ASSOCIATES (2008, November, v. 15, no. 2)

Conference Report

Mountains and Plains Parapro 17th Annual Conference

On one of the hottest days of the summer, if not the hottest, the Mountains and Plains Parapros Committee held its 17th Annual Conference at the Aurora Central Public Library in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, August 1. With this year’s theme, Libraries Are Special as a guide, the 92 attendees enthusiastically welcomed the keynote speaker, Erica MacCreaigh, the regional librarian and senior consultant for the Colorado Department of Corrections Libraries. Erica’s humor and engaging personality enthralled the group as she delivered her presentation titled, “Uncharted Waters: Planning Your Career Path When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going.”

After a short break, the first session offered three choices instead of the four previously planned due to the illness of one of our presenters and committee member, Shirley Soenksen. Shirley had planned on doing two sessions concerning genealogy research in newspapers and academic libraries. The remaining three were: Kathe Fletcher, Westminster Public Library, presenting “Book Bags for Book Clubs,” Erica MacCreaigh presenting “Do You Belong in Jail?? Career Opportunities in Correctional Libraries” and a special libraries panel consisting of Linda Eller, representing the Denver Center for the Performing Arts library and Kathie Gully from the Museum of Nature and Science library. Unfortunately, Daniel Cordova of the State Supreme Court Library had a last minute emergency and couldn’t take his place on the panel.

After an excellent lunch and networking at BJ’s Restaurant, it was back to the library.

Session II enlisted the talents of four presenters. “Anime, Manga & Cels, Oh My!” with Kay Lowell, Archival Services Librarian from UNC presenting; “Find, Get & Use; the Geological Survey Library” given by lead librarian, Keith Van Cleave; “Reading for All” presented by Debbi MacLeod, director of the Colorado Talking Book Library and Colorado State Library Archives; and last, but not least, Margaret Bandy, the librarian at Exempla St. Joseph Medical Library giving her talk on “Libraries in Hospitals-Past, Present and Future.”

On the agenda for the third session were: A repeat of Anime, Book Bags and Reading for All. The fourth slot was given to Barry Osborne of the Denver Post Library. His talk was titled, “How I Came to Get the Job I Got.”

The day ended about 4 p.m. and the evaluation responses reflected a most enjoyable day was had by all who came.

The committee will meet in September and start planning for 2009. Anyone wanting to help with this endeavor should look on our Web site, Any help or suggestions are most welcome!

Submitted by,

Judy Holtus
Aurora Public Library