This is part one, where I share general thoughts on #LISed15. Check out part two to read through an annotated version of my presentation.
I found out about the LIS Ed Symposium in February, when I was contacted by HLS writer Nicole about participating in a keynote talk aimed at bringing together a handful of Hack Library School alumni, namely Micah, Annie, and myself. When I found out I could duck out early from NADDI I was in! I took Friday off, made the drive to Urbana-Champaign, and arrived that afternoon in time to hear reporting back from some of the unconference sessions as well as Emily Weak from Hiring Librarians.
I am awed that this event was organized by just a crew of students, especially as I reflect back on how in my role as SAA student chapter president in library school I organized our small archives conference. I was totally unoriginal. I followed the template set by student chapters in previous years, which was of course very helpful but probably could have used a bit more attention. For whatever reason, I didn’t feel that I could or should deviate from it, though, or at least I was too lazy to. I can’t quite recall my headspace at the time, I just know I went through the motions and didn’t go beyond the basics. And even though I had this template and an awesome group working with me to make it all happen, I remember how stressful it was to wrangle everything.