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We're Home from the Conference: Now What?

We learned a lot, networked happily, made discoveries that tickle our imaginations. The conference has ended, insofar as the scheduled programs have run their course, the exhibits have shuttered, and we've probably done some amount of traveling to get home, or on to the next location on our personal calendars.

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Master Speaker Jonathan Reichental

On Sunday, during the coming weekend's 114th California Library Association conference, you get an extra hour sleep (we revert to "standard" time from daylight saving) and the opportunity to hear master speaker Dr. Jonathan Reichental, at 2 pm. Dr. Reichental brings to California librarians that enriching mix of public and private experience, from the world of business and from that of government.

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Sights to See and Goodies to Find!

Exhibits open this Friday, at 3 pm, in the San Jose Convention Center. Be sure to arrive and get your badge in time to join the excitement! CLA  exhibitors, of course, include a variety of businesses providing library-specific goods and services. But there are also nonprofits that provide essential library and library staff services year round and provide valuable presence in the exhibit hall as well.

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San Jose Is Right Around the Corner...

...and aren't you glad it doesn't involve getting to the East Coast!  By now, you've packed--or at least considered what to pack. Are you taking physical business cards? Some library folks have given those up for virtual ones, but if you fumble over keyboards as much as I do, you can appreciate being able to type in the relevant info from physical cards you collect when nobody's watching the fingers fumble.

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From Eureka to RSquared....

When I had the privilege of participating in the first Eureka Leadership Institute 5 years ago in San Diego, I had the notion that the experience would help me to uncover answers about the direction in which both I and California Libraries should be headed. Instead, what Eureka helped me to realize (and the RSquared Conference unequivocally reinforced) is that my focus shouldn’t be on finding answers (Hello, what? I’m a librarian, that’s what I do.) but rather on making sure I’m asking the right questions.

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