Patricia Iannuzzi’s talk during breakfast was both inspirational and practical. The speaker presented the idea that library managers function as choreographers that piece individual performances together to create patterns. The four areas discussed were Self-Awareness, Learning from the Good, Bad, and Ugly, Leadership Characteristics/Behaviors, and Positional Power. One statement that stuck with me was the idea that managers need to go beyond talking about, publishing about, and discussing management issues, and need to model leadership. The questions in the Q & A, as well as the responses to the questions, were great. The video clip of an Alvin Ailey dance performance at the end reminded me of Augusto Boal‘s work on the use of movement and sound to discuss collaboration, consensus building, and power within an organization or community.
The opening reception has become one of my favorite parts of conference. You might think that it’s the open bar. And , yes, that is inviting. What really draws me, though, is the combination of a party atmosphere, being able to catch up with old friends (and new), and the intellectually stimulating conversations the poster sessions invoke.
Kudos to Allie, Brena, and Joseph for a great first night. Kudos also go to Ken and the rest of the Poster Session Review Team. I’m sure I am not alone in being impressed with the work of our colleagues and their passion for sharing their experiences. Ann, what a great idea using dogs to help students with stress reduction at finals. Matt and Melissa, your research on the parallels between research and writing processes was thought provoking. It was clear from all the posters that there are many ways to lead. Congrats to all the presenters for giving participants lots to converse about and ideas to take back to their institutions.
The reception was very well attended with excellent appetizers and a wide selection of beers and wine. However, the highlight of this reception was the poster sessions. I work at University of San Diego Copley Library and we have been considering a therapy dogs program as a stress reducer during finals. It was great to hear how Ann Hubble, Digital Services Librarian at UC Santa Cruz, was able to pilot a similar program: “Gone to the Dogs.” I also really enjoyed the poster by Nicole Lawson and Megan Kinney from Sonoma State University, “Reference in Perpetual Beta,” talking about how the reference model has changed and will they will continue to evolve to create a more flexible program. Their innovative use of student workers wearing “Got Questions?” vests within a tiered system of public services really caught my attention.
Day One at Dolce Hayes Mansion. We had a productive board meeting followed by a great lunch. I heard through the grapevine that the LibGuides pre-conference was standing room only. So looking forward to the reception and poster sessions tonight. Hope to see you there.
Watch this space for upcoming posts!