MUG 2020


Schedule: October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd

Marmot User Group (MUG) Conference is going to be virtual this year. Registration is required. We have Zoom Guidelines for attendees. 

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

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Schedule for  Wednesday, October 21st

Time Session
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Building Your Brand of Leadership

Workshop participants will unpack the core of their leadership – what motivates them, what connects them to those they lead, and where they fall on the servant to traditional leadership spectrum. Each participant will leave the session with their leadership brand and vision statement and a way to apply their learning going forward.

Presenter: Eleanor Canter, Independent Consulting

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Reference Services: A Journal of the Plague Year

Closures due to the COVID-19 Outbreak have revealed all manner of obstacles and opportunities for Reference Departments. As access to our physical collections became limited, an increased awareness and enthusiasm for our digital offerings was observed. This session will include best practices for providing reference and technology assistance over the phone and while working remotely. Special attention will be paid to eContent, subscription databases, and public awareness of other library resources.

Presenter: John Major, Bud Werner Memorial Library

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Using Microsoft Word Outline View and Styles to Write Reports, Papers, Procedures, etc.

Oliver will talk about “Outline View” is one of the several “View” options in Microsoft Word. It is a helpful way to focus on the structure of a document. “You can use Outline View to create or edit headings, adjust heading levels, and rearrange the content until everything is right where you want it” (Office Help). In other words, you can use it to organize random notes into categories, but also easily create and edit Table of Contents, ease document navigation, and makes the document overall more uniform in its look.

Presenter: Oliver Schulz, Colorado Christian University


Schedule for Thursday, October 22nd

Time Session
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Kids Read - You Can Do an Online Book Club
Here's what happened when Mesa County Libraries' Kids Read Book Club went online and how kids, ages 7-11, share their love of reading, books, and libraries. Discover how you can create your own online book club and what it can do for your library.
Presenter: Di Herald, Mesa County Public Library District
11:15a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Figuring out Fine Free for Your Library
From determining if you can go fine free (making a decision), researching the effects and reasons, to talking with your library board and communicating to staff and finally the push to implementation, learn Mesa County Libraries lessons and a possible approach for your library.
Presenter: Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Mesa County Public Library District
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
FLC's Open Educational Resources Initiative and Progress
Tyler will talk about the OER program that FLC started 2 years ago, the progress we have made, and upcoming plans.
Presenter: Tyler Dunn, Fort Lewis College
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Marmot Updates
Marmot staff will provide updates on activities and projects underway.  
Presenter: Adam Murray


Schedule for Friday, October 23rd

Time  Session
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Digital Tech Help in the Age of COVID

Liz vonTauffkirchen will share her experiences with helping patrons over the phone, Zoom, and in person in this new era of masks and social distancing.

Presenter: Liz vonTauffkirchen, Pine River Library

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Activating Learning: Applying "Aha's" to Your Library

Group think session to brainstorm how best to transfer the learning from the week into tangible practices with teams and communities. A chance to summarize and synthesize all the “aha” moments and to create space for an action plan on next steps for you and your team.

Presenter: Eleanor Canter, Independent Consulting

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Library Virtual Tours

Watch multiple tour videos to learn more about other Marmot Member Libraries.


MUG Registration - MUG will be a multi-day conference but you can pick and choose which session you want to attend. Registered attendees will receive an email with the online Zoom links for all the MUG sessions. 

Here are the Zoom Attendee Guidelines