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Lighting the Way to the Nevada Library Association Conference in Reno!

PSR exhibited at the Nevada Library Association (NLA) Conference in Reno, NV in October. The theme of the conference was Lighting the Way. Librarians came from all over Nevada, along with some from California. NLA partnered with KohaCon this year. KohaCon is the international users’ conference for the Koha Open-Source Library System. This year’s conference was hosted by the Washoe County Library System. KohaCon had attendees from all over the US and several countries such as Argentina, Australia, Nigeria, France, the Philippines, Norway and Nepal. Their conference usually does not include exhibitors, so they seemed reluctant to visit us in the exhibit area. Several health sciences library staff who were attending KohaCon stopped by to comment that they were glad that the government shutdown was over!

Nevada Association Conference Logo

Maureen Russell, ALA President, gave the keynote address on Turning outward: Librarians as Leaders in Community Engagement; she urged librarians to understand their community and come up with innovative programs that are community driven. She urged librarians “to embrace leadership as part of your practice!” She considered that librarians have an innate ability to be creative! Just think how many creatively stretch their budgets! Librarians need to do more work on demonstrating why libraries are important!

Kay Deeney, PSR Educational Services Coordinator, gave a presentation, Shedding Light on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nevada has a state health exchange, Nevada Health Link run by the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. Library staff had questions about limited insurance plans, assisting patrons in the library, and finding navigators to speak at the library. Some librarians were surprised that they haven’t received many questions yet about the ACA. The PowerPoint slide presentation is listed on the PSR Presentations web page. Next year NLA will combine their conference with the ALA Annual Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas.

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