Next week is the 2016 OLC Convention and Expo! There will be many programs of interest to tech services folks, ranging from the TSD-sponsored Linked Data in Theory and Practice, featuring Susan Allen from Worthington Libraries and Jeff Penka from Zepheira, to big name keynote speakers such as Jacqueline Woodson and Karin Slaughter.
Intriguing breakout sessions cover universally-appealing topics such as:
Evaluation and Annual Reviews (who doesn’t need advice on drafting and delivering the dreaded PEs?)
Real World Assessment (using actual, factual data to evaluate collections and services)
To Add or Not to Add: What to Do About Self Published Materials (always a hoot and a half due to its contentious nature)
No Surprises! Using Foresight Technique to Anticipate and Plan for the Future (crystal balls issued at the door, maybe?)
How to Beat Burnout (you know it when you have it…or do you?)
There are also plenty of opportunities for good times, whether it’s intellectual fun or, well, not so much. Tickle your brain with LIBChats and their presenters’ passionate delivery of controversial ideas. The Battledecks competition features librarians doing improv — what could possibly go wrong? And of course the OLC Connects table will feature Technical Services Division Committee staff, who gladly will break out the absolutely riveting and reprehensible game of Catalog Cards Against Humanity if you even look at them sideways.
See you in Sandusky for some sand, sun, and PLENTY of continuing education!