I’ve never been involved in organising a conference before so it’s really amazed me to discover the gazillion tasks that have to be taken care of before anything “visible” actually happens.  Crikey, it’s staggering how many man and woman hours go into making sure your conference is as successful as it can be.  Although it’s not all altruistic.  We Cantabs have a tendency to be fiercely parochial and we want to make this year’s Christchurch conference rock so much you just won’t want to leave.

This blog will be the place for conference news, info about speakers (I know who some of them are but I can’t say, tease) and chat on any number of crucial conference topics (like where is the nearest café doing a decent cup of coffee?)  We’ll cover all this and more in the lead up to the biggest event on New Zealand’s library calendar.

While this year’s conference may seem like a long way off for you “civilians” for those of us working on it,  October will roll around before we know it.

My sub-committee (Promotions and Communications, or the PromComSubCom as I’ve taken to calling it) has been beavering away making sure we can get conference info out to you in as many ways as possible.  We’ll be Facebooking, blogging, Flickring, List-serving, YouTubing, Library-Lifing and various other things all in the interests of keeping you in the loop.  No need to thank us.  Our pleasure.

We hope you take the time to stop by every now and again and feel free to ask us questions or share your opinions here.  After all, this year’s conference is all about people –

3279861106_8d8ba1c7d7Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei whea, te kōmako e kō
Kī mai ki āhau
He aha te mea nui o tēnei ao
Māku e kī atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

When the heart is torn from the flax bush,
where will the bell bird sing?
You ask me, what is the most important thing on earth?
My reply is it is people, it is people, it is people

…and that includes you.