We hope that our program participants are having some good discussions about conferences: how to make the most of them and who their dream conference speaker would be. Amy Barker, ILN Program Coordinator, has done a bit of web trawling for us and come up with a few resources to help you plan future conference attendance.
First up, we have a couple of websites that list library conferences around the world. Remember that attending a conference involves planning ahead – sometimes a year or more – to secure funding and maybe even submit a presentation proposal.
- Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) has a calendar of events, which currently reaches into 2020
- Library Conference Planner is a fairly detailed listing, and we wish the website owner a speedy recovery from his recent surgery!
Once you’ve picked your conference, had your presentation proposal accepted, secured funding and booked your travel, here are some more websites to help you prepare for the event itself:
- 5 Things Every Search Conference Newbie Should Know
- How to be awesome at going to library conferences
- ALA Conference Survival Tips — 35 Conferences Later (the American Library Association really know how to run a conference – I went to one that had 20,000 delegates!)
- 25 Essential Conference Networking Tips
- Ten Hints for Getting the Most from a Conference (Educause)
- Convention Etiquette 101: How to Avoid Crossing the Line at Comic-Con (while this focuses on interacting with cosplayers at Comic-Con, the etiquette tips apply to any conference situation and I’ve found myself on the wrong end of these behaviours on more than one occasion)
Armed with all this fabulous knowledge, we now expect that you’ll totally ace your next conference – we hope to see you there!