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2016 OPAL Conference: Library Transformers: Mindful Change: Home

A guide to the 2016 OPAL Conference, hosted by Muskingum University Roberta A. Smith University Library, August 4-5, 2016.

Roberta A. Smith University Library

Muskingum University

Roberta A. Smith University Library
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, Ohio 43762

(740) 826-8152

Your 2016 OPAL Conference Committee

Sheila Ellenberger, Chair Muskingum University
Nicole Arnold Muskingum University
Kristin Cole Muskingum University
Claire Ballinger


Nimisha Bhat Columbus College of Art and Design
Catie Carlson Tiffin University
Jessica CrossfieldMcIntosh Otterbein University
Jenny Denen University of Findlay
John DiGennaro Baldwin Wallace University
Julie McDaniel Urbana University


Conference Registration is now live!

Registration closes on July 31, 2016.




Questions? Contact Kristin Cole at

Call for Proposals

Call for Presentations Now Closed - See you in August!

Library Transformers: Mindful Change

Friday, August 5, 2016

Muskingum University

The 2016 OPAL Conference theme is mindful transformation. Library staff, responding to internal or external changes, can be transformers in their libraries and on their campuses. Peter Bromberg, who offers an inspiring message that leads people to change their organizations, will be the keynote speaker. The OPAL Conference is an opportunity for you to share transforming practices from any aspect of your library’s operations.

We are soliciting breakout presenters to follow this year’s theme in the following conference tracks that describe your role as a library transformer of:

● Services (cataloging, instruction, circulation, reference, etc.)

● Spaces (building spaces, web spaces, makerspaces, etc.)

● Standards (BIBFRAME, digitization, Framework for Information Literacy, etc.)

● Strategies (decision making, leadership development, outreach, etc.)