By Kathy Shields

Inside ZSR

Kathy S. at Charleston Conference 2023

After hearing about the Charleston Conference for many years, this year I finally had the opportunity to attend, and it did not disappoint! Thankfully I had veteran attendees from ZSR to orient me to the conference, as it is structured very differently than other conferences I’ve attended. I really enjoyed the one-day exhibit hall, as... more

Evidence Synthesis Institute (Kathy and Hu)

Last week we spent 16 hours on Zoom participating in the fourth Evidence Synthesis Institute cohort. The Evidence Synthesis Institute is aimed at library staff supporting evidence syntheses outside of the health sciences and is fully funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There is no charge for accepted applicants. The institute’s instructors... more

Kathy S. at ALA Annual 2022 in DC

ALA Annual was my first fully in-person conference since ALA Midwinter in January 2020. It was a much smaller conference (by ALA standards) than it has been in previous years, but it still felt strange to be around so many people again! This year, my conference revolved around my responsibilities as Chair of the RUSA... more

Kathy S. at ALA MW 2020

This was my first time attending ALA Midwinter, and probably my last, based on the discussions of upcoming changes to the Midwinter format. I attended the conference in my capacity as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the RUSA History Section, since only one other member (the Secretary) of the HS Executive Board was able to attend (and I... more

Kathy at NCLA 2019

I have so enjoyed reading everyone’s posts about their experience at NCLA! This year’s conference was a bit different for me, since as Chair of the Programs Committee, I wasn’t able to sit down and enjoy many sessions. But, it was incredibly gratifying to hear so many positive comments from attendees about the sessions and... more

Kathy at ALA Annual 2019

Most of my conference activities revolved around the RUSA History Section, for which I’m the outgoing Secretary and incoming Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. In addition to our All-Section Meeting, we held two discussion groups, one for History Librarians and another focused on Local History and Genealogy. I really enjoy this group because there are so many different... more

Kathy S. at GICIL and EntreLib 2018

In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to attend two conferences – one in Savannah and one a little closer to home. Over September 27-29, I attended the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, which was held at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah. I was originally supposed to attend this conference last year,... more

Kathy S. @ ALA Annual in NOLA

I hadn’t been to New Orleans in several years, so it was fun to be back in the city! I just want to share a few highlights from the programs I attended. ALA this year for me was mostly about events and activities with the RUSA History Section. We started off with our all-committee meeting... more

ASERL Schol Comm and IL workshop + ASERL/ARL Liaison Institute in Atlanta

On April 26, Kathy and Kaeley attended the ASERL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and IL workshop, which was held on the campus of Georgia Tech in midtown Atlanta [slides are available on the ASERL site]. Molly already shared her experience at this conference from a director/scholarly communication librarian perspective, so Kaeley and I will share... more

Kathy S. at NCLA

While I’ve been attending NCLA for 10 years now (!) and have been involved on previous conference committees, this was my first year serving as a member of the conference programming committee (chaired by our very own Mary Scanlon). This meant my conference this year was less about my own presentations and more about trying... more