I’m really excited to announce that BCR’s second Reference Renaissance conference will be in Denver August 8-10, 2010. The conference rose from the ashes of the Virtual Reference Desk conference, but has been expanded and this time includes tracks on Meeting Our Users Where They Are and New Roles and Future Directions for Reference Librarians.
The Call for Participation should be going out next week, and we really want to encourage public librarians to submit proposals. I realize everyone’s so busy that preparing a presentation might seem like an overwhelming task, but if you get a few people together and do a panel, you can share the work. Also, you can submit a Pecha Kucha style presentation (20 slides for 20 seconds each, for a total time of 6 minutes and 40 seconds), or a lightning round (the call for these extremely informal submissions will be made later).
The 2008 conference was wonderful – jam packed with over 80 presentations and talks in six tracks ranging from Virtual Reference to Innovative Service Models to Managing Reference Services, it was an incredible value. In fact if you’re looking for free library continuing education opportunities, many of the presentation materials are available online (not to blow my own horn, but do a “find” here on “Find Your Market” for the slides and full text of my presentation on how to promote your services to customers). The proceedings will be published on 2/28/10.
So contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to stay informed about this conference and I’ll put you on the email notification list. And when you book your flight, consider staying a few extra days – Colorado is a fabulous place for a summer vacation – our mountain valleys become magical patchwork quilts of flowers.