I have already learned so much at the ALSC Institute and my brain is buzzing with new ideas to take back to my library system. Thanks to our fabulous presenters I’m thinking about ways to advocate for the importance of the work we do, ways to collaborate with community partners, ways we could better welcome children with special needs into our branches….and so much more! I know this afternoon will bring even more great new ideas, but sometimes it’s important to take a step back and collect yourself for a moment. How do you keep yourself feeling energized at conferences? (Or during your work week?!) Whether it’s catching up with a colleague over lunch, taking a little walk to explore your surroundings or taking a nap with the stuffed llama in your ALSC gift-bag, I would recommend fitting a little self-care into your conference experience. It will help prepare your brain for all the new ideas coming at you!