My original intention in moving back to the wild west of Las Vegas was to become involved in the library community here and to develop myself and it socially and professionally. I had a great conversation with a fellow Special Library Association (SLA) member, also a recent Syracuse graduate, the other week and we have ideas to improve the library culture of Vegas. Moreover, I’ve had several interviews, and look forward in more, with librarians and staff. My understanding of libraries here is that, for the most-part, they are excited and progressive in serving their communities. However, the librarians, other than those within their same fields, don’t have a city-wide sense of each other’s existence. There is a lot to be gained from librarians in other fields, their experience and ideas can help spark interest, answers, or ideas in one’s own field. Hopefully, I can help tweak the library scene here a bit.
One of my library classes involves the planning, marketing, and assessment of a library service. With that, I am working with the Federal Library downtown with a goal of implementing a literature discussion group open to the judges, lawyers, and staff of the Federal Courthouse. I’m working on the formal planning stages right now and am finding that events like this are wonderful for any community. My only experience with a meeting of this nature was a poetry circle held every week in Paris, France. If you are in Paris and are looking for an amazing experience, I highly recommend it:
Poetry Discussion Group – This English-language poetry group reads and discusses poems every Friday from 18h30 to 20h15 with biscuits and tea at the home of Dr. Nagpal, ground floor left, 65 rue Pascal, 13e. Metro: Glacière or Les Gobelins. Reserve because space is limited. Call 01 47 07 55 28 or email: email@example.com.
I am also considering attending a conference in California: Internet Librarian 2007. A conference this specific aims to provide great material and technical developments in librarianship. I’ve never attended a professional conference as of yet and think that this may be the opportune time.