When a presenter says something that really speaks to me at a conference, it goes in my notebook, usually underlined, circled, and/or starred.
So far at PLA I’ve had a few of those moments. While discussing collaborating with caregivers yesterday, I heard, “We have so much in common [with caregivers]. Our jobs as librarians is to enhance and focus on those common traits to reach a greater audience and become better collaborators.” Into the notebook it went.
At the Robotix program I attended yesterday afternoon, I wrote down a quote from the audience: “Don’t be afraid of this. Look at your audience. If a six year old can figure it out, you certainly can too!” We all laughed, but it was an important reminder.
Finally, as we heard about conducting research on the effectiveness of ECRR programs, we were reminded that just because the components of a storytime or workshop have been research-tested doesn’t mean the final product (the storytime or workshop itself) is going to be effective in your library.
Sometimes it’s the simple concepts that make you think the most.