I really enjoy going to conferences and workshops and look for opportunities to attend them. It is a great way to meet other people in the profession and to learn new things. Money is a factor; I would love to go to ALA annual or midwinter but both the membership to ALA and the conference registration are too expensive. I have attended the Nebraska Library Association annual conference twice and will attend again this year.
Speaking at a conference is something that is relatively new to me. Last year I participated in the New Members Round Table poster session at NLA annual. A coworker and I created a poster and presented our idea to a small group. It was a good introduction to presenting; it was low-key and there weren’t a lot of people there. This year I have signed up to present by myself at NLA. I am not totally comfortable speaking in front of a group, so this will push me out of my comfort zone and give me valuable public speaking experience.
As an aside, the New Members Round Table of NLA is sponsoring a resume/cover letter review session at NLA this year. You can have your resume and cover letter reviewed by hiring managers in Nebraska for free and meet with them at the conference to hear feedback about your materials. If you are interested, please contact me. My contact information is on my blog.