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LOEX 2022

This year, the LOEX annual conference was held in Ypsilanti, MI on May 5-7. LOEX is a non-profit educational clearinghouse for library instruction and information literacy information (LOEX used to stand for Library Orientation Exchange back when library orientation sessions were considered the main instructional format, now it is just LOEX). This year’s conference theme... more

The Inclusive Teaching Conference (Thursday, April 21, 2022)

Wake Forest University’s Inclusive Teaching Conference (Thursday, April 21, 2022) This blog post is a collaborative “I learned _____.” from a subset of Research and Instruction Librarians who attended the conference.  I will say this . . . the librarians were in the proverbial house!!!!  Joy set the cornerstone by sitting in the second row... more

Carol at ER&L 2022

Gotta say, I loved the virtual conference format, especially for the asynchronous presentations. By spreading out my viewing over three weeks, I could watch almost all the presentations instead of having to choose from concurrent sessions. I watched most of them at 1.4 speed and bailed on any presentation I deemed irrelevant. Some themes: Are... more

Leslie at MLA 2022

An eleventh-hour appearance by the Omicron variant scotched plans for a hybrid conference of the Music Library Association this year, and obliged us to revert to all-virtual mode. No shortage of informative sessions, though. In a panel session, we learned of various initiatives to diversify music collections. Some libraries have relied on lists that many... more

Molly at the ACC Academic Leaders Network

The morning of Thursday, March 10 found me driving through the mountains of southwestern Virginia en route to Virginia Tech for the first of three meetings of the 2022 ACC Academic Leaders Network (ALN) leadership development program. Converging in Blacksburg were 70 leaders representing all 15 ACC schools, gathered to spend 2.5 days together learning... more

Lauren at ER&L 2022, virtually

The greatest value in attending this online conference for me was feeling connected again to what is going on “out there” in libraryland, particularly in working on e-resources. Even though it was mostly at a detailed and practical level, there were some sessions that helped me see a broader picture. The Content A lot of... more

Tim at the Spring 2022 ASERL Membership Meeting

For the first time since October 2019, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) met in person on the campus of Georgia Tech in midtown Atlanta. We worried about attendance, but 31 of our 38 member libraries were present. This meeting also marked my last as president and I was grateful that we finally could... more

Bookbinding Fundamentals Workshop

Four Tuesday nights in February, I spent a couple of hours in an online workshop called, Binding Fundamentals, taught by Karen Hanmer. I’d met Karen at Guild of Book Workers Seminars and knew of her work and teaching. She is an excellent teacher and has a great set up for online teaching. A week before... more

Alice at NISO Plus 2022

I experienced many firsts attending this year’s NISO Plus conference; it was my first time attending the NISO Plus conference, it was my first virtual conference, it was my first global conference, and it was the first time I attended a conference as part of a cohort. NISO (the National Information Standards Organization) develops information... more

Morgan & Summer @ USASBE 2022

Summer – Boardgames, Data, and more! This January, Morgan and I went to NC State’s campus to attend the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference. We both experienced NC State’s campus for the first time and were even able to meet up with our fellow BLINC member from NC State, in-person,... more