It's mid-April, which means one thing for Texas librarians: Annual Conference.
The Texas Library Association puts on a massive conference each April. Thousands of librarians from all over the state and all kinds of settings--school, public, and academic libraries--converge on one major city for days of meetings, workshops, breakfasts and lunches with authors, and shopping with vendors.
I am lucky that our district supports librarians, and supports our attendance of the TLA Annual Conference. Last year, I spoke with a librarian who had been at her job for ten years and was attending for the very first time. I'm only four years into this career, and this is my fifth TLA--I attended as a library science student, too, when it was held in Austin.
I go the the annual conference for the learning. Tomorrow is Tech Camp, where I'm hoping to pick up some new Google tricks and ways to use technology in the library. Then I'm off to meet some Bluebonnet Nominee authors; I'll be sharing my notes from that session with my students. Thursday brings workshops on information literacy, library programming, and time to peruse the immense vendor floor. On Friday, I get to have breakfast with a teacher from my school who's attending for TLA Teacher Day, and we get to meet Mac Barnett! More workshops follow, as well as the Bluebonnet Award luncheon and a 5K to top off the day. Saturday opens with a breakfast with Kevin Henkes (!) and closes with a keynote by Chelsea Clinton.
My bags and snacks are packed, my sub plans almost ready to go. TLA, here I come!