Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Long and Short of It, Part II: ACRL 2013, The Sessions


So, last week I shared some of my observations about ACRL 2013. At that point, I was planning to make this follow up post about individual sessions - highlighting the good, the bad, the tools. While I did catch a few dud presentations, I also attended a lot of great ones - for instance, the one where the presenter was talking about using Google Earth as a language learning tool was particularly fascinating. However, the idea of talking about each session I attended no longer seems appropriate. Maybe it's because I went to and presented at LOEX in the meantime (yes, I know - too many conference presentations). Maybe it's just laziness. Regardless of the reason, I think I'd rather talk about how I approach attending sessions instead of the sessions themselves.

You see, at this stage of my career, I've done and seen and thought about a lot of things in this field. Not trying to affect a "been there, done that" attitude, but ten years is a long-ish time. I do still encounter sessions that cover topics with which I'm completely unfamiliar, but that's fairly rare these days. Instead, I usually range between having some awareness to having lots and lots of knowledge on the topic being discussed. Does that stop me from going? Well, it used to, but it doesn't anymore.

Now I go hoping to pick up a few new tidbits, but also hoping to be able to add to the conversation. Here are some recent examples:

All of this is to say that I no longer go to sessions hoping to get something out of it. Not in a overweening, know-it-all, show-off-y kind of way, but but nowadays I mostly go to sessions hoping to give something back, hoping to add to the conversation. How about you?

1 comment:

  1. I just got back from the Medical Library Association Conference. One of my colleagues proposed the idea of a "flipped" conference, on the model of the flipped class, which would involve making the presentation slides available to attendees a couple of weeks ahead of the conference to allow for more meaningful interaction between the presenters and the audience at the actual in-person conference. What do you think? Are there any library conferences that already do this? http://npc.mlanet.org/mla13/?p=1010