conferences

conferences

Working skills for everyone

Working skills for everyone

Beth South is Coordinator of Campus Library User Services and Archivist at Indiana University East. This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Library Management Skills Institute in Bloomington, IN, sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. It was an intensive and engaging three-day workshop, led by consultant DeEtta Jones. Participants included librarians in varied positions at different libraries and at various stages in our careers, but we all shared similar concerns and issues. Whether we have been managers for years, in a new position, or have yet to enter a management position, we were all looking for ways to prepare ourselves for these leadership roles, or to perform better in these roles. … Continued
Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future

Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future

One of IU East’s core principals is diversity, so we are always excited at new opportunities in multiculturalism. And on November 1st, IU is offering a big one. The annual Diversity Leadership Conference is targeted towards students, helping you contribute to diversity education, personal empowerment, and developing leadership skills. This year’s theme is “Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future” and is geared to empowering students to take ownership of their college experience by taking meaningful action to effect positive change both at their institution and in their world. If you want to develop a broader multicultural understanding of yourself and of your environment, this might be a great opportunity for you. Registration is due by Friday, October … Continued
ALA Annual Alerts Librarians to Ideas and Innovations

ALA Annual Alerts Librarians to Ideas and Innovations

Every June the American Library Association holds their Annual Conference; this year I had the opportunity of attending it, in Anaheim, CA, for the first time.  The American Library Association is a professional organization for all disciplines of librarians to receive support for their positions in the form of networking, resources, and professional development opportunities, including Annual, to “enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”  There really is something for every type of librarian, from academic to public from private to prison.   I attended a variety of sessions to match the variety of job duties and interests I have, including but not limited to Innovative Outreach, Working with Grants, Civic Engagement, and Promotional Videos.  Additionally, I walked through … Continued
New Orleans: After Katrina, Then and Now

New Orleans: After Katrina, Then and Now

New Orleans, or NOLA, is a great place to attend a conference. I recently attended my fifth American Library Association annual meeting there. In June 2006, ALA was the first conference in NOLA after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the City. It was in the New Orleans convention center that was made famous by the hordes of people who had nowhere else to go during the flooding. The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is over a mile long, but only a part of it was ready in time for the ALA conference. The first thing noticeable while driving into New Orleans in 2006 was the number of roofs covered with blue tarps. We stayed south of the city, in a … Continued
Intentional Spaces

Intentional Spaces

This year, while attending the annual American Library Association conference, graduate intern Sarah Gilchrist presented on “The Library Living Room: Creating Learning Relationships” (you can see her poster behind her in the picture).  Thousands of librarians from all over the country attend the ALA annual conference, and Sarah’s presentation gave us a chance to share with others the success of that unique learning environment, even as she learned about their new ideas.   The Library Living Room is a great space, and an excellent study or hang-out area for students (when classes aren’t running there!).  But it is just one of many intentional spaces in the library.  We’ve changed a lot of rooms in the library to better suit student … Continued