NYLA's 2016 Annual Conference and Trade Show took place November 2nd - 5th in the beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY (known for its horses and springs!). The conference's theme was "Stong. Strategic. Sustainable." and I had the pleasure of giving two presentations this year, both Pecha Kucha style!
NYLA is always the best library conference - so many great librarians here! (also tons of swag) #nyla2016
— Dana Lynn November 3, 2016
I drove up to Saratoga on Wednesday morning (Nov 2nd) to get settled in and that evening I attended my first meeting as Director with the Academic & Special Libraries (ASLS) board. ASLS is a section of NYLA focused on the concerns of academic and special libraries, ensuring that librarians and library staff in these areas are well-represented and supported within NYLA. After the board meeting, we had dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant, Forno, which was wonderful because I was really able to get to know the other members and learn about their backgrounds!
On Thursday morning, I went over to the Saratoga Hilton to pick up my conference packet and badge. I had some time before my presentations, so I was able to peruse the trade show and check out some super cool technology initiatives happening at libraries around New York! I ran into Darren, my co-presenter for the first presentation, and we were able to prep a bit before we took the stage!
The presentations were held in the main auditorium and we had about 100 people in the audience, which was quite a great turnout!
Darren and I (and Victoria, though she was in Nairobi at the time!) presented on our research on Crowdfunded Research and I gave a presentation on Minisites in Libraries. Below are our slides!