Lauren did a good job of describing the closing session, there is nothing I can really add to it. Overall, I thought that the conference was good. Libraries clearly need to change their methods and librarians need to change their perspectives if they plan to stay relevant. I know, I know, how could libraries not be relevant. Well, unfortunately it seems to be happening whether we like it or not, so we need to do something about that.
During the closing session I started thinking about our students, faculty, staff, and patrons in general. Who am I and who are we to say what they want and how to deliver what they want? I think we can assume certain things about our users: they want information quickly, they want it as accurate as possible, but they don’t care how they get the information they are seeking as long as they get it, and fast. And there are a lot of new technologies out their, but how do we know what they are really using.
I have come away with several ideas, but one idea for sure: I feel like our Library needs its own student group. This would be a group of students from each class, some student assistants, some students from other student organizations maybe, and this group would help shape the Library, what we offer patrons, and how we offer services to patrons. This group could even help with Wake the Library and marketing opportunities. We would have to have at least one staff member, maybe two, advise this group, and then maybe we could get this group recognized by student government and this group would be an official student group on campus. I think with the ever changing library world, it makes sense to have a group of the same people we are trying to serve help us in this endeavor. Maybe even include a faculty member.
I did enjoy rooming with Lauren, we both have a lot of ideas and it was nice to bounce ideas back and forth. Also, I enjoyed tasting her not vegan friendly meal at lunch (it was like tasting whether something was poisoned, I know the people at our table thought we were crazy) and finding appropriate food :-) . We both had a nice time at dinner that night with Erik, during which Erik and I decided to get dessert and almost died when the waiter brought back what could have been enough to feed 6 people. We prevailed over dessert and finished our servings, but it’s not something I plan to attempt again anytime soon.
After a stop in Charlotte to attend UNCC’s graduation on Saturday (fastest, shortest graduation I have ever attended, and that makes it the best by far) I made it home yesterday and have been catching up ever since. I’ll be happy to get back to work tomorrow.