Professional Development

Hu at FYE 2018

While there have been 37 First-Year Experience Conferences, this is only my fourth. My first FYE conference was in 2008, and I try to attend this annual conference as often as possible! The focus on first-year students draws together faculty and staff from across the academy. While it’s great to hear presentations on library-related topics... 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

MBL@ALAMW18in Denver

ALA Midwinter 18 in Denver commenced just as a debilitating snowstorm was moving across the northern tier of states. While the storm didn’t impact our travel, (I was travelling with Susan and our path took us from GSO to Charlotte to Denver) it did have a significant impact to how I spent my time this... more

Joy attends WISE Conference 2018

On Thursday, February 8, it was my privilege to attend Global Wake Forest’s 10th Annual WISE Conference held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Winston Salem. There were 275 attendees from 26 states and 6 countries. The purpose of this conference was to help faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators develop the knowledge and skills... more

Leslie at MLA 2018

This year’s meeting of  the Music Library Association was held in Portland, Oregon. A very busy conference for me, between session attendance and committee duties. Cataloging The Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), which holds its annual meeting as a pre-conference to MLA, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. We received updates on cataloging standards and... more

International Council on Archives–Mexico City, Mexico

The week after Thanksgiving, I was invited to speak at the International Council on Archives annual meeting in Mexico City, held jointly with the Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos. The conference sessions were interesting (conducted in English, Spanish, and French with translation), and Mexico City was a fascinating and noisy mix of 22 million people, their... more

Book History & Digital Humanities, and that *other* ALA

Slightly exhausted from last year’s large conferences, I decided that attending and presenting at smaller conferences would be the way to go this year. My choices did not disappoint! Book History and Digital Humanities I presented at BH & DH (or Book History and Digital Humanities), held by the Center for the History of Print... more

Five Days and Three Events in Pittsburgh

At the end of October, I attended three events in Pittsburgh: the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, DLF Forum, and Digital Preservation 2017. DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference From October 22-25 I attended the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, and the DLF Forum. Leading up to these events, I was a member of the planning... more

Chris at the 2017 Charleston Conference

Chris at the 2017 Charleston Conference After hearing about the Charleston Conference for many years in the circles of conferences and workshops, I finally attended my first one this year thanks to a scholarship from Harrassowitz.  Marketed as the event for “issues in book and serial acquisition,” the Charleston Conference was an event that covered... more

Roz at Charleston Conference

This was my first Charleston Conference and I was there because I was on panel but I have to admit that I loved it. The format of the conference is different than most and I found the sessions I attended to be deep dives into really complex and interesting topics. I was surprised at the... more