Hello and Happy Monday! Are you feeling rested and ready for the start of another…
I’m back from the Massachusetts Library Association Conference and I’m here to tell you that librarians are energized and ready to protect your right to read and your right to information!
I’ve been going to conferences like this for many, many years and the topics are always varied, with some that are interesting and engaging to me and some that are . . . not. This year there were so many discussions about censorship, the lack of trust in government, the erosion of human rights, and the attacks library boards and school committees are facing and, while I felt an undercurrent of fear and dismay, what I mostly felt was empowerment and determination. Librarians are uniquely prepared to defend democracy and I have every confidence in my colleagues to do just that.
There was also great food and drinks, fierce trivia competitions, a silent disco, plenty of swag, laughs and hugs, and great conversation with colleagues from near and far. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have meaningful (and silly) moments with so many great people. And to know that I’ve got an army of librarians ready to help me if I need them.