En Route to CALCON14

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Tomorrow I will be driving at a ridiculous hour up I-25 to attend the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference! I’m pretty psyched because I haven’t attended the whole thing in several years–last year I just ran in and out to help MC the Bell Awards program presented by the 2014 Selection Committee.

Not only do I get to hang out again with a whole crew of amazing Colorado librarians, I’m presenting with one of my favorite people, Carol Edwards. Carol’s a long time active ALSC superstar, fellow former CLEL Steering Committee member, and the one who had the inspiration for our current project, the Bell Awards. We’ve worked on a lot of stuff together (mostly because whenever she says, “You know what we should do?” I go, “OK, I’m in.”) and this presentation is a direct result of our partnerships over the years.

THIS time she said, “You know what we should do? We should present on how to get ideas and projects off the ground.” (“OK, I’m in.”) So we did! Our session is called, “From Light Bulb to Launch: Getting Your New Ideas to Happen.” I’m a little nervous because this is the first time I’m presenting off of the “youth services track,” but I’m super proud that a general conference program on strategies for innovation is being led not by library directors or IT staff…but by children’s librarians. Yahoo!

I’m ALSO going to earn my Guerilla Storytime badges and my Presenter badge for Storytime University. AND I’m going to go to a bunch of cool sessions. AND I’m going to room with @daisycakes. So I’m going to have a great three days all the way around.

AND I have creamsicle cookies to share, so find me if you want one!

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5 Responses to En Route to CALCON14

  1. Nancee Dahms-Stinson says:

    Sounds like an incredible conference, and I so wish I could see your presentation. Maybe Carol and you could pitch it to ALSC or YALSA as a free webinar?

    And I loved the ginger cookies you shared at ALSC. Can I have the recipe for the dreamsicle cookies? They sound heavenly!

  2. Amy Koester says:

    Please, please, PLEASE tell me that your slides will be available? Or handouts? Or something of your resources from this presentation? Because it sounds AMAZING.

  3. Kary Henry says:

    This is cool on so many levels! I love the title of your presentation AND the fact that you’re presenting “off” the youth services track as you said. Will slides be available? It sounds fascinating.
    Also….creamsicle cookies? I think there needs to be a blog post on that recipe!

    Have a great time at the conference!

  4. Kendra says:

    What Amy said.

    Honestly, I’d drive to CO for those cookies. But also that session, because it sounds amazing and like JUST what so many of us need! You rock.

  5. Melissa says:

    Thanks ladies! I must admit that we are going totally old school and have no slides. (!) It’s also only 45 minutes so I’m not sure how much “stuff” there is going to be for people to take away! I will talk with Carol and we’ll see what we’d like to do to package a few of the ideas and share them out. Thanks for the support and encouragement!

    PS: Cookie blog post is now on the “to-draft” list. 🙂

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