Monday, October 8, 2018

Making the Most of a Conference Experience

WI Library Association in La Crosse is just around the corner. We hope to see you there. The YSS board and conference committee have worked hard to create fun learning opportunities and adventures.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your conference attendance:

  • Do attend events and sessions outside of your youth services focus.
  • Do wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Do attend the WLA membership (Wed. 5:30-6:30 pm) and YSS membership (Thursday 7:30 am) meetings. You learn a ton and meet great people. Remember WLA is YOU!
  • Do talk to people around you before and after sessions start, in hallways and at meals. Meet and welcome a new colleague. Don't just meet-up, walk with and spend time with co-workers and friends. View conference as an opportunity to reach out and stretch yourself and discover the richness that is the library staff who attend conference. You'll meet lifelong friends and colleagues.
  • Do attend receptions, events, and sessions.
  • Do take time for yourself - a walk in Riverside Park, time in your room, a stroll around the lovely, lively downtown.
Finally, if you can't come this year (programs at your library to do; venue too far; I know all this stuff already, etc), please mark your calendar for Oct 8-11 at the Dells. Create a break in your programs during that week in 2019, start saving (or making sure your library supports your attendance financially), consider a program or panel YOU can put together and join the IRL networking with other library staff who share your passion and commitment to serving your community. You'll be glad you did!

Marge Loch-Wouters, WLA President

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