Thoughts and Thanks for NAHSL 2010

December 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | 1 Comment

[The following was submitted by NAHSL member, Kathy Brunjes, after receiving a NAHSL Professional Development Award to attend the conference.]

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on the NAHSL 2010 Conference Planning Committee for such a great Conference!  I was able to attend this year through application and receipt of a NAHSL Professional Development Award.  I took advantage of this award by enrolling in a continuing education offering, “Searching in Support of Systematic Reviews.”  This was a timely CE offering (our department is now aligned with the Research department), and was well-worth the trip to NAHSL this year!  I brought back to my institution a packet of information on this topic that has circulated through the department all the way to our division Vice President, and has provided me with enhanced skills and a better comfort zone for assisting the researchers with their search requests.  If NAHSL members have not had the opportunity to be instructed by Karen Odato or Jan Glover, you don’t know what you have been missing.

The Plenary sessions were educational and interesting.  It was hard to choose between the breakout sessions, and I was fortunate to have been assigned my first choices (“What is Evidence-Based Practice in 2010?” and “Get More, Pay Nothing: Open Source Software for Libraries.”).  The panel discussion of Dr. Brian Alper, Cindy Padula and Janene Batten flowed (sometimes panel discussions can be “awkward” – not the case with this combination of panelists) with their definitions of EBP and our responsibility to those we serve.

In my experience with NAHSL conferences, the networking that goes on during the three days is always one of the most valuable aspects of the conference.  Whether sitting during lunch/dinner with colleagues you haven’t seen in a year, or having a minute to chat with someone in the hall to-or-from a session, the collegiality of the conference is what draws me.  To have a stellar line-up of speakers and educational/breakout sessions is just icing on the cake (and is proof of our professional organization).

(And btw – the NAHSL Business Meeting was very well done, and I think I visited every one of the vendors this year – a great line-up of vendors!)

Thank you, NAHSL, for helping me attend this conference, and I look forward to next year.

Kathy Brunjes, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, Maine


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  1. Thanks for your kind words, Kathy. I am so glad you had the opportunity to attend the conference this year via NAHSL Professional Development Award. It is a wonderful thing, for all of us. We have a great chapter.

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