This year's Mississippi Library Association annual conference took place at the Vicksburg Convention Center from October 18-21. The theme was Mississippi Libraries: The Heart of Our Communities and many of the sessions focused on this important idea. Several MLC staff were fortunate enough to attend part or all of the conference. After some reflection, here are our thoughts.
"The panel on digital curation was AMAZING. It gave me so many ideas about how to further my work. On another note, I’ve always wanted to know about Big House Books, so the fact that they had a panel was A+. They gave me so much more information than I was expecting."
-Katie Gill, Library Development Director
-Susan Liles, PR Director
-Lucinda Ogden, CE Coordinator
-Mac Buntin, Senior Library Consultant
-Elisabeth Scott, Reference Librarian/Social Media Coordinator
"One of the best things about attending the MLA Conference is meeting some of the librarians from around the state, and talking about the needs of their patrons. It is a great opportunity to advocate for some of our special programs and get to know some of the people who referred some of our patrons to the Talking Books Program. The presentations are always informative, and the exhibits are always interesting. There are always great speakers to keep us motivated, and lots of good fellowship."
-Margaret Smitherman, Readers Advisor
We can't wait to see everyone next year in Hattiesburg. Until then, happy reading!