Another S.C. Association of School Librarians (SCASL) conference has ended, and as always I’ve returned home revitalized and brimming with ideas for my own elementary library. I’m so fortunate to be able to attend all three days of the conference each year, and to stay in one of the conference hotels rather than driving back and forth each day. I do a great deal of personal professional development via the blogs, journal articles, Twitter conversations, and webinars that I routinely read/participate in, but there is definitely a place for attending a face-to-face conference as well.
Getting away from the daily bustle of school and family life gives me breathing space to reflect on what I’m doing in my library program, why I’m doing it, and how I can improve on it. I have uninterrupted time to think and plan, and to discuss ideas and brainstorm with other librarians who are passionate about what they do.
Speaking of Twitter, this year I experimented a little with tweeting the conference. (I tweet as @LibraryLoriJune if you’d like to follow me. Look for #SCASL13 to see all the conference tweets.) It was fun, but I found that it was distracting me from the presentations a little too much — I guess I need more practice listening and typing at the same time! The good news is that we used Edmodo this year to create groups for each session and keynote speech, so I’ll be able to go back and review the presentations posted there to catch up on anything I might have missed.
I’ll be sharing more about the specific sessions I attended, but for now I’d just like to give a big shout out to our conference steering committee members who planned all the individual details that added up to a fantastic conference experience! I’m already looking forward to next year’s gathering!