Conferences and events offer great opportunities for professional development. They provide valuable opportunities to meet new colleagues, and catch up with others you might not get to see very often. Whilst programs of talks, papers, posters and panels can be a great chance to hear about what others in the industry are working on and find new ideas to take back to your own work place.
Conferences and professional development events are common in library land. Some of these are small, local events, and some are huge affairs – such as the annual conference of the American Library Association, which typically attracts in the area of 20,000 librarians.
For the next two weeks we will be posting about conferences and events from different angles to explore what makes a great event and how you can get the most out of them.
Some questions to begin discussions with your partner are:
- Have you ever been to a library conference or professional development event? Where and when was it?
- What was the best conference or event you’ve ever been to? What was good about it?
- What do you do before a conference to prepare?
- What do you think is the best bit of a conference – the program, or the informal networking? Or something else?
- There’s a lot of information presented at conferences – how to you remember it all when you go home?
- Are there conferences that you’ve heard about that you’d like to go to?
Have you got a great conference or event story you’d like to share with the ILN community? You can share it in the comments below or email us at email@example.com to submit a guest post for this blog. We’d love to hear your thoughts!