I spent most of yesterday writing up justifications for the library’s subscriptions to expensive business and economic databases. So I’m looking forward to a welcome break from budget work, because…
BLINC’s summer workshop is tomorrow at Appalachian State University, just inside the Blue Ridge Mountains. The sharp ASU business librarian, Leslie Farison, is kindly hosting us. This is only the second time we have meet in Boone. North Carolina is a looong state and we usually have our quarterly workshops somewhere in the middle. But every few years we get together in the mountains or out at the ocean.
It will be my last quarterly workshop as the BLINC chair. The top-notch Mary Scanlon from Wake Forest University, the current vice-chair, takes over as chair at the end of the NCLA conference in October. I will miss being the middle of things, but it can also be fun to be a back seat passenger! Props also to Clark Nall from East Carolina University for having served as the secretary/treasurer, and welcome to Sara Thynne from Alamance County/Burlington Public as the next S/T.
For the last couple of years we have had mostly theme workshops, like “research to support entrepreneurs,” “Services and resources for supporting job hunters,” and “Best practices in teaching business research”. This time we are dusting off an old favorite workshop topic: taking turns sharing and demonstrating new & useful websites, social networking, and productivity tools, as well as demoing newly discovered database searching tips and hidden gems in popular databases. The sharing often leads to good discussions about research strategies or competing sources.
After the catered lunch, Lynda Kellam, the enterprising Data Services Librarian here at UNCG, will lead us in hands-on training of the new American FactFinder interface. We will end the afternoon with some updates on NCLA and BLINC plans, and a discussion (and brainstorming?) lead by the upcoming officers on what BLINC should try to accomplish in the next two years.
I’m prejudiced about this, of course, but BLINC has been a wonderful group of public, academic, and special librarians to work with over the last 8 years or so. The networking and sharing – especially given the diversity of our workplace settings, experiences, and subject knowledge – have been just as valuable as our formal programming.
On Friday I’ll post the links and other discoveries we shared in the morning session.