ALA Annual 2023

Creating Welcoming Spaces at #alaac23

Immigrant and refugee communities are a large portion of our communities and our libraries. But are we doing everything we can to make our libraries a welcoming environment for those families? Sarah Polen and Jacquie Kociubuk outlined actionable strategies for libraries in their session Welcoming Spaces: Creating Welcoming Environments for Immigrant and Refugee Families.

ALA Annual 2023

Leading Wholeheartedly at #alaac23

This year’s ALSC’s president’s program was all about wholehearted leadership. The session, entitled Leading with Your Hands and Your Heart: A Conversation about Leading from Wherever You Are, was AMAZING. The panelist discussion featured Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, Ellen Oh, and Linda Sue Park, with conversation expertly guided by Amy Koester. Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng Dr. Jeng spoke about the power of leadership even in invisibility. While many of us feel invisible, often these are the moments where we have the greatest potential to impact change. Some key thoughts: Ellen Oh Ellen Oh spoke about the power of problem solving as a path to leadership. Looking for ways to find solutions often leads us in new directions. Some key thoughts: Linda Sue Park Linda Sue Park spoke about the power of leadership from the role of an everyday worker. We don’t have to be queen bees in order to enact…

ALA Annual 2023

Chatgpt at #alaac2023

On Saturday, I attended the Core Top Technology Trends where a panel of experts discussed ChatGPT in particular and AI in general as they examine how these emerging technologies impact the LIS field. I don’t attend many sessions that aren’t child based and it was interesting to learn about ChatGPT from varying lenses. There was a lot of discussion on how AI has actually been around for a while (hello Google), but is just changing from and how individual institutions need to determine their policies for working with chatGPT and AI. One thing I realized from this session was that I should actually spend some time playing around with chatGPT and see how it worked, instead of just hearing about it. So, my library is currently in a trial on Librari and I decided to ask some questions. Here’s an example using the basic ALSC: What is ALSC?The Association for…

ALA Annual 2023

Connecting with ALSC Members at #alaac23

One of the highlights of Conference for me is the ALSC Membership meeting. It’s a space for members to come together and learn more about the direction and work of the Association. Not able to join us at Conference this year? Good news: Our work is member-driven and there are always opportunities for you to engage when you’re ready. Here are some opportunities highlighted from today’s membership meeting:

ALA Annual 2023

Self-Care for #alaac23 and Every Day

Self-care. It’s something that we’ve heard a lot about, especially since the pandemic. But is it something that we’re practicing regularly? In the last three years, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring self-care. So, I was excited to see a session dedicated specifically to it. Bobbi Newman of the Network of the Library of Medicine taught this session, titled Self-Care During Stressful Times.