Professional Development Spring Workshop 2012

By , March 21, 2012 2:32 pm

by Stina McClintock

The last time I won something was in June of 2011.  It was a $10 gift card to Black Raven brewery.  Coincidentally, that was the same month that Kim Kardashian won the Glamour Entrepreneur of the Year.  So it was a pleasant surprise to get in my email the word that I had been awarded a grant for the LLOPS Professional Development Conference last week, breaking my almost two year dry spell.

I am glad I got the opportunity to go up to Seattle University and spend the day with other LLOPS-ters learning about everything from volunteering to local politics.  In fact, at the end of the day, I think it was too bad that more folks could not make it to the conference this year, and not just because we got the inside Washington (state) gossip from Peter Callaghan.

For me, the most interesting portion was the midmorning segment on continuing education.  As the “low-man” on the totem pole here at the Public Law Library of King County, I am constantly pushing myself to do more and learn more to stay dynamic in my job.  I had flirted with Webjunction in the past, but after learning more about what it offers, I have set aside some time to sit down and do some good old fashioned learning.  In addition, the shame that I am not volunteering (I considered raising my hand just to fit in with everyone else) has convinced me that I may be able to relinquish some of my TV time to a greater cause.

The amount of effort that the Professional Development committee team put in to the day was evident.  The conference ran on time, was engaging and ended with me learning more than I ever needed to know about the Aggressive Panhandling Ordinance in the City of Seattle.  As an aside, I repeated that story at dinner later that night and came off as knowing far more about local politics than I actually do.  So I guess you could say that my day of professional development was a personal win for my cocktail conversation too.

One Response to “Professional Development Spring Workshop 2012”

  1. Rita Kaiser says:

    Wish I could have been there. I miss the LLOPS Spring Professional Development programs.

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