From the Outreach/Advocacy Coordinator

Hayley Moreno

It is incredible how time flies; the 2017 OLAC Conference has come and gone. It was great see so many OLACers in Richmond, Virginia. We especially had some great discussions through Twitter so please make sure to search for the hashtag #OLAC2017 to see all the tweets that occurred throughout the event. Also, check out the 2017 conference album that has been posted on OLAC’s Flickr and Facebook page (relive the cataloging frenzy!). Thank you to everyone who helped in promoting the event through Twitter and Facebook.

Being back from the conference I couldn’t help but feel inspired from the sessions I saw and conversations I heard. One of the events that impacted me the most was the collaborative problem-solving discussions on the last day of the conference. Despite being weary from intense cataloging workshops the last session of the day erupted with great discussions. Tables such as the Advocating for cataloging, Sudden cataloger, and Cataloging horrors allowed attendees to share their stories and experiences with one another. It opened dialogues where colleagues were giving advice and commiserating as a group. With today’s fast paced digital life, it can be difficult to find that human connection with others in the profession but conferences like these are vital in reminding us how important organizations like OLAC are in connecting us to common goals and causes. I hope others in the conference felt that connection with their colleagues and enjoyed seeing other OLACers that are just as passionate about non-print cataloging as they are.

Even though the conference is over, I hope we can continue the conversation on the importance of the work we do in OLAC. If you have any outreach ideas or have promoted OLAC in any way please make sure to reach out to me at morenoh@oclc.org. Hope to hear from you soon!