I recently returned from my state’s library conference. My state holds a large conference every other year for professionals and paraprofessionals in public, academic, school, and specialty libraries. It’s a great time for networking and learning. I attended so many amazing panels on various topics, including reader’s advisory, advocacy, archiving, instruction, and more. I cannot wait to return to work on Monday with all this new knowledge.
Additionally, it was my first time away from home since the birth of my daughter. I did miss her and my husband…but I also had so much fun! Doing things I wanted, when I wanted is so enjoyable. For the last two years my identities as a librarian, wife, and mother have dominated. It was so, so nice for two of the identities to be removed for a time. I plan to make more time for myself in the future – it’s obvious that “me” time is just as important as my time with the people I love.
My number one take away from the conference? Libraries are AWESOME. Have you recently been to your local library? I highly recommend you go. Go to your local public library. Go to your local university or community college library. Go to your local legal or medical library. Go visit libraries not local to you. Ask them what they have available. Ask them about their events and programming. Ask them about their future plans. Let them know what you would like to see at the library. Or feel free to ask me if you’re afraid to approach your librarians.
Libraries are alive and well, my friend. I hope you take advantage of everything they offer.