From learning about solar eclipses and telescopes to chucking bundled up library books across the ground for a ‘Library Olympics’ Workshop, CALCON 2022 did not disappoint! Earlier this month, BRL’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Cathy Click and I were sent to Denver to attend 2022’s Colorado Association of Libraries Conference! From September 8-10, Cathy and I participated in library-related workshops, networked with other attendees, toured Westminster Library and even got to take a peek inside a bookmobile (library on wheels)! We both made connections and gained valuable insight on a variety of topics. It was a melting pot and a ‘confluence of ideas’ which also happened to be the theme of the Conference.
Here are three of my takeaways from the workshops I attended:
On Friday of the Conference, our Technical Services Associate, Gaby Lagos, received the Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Support Services. This award recognizes Support Services Staff who exemplify outstanding leadership and service. Being able to be there in person to see her accept her award was very inspiring.
What really resonated with me throughout the Conference was seeing all the passion the speakers and librarians shared in cultivating and innovating their libraries and really focusing on the wellbeing of patrons. Every single person strived for inclusion and accessibility. I felt so privileged and honored to have attended such an incredible event! CALCON has motivated me to become a more dedicated and attentive librarian.
I want to conclude with a profound quote from the ‘Organizational Culture’ Session I attended: “Libraries are filled with resources, but your people are your most valuable resource.”
Information received from the conflict presentation came from the book, High Conflict by Amanda Ripley. All other information came from the speakers.*
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