For our 37th annual conference, LOEX visited the biggest city in the “Land of Enchantment” (New Mexico), beautiful and historic Albuquerque. This reflects a nice aspect of LOEX conferences: they are big enough to attract hundreds of people from all over the U.S. and Canada (and occasionally a couple of other countries as well), but small enough that they can take place in cities not on the typical library conference circuit. This conference was a great opportunity to go to a new place to explore new ideas, and the speakers, presenters, attendees, and scenery did not disappoint. The latest and greatest in library instruction and information literacy were discussed, both formally and informally, by close to 300 attendees.
The conference takes over a year to plan and would not be possible with out the extensive efforts of our volunteer committee and I would like to thank the LOEX 2009 committee led by co-chairs Mark Emmons (University of New Mexico) and Susan Moore (Central New Mexico Community College). Also on the committee were José Aranda (Doña Ana Community College), Megan Beard (University of New Mexico), Chris Desai (University of New Mexico), Owen Ellard (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology), Barbara Nail-Chiwetalu (University of New Mexico Health Sciences), Joani Shedivy (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology) and Theresa Westbrock New Mexico State University. They put in a lot of work and it paid off in a successful conference.
In addition to the committee, I would like to thank all the presenters who take the time to put together a session for the conference. Their hard-work, diligence, and insight are truly what makes the LOEX conference worthwhile. Please enjoy reading about their work in this latest set of proceedings from the 37th annual LOEX Conference: Blazing Trails: On the Path to Information Literacy.
Brad Sietz, LOEX Director
Sietz, Brad, "Preface" (2011). LOEX Conference Proceedings 2009. 38.