By Susan Smith

Susan @ ALA New Orleans 2018

Susan @ ALA New Orleans 2018

I always enjoy visiting New Orleans, even with a forecast of 90+ degree temperatures. This was my fifth visit to the city (all WFU-related trips), but this time was special because I believe this was my final ALA conference. I completed my 3-year commitment to LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) as director-at-large and, with... more

Women Leaders’ Career Development Continuing Education Workshop May 2018

WFU’s Office of Women in Medicine and Science (OWIMS) (who manages the Career Development for Women Leaders (CDWL) program) is committed to offering continuing education programs to the senior women leaders who have graduated from the CDWL program. After surveying their graduates, they found that a majority of respondents were interested in exploring unconscious bias... more

Susan @ ALA Midwinter in Denver

A view of the Rockies in the distance, with the Colorado Conference Center in the front left of the picture As usual, a large portion of my ALA conference experience is involved with LITA (Library Information and Technology Association). I am in the last 6 months of a 3 year elected term as Director-at-Large and... more

Susan @ NCLA

Better late than never is what I always say, so here are a few comments from my experiences at the recent NCLA conference….. My primary assignment was to team up with Dean Tim Pyatt and our architect, Chris Garris, to give a presentation on creating a library master plan. Tim already covered this in his... more

Susan @ ALA Annual 2017 – Chicago

View of the city from Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park I always look forward to ALA being held in Chicago, it’s one of my favorite cities to visit. The last ALA conference there was in the middle of a blizzard, so I looked forward to┬ábeing able to enjoy and document the outdoor hustle and bustle... more

Susan at CNI Albuquerque, Spring 2017

Direct from the Swamp: Alan Inouye, Director of Public Policy, ALA and Krista Cox, Directory of Public Policy Initiatives, ARL gave an overview of policy and organizational developments in the Trump Administration and 115th Congress in a Trumpesque session room The CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) Spring 2017 membership meeting was held in Albuquerque, NM... more

Susan @ ALA Midwinter 2017

Atlanta at Night – view from my hotel room As reported capably by Thomas, much of my ALA Midwinter weekend was filled with meeting and event obligations that I have as a LITA board member. These always include 2 multi-hour board meetings, a joint chairs gathering, LITA Happy Hour (a networking event, it is legit!),... more

Susan’s ALA Annual 2016 – Orlando Report

If it’s late June, it must be time to jump on a plane and travel to some uncomfortably warm location to attend ALA Annual. This year the conference was held in Orlando and prior to the start of the conference the national news was filled with multiple terrible events occurring there. So, it was a... more

Susan @ Spring ASERL Membership Meeting

I’m enjoying getting opportunities to represent ZSR at meetings that I haven’t yet attended. At the beginning of May, Tim asked me to stand in for him at the spring ASERL Membership meeting that took place in Richmond. The meeting spans two days and combines a business portion with programming. The meeting link shows the... more

Susan @ CNI Spring Membership Meeting

I was excited for the opportunity to attend my first CNI meeting recently. The fact that it was held in San Antonio was a bonus! The meeting venue was a hotel right along the Riverwalk and the spring weather combined to make for a lovely 3 days. Since I had never attended CNI before, I... more