This past Friday I attended the inaugural conference for the Azalea Coast Library Association. It was a one day conference for all library professionals in the greater Wilmington, NC area to network and learn from one another. The day consisted of a key-note speech from East Carolina University’s Dr. John Harer, as well as presentations about NCLIVE and the State Library of North Carolina. There were three sessions and lunch was on site.
This is the first professional conference I have attended. I can not stress enough the need for participation in professional conferences. We all hear about large conferences such as the ALA Conference, but not everyone can attend such a large conference. Time, money, and other logistics can mean that such conference isn’t possible. But, if you are like me, and have not attended a conference before, I encourage you to do so. See if their is a local library association near you. Check out your state association. Find something that fits with your needs and attend the next available conference. You won’t regret it.