Hi, this is my second post but I figured introductions were in order. My name is Jessamyn West and I work with librarians and technology in central Vermont. When people ask what I do, I tell them “I teach email to old people” which is my favorite part but not all I do by a longshot. I’ve been a public librarian, a community college librarian, a special librarian and I’ve done my stint in the tech industry. Right now I mostly design little websites for little libraries, teach librarians and community members how to use technology, and work on my own blog, librarian.net. If you see me around the conference, please do say hello. I’ll be wearing my Information Activist pin which I got from the Radical Reference folks.
If you’ve been enjoying what you’ve been reading on the blog and you want more more more, here are a few other links to good PLA content that you can bookmark and follow along with.
- See PLA photos on Flickr. Flickr is a photo sharing site that allows users to add tags, or keywords to their photos. You can look at sets of photos with the same keyword, even if they are taken by different people. Some good tags for starters: pla2006 tag, plablog tag. You might also enjoy the more general library and librarian tags
- Read more about PLA Programs The program schedule is available online and is easy to use. You can see what interests you and then check back to see if we’ve blogged it. Links to author bios even tell you more about the speakers.
- Look for jobs. While the placement center is at PLA, the job postings and much more information is available online. Check out the PLA Placement Service. If you’re still job-curious, ALA has launched librarycareers.org with more information about the profession and how to get into it.
- Get the numbers. The results of the PLA member survey (pdf) are also available on the website. According to the survey “Nearly all respondents (97%) found ‘PLA conferences to be very rewarding’”, how’s that for positive feedback?