I arrived sometime around 11:00 AM with a ton of baggage! You see, not only did I have to set up in the “Committee Exploratorium” for Regional Network, I also had to set up a poster session table to showcase weeded book art projects. I was disheartened to learn I’d left at home the center board for my Regional Network Display, but PLEASED as punch with the location of the weeded books display. President-Elect/Conference Planner Jennifer Tazerouti and I decided to set up some of our projects. I found hers, and set out to make our display eye catching and a definite conversation starter. BEST, it was located right behind the table for the wine/cheese reception scheduled later in the evening. Everyone who attended would see our powerful display! Did I mention the weather was freaking fantastic in Columbia Wednesday and Thursday? It took three trips to get all my stuff in. Note to self–next time ASK for a flatbed cart!
Work and then SCASL Board Luncheon
I returned several times throughout the day to help Kevin Merritt (our SCASL honorary husband) to give out e-tracking scan cards to attendees. The SCASL Board Members had a working lunch, and we were showered with gifts from our President Diana Carr including a SCASL 40th Conference Commemorative pin and a cool USB bracelet–very useful. For the first time in many years, the boxed lunch didn’t present itself like a boxed lunch, and was actually quite yummy! Kudos to the Columbia Metro Convention Center caterers.
Session One – We’re Up!
After the luncheon, my afternoon began with Session One. Immediately my group from Spartanburg 6 was scheduled for the 3PM slot to lead our session “Flipped Libraries in Spartanburg 6.” A little nerve wracking, as one snafu we experienced was one of us not having any of our slides. Emergency resolved with OneDrive, which Spartanburg 6 recently rolled out with Office 365. I was able to make some contacts and get our tech guys to send the missing materials by going in, copying, and uploading materials to OneDrive belonging to the presenter who didn’t have her slides and videos. Our district has made this available to all professional staff, and it’s not just OneDrive, but OneDrive with1TB of storage space in our OneDrive. SWEEET!! My collaborative presenter decided to actually present from Office365. I think I made here a believer.
This year SCASL leadership brought into the mix a panel discussion under the sponsorship of Project Connect. Our organization worked hard to secure dynamic political leaders, school leaders, and school library leaders to have this awe inspiring session. Never have we done this before, but I’m proud to say I was a part of its planning (very small) and it was absolutely terrific. To hear attending school administrators in the audience and school librarians exchanging ideas and understandings about where we are in education in regards to student achievement, teacher (librarian) performance, and growth was quite inspiring. My favorite ah ha moment of the night was when our legislator Vince Sheheen was dumbfounded when a fellow librarian (Elizabeth Gregory) asked why 3 and 4 year olds are not counted towards school funding. He promised to return to congress and ask that very same question.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
This is always a fun event! Meet and greets take place all around between fellow librarians, friends, vendors and more. We get to eat and drink (wine or soda) to celebrate the opening of our conference. it really is a party atmosphere. The exhibit hall had a new floorplan from years past, and most memorable to me was that the SCASL store was up front and center–no excuse not to get your bookmarks, conference tee’s, or book award stickers this year!! Food and beverages were at the back, drawing all the Grand opening attendees deep inside! Excellent design choice by SCAL President elect Jennifer Tazerouti.
To culminate the evening, a few of us close friends went to dinner. We had some great choices nearer the conference center in the Vista, but opted instead to head out off the beaten trail to avoid lines, and wound up at Carrabas. Always good fun and fellowship when the three muskateers get together, along with friend Patsy Davis. I can’t believe we didn’t get a single picture of our threesome (me, Heather Loy, and Fran Bullington), especially since Fran is officially retiring (again) from k12. But she has promised to attend next March, so we have a chance to fix that!
I was still to wordy! I’d love to know what your take aways were from Day 1! Do share.