Well it’s summer already (until recently the weather has reflected this too which has been a welcome surprise!), and the time of year when a number of library events happen. This year I have been lucky to be able to fit quite a few into my calendar and was offered sponsorship for one conference which I’m really looking forward to.
Over the next few weeks I will be attending:
- Library Information Show 2009 – Wednesday 10th June
- CoFHE Conference 2009 – Wednesday 17th-Friday 19th June
- New Professional’s Conference 2009 – Monday 6th July
At the LIS Show at NEC on Wednesday, I’ll be helping out on the CILIP West Midlands stand in the afternoon. Whether you are a member of CILIP or not please visit the stand for a chat or to talk about developments in CILIP and the benefits of membership (which I am just beginning to learn about myself!). There will also be the opportunity to vote on your favourite photograph for the CILIP West Midlands Library photo competition, which you can also vote for online. I’m also planning to attend a couple of seminars at the LIS Show including one on Twitter by Phil Bradley, who I’m hoping to finally meet in person.
I received sponsorship to attend the CoFHE conference which this year is in Edinburgh, which I am really looking forward to. I’ve attended a couple of CoFHE events previously and really enjoyed them, and the programme for the conference looks great. I’ve not been to Edinburgh before either so am hoping there may be opportunity for me to see some of the sights (including possibly some fellow librarians who live in that area!). I’ll be writing a report as part of my sponsored place, but will also be blogging about the conference, hopefully whilst I’m there if I can get internet access.
The New Professional’s Conference is a little different – I’m attending the conference to speak about networking online for new professionals. I’ve been wondering about presenting at a conference for a while and was inspired by a post by Meredith Farkas about having a go at these sort of things, so decided to apply. The conference welcomes applications from newcomers and first time speakers, and I was pleased to have been chosen to present my idea. I imagine I’ll be incredibly nervous (I’m already feeling a little apprenhensive about it!), but I’m sure it will be a valuable experience.
If you are planning to attend any of these events, please let me know; I’m hoping to meet some new people this year and put faces to names of some of the people I know from online who I haven’t yet met in person. I’ve even had some Joeyanne Libraryanne business cards made up so that I don’t have to keep writing my contact details on scraps of paper for people! 🙂