LLA 2014 Conference in Lafayette

I made my way to Lafayette for the annual conference for the Louisiana Library Association. The keynote speaker for the opening session was library consultant Pat Wagner (no relation) spoke on the future of libraries. I had a nice conversation with her before the keynote which was very nice and made a contact for a coworker who is relocating to Colorado.

The second day was packed full of concurrent sessions on various topics. They moved the opening of the exhibit hall to mid morning so I didn’t have a ton if time to visit the different booths. Was very surprised to that a Premier Jewelry consultant had set up a booth. Great idea to come to a librarian conference.

I went to many informative sessions but two stood out to me in particular. One was on E – Publishing and was not that informative at all. The presenter didn’t really have any positive information to impart. She had published her books on a small press in ebook form but also in print. So I was a bit confused why the session title was called “E-Publishing” Frankly, I have learned more about publishing ebook from Mur Lafferty and her podcast I Should Be Writing. I think it would be awesome for Mur to speak at a professional librarian conference. We see avid readers and budding writers everyday. This session stood out as not that helpful or informative to me. I feel like she gave the wrong advice to aspiring writers.

The other really great session was actually the last of the day on Friday. It was an informative session on getting published in scholarly journals. The presenters, Megan Lowe and Walt Fontane,  spoke about how to get your work published in a professional journal and they brought their experience from academic libraries and showed how librarians from all types of libraries could benefit from writing about their work. They offered some great tips on the writing process and about the process of submitting your work for peer-review. I hope to be able to get together with colleagues from public libraries in the Baton Rouge area to see if we can put together a peer review group.

About Theresa

I am a librarian in Reference Services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have always been passionate about history, education and the value of books in all of their forms. I also love how quickly we can access information through the immediacy of the web, especially social networks like Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to growing in my chosen profession.
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