Above in the slideshow you will find many SCASL14 pictures. There will be more added to the set in the coming days as attendees send in or add their own photos to our SCASL Flickr Set. Some of the early ones are those that were from the conference app Guidebook. As always upon return, I am filled to the brim with learning. Knowing how wordy and long I can get when reflecting, I am going to break this up into three separate posts!
12:30 Board Meeting, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The day began with the trip to Columbia, SC. Our general conference day to day outline has us beginning with a couple of pre-conference sessions that go through 4PM. After scooting out for a lunch with friend (and SCASL Immediate Past President) Heather Loy, the SCASL board had a working lunch and board meeting on this annual day, and as the Regional Network Director, I attended. (I know, I know, but I didn’t eat a second lunch, okay?) We use the time to share reports and hash out last minute needs (head table assignments, changes, etc.) to make for a smooth conference. This is also the time where we as a board give our president a gift for service, and the president in return showers the board with a gift for service. This year SCASL president Ann Lemieux was presented with a gift bag of goodies that included knitting yarn and other hobby materials as well as a huge ceramic travel mug from Starbucks (a mug we all signed with a sharpie pen!) We received colorful SCASL plastic cups (an orange one pictured above), which I for one will use over and over! It is my preferred method for hydrating all day at work, so it will come in handy.
First Concurrent, 4:15 Wednesday
After the board meeting, my roommate Fran Bullington and I decided to scoot over to the hotel and get checked in. By the time we returned to the convention center, it was time for the very first concurrent session, slated for 4:15. SCASL Information Technology Chair Jennifer Tazerouti was presenting a session featuring our newly unveiled SCASL.net site recently revamped using MemberClicks, titled appropriately “Meet Memberclicks.” We are truly enjoying the new website which comes complete with a membership management system and some social networking perks. Great job, IT Chair and committee!! I liked the presentation so much, I used it in my own session for the Regional Network Meeting slated for Thursday morning.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Idea Exchange, 5:30-7:30
A large crowd had assembled outside the Exhibit Hall. Our Grand Opening is one of the best events of the first day. We always schedule some kind of entertainment, and the Grand Opening includes a Wine and Cheese Reception (offering soft drinks or water to those who prefer non alcoholic beverages). Our 45 or so vendors have set out their wares to woo us in, and with the reception, the array of vendor goodies, the conference store, and the Committee Exploratorium and the row reserved for Idea Exchange (formerly known as Poster Sessions), there was two hours of solid networking and reconnecting to be had! It is a favorite conference perk for me!
Here’s a taste of the Logan Elementary Choir!
To cap off a terrific first day, a small group of us walked down to Liberty Tavern there on Lincoln to have supper. The entourage included myself, Fran Bullington, Heather Loy, Jennifer Tazzerouti, and newbie librarian friend Karen Meharg. Karen is the library friend who clued me in to the Library March Madness Book Tournament we are doing right now. She shared it a year or so ago while she was interning at neighboring Spartanburg High. We had a terrific evening. Upon returning to the hotel, I went straight to bed so I would be ready for day two. I slept like a rock. This is very unusual because a lot of times I can stay up talking my roommate(s) to death!
Tomorrow I will recap Day 2 of my conference experience.