As Librarians across the country begin the annual pilgrimage, I am joining the ranks!
I will admit it has been a number of years since I have attended ALA Annual Conference. However, I say that will my head held high. Why? For the last 8 years, as the Director of the Trenton Free Public Library we survived a number of devastating budget cuts that resulted in layoffs and service reductions. In a climate continually fraught with budget woes, it would not have been appropriate to spend operational funds to travel to the conference. Instead, I continued my professional development in other ways.
That said, nothing replaces the opportunity to network with your colleagues, wander the exhibits looking at the latest technology, meeting and talk with vendors who shape the next great offering to our services, and learning about the latest trends in our profession. I am thrilled to be on my way to do just that!
In addition, I will be participating in a panel discussion on Sunday June 26 at 10:30-11:30am in the Orange County Convention Center, Room W101B
Specifically, I will be presenting a brief talk on “Discontinuous Change through Mobile Service” discussing how mobile services can change our service model to reach non-users, why it hasn’t happened sooner, and what we need to do to manage the process.
Here’s to a great conference! Safe travels everyone.