Spark Up in Denver!

Kevin King —  February 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

Compressed-air-horn-4d4939ffccf31_hiresDo you have an idea that you have been dying to tell the library world? Looking for a forum to share your brilliance? Going to the PLA Conference in Denver, April 5-9? (Tired of blog posts that start with a bunch of questions?) Due to popular demand, PLA is bringing back one of its most popular events from the 2014 conference, Spark Talks! The first Spark Talks event attracted a standing room only crowd. Participants were treated to idea after idea in five minute increments. Anyone going over the allotted time was subject to the sweet sounds of an air horn. It was fun.

The skill of being able to share an idea in a short time is one that all leaders need to learn. You never know when you are stuck in an elevator with someone who has the power to move your idea forward. The ability to succintly summarize has helped me get many ideas off of the ground. The opportunity to witness others trying to do it in a high pressure setting should help you learn what and what not to do.

I am calling upon all LL&F readers going to Denver to consider giving a Spark Talk. You can apply on the PLA Spark Talk page. Oh yeah, I forgot to add that I will be your host for the event. Let’s Spark it up!

Kevin King


Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

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