#Conferences

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Morgan at Charleston 2021

This was my first year attending Charleston Conference, a conference I’ve heard a lot about and was eager to experience. Part of me wishes I had had the opportunity to attend this hybrid conference pre-pandemic when it was a fully in-person experience. I overheard numerous attendees longing for the “old days” but, without anything to... more

The Concerning State of ALA – Special Report from ALA Annual Conference 2021

There will be action in Council on 6/28/2021, on changing ALA governance, which is raising concerns for some people (zoom to the bottom of this post for details). Of great concern to me right now, ALA is operating in the red and needs members and other revenue. Membership declined 9-10% each of the last two... more

DLF’s First Virtual Forum

This past November, the DLF Forum occurred virtually for the very first time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Focusing on a range of content related to digital library technologies, the main conference provided several hours of programming over the course of two days (November 9-10). Prior to the conference, I was selected as... more

Roz @ Charleston Conference

The Charleston Conference is one of my very favorite conferences and this year did not disappoint. But as we did have 5 ZSR folks attending,  I’ll keep my comments to things I think I attended that others did not, so we don’t all repeat the same info about the same sessions. Vendor Interaction: I find... more

Kevin at Designing for Digital 2019

In early March, I attended my second Designing for Digital virtual conference. Session topics ranged from conducting library space assessments to encouraging open and affordable course content, from tackling wicked problems to advocating for better internal UX. A few comments stood out: like one when, during some UX testing, a student said a library’s general... more

ZSR at WISE 2019

A couple of weeks ago, several Z. Smith Reynolds Library faculty and staff had the opportunity to attend the WISE Conference held at the beautiful Benton Convention Center February 14-15, 2019 in downtown Winston-Salem. WISE is an acronym for “Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement Workshop” which is “the pioneering conference for faculty leaders, program coordinators,... more

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

Kevin at Designing for Digital 2018

In early March, I attended my first Designing for Digital conference—online. Established in 2015 as an extension of the ER&L conference, Designing for Digital focuses on user experience, design and discovery, and usability in libraries. And I have to say, my (user) experience of the conference was great. Much of my enjoyment was in the... 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

Kevin at edUi 2017

During the last week of September, I attended my sixth edUi conference, edUi 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Maybe it was the city, resonant with strength and togetherness after the recent tragedy. Or maybe it was the weather, close and still before the changing season. Maybe it was the program, scheduled with local encouragements on the... more