Imagine 200+ librarians in one room, all excited and buzzing and sharing and learning. That would be the ECIS Library/Tech conference I attended last week. It was hands-down the best library professional development I've had. Of course, the conference being held in Istanbul was the icing on the Turkish delight. We were wined and dined on the Bosphorus by the book companies and were saturated with awesome information from the keynotes, Doug Johnson and Joyce Valenza.
It was also my first tweet-up (this is when you meet people from Twitter in real life!) with @sducharme, @librarydonna and @librareanne. It was great to meet them all and learn from them. Amazing connecting all around, and I'm already dreaming of the next one three years from now.
My big takeways from the conference...
1. Only2Clicks--using this to house the game and sites allowed in our tech zone. The visual part is so appealing.
2. Sqworl--Love this for finding age-appropriate sites quickly. Again loving the visual aspect of this.
3. QR codes--I am finally setting up my own QR code station (blog post to follow!), inspired by Book Trailers For All.
Last takeaway is that Istanbul is an amazing city. Cannot wait to go back one day!