Canadian Library Association Conference 2010

I cannot believe it’s almost July! June came and went in no time at all.

The first week of June I spent at the Canadian Library Association Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Though the location was within my province, it is about a 7 hour drive to Edmonton from where I live.

I attended sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as the keynotes by Sue Gardner, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation and Michael Geist, law Professor and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. Their presentations are here, and here.

I attended some interesting sessions; the most reassuring part of attending a conference is finding out that most other libraries are in the same boat – facing budget cuts, reduced collections space, and never ending technology woes. It’s also inspiring that librarians are such a positive group of people – the enthusiasm is really contagious.

I also co-presented with my colleague a session on our text messaging reference service. This was a fantastic experience and the session was well received. I barely got any sleep the night before, making the 8:30am session go by in a blur. By Friday evening, I was feeling the wear.

The best part of the conference was catching up with library school friends and acquaintances – those living in Edmonton and those visiting for the conference. It was hard to believe it’s already been a year since graduation and we’ve all been experiencing the challenges of working our first jobs.

I also got to see some lovely places in Edmonton, including the Art Gallery of Alberta and the River Valley (as well as several cute restaurants and pubs).

The next two weeks in June I spent dealing with a nasty cold and the last week I was moving apartments. I’m looking forward to a relaxing July.

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