“The Many Hats We Wear” – Our MSLA Conference 2006!
By Patsy Divver
The creative and colorful chapeaux greeted this year conference attendees under an impressive canopy. Kathy Lowe, Sandy Kelly, Doris Smith and Ann Perham were just a few of the hat-adorned committee members who ushered in 400-some MSLA members for the “Many Hats We Wear” program.
True to its theme, the conference programs included speakers and sessions that touched our many-faceted roles: The “media/technology” hat--Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, Web 2.0, and Databases, The “library/reading” hat--Book Talks, Book Authors, Graphic Novels and Hot New Titles; The leader/teacher hat—NEASC, Advocacy, and Librarianship today.
And hats off to our speakers! With Sunday’s entertaining Storyteller Judy Sima, Monday’s enlightening Katherine Krull, encouraging Sandy Schuckett, and inspiring Robert Pinsky, we found more “hats” to try and great ideas to explore for our schools.
The conference this year offered its memorable moments: certainly one highlight was the unveiling of our logo, “MSLA”, as designed by Bill Mead --, with the suggestions of the Massachusetts School Library Association’s membership. The new logo arrived Sunday, and adorned magnets, coffee cups and the conference bags. Then, on Monday, its bold sign welcomed conference attendees. As part of the MSLA Forum edition, the logo – and its conception – was explained by Kathy Lowe, in the President’s message.
Accompanying the logo is the new website, “www.maschoolibraries.org”, developed by Ann Perham, who has been working endlessly on its inception.
Another touching moment at the conference was the tribute to Doris Smith, who is retiring after years as Executive Director. Ann Perham read her touching story, “Loris in Dibraryland ”, with laughter and tears from the audience.
What else was new? Entertainment by our own members, who wore “musical hats” – Michelle Tanguay and Linda Picceri performed as “City of Roses”, and it was outstanding! Encore!
Can we top this? The Conference Committee for 2007 is trying, but has an even larger hat to fill! For the companionship, education, support and enjoyment, the conference does indeed fill a variety of needs for attendees. But if you have an idea – or a request – now is the time to suggest it! Contact our Committee – throw YOUR hat into the ring – and be part of the next conference.
For this October’s conference, we all tip our hats to the endless energy and efforts of the 2006 Conference Committee
Co-Chairs: Donna Deegan and Melinda Webster Loof
Conference Coordinator: Melissa Lynch
Committee Members: Joan Collins, Sandy Kelly, Kathy Lowe, Ann Perham, Jane Ruddock, Holly Samuels, Christine Steinhauser
Doris Smith, MSLA Executive Director
Linda Young and Susan Takvorian, Administrative Assistants
We applaud you – and thank you for presenting an outstanding conference!