Archive for May, 2009

SUNYLA 2009

I’ve just experienced my first SUNYLA conference.  It’s been wonderful and I’m leaving filled to the brim with inspiration and ideas.

This was also my first experience presenting at a professional conference.  I did a panel discussion with three other librarians, Bill Drew, Kate Pitcher and Alesia McManus.  I think it was a really good idea to be part of a group for my first presentation.  I’ve always found it much more nerve wrecking to stand up and talk in front of my peers than to stand up in front of students.  Working with experienced library presenters really helped me learn the ropes and I think I feel a little more secure about doing it on my own next time.

Unfortunately, we had some technical problems with the facilities in the room and ended up using Bill’s computer instead.  It all worked out fine but I think we felt a bit rushed and would of wished for more time at the end for questions and discussion.  All in all I think it was well received.  We had a good mix in the audience, some used twitter all the time while others barely knew what it was or were completely unconvinced of its usefullness.  Opposing viewpoints always makes for good conversation and better awareness.

The keynote address was given by David Lankes, director of the information institute at Syracuse University.  He gave a superb presentation, he really helped set the tone for the rest of the conference. You can find a screencast of his presentation here!

SUNYLA really knows how to put together a fabulous conference.  It helped that the venue was so nice.  OCC has really great facilities, and the new dorms they housed us in are better than any apartment I’ve lived in.

I’ll probably post additional thoughs about the various presentations I went to randomly throughout the summer.  For now I’m just glad I finally started a new professional blog again.  I’ve had so many thoughts and ideas in my head lately and really need a place to collect/express them all.

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