Exciting news – I’m going to the Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2010! I’ve always really wanted to go – providing information literacy support is one of my favourite parts of being an academic librarian. A colleague attended LILAC last year and said it was fantastic, so I applied for the sponsored student award this year and am absolutely over the moon to have been successful. 🙂

This year it’s being held in Limerick, Ireland – I’ve never been to Ireland so I’m really looking forward to it (shockingly, I’ve never actually used a Euro either as I haven’t been anywhere in Europe since the currency change!). It’s been a bit tricky trying to organise travel and accommodation within budget and at relatively short notice, but I’ve now booked my flight (another first – never flown on my own before!) and my hotel, and they’re even able to offer me a gluten free breakfast!

There are loads of really good parallel sessions and it was difficult to choose which to attend. Some were already fully booked when I took a look at them, but I’ve now managed to book my sessions and have an exc’iting looking programme! I’m going to the newcomer’s lunch to get conference advice and meet other newcomers, and will hopefully also get the opportunity to meet committee members, organisers, and the keynote speakers – as well as fellow librarians and information professionals from UK and abroad.

I’m particularly looking forward to meeting other tweeters I’ve had conversations with but not yet met face to face, including @katie_fraser who won last year’s sponsored student place and will hopefully have some conference tips! I’ve been creating a public Twitter list of LILAC 2010 delegates from those I have found who have been using the hashtag #lilac2010 and others who I know are attending, if you are a tweeter attending LILAC this year and would like to be added to the public list, please let me know by either leaving a blog comment here, emailing me, or contacting me on Twitter. A suggestion was made by @jwebbery about maybe arranging a tweet up too, which I think would be great – please let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions of how to organise this, or where/when might be suitable.

If you’re going to LILAC, I’ll hopefully see you there! 🙂

  • Hey there! Well, I will see you at LILAC then 🙂

    There’s me (Sarahbrarian), and @paulwillia, a few others but they’re not Tweeters. Yet. >:)

    Sarah

  • Dan Pullinger

    Hi, Jo.

    You might want to add me to your Twitter list of LILAC2010 delegates too – @danpullinger.

    See you there!

    Cheers,

    Dan

    • Thanks Dan, have added you to the list. Look forward to seeing you there! 🙂

  • Now I know why you’re taking so long over your dissertation! 🙂

    • Cheeky! It’s not the dissertation that’s taking a long time – it just took me 18 months to settle into my new job and choose a dissertation topic. Now I’ve got my research confirmed it’s progressing a lot faster thankfully!

      • thewikiman

        I don’t know – work-shy students, living off the state…

  • I’m not going myself but a couple of collegues from York are going!

  • Ho Jo

    A tweetup would be great, but might be tricky to fit it in. There’s usually very little space in the programme and then there’s the evening stuff as well.

    Myself and a couple of colleagues will be around on the Sunday evening if anyone fancies doing something then?

    • I’ll be there on the Sunday too – maybe then would be best for a tweetup for some of us to meet before the conference. The programme is pretty packed, think I’ll need to sleep for a week to recover! 🙂

  • Sarah Oxford

    Yes, we’re arriving on the Sunday, not sure of our plans yet – Jo, have you got my mobile number? Can’t remember if I gave it to you when you came to visit? I’ll have my netbook too. Sarah

  • Was just checking out your LILAC tweeters list earlier. Very useful. Looking forward to meeting up, even though I’m not there until Sunday and missing out on potential tweet up action.