So, Monday was the kickoff for the Cornell University Library’s Professional Development Week. Keynote speaker David Lankes spoke on “Library Science in the Ivy League,” a presentation he’s been kind enough to post to his blog, as well. I had the honor of escorting Dr. Lankes from his car to the hall wherein he spoke*, and with speaking him afterwards on subjects ranging from tag decay to the slide transitions he used in his presentation. Dr. Lankes’ speech dealt in part with the notion that libraries need to be flexible in order to establish their niche in a changing academic world, a point I think I’ll refer to in my own presentation on Friday.
Before and after Dr. Lanke’s presentation, I got the opportunity to check out posters from three excellent presenters: Pat Viele (“Information Fluency and Physics Graduate Students”), Somaly Kim-Wu (“Blackboard in Numbers”, which was co-produced by Baseema Krkoska), and Erin Dorney (“What is an Unconference, Anyway? Flexible Forms of Library Continuing Ed”). I enjoyed talking with all three presenters, and left with an even greater love of poster sessions in general. (Not to mention a strong desire to attend an unconference.)
2007’s PD Week really helped clarify what I needed to to do actively pursue librarianship. I hope that 2008’s will do the same, even if much of my brainspace this week is dedicated to preparing for my own presentation and panel participation on Friday. Of course, the fact that I’ve gone from audience member to presenter in a year may well say something for the program’s efficacy.
* Why, yes, I did make a joke about escort quests to several people. Yes, they did ask me if I got any blues as a reward; I told them no, I just got XP and rep with CUL and the Syracuse iSchool. It’s only fair, really: it’s not like we were set upon by brigands.