AASL Post: 5 Conference Tips and Tricks from an Overplanner

Having a plan before you go to a big conference can make your experience so much better. Here's some tips from a seasoned overplanner.

I’ve come to realize that I’m an overplanner (my friends are probably rolling their eyes right now). I get this trait from my dad. I love to research places, read articles, make maps, create itineraries.

Conferences are one of my favorite ways to learn.  And I’m an overplanner.  When you combine these two things, it means that there’s a ridiculous amount of research and planning that goes into every conference I attend.  I know that not everyone wants to plan to this degree, but there are still some useful tips and tricks you can takeaway to help you prepare for a conference.

5 Conference Tips and Tricks from an Overplanner

In my post on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share some of my favorite tips for preparing for a conference.  Click on over to learn about how you can prepare by:

  • Creating a custom Google Map
  • Knowing the convention center layout
  • Creating a note or doc with important info
  • Printing out physical back-ups
  • Having a food plan

Are you an overplanner when it comes to conferences?  What are some strategies you use?

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.