Were you aware that single day passes to Conference are available? This option is definitely most beneficial to those of you who are studying as the student rate is only $150. Yes, you could probably buy a hot pair of shoes for that but will a pair of wedges help you decide where you want to go in your career? Will they look good on your CV? Even the most gorgeous footwear can’t do those things.
Still, it’s a fair whack of change, so here’s our breakdown of the key subject areas that pop out on different days so if have to make a choice about which single day you’d like to attend. Then you can get the most bang for your buck (depending on your area of interest).
- IT/Web – A real mixed bag of issues from a diverse range of speakers/presenters for Conference’s first day including Richard Stallman’s keynote, the work of the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa, and a discussion of online identities, not to mention coming up with ad hoc IT solutions for a poetry competition. Web and IT projects also feature in the 3M Awards.
- Health – “Conference Monday” starts with the New Zealand Health Database Consortium AGM in the morning and finishes off with the HealthLIB AGM in the evening.
- Public libraries – Some of the above web and IT sessions are relevant to the public library sector, particularly the 3Ms, People’s Network and Poetry, also of interest to public librarians may be the meetings of the EPIC User group and Cat SIG.
Don’t forget that Monday also features the pōwhiri as well as the Welcome Reception amongst the Exhibitors (so free drinks and nibbles).
- Bicultural – A couple of interesting sessions with a focus on Māori for Conference’s second day with a discussion of Mātauranga Māori and professional registration, Māori Subject Headings, and a lunchtime gathering for Te Rōpu Whakahau members.
- Multicultural – Plenty on offer around serving ethnically diverse communities on day two with sessions on libraries in Timor-Leste, Ada Nally asking about the people in your neighbourhood, online storytelling for the Chinese community at Auckland City Libraries, and diversity in action at Christchurch City Libraries.
- IT – It’s a big day for ITSIG with their AGM in the afternoon and a workshop in the morning. Also an early session on Making IT work for you and discussions on Koha and wikis may be of interest.
- School/Children’s librarians – Tuesday may be the day for you. There’s a look at making music for Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions, and the “Little Nobel” as well as John McIntyre’s session on the Librarian as Bookseller.
Also of note on Tuesday are the LIANZA AGM, Victoria LIM Programmes update (currently generating a bit of discussion so could be of interest to those of you in study mode) and of course our SOL Square social evening (though you can come along to that whichever day(s) you plan on attending). Thanks to devilishly handsome Datacom as the sponsor for Tuesday’s programme. Cheers!
- Web 2.0 – An embarrassment of riches on the Web 2.0 front on this day with back to back concurrent sessions in the morning and Tim Spalding of LibraryThing wrapping up the keynotes.
- Professional development – Wednesday morning sees a couple of sessions potentially useful to those involved in recruitment and/or professional development (which is most managers isn’t it?). Library professional cadetships at the University of Wollongong is one, the other being an investigation into developing leadership potential.
Of course there are heaps more things on offer. This is just a taste. Check out the programme yourself and see if there’s a day that holds treasures aplenty for your sphere(s) of interest.