Guest Blogger

Getting Here is Half the Fun! #PLA2022

My journey to Portland included a 3 hour layover. Those 3 hours were magical. As I waited for my flight, more and more librarians from across the country began congregating at the gate. Questions began to flow as we found each other. What system do you work in? What state? What you most looking forward to?

The answer to that last question was the same no matter who you spoke to. “Being in person at a convention with our peers.”

It’s been 2 very long, stressful years since the last in person ALA conference. And finally, we are all able to gather again. Almost the entire plane was full of people headed to PLA. We were a very happy, giddy bunch of people who had so many stories to share and things to say.

Our arrival in Portland was greeted by cheers! As we got off the plane, people were making plans to meet up for breakfast before the opening session and including people that they had just met. People were checking in with their friends who were flying in before or after them.

It was in that moment that I began to truly appreciate the magic that brings all of us together from all over the nation to one place in time every two years where we can catch up, share information, and remind ourselves of the transformative power of libraries.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

Guest conference blogger Bettina Wesloh (she/her) is a Librarian at the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. Bettina is looking forward to discussing how library services have evolved in the wake of the pandemic and effective strategies for bringing back into the doors of the library. She is eagerly anticipating the children’s author breakfast and learning how to play the ukelele. Bettina and her little black cat Hermes share a passion for breakfast food.

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