Idea Exchange

A huge shout-out to the Spring Institute work group and their successful Cool Things My Library Does. The Annual Conference work group is following up with Idea Exchange – a great new show and share event! 

We know that:

  • Michigan libraries and librarians are doing amazing and awesome things
  • We all love to see and hear about what has been successful for others
  • “Borrowing” ideas is the norm
  • Not all ideas or projects translate into a full breakout session

What Is an Idea Exchange?

  • Your chance to talk about and share what you are doing in a more informal setting than a breakout session or poster
  • Highlights your new initiatives, new ways you are reaching your audience, new ways you are improving your skills, great programs and programming ideas, anything you think others will find value in learning about
  • Will be held in the exhibit hall during no-conflict exhibit times
  • Each Idea Exchange will feature different presenters in each time slot making your commitment time low, but your impact high

What Does an Idea Look Like?

  • Be creative!  Your idea is different than another person’s so there is no one size fits all here.  Your idea could be presented in a poster format, tablet interaction, handouts, puppets or anything that you can dream up.
  • This is your chance to chat about your idea.  Be ready to have something to show, share, interact and talk about during your time.  Expected a strolling audience where people come and go the entire time.
  • Each Idea will receive a 6 foot table, access to electricity and Wi-Fi internet.  You choose how to use it!

Idea Exchange spots are limited.  Selection will include an attempt to balance audiences. Idea Exchange Times will be as follows:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

                   11:30 am – 12:15 pm

                   2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017

                   10:00 am – 10:45 am

                   1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Selection Criteria:

  • Purpose:  Does the proposal clearly identify a goal and takeaways for the audience?
  • Audience:  Is the target audience clearly identified?
  • Practicality:  Is the topic appropriate in content for an Idea Exchange and target audience?
  • Engagement:  Will the idea keep the audience’s focus though entertaining visuals, useful content and clear speech?
  • Timeliness:  Is the topic of current interest, bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to its intended audience?

Dates of Interest:

May 15:    Call for Idea Exchange proposals open

June 19:    Idea Exchange submissions due

July 17:      Idea Exchanges announced


Interested in submitting an Idea Exchange project proposal?  Fill out the following form:

Additional presenter name and email address (if applicable)

Tell us about your Idea

Spell Check

Limit to 300 words. If your project is picked, this description will be used in printed promotional materials.

Spell Check