the Print-Impaired more info>
Jane Nielsen, Bekah Jerde, & Paul Stebbins, Radio Talking Book Service

How to Lead Change Without Power more info>
Michael Perdunn, Project Manager at University of Nebraska at Omaha

12:00-1:00 Lunch

on your own – The Dire Lion and 402 BBQ food trucks parked on Jones Street

1:00-2:00 Afternoon Q & A: John Dahl, with Omaha World Herald’s Matthew Hansen
sponsored by UNO Graduate Studies

2:15-3:00 Breakout Sessions 3

Empowering Immigrant Community Members Through Education and Information more info>
Mindy Rush-Chipman & Dearra Godinez, Justice for our Neighbors-Nebraska

Let’s Talk About Increasing Accessibility and Usability of Health and Safety Educational Materials in Rural Regions more info>
Ellen Duysen, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UNMC

Community Tech: A Movement more info>
Rebecca Stavick, Do Space

3:15-4:00 Breakout Sessions 4

Intersectionality: Creating the Space for Inclusion and Collaboration more info>
Ashlei Spivey, chief liberator of Ay Spivey

WiFi Lending Programs: Filling Gaps in Connectivity more info>
Jessica Chamberlain, Norfolk Public Library

The UNMC High School Alliance//EMPOWER Legacy Project-Interdisciplinary Endeavor: Importance of educating future healthcare providers against violence more info>
Terri Gulick & Heidi Kaschke, High School Alliance program at University of Nebraska Medical Center and Jessica Semin & Alena Skrundevskiy, EMPOWER Project at University of Nebraska Medical Center

4:00-6:00 Happy Hour, sponsored by Friends of the Criss Library

thank you to our sponsors
Kaneko Omaha Public Library Gallery 1516 Library Friends
UNO grad studies Buffett Institute Learning HQ hello sugar

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