Monday, October 10, 2011

Westward Bound!

Tomorrow we are heading west......western Iowa, that is!  On our way to Council Bluffs for the annual Iowa Library Association Conference!  The conference "travels" every year.  Last year it was in Coralville, so I got to sleep in my very own bed.  This year we travel 5 hours to the west.  The last stop on I80 in Iowa before you end up in Nebraska.

This year I am VERY excited because I am presenting at one of the pre-conferences.  Yep, as if the actual conference wasn't enough, there are 5 or 6 pre-conferences offered the day before the actual conference opens.  The actual conference is Thursday and Friday, and the pre-conferences are Wednesday.  The pre-conferences are all day sessions and focus on one specific topic.  The pre-conference I'm presenting is the "Decimating Dewey" session.  Getting rid of Dewey Decimal and replacing with Subject Headings.  We are doing this at the North Liberty Comm. Library (my library), the first public library in the state doing this!  It's exciting, and I can't wait to share my experiences with the 31+ librarians signed up for the session!

It should be a fun, interesting, and challenging week!  I'm looking forward to seeing colleagues from around the state, learning new things, and making new friends.

Would be fun to hit old town in Omaha one evening for dinner.  I've heard good things about some of the restaurants down there.  Anyone familiar with that area, or familiar with good places in Council Bluffs?