PaLA Annual Conference 2008.
I’ll be spending the next few days in Valley Forge, PA at the PaLA Annual Conference Pennsylvania Libraries: Leading for Life. I’m very excited because I’m going to be doing a lot of different things there. I’ll be presenting a poster session on Monday outside of the exhibit hall (titled “The Strength of Personal Connections” – Talking about some upcoming library outreach methods being developed for Millersville University Library for the next 1 to 3 years). I volunteered to work at the conference registration desk for a few hours on Monday, which should give me a nice chance to meet some PaLA people. And I have kindly been invited by Mary Garm, PaLA President, to speak briefly at the PaLA Annual Business Meeting regarding my selection as an ALA Emerging Leader. Very fun!
Two people I’m very much looking forward to hearing from are speaker/author/professor Joe Janes (during the College and Research Division luncheon) and author Mary Doria Russell (I had the pleasure of reviewing her recent book “Dreamers of the Day” back in January). And as if that wasn’t enough, they are doing a Hollywood Librarian pajama party! Whoooo!
There are tons of good sessions to pick from. A few that I am really looking forward to are: “State Award Winners Share Their Marketing Success Stories”, “Reading People: Successful Advocacy for Savvy Trustees”, “Creating a Brand Identity to Market Information Services” , and of course Conference 101 and the New Members Reception. Also, a fellow 2009 Emerging Leader, Leigh Anne Vrabel (Senior Librarian, Reference Services @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) is presenting a session on Sunday titled “Adding “2.0” Without Subtracting “Library”: A Series of Wild, Woolly and Wonderful Experiments with Adult Reference Services.”
One of the cool things PaLA is doing this year is having their session handouts available online before the conference for attendees to print out depending on which sessions they plan on attending. This is a great idea because it saves money for the presenters (printing 50-100 copies of handouts is not cheap!), it saves paper (yay for the environment!), and best of all, the handouts are now available to anyone on the web! So those of you who can’t attend the conference can still benefit by taking a look at the session handouts available here!
If you’ll be there, find me! I’ll also be posting a reflection/materials/photos about my poster session sometime late next week.