The 54th Annual Meeting of the Council was held online on Friday, June 4, 2021
The meeting program included a brief membership meeting, an update on yearly activities, featured speaker Jessamyn West, remarks by Lauren Moore, State Librarian, awards presentation, and trustee recognitions. The theme for this year’s meeting was “we all learned something new this year.”
This year’s featured speaker was library technologist Jessamyn West. She discussed how this past year created new challenges (and opportunities!) for technology education work. It seemed that every problem turned into a technology problem, and issues of access and the digital divide rapidly became very imposing. She discussed the ups and downs of remote tech support and shared some things that made a difference.
Jessamyn West is a library technologist from Randolph Vermont. She is a nationally known speaker, writer, and educator on the issues facing today’s libraries. Her blog focusing on libraries and politics, Librarian.net, is one of the earliest and longest running librarian websites. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. She has taught “Tools for Community Advocacy” for the University of Hawaii’s Library School and was on the Advisory Board to the Wikimedia Foundation. As a librarian without a library, for the past fifteen years she has spent most of her time working with her local community as a hands-on technology educator.