by Kerry Keegan, Atlas Systems Training and Library Solutions Consultant
Earlier this year, I heard Stephanie mention that the Louisiana Library Network was hosting a conference and that Atlas was considering sending someone down to attend and participate in the event. I all but stood up on my chair with my hand in the air, saying “PICK ME PICK ME!” I absolutely love Louisiana – its wonderful people, its amazing cuisine, its incredible music. Going there for work? Sign me up! LUC-ky for me, I was given the go-ahead to attend the LUC (LOUIS Users Conference) on October 5 and 6 in Baton Rouge at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
It’s true that Louisianans know how to have a good time and the LOUIS partners are no exception. The meeting was more than a conference – it was a family reunion – and I was so happy to be included. When I’ve worked on support requests for LOUIS’ ILLiad, I typically work with one or two people from its centralized support staff, but this was a great reminder of the size and scope of the LOUIS network and all of the services that it offers for its member institutions. Sessions were offered in a variety of formats and covered all aspects of librarianship. When I wasn’t presenting or attending sessions, I was stationed at the Atlas table in the Q&A Room, which was a new feature that they debuted at this year’s conference and a great success.
I was amazed to learn that LOUIS has been hosting this conference for over twenty years and it’s obvious that its members are dedicated to their consortium and appreciate the support and community. Interlibrary loan is just one of the many services that LOUIS provides, but I love to know that ILLiad is helping these great people make great things happen, every day.
Thanks again to ZeeZee, Marcy, and everyone at LOUIS for a wonderful experience.