Why YOU should attend the 2016 NJLA Conference

Registration for NJLA’s 2016 Annual Conference All Together Now is NOW OPEN! Visit http://njla.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=14 to register,and the sooner the better to ensure you get our Early Bird Rate!

Now, for those of you who feel that us simply saying “Conference is amazing! You should register!” isn’t enough, here are the top 5 reasons why YOU should attend conference.

1. Network: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, every industry is all about networking. And what’s so great about the New Jersey library community is so many of us know each other, but never get the chance to get out of our libraries and actually see each other. So here’s our chance! Meet the faces behind the emails and webinars and other communications once and for all.

2. Learn: A lot of great information gets shared at conference, and why not benefit from it? Attending the conference introduces you to new perspectives and ways of thinking that will help to get your creative juices flowing for when you return to your own library.

3. Explore: There are lots of great ways to explore at the conference, from scouring the rows at the exhibit hall, to attending a session on a topic you may know nothing about. This is your chance for low-anxiety, low-stakes exploration. Consider conference your sandbox.

4. Opportunity:​You’d be surprised what opportunities may arise simply from attending a conference. You may meet someone new whom you form a collaboration with; you may meet a new mentor; you may stumble upon the chance of a lifetime! One never knows, unless they attend!

5. Have fun!: The best part of conference is it is a chance to get outside of your own walls, meet old and new friends, and take a bit of a mental break from the daily grind. And hey, being in a major casino in Atlantic City isn’t so bad, either...

Emily Witkowski and the 2016 Conference Committee