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Official Meeting Blogger: First-Time Attendee

From my view in the newbie section, MLA’19 was all about the connections. Here are some do’s I learned for connecting at the conference. 

  • DO participate in Colleague Connection.
    • A mentor can provide valuable insights into MLA and librarianship.
  • DO attend the New Members/First-Time Attendees Breakfast.
    • Get fueled for the day with food, fun, and fellowship.
  • DO share a room (if it makes sense for you).
    • I answered a roommate request on my regional chapter’s email list and got to know a colleague from a neighboring state.  
  • DO say hello and introduce yourself.
    • Wonderful conversations can occur when you least expect them.
  • DO check in with former colleagues.
    • This is a great way to catch up with people you don’t often see. 
  • DO attend the library school reunion.
    • Reconnect with your school, learn what’s new, and meet faculty and other alumni.  
  • DO check out the Networking Event. 
    • I had dinner with a table full of interesting people I had just met. 

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