The 2017 NLA/NSLA Conference entitled, “Providing Access to the Good Life for All” was held in Kearney and was an extremely successful event! I want to thank the conference planning committee and the many, many volunteers who spent countless hours preparing an outstanding conference experience. A very special thank you to all of the session presenters for not only taking the time to prepare a quality presentation but for sharing their incredible thoughts and ideas with others in our profession. Thank you, also, to the gracious partners, donors, and exhibitors who made the NLA/NSLA Conference possible. And finally, thank you for YOUR passion! I know that there were many, many professional and personal sacrifices that were made to attend conference.
Mark your calendars… the 2018 NLA/NSLA Conference will be held in Lincoln Thursday, October 4th through Saturday, October 6th. Yes… you read that correctly... one of the days will be a SATURDAY! Golden Sower sessions and the NSLA Keynote will be on Saturday. NSLA’s keynote will be Michelle Luhtala. Michelle is the library department chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, which won AASL's National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Michelle was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2015, and won the New York Times I Love My School Librarian award in 2012. Michelle also facilitates monthly webinars at edWeb.net.
It is so important that we continue to grow as learners, as well as network with each other, in order to provide access to the good life… for all! As we witness continued budget cuts and other workplace challenges, I am reminded of a quote by Doug Wilhelm, “A library is a house of hope. It’s a place where we all, whatever our situation, can feed our ideas and develop our dreams.” Let us ALL continue to keep the door of hope wide hope for everyone.
Angie Richeson, NSLA President