American Library Association Annual Conference: Viva Las Vegas

Ever wonder what goes on at the American Library Association annual conference? Here’s your chance to find out. Deirdre Adams-Buckley, a member of the Access Services team at the Health Sciences Library, attended the conference in June. She’s offered up a summary of her experience. Check it out!

ALA Las Vegas

This summer I was given the opportunity to attend the American Library Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.  I met many people who work in access services departments at other universities and was able to talk with them about their experiences in a variety of situations.  I also attended sessions on training of staff and students, interlibrary loan and met many of our vendors.

Attending this event and meeting all of these people gave me insight on how other libraries run their Access Services and ILL departments. I really enjoyed getting an additional perspective on the process of training employees. The main concept presented was goal based. The presenters spoke on the importance of not just the process or checklists that a trainer would go through, but to focus on the goals that you are trying to accomplish.