The WEMTA Conference wrapped up this week and it was a rather interesting conference for a couple of reasons. Earlier this year, I received a phone call gauging my interest in running for a Board position within the organization. I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do it or not, but I knew a couple of people on the Board, so I decided to run. About two weeks before the conference, I received a phone call informing me that I was elected. At the conference, I had the opportunity to meet some of the people I’ll be working with the next two years. My term officially started at the conclusion of the three day event. I have no idea what to expect or what my responsibilities will be, but I hope I can help move the organization foward.
The conference also gave my an opportunity to present more than I ever have in the past. This year, I was a Featured Speaker. I have no idea why I was chosen, but certainly someone felt I would be a good addition to the program. As part of my responsibility, I had to lead a 2.5 hour workshop on Sunday, followed by 3 sessions during the conferences. My sessions were scheduled first thing in the morning on both conference days – you can look at that as either a positive or a negative. On one hand, it’s nice to get the sessions over so you can enjoy the rest of the conference. On the other hand, early sessions could curtail evening collaboration with colleagues.
I enjoyed my sessions and my time at the conference. The room I presented in (above) is clearly the largest room I’ve ever presented in. Luckily, there were more people in the actual sessions than are pictured above. I think everything went well – that’s at least the feedback I received from some of the people who spoke to me after. That’s very rewarding to me. If you’d like links and slideshows from my presentations, feel free to click on the Resources tab at the top of my site.
I attended a few sessions that I thought were pretty good. Jon Tanner did a great session on email and strategies to control your inbox. I’ve already streamlined my GMail and really like the system. Learning a few tricks and tips is always a good thing. Also attended a session on Google apps given by another Featured Speaker, Chad Kafka. There was some pretty interesting information shared about library funding in Wisconsin in another session. It sounds as though some pretty interesting options could be in store for the future. Luckily, we were told that our funding is pretty stable and won’t really change much in the near future.