LMCC 2018 - Same Great Conference, New Location
After three years in Addison, Texas, LMCC moved to a new location in 2018. We moved all the way from Texas to downtown St. Louis, Missouri at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch on November 13th and 14th. In our continued commitment to accommodate more library marketing pros to attend, our move to St. Louis allowed us to invite over 400 attendees to join us for the conference.
As always, we solicited a wide range of proposals on marketing and communication topics. The sessions on day one covered the areas of PR, graphic design, social media, and marketing strategies. On day two of the conference, we dove into sessions about partnerships, advocacy, focusing on the user, internal marketing, and promoting library programs and services. We once again received a large number of excellent submissions for our conference program team to curate, allowing them to build another educational and inspirational event for library marketing professionals.
Besides moving to a new location, the 2018 conference saw other changes and developments from previous conferences. As the first conference to be held since the announcement at the 2017 event that the Library Marketing Conference Group formed a registered, 501(3)c nonprofit, this brought new opportunities and ideas for future.
The LMC Group actively recruited new volunteers for all positions both during and after the 2017 conference. It was important to bring new perspectives, ideas, and energy to all our teams and let many of our original start-up team of volunteers transition to other roles and opportunities. In 2018 Christina Pryor at the University of Missouri J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library agreed to serve as conference chair. Chris was new to LMCC and helped the transition from our original volunteer group. Chris came to her role as chair with decades of experience running conferences and large-scale events. Chris could not have done it without the support of an amazing group of committed volunteers including a top notch conference management team who had several returning LMCC volunteer ‘veterans’ and eager newcomers alike: Rosan Mitola, Maria Atilano, Karen Robinson, Jody Mitori, and Christine Deaver.
Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who made the 2018 conference an amazing success! LMCC continues to be a volunteer-led event and organization. Logistics, hotel details, food, and so many other details that make an event this size run were handled by our incredibly capable partners, and association manager, Amigos Library Services. We thank all of our generous sponsors and partners too! Our attendees wouldn’t have nearly as much fun without all of this crucial help and support!
The 2018 conference team launched the LMCC Inaugural President’s Program sponsored by Gale, a Cengage Company. Conference attendees were greeted on day one of the 2018 conference with an entertaining and energizing interview of Cordelia Anderson (formerly of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library) by the LMCC Group’s President Jennifer Burke.
To kickoff the second day of the conference, attendees heard from Todd Baker, Vice President and Senior Strategist at Milwaukee Direct Marketing, who spoke about experiential marketing.
Each day of the conference opened with a keynote session followed by a multi-track lineup of presentations and panels to keep attendees busy.
2018 Tracks Included:
You can see titles of all the sessions across all the tracks in a printable PDF by clicking here.
The Swag Swap returned again this year and we had an amazing response from attendees who brought examples of their library’s marketing collateral, giveaways, and promotional items to share with fellow attendees.
From all of us at LMCC and our 2019 Conference Chair Maria Atilano, we hope to see you in 2019 in St. Louis for another exciting Library Marketing and Communications Conference!
LMCC18 Planning Team
Christina Pryor, LMCC18 Chair
2018 Conference Planning Committee:
Administrative & Logistics Subcommittee
Rosan Mitola – Chair
Event Promotions Subcommittee
Christine Deaver – Current Chair
Jody Mitori – Past Chair
Local Arrangements Subcommitee
Karen Robinson – Chair
Swag Swap Coordinators – Mark Aaron Polger, Diane Sotak
Dine-Around Coordinators – Donna Church, Deanne Fix
Dine-Arounds hosted by St. Louis Metro Area Chapter of SLA
Maria Atilano – Chair
Stephanie Dawson Everett