First thing's first: Chris and I had a lovely Valentine's Day. We went for a very long bike ride, enjoying the spectacularly beautiful afternoon, and wound up at Aunt Chilada's for dinner and drinks. Really couldn't ask for a nicer day.
I was originally disappointed that my presentation proposal for Computers in Libraries wasn't accepted, but now I'm pretty glad that it wasn't since it's opened up some interesting new opportunities for me this spring.
First of all, this weekend I'm attending a Science Commons Symposium, held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. I've never been to that area of the country before, and I'm pretty excited about this symposium - many of the who's who of the scholarly communication community will be there, so this is an excellent opportunity for me to network and learn.
Additionally, I've been accepted to attend the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute in April. This will be a week-long leadership retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies. What a beautiful location! I've heard so many good things about this institute, and am so excited and thrilled to have been chosen to go.
If I had been going to CiL, I would not have had the professional development funding to easily take advantage of these opportunities, so things have definitely worked out for the better. 2010 is already an improvement over 2009!
I've got some interesting presentation proposals in the works for a couple of conferences this fall, and a couple of papers in the early stages. Juggling all these projects is one of my main motivations for my last two monthly themes!