Linda Aurora Garcia
Circulation and Reserves Assistant
Washington State University Vancouver
As a recent Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) graduate from the University of Washington (UW), I had the opportunity to do two big assessment projects while at UW. I worked with classmates, coworkers, and leaders at UW to find the best methodology for each assessment project. One of those projects gave me the opportunity to also present at the conference about my own methodology, challenges, and success in the library assessment realm. During my session, I found other colleagues throughout the US that were also exploring new and creative ways of assessing their services. One presentation that stood out to me was Kris Markman’s (Harvard University) “Assessing User Engagement with Library Exhibits Using Eye Tracking.” I didn’t realize there was technology available to see and experience what our patrons see. I want to know more, and I want to use it at my institution!
From the very first day of the conference, I knew I was in for an adventure. Looking through the program to decide what sessions to attend, I was interested in them all. How can you decide on just one session when all of them offer topics in everything you’re interested in? Now that I’ve found my people, I will never let them go!