The very first conference I ever attended was my state conference, FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) back in 2010. I was a brand new librarian and soaked up all the new information, ideas, and connections. It only took one conference to get me hooked. Since then, I’ve attended and presented at conferences all over North America, including ISTE, FETC, AASL, and more. But I still go back to my state conference every year, because I consider it a vital part of my profession.
AASL Post: Why We Need to Be Attending Our State Conference
I feel pretty passionately about professional development and I love going to conferences. They’re such awesome opportunities to grow, connect and share. I’ve been all over the country and Canada, but the one conference I still never miss is my state conference. That’s where everything started for me and I still see it as a vital part of my professional growth.
Check out my post over on AASL Knowledge Quest to hear about how state conferences:
- Let you connect with other librarians from your state
- Give you a space to share your voice
- Equip you with resources for advocacy
Bonus: This post can also help you advocate for funds if you’re having trouble getting financial support to attend your state conference.
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