I arrived in Seattle with great anticipation (perhaps a bit of anxiety too) and returned to Minneapolis with a renewed energy, lots of new ideas and a new sense of community among my library colleagues from all corners of the profession. If only I had another week to process everything! It is reassuring to me to know that the conference materials are available to me for another year on Virtual Conference website. One thing I did not come away with is a pile of stuff. Now, I recognize that this is my first national conference, but I have a hunch that there was a lot less paper this year than there has been at past conferences and this in part a reflection of the greening of the conference. I’m sure there is more that we could all have done to make the conference have even less of an impact on the environment, but I think we’re headed in the right direction. One question: I noticed bamboo plates were used for food but I never actually ate any of the conference food so I was wondering if these bamboo plates were reused, recylced or simply thrown?
I figured one national conference was enough for me this year, so I hadn’t planned on going to the ALA annual conference in July. I’m reconsidering this decision, however, based on the recommendations from several of my new and more experienced librarian friends made at the conference. I also learned about ACRL’s immersion program which I had not heard about before. The deadline for this year’s program application has passed, but I will be watching closely for future opportunities now that it is on my radar.
That’s the challenge of being new to the profession, I think. There is so much to learn, so many people to meet, and so many routes one can take professionally. The trouble for me is I feel like I am interested in so much and I don’t always know exactly where to focus my energies or attention. Any other newbies experience this too?
All in all, I had a fabulous conference (Ira Glass was a perfect finale for me!) and look forward to the continued conversations. I am delighted by everyone’s willingness to share their ideas and innovations with me (and other conference attendees, of course) and hope that one day I might have an idea or two worthy of sharing at an ACRL conference. Even though I’m borderline Net Gen/Millenial/Gen X, Y, Z (or whatever you want to call it), I guess I am a bit more slow on the uptake when it comes to the technologies piece of the puzzle. I barely manage a course blog and I have yet to take my socializing to the web (am I the only one?). I guess I just don’t know when people find time to do it–but maybe it just takes me longer than everyone else. I have great respect for those attendees who were able to contribute highly substantive posts to the ACRL blog, create photo slide shows using flickr, and managed to get on board with Twitter. As for me? Here’s what I can do: tweet. tweet. tweet. (maybe by next conference…?)
thanks for listening and best wishes to y’all!