Though LIANZA Conference is still many months away and we’ve all got a winter of flu-dodging to get through first, time is running out if you want to contribute by presenting this year. Abstracts for LIANZA conference 2009 will only be received until Friday 22 May, which is only a little over three weeks away. Plenty enough time to submit your abstract via the online form, but not if you keep “thinking about it” and putting it off. Now’s the time to kick procrastination in the butt and get your abstracts in. Don’t leave it until the last minute!
The process really couldn’t be easier. The online form is a two stage process. First enter in your details and on the next page attach your abstract. There’s also the facility to access your submission in order to make changes at any point up until 22 May. And if you’re at all confused about the formatting required there’s already a handy-dandy example that you can download, then just change it to include your details. Easy peasy.
In terms of what Guy and the folk on the Programme sub-committee are looking for in possible presentations, anything goes. They want as diverse a range of topics as they can get so they can choose a programme that has breadth and depth and something to offer everyone. Perhaps you think your topic will only be of interest to a handful of people? Maybe that’s true but it’s actually more likely that there are many people who can take something away from your experience, project or idea. We may work in vastly different institutions but there are common themes and issues that we deal with that may apply as much in a special library as it does in a tertiary or public one.
Also, don’t be tied down to the idea that a presentation has to be one person talking to a million powerpoint slides. You’re encouraged to be a bit more freeform with your presentation. Depending on your topic a workshop might work well. Interactivity with the audience is key. What kind of presentation would you like to see? Why not do that? If you’re not keen on a full-fledged presentation what about a poster session?
In terms of reasons to present how about the fact that it’ll look good on your CV (professional registration anyone?) or that your institution is probably more likely to fund your trip to conference if you’re presenting. And if that’s not enough reason how about that presenters usually get a little thank you gift?
At the end of the day LIANZA conference is only as good as we, the people in the profession, can make it.
He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao
Māku e kī atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
You ask me, what is the most important thing on earth?
My reply is it is people, it is people, it is people