There are plenty of fabulous continuing professional development offerings available for law librarians. MOOCs and webinars, local meetings and seminars, national and international conferences. For me, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries annual conference is a must attend event. Every time I select an ‘instead’ option (as opposed to and ‘in addition’ option) for my annual major professional development, I have regrets for several reasons:
- I miss hearing about the enhancements that Canadian legal publishers are undertaking
- I miss keeping up with the adjustments to my professional network – who is where
- I miss the extraordinary information sharing that inspires innovation that I bring back to my organization
I also miss the in person visit with excellent friends that I have made through CALL/ACBD – which is not listed above as it is a personal regret rather than a business regret.
When I think of the major projects and enhancements that my team and I have brought to our organization and trace them back to the source spark it mainly starts with CALL. Our resulting work may be unrecognizable from the original, but the inspiration source is static.
I hope that I will see you in Winnipeg, and that you remember to commit to attending before the early bird rate deadline on April 11.