Day three began with the Regional Breakfast. It was great to see these librarians face to face and to thank them for their hard work acting as a liaison for SCASL Leadership. We enjoyed a myriad of discussion topics while eating, and I even have encouragement from the group to take my Library March Madness to a session next March. Well, maybe a “poster session.” Why didn’t I get a group shot? I have to do that next year!
General Session Two – Alice Ozma
Next I attended the 2nd General Session featuring Alice Ozma. She uses a style I like quite a bit, that of engaging the audience through sharing. We were encouraged several ties to turn and talk with our neighbors, and then even share to the entire audience. I like it when i am part of the presentation. Too many speakers plan a “sit and get” presentation, so this was refreshing and enjoyable.
Top Ten Topics For School Librarians with the USC SLIS Faculty
I went to this one because Dr. Gerry Solomon told me she planned to use some of our material’s session from Wednesday in this one. My roommate Heather Moorefield Lang was also one of the presenting faculty members, and with Dr. Karen Gavigan, they did not disappoint. Everything was totally relevant and spot on. The only topic they talked about that I am dragging my feet on is the Make Space trend. These ladies just might have been the catalyst I need to plan something.
Please, Not Another PowerPoint
I had a full room for my own session, which was scheduled as one of the last sessions of the conference, My audience was quite receptive, and I think I made a believer out of many for using BlendSpace as not only a tool to curate sites, videos, links, handouts, etc, bt also a tool to use to PRESENT. I struggled some though. This year we went to windows 8.1 at school. This was the first time Id tried to present using BlendSpace in a PC platform. Usually I use my MacBook Pro, but because i was presenting with librarians from my district, we decided to stay with the PC issued by the district–so they would be comfortable. Hindsight, I WISH I had just used my own laptop. Nothing was wrong mind you, but everytime I got close to the side, a W8 menu would peak out and mess with the pres. Grr.
Regrets, Yes I had several!
This ends my March 11-13, 2015 SCASL conference recap, as I opted out of the Book Award Luncheon, the final gig at our annual conference. I wish I’d stayed, as I would have seen the new book trailer awards we implemented this year. I’m asking constantly for the location of these videos! We created a SCASL Youtube Channel, but I’ve yet to be told the URL, and worse, those book trailers are not there yet…least I don’t think so. I’m hoping they get posted soon. So my regrets are:
- Not attending a preconfernece session! There were so many good ones to choose from. I had signed up to attend Nancy Keane’s book talking session, but when I discovered I’d have to leave early for my own first session at 3PM that same day, I decided not to go. Wound up being a good move since our group had that kink to iron out (missing slide set for one presenter!) I had hoped to reconnect with Nancy during conference, and maybe have her join us for dinner one night. I missed opportunities, and I’m really mad at myself over that! It was GREAT having her at SCASL15. Many were very complimentary of her precon and concurrent sessions. SO not only did I miss a good precon for which i had a ticket, I missed a chance to hang out with my friend. Hanging head in shame.
- Not going to lunch with my Spartanburg 6 Librariasn. we had planned a lunch together after the first genreal session, but I had committed to attending the Awards Luncheon. I think i would have enjoyed their company as much if not more than the Awards Luncheon, even though Teri Grief was inspiring, and each award winner so very deserving.
- Missing Frances lee O’Neal! I was delighted to have her at the exhibit hall opening. She was scheduled to speak and talk about our 40 years as an organization and an original member of the AASL Affiliate Assembly. Frances went missing though, and since we were on a tight schedule, the SCASL leaders made our welcoming remarks. Frances has been my mentor for years in SCASL. It was so good to see her. I gifted her with my 40 Years SCASL pin, and it brought tears to both our eyes.
- I missed seeing a lot of friends! I cannot sit here and name you all. I distinctly remember seeing you in passing and some brief hellos, but I wanted to connect, talk, and see what is happening with you all!