I feel very fortunate to be one of the recipients of this year’s FLA Graduate Minority Scholarship! This was also my first FLA conference, so it was a really great experience.
I was only able to attend the conference for the first day, but I was still able to join a few of the programs happening throughout the day.
The first one I attended, “What Do Library Directors Really Expect from Applicants: An Open and Honest Discussion”, discussed what hiring managers are looking for in new graduates and experienced librarians. A few of the most important tips included creating an online presence through blogging or LinkedIn (or both) and participating in professional development opportunities.
Orange County Public Library System also did a program titled “FABulous Centers: Empowering Libraries to Get Innovative and Creative with Hi-Tech Technology”, which talked about the new makerspace in the Orlando Public Library. It was really interesting to learn their experiences while planning and developing Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity. Attendees were also able interact with STEM friendly electronics, like Snap Circuits and K’NEX, which were incorporated into the space and a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printed a small pyramid during the presentation.
It must have been a dream using the great grant to build the space. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Greetings! My name is Alison J. Harris and I’m a librarian at a public library in Florida. I enjoy learning about new technology. Read more about me.