Conference Conversation

Watrous painting called Discussion

Harry Wilson Watrous [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The ACRL/NEC Conference and the Social Science Librarians Boot Camp were not my only recent workshops.  On May 29 I attended Maine Larger Libraries Staff Development Day.  Interestingly the event echoed themes from the ACRL/NEC event.

In both cases the speakers discussed libraries as space–particularly as space for discovery, exploration, and collaboration.  Both sets of speakers stressed the value of user input in library design.

Why am I highlighting themes rather than doing a more complete overview?  Firstly I admit to a bit of conference fatigue (I remain grateful that I can attend conferences, though.).  Secondly I could not get all of the speakers’ permissions by press time.  Most importantly I can show these conferences as part of an ongoing conversation.  After all, isn’t scholarship a conversation (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015)?


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015).  Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website :