Access Services in Atlanta, Georgia is an exceptionally practical conference, with a focus on circulation and user services. I brought back many ideas on topics such as training staff & student employees, open course reserves, customer service, technology lending, and user outreach...
The opening presentation from Mita Williams discussed the journey of establishing Hackforge at Windsor PL. While the programs included in Hackforge membership were intriguing -- equipment, tech talks, software guild meetings, open data hackfests...
The final day of WILU 2014 continued to be energizing and inspiring with some particularly relevant sessions, plus an honest and challenging closing keynote from Meagan Oakleaf of Syracuse University. Overall, the conference was tremendously successful, and I'm proud of the hard work of my colleagues who acted as organizers.
Day two of WILU 2014 was a full itinerary of concurrent presentations, lightening talks, and poster sessions. In particular, today, I had to make some very hard decisions in terms of what sessions to attend. Discussion with fellow attendees and tweeters (#WILU2014) has helped fill in the gaps a little, but I'm eagerly awaiting presenter slides being made available.
Day one of WILU 2014 (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) just concluded with a fabulous gala where my library service desk was transformed into an open bar. I rushed home after dinner to maintain the momentum and type up some thoughts.
Yesterday was Western's "Spring Perspectives on Teaching" conference, organized by the Teaching Support Centre. With the keynote unfortunately cancelled, I was only able to attend one session. "Talking Tech: Perspectives on E-Learning" had three panelists speaking about their experience integrating e-learning into their classrooms.
At CIL 2014, several sessions ran simultaneously. I attended specifically for the sessions in "Track B: User Experience (UX): User First". These presentations were highly practical and generally focused on improving microinteractions and the holistic virtual experience, or effective design research methods.
I had the opportunity to attend Computers in Libraries last week. This year's theme was "Hack the Library", where of course, "hack" really means "change" or "rethink". Overall, the speakers were very inspiring, with several big names in libraries speaking on trends and provocative new topics.
April 7th to 9th I visited Washington, DC for the 2014 annual Computers in Libraries conference. I was registered for Tuesday's sessions, but I had Monday afternoon after arriving in DC to pack in as much sight-seeing as possible.