Midwinter 2019 was quite an experience. As an ASGCLA member, and co-chair elect for the Interest Group for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (IGARD), I had the pleasure of presenting about IGARD and what we are doing. The attendees for the meeting were engaged and brought up some great ideas. During our meeting, ASGCLA board member Carrie Banks stopped in to see what ASGCLA can do to assist its members. Carrie also provided some ideas to help IGARD better engage the membership (specifically using surveys).
IGARD is in the process of working with one session attendee to host a webinar for library staff members. This would not have happened had it not been for our meeting at Midwinter. Midwinter provides an ideal opportunity to meet with colleagues on a smaller scale than Annual. IGARD very much appreciates the opportunity to speak to one another and share the great things being done for patrons who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Library programs for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia that are happening in one location can serve as an inspiration to so many others. Attendees can celebrate the wonderful things that are being done in libraries for communities that are often forgotten.
Kayla Kuni (IGARD Co-Chair Elect)