Next week, Infopeople is sending a few California librarians to a new and unusual library conference. "R-Squared " (Risk x Reward) promises an exciting "mountaintop experience," both in that cheesy life-changing sense and also in a completely literal sense, as we'll be spending a few breathless days in Telluride, Colorado, at close to 10,000 feet. We've received advisory emails about drinking extra water, toning down weekend exercise goals, and coming with open minds. The conference focuses on experiences  that will vividly demonstrate how to lead libraries in taking healthy but meaningful risks--risks with rewards that will revitalize libraries, keeping us relevant and even innovative in a changing world.
Although I now live and work at sea-level in Los Angeles, I grew up on Cobb Mountain in Lake County, and just a few summers ago spent 13 weeks in the Sierra, so I'm pretty familiar with mountaintop experiences. I remember the exhilaration, the inspiration--and needing to sleep a lot. Here's hoping for a week of beautiful perspectives on the Rockies and libraries, new dreams and ideas to bring back to California, and a conference schedule with mandatory nap-time built in!
Sarah Vantrease is a Branch Manager at Los Angeles Public Library and was a participant in the 2010 Eureka! Leadership Institute.