Librarians Present at National Conference
Last week, two of our own Librarians, Lori Snyder and Erin Crane, recently presented at a conference titled, “Computers in Libraries”, hosted by the organization, “Information Today.” The conference was held in Washington, D.C., April 8-10, 2013.
Encouraged by Dean Pride, Erin submitted a proposal to present on the topic of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) and asked Lori to co-present. Lori had previously presented a poster session dealing with the acquisition and cataloguing of PDAs at a conference hosted by The Association of Christian Librarians.
Prior to the conference Erin and Lori gave their PowerPoint presentation at a brown-bag luncheon for members of the library as an informational effort and as practice for the upcoming conference. The feedback and suggestions from those in attendance at the luncheon helped to improve the presentation before going to the conference. Both Lori and Erin also mentioned that having a teammate helped in preparing for and presenting at the conference.
During the 30 minute presentation Erin spoke from a collection development perspective before Lori spoke regarding cataloguing and acquisitions. Approximately 150 were in attendance and many people came up after the presentation to talk further about the topic. Lori mentioned another benefit of presenting at a conference is that you make contacts which serve as resources for future situations. It also gives you an outside perspective to see how much we are “already doing here” at Liberty and to “learn new ideas” to apply here at Liberty University.
Going forward Erin commented that, “Liberty has a lot that they’re doing that we could share about” to be a help other organizations. Regarding what we at Liberty University could share at conferences Lori added, “Think about what you’re doing day to day, that other people might have an interest in learning about”.
Does presenting at a conference sound interesting to you? Think about it. We not only get to promote our work, but most importantly our “best friend.”
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