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Tim at ASERL, May 2019

Last week I attended the spring meeting of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. Always my favorite meeting, this was one of the best I have attended for reasons I will outline below. We met in Reston, VA, which if you have not been there, you do not need to add it to your must... more

LOEX 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 9-11, 2019

It has been several years since I have written a LOEX Conference reflection without co-authors, and I will begin by saying that I seriously missed having other ZSR Instruction Librarians with me at this conference! LOEX is the premier information literacy conference for librarians, and this year’s conference was a another stellar experience. The theme... more

6th Annual TALA Paraprofessional Conference

The 6th Annual TALA Paraprofessional Conference was held on May 14, 2019 at Winston-Salem State University.  Here are some thoughts from some of the attendees from the Z. Smith Reynolds Library: One session that I enjoyed from the TALA conference was on Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace which was led by Sharon Hill of Winston... more

TALA Paraprofessional Conference

I attended the 6th Annual TALA Paraprofessional Conference held at Winston-Salem State University on Tuesday, May 14th.  It was a day full of laughter, learning, and networking from the beginning of the conference at the registration table till the time I walked back to my car.  I’ve highlighted key moments from the conference below: Wanda... more

Tanya at Best Practices Exchange (Columbus, Ohio)

For the first time ever, I attended the Best Practices Exchange, held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in downtown Columbus. The BPE is considered an ‘un’conference—usually an informal gathering of practitioners who primarily work on “managing, preserving, and providing access to digital information.” My favorite part is that the sessions are very real-world oriented, with... more

Spring 2019 STEM-LINC Workshop

I will confess that the Spring Spring STEM-LINC Workshop last Friday brought out my inner child. It was held in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum has two separate buildings connected by a walk-way on separate floors. We spent the majority of the morning in the Nature Research Center... more

ACRL 2019 in Cleveland

From April 10-13, I attended the ACRL 2019 Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This was my first time attending the conference and visiting Cleveland. Back in December, I was awarded one of ACRL’s Mid-Career Scholarships to attend the biennial event. This covered registration and hotel costs. For travel, I had the pleasure of carpooling with Mary-Beth,... more

Bob at ABLD at Harvard Business School Library

In April, I attended the annual meeting of the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), which was hosted by Harvard Business School’s Baker Library. Our group met on the HBS campus, which is located in Boston, across the Charles River from Harvard’s main campus in Cambridge. ABLD is a small group (currently 42 members) of librarians... more

A tale of two symposia

I attended the Scholarly Communication Symposium at UNC Greensboro on April 15 and the Symposium on Information for Social Good at UNC Chapel Hill School of Information & Library Science on April 26. The two events were quite different in content and structure, and the contrast provided some food for thought about the elements that... more

Molly at ACRL

It was great to be back at an ACRL Conference after an 8 year hiatus. I repeatedly wondered why I let myself miss the past three conferences as I reconnected with colleagues and friends from elsewhere, attended thought-provoking sessions, and enjoyed exploring a new-to-me city. The energy and excitement of a *big* conference are rejuvenating... more