“Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin” Thing 15 is about getting out there, learning new things, networking, presenting and organising at conferences, events and seminars.
Atttending – been to a few mashed library events, the first being Middlemash in Birmingham. Scared stiff I’d look out of place and no one would talk to me, I packed my rusty Toshiba and set off. It was raining as I recall and I had a nightmare trip to my hotel and cried off going back into the town centre for a pre event get together.
I needn’t have worried. It was a great event with lots of cake. @Damyantipatel made me feel really welcome and I actually got my Toshiba connected to the wifi (with a bit of help from @ostephens!) and I was live tweeting with everyone else. Sadly my aging technologically challenged Toshiba battery died shortly afterwards and I switched to my brand new Nokia E63 phone and made notes with a pen and paper. I remember Yahoo Pipes being one of the talks I attended. I concentrated hard, but to this day I still haven’t managed to get the damn thing to work. Oh well! Here’s me concentrating I’m the one in the orange top.
Since then I’ve been to a few more mashed library events and they get better and better.
This year I took part in the JISC Wales Summer Bytes webinars which were great fun and extremely informative. I especially liked that they were free and that each session only lasted about 45 minutes which was a manageable time to get away from work.
And that’s the main problem for me, time and cost. I would dearly love to attend LILAC and UMBRELLA but the cost is prohibitive. It is doubtful I will get the fees paid for by work and equally doubtful is the time off work however much I argue that it is for Professional Development. But I have asked for conference attending to be put on my cpd. For now I still look out for free or inexpensive events to attend and take time off work through Annual Leave. The next event I am attending is the Library Camp UK 2011 (Birmingham) in October. Look me up 🙂
Presenting and Organising – We are now bordering on dangerous waters. Although I have never presented within the Library and Information world, I have presented in my previous roles and as a Superintendent Registrar, I used to conduct weddings, often with a wedding party of 100+ people. I would like to present more but need a push! I hate powerpoint presentations and have yet to play with Prezi. I do rather like the old school approach, that of using slides with a slide carousel and projector. Or more contraversially, just talking with a group with a handy set of coloured post-its. As far as organising an event goes, this too may come to pass. I would like to see more events and meet ups with other librarians and information professionals near me but think the only way this is going to happen is if I organise it myself. If you are a Librarian/Information person and you’re in the North Wales/Cheshire area, how about it? Get in touch and let’s make it happen.