Friday, November 28, 2014

A New Page: ILF 2014

Each fall I always look forward to the annual ILF (Indiana Library Federation) conference.  Indiana is unique in that we have one main conference for all types of librarians librarians with various strands of presentations/topics sponsored by our associations within ILF that suit different types of librarians whether they work in academic, public, school, or special settings.

This year's conference theme #ANewPageILF14 as well as a new location on the east side of Indianapolis combined together for a great two days of connecting and learning on November 18-19.

All conference experiences for me boil down to  4 main parts:  sessions, exhibit hall, networking, and friends (obviously NOT in order of importance!) and this conference rated high in all 4 for me!

Sessions:  This year I presented 3 sessions during the two day conference.  (Thankfully, only one of them was by myself!)

On Tuesday I shared about GeniusCon (which I've never presented without Matthew Winner)! Having supportive friends in the audience including Lindsey Hill from Evanced Solutions who came just to hear me present made this session super special for me.

Thanks Michelle for the photo! (tweaked with PicMonkey)

Later that afternoon I presented with my Indiana Library Leadership Academy PASS it on! team members about INSPIRE to a packed room!

Joe Fox, Julie Elmore, Vincci Kwong, & me!

On Wednesday, the morning began with my favorite presentation on our Battle of the Books program in Clinton County with fellow school librarians Andrea Brinkley and Megan Scott.

I also had the opportunity to attend several quality sessions (Thanks Lena Darnay and Chad Heck) that gave me ideas for my school library.

Exhibit Hall:  ILF scheduled non-interrupted time (i.e. not during sessions) to visit the exhibit hall but that time was way too crowded and overwhelming for me.  On Wednesday, we visited the hall during the keynote (sorry!  it just wasn't working for me...) and had the opportunity to talk to several vendors about redesigning library spaces, get Chris Van Allsburg's autograph (squee!) and of course, see my friend Keith at Cover One!

Chris Van Allsburg signing my new copy of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick 
Keith from Cover One & an epic photo bomb by Larry 

Networking:  I always appreciate ILF because I get to see all kinds of  librarians from all over the state as well as others involved in the library world.  These type of opportunities are so important as many of us are alone in our buildings.  Time to talk and share ideas is beneficial and priceless to me.  Our AISLE board meeting(s) also brought about time to make new connections and take on new responsibilities.

Friends:  My absolute favorite part about ILF this year was time to share and connect with friends.  These are the people who "get" me.  I thoroughly enjoyed spending extended quality time with Kathy Burnette, Lindsey Hill, Megan Scott, and Andrea Brinkley.  Thanks ladies for making ILF so wonderful!

Megan Scott, Kathy Burnette, and me!  AKA Burgundy Pants Brigade
 Great job ILF Conference planners -- looking forward to being on the team for planning IlF 2015!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sonic & Tails Post-It Note Art

My talented daughter has done it again... presenting Sonic the Hedgehog & Tails.  Created completely with Post-it notes!

inside the library

outside in the hallway

aack!  we need more orange post-its!

so important to have a plan!

inside the library - pre-shoes

starting the outline

have to stand on the table to get the post-its in the right place!

Yep, it's pretty easy to see she absolutely rocks at this and makes incredible window art!  Thanks Connolly!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Let's Get Busy 100th Episode Blog+Pod Tour

Have you heard the fantastic news?  

My genius pal Matthew Winner just recorded & released the 100th episode of his Let's Get Busy podcast.  

Yes, you heard correctly...100 episodes!  
That's an amazing amount of awesomeness for your auditory orifices!

100 episodes of conversations with authors, illustrators, teacher-librarians, and more!  

Each episode not only makes me smile when I listen  (Matthew's laugh is completely infectious!), they also fill my head with interesting tidbits from amazing people doing even more amazing things.  Authors and illustrators are indeed my rockstars.  Matthew celebrates each and every guest, asking thought provoking questions and eliciting the most interesting conversations.  
(Yes, I've had the honor of being a guest twice on the show but you can skip those episodes and move on to really interesting people!)   

Could I ever pick just one favorite episode?

No way!

With 100 episodes, I've loved way too many to list! 

But I do know if you love children's literature, you're going to love these podcasts.  

If you're not already a listener, get to it!  

If you are a listener, keep listening and spreading the word!

Be sure and visit and/or listen at the links below as we celebrate 100 episodes of  
Let's Get Busy Podcast!

Wed. Nov. 19 - Picturebooking Podcast

Fri, Nov. 21 - Episode 100 with Lauren Castillo
Sat. Nov. 22 - The Library Fanatic
Sun. Nov. 23 - Laurie Ann Thompson
Mon. Nov. 24 - 100 Scope Notes
Wed. Nov. 26 - Writer Side Up
Fri. Nov. 28 - Brain Burps About Books
Sat. Nov. 29 - LGBPodcast via Aimee Winner
Mon. Dec. 1 - A Fuse #8 Production
Tue. Dec 2. - LGBPodcast via Carter Higgins
Wed. Dec. 3 - GreenRow Books blog

Find Matthew practically everywhere! 
(He is The BUSY Librarian!)

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