I had the pleasure of attending the American Association of Law Libraries conference this week. Despite having 20 years invested in my profession, I was a first time attendee. One of my key take aways from attending this conference is that I should have done it sooner.
Meeting colleagues from AALL has given me new connections to reach out to in the USA, validated that issues facing the legal industry and law libraries are universal, reinforced that my methods of practice are sound (and sometimes innovative which was great news), and expanded the number of people in the universe who will remember the name of my law firm.
Local, provincial, and national connections are important. International connections are relevant too, as is the learning that comes along with conference attendance. Attending AALL, especially in addition to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries conference, will make 2013/14 an innovative year for my library.
Go ahead, expand your horizons.