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Getting the most out of OELMA Conference
09/14/2021

As an OELMA member and school librarian for over twenty years, our yearly conference has always been a highlight for me both personally and professionally.  The school librarian profession can be isolating and conference has always been a time of connection and renewal.
 
As we have all endured an unprecedented time of stress during the COVID pandemic, a time of renewal is deeply needed more than ever.
 
As we all look forward to our first in-person meeting in 2 years, here are some tips for getting the most out of the conference….
  1. Start the day with gratitude to those that have prepared to share their knowledge. Allow yourself to be inspired but not overwhelmed.
  2. Step into the unknown by choosing sessions that you know nothing about. Many times when choosing sessions we gravitate to familiar topics - challenge yourself!
  3. Be present in each session instead of desperately taking notes - just note each presenter's name, subject, and contact information. Keep this information so you can go back and do a deeper dive when you can apply it to your professional role.
  4. Smile and make new friends!  Fellowship is and will always be the most important takeaway from the 2021 OELMA Conference.
 



Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!
 
Janie Kantner
Canal Winchester Local Schools
Library Media Specialist