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#KLAC2019: Join the Conversation at Conference!

It’s Kansas Library Association Conference time again! This year’s theme is Libraries Build Communities – Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, and it will be October 23-25 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The KLA Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work putting together speakers, sessions, and activities, and we hope you have a valuable time learning and connecting with fellow Kansas librarians this year.

As chair of the Publicity Committee, I’ve had the fortune of sharing conference news and updates on KLA’s social media channels. I’m now looking forward to engaging with conference attendees through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Not sure where to start with all that? Come to the Social Media User Group at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday!

Why should you use social media during the conference? It’s definitely not a requirement, but here are five benefits:

Keep up with conference news and updates
Social Media is the quickest way for the publicity committee to share news and updates about the conference. Follow KLA on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook. Also, keep tabs on the official conference hashtag #KLAC2019!

Connect and engage with conference attendees
Hundreds of librarians attend the KLA conference. That’s hundreds of colleagues you could potentially connect with, but only three days to do so. Who has the time to do that in person? By following the #KLAC2019 hashtag, you can easily discover and connect with attendees who may be out of your normal conference scope.

Learn what’s happening in sessions you don’t attend
We’ve all been there. Two (or more) sessions you really want to go to are in the same time block. You can only choose one. Not a problem if someone’s live Tweeting! Monitor that conference hashtag to see if others are attending and Tweeting about the session you’re missing. Bonus points if you’re returning the favor and Tweeting about your session!

Take notes for future reference
Did you know a Twitter thread is a great method of note taking? A thread is a series of Tweets connected by replies to subsequent Tweets. Since you’re limited to 280 characters, it helps you keep notes concise, and you can easily refer back by linking to the original Tweet in the thread.

Capture conference memories
If anything else, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are perfect for capturing conference memories. Share photos, Tweet your positive experiences, create an Instagram story as you wander through the exhibits. Don’t forget to use that hashtag!

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What I really do…

I’ve recently seen the meme for different occupations that illustrate through pictures what different people think people do in those occupations (i.e. journalists, tech support) and decided to put one together for my own!

Back when I was going to library school, and I think many librarians can relate, I told people that I was going for my masters, and generally the first response was: “You need a masters to work in a library?!” Shelving books, checking out materials, shushing people…that’s probably the first thing that comes to mind when people think of librarians. But, as I’ve discovered, we can do so much more! What drew me to the library in the first place was the opportunity to share knowledge–to help people find the information they need to succeed. As a librarian I do this in a number of ways–helping people at the reference desk, teaching computer classes, showing people how to use their eReaders and other devices, leading book discussions and poetry socials, and sharing good books to read.

Especially now in a time of decreasing budgets, I think it’s important that librarians find ways to actively demonstrate that our roles are not expendable. That libraries aren’t expendable. For me it’s in the faces of my patrons–that frustrated older woman who doesn’t understand our computer reservation system and new software but comes in every day to apply for unemployment nevertheless, that gentleman who’s satisfied that we’re one of the only libraries he’s been to that carries the daily New York Times, or simply that patron who’s found a good book to read. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I’m not grateful for my job, the people I’ve met because of it, and the experience it has given me. I really look forward to the future and how the role of the librarian will change as technology advances and time progresses.