We gave 2 presentations on Thursday - one as part of the Virtual Conference and an in-person. We had no idea what to expect. In the past, some people have been critical about our "Learn or Leave" philosophy. To my surprise, people were incredibly enthusiastic. Our in-person workshop had an overwhelming turn-out! I really didn't know what to expect... many of the sessions I'd attended had fewer than 50 people. When people started filing in, I just looked at Laura and said, "Holy shit." The moderator told me we had over 600 people!
Our presentation day was complicated by the onset of a hellish migraine. I threw up a lot. I ended up being a much less energetic version of me. When I give presentations, I like to move around the room. I'd booked a lav mic so that I could wander around. I ended up sitting down with the lights dimmed wearing sunglasses. I initially told the crowd that I was a rock star, but I'm pretty sure they saw right through that.
The presentation ended up being much more than I could have hoped. It was so heartwarming to speak with "Big Picture" librarians who understood the need for technical competencies in libraries. There were people who were going to start the process with over 1,000 employees!
For those of you who attended either conference, let me know if you think it would be advantageous for you if I started a forum where we could interact with peers in similar situations to yours. We could make everyone else's life a lot easier. In the end, it is clear that this is a need unmet.
And for those of you who took the time to come speak to Laura and I - after the presentation, by email and from the elevator to the airport at chance encounters - YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!! I'm looking forward to dialogue with you as you begin your journey into competencies.