The 2015 New York Library Association Conference in Lake Placid, NY was my first time at a regional library conference, and it was a wonderful experience all around! Dana, Laura, and I presented two sessions as a trio. Our first presentation was on 3D printing and education. If the crowd size and energy is anything to go by, there are a lot of libraries trying to make the same leap we are—moving from purchasing 3D printers just because we can, to building effective public programming and educational uses for the technologies. We left plenty of time for discussion, and it was fascinating to hear all the stories from the field of 3D printing programs in different kinds of libraries.
Our second presentation focused on creating gifs in library settings. We were scheduled for the last morning, and we definitely drew a smaller—though very engaged—crowd. It was a nice, intimate setting where we were able to tailor the discussion for specific projects that various audience members were interested in exploring.
Overall, NYLA was a fantastic experience and we had some great conversations about some of the more practical aspects of librarianship. I’m very grateful to NYLA for giving us the opportunity to present!