We all know that attending Conference comes with a price.

And I know that I am the resident “‘tail-alcoholic” on these pages (socialising in SOL Square), but for once I’m not talking about the cost of panadol, water and vitamin C.

No I refer to the customary “feedback session” that you agree to speak at when you receive Conference sponsorship.  Of course this is a negligible cost if you like giving presentations…RM12221~Hangover-Shelter-Posters

But if like me you avoid them like the plague, you may find it useful to find out how other people report back from conferences.  Who knows what tips you could steal from them?

And guess what  – though I expect you might have suspected this all along – there just happens to be one such session being held in the near future. 

On Tuesday 15 September,  Kevin Adams, Gail Pattie and Lynsey Ainsworth, will be talking at CPIT about the conferences that they have attended recently.  Everybody is welcome to attend and the event begins at 6.15pm.  Please RSVP to erin.kimber@canterbury.ac.nz

Though I still suspect that like me, come the end of Conference, you will still be desperately thinking of ways to get out of it.  Maybe a bad headache would work??




So by now you have worked out that you would like to hear the keynotes, definitely have something to say at the un-unconference and can’t wait to get all messy in Sol Square. The only thing left is to work out how the dickens you are going to afford it all.

There’s no doubt that LIANZA Conference  2009 is value for money, but it ain’t cheap. Luckily funding options abound. First of all try your workplace. They can only say no. Or what about your local LIANZA committee?  Hikuwai, Aoraki and Otago/Southland are all offering money for professional development. It’s worth a shot. Same goes for the Special Interest Groups. CatSIG is offering sponsorship to a member. If other SIGs or committees are offering sponsorship, maybe you could comment here?

Ok, so now you have an idea of who to ask, next up the boring bit – writing an application.  Where do you start?  Here’s a template for a Learning and Development Proposal from the ALIA New Librarians group. It gives you a rough idea of what to address when asking for money. Make sure you say you will write a report or deliver a feedback session, so others can benefit from the knowledge you gain at conference.  That makes you sound really good.

So hop to  it – deadlines are looming.

It costs more than this to do to LIANZA Conference...

It costs more than this to go to LIANZA Conference...

Andrew Robinson, Customer Services Manager, South Waikato Libraries is the newbie LIANZA member who’s won a free earlybird registration to this year’s conference! Congratulations!

We’ll be catching up with our lucky winner right here on the blog shortly.

If you’re currently shedding bitter, bitter tears because you thought you were in with a chance, despair not! There are still plenty of opportunities to get to conference on someone else’s coin. Just check out the following sponsorship options – (more…)

Applications for this scholarship, which gives two lucky individuals the chance to have their conference registration paid for (plus up to $200 towards travel and accomodation), close TOMORROW Wednesday, 5 August.

Full details on how to apply (you can do it by email so if you shift yourself you can still sneak in your application before it closes) after the jump. (more…)

…and start your engines.  Early bird registration for LIANZA Conference 2009 opens today!  As we all know, the early bird gets the worm, or in this case a cheaper price and nobody’s got tons of extra money these days do they?  So it’s worth getting in early.  Well unless, that is, you’re thinking of becoming a fresh, shiny, new LIANZA member in which case you should hold off in case you’re the lucky winner of a free conference registration.

The winner will be contacted in the first week of August and earlybird registration will remain open until later that month so if you’ve just joined LIANZA for the first time a “wait and see” approach is probably the smart one.  The rest of you hardened conference campaigners should think about getting yourselves over to the Conference website and filling in the registration form.

In other news your organising committee has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year’s programme and all the information on sessions, speakers and social events are now available in the registration brochure so feel free to peruse this at your leisure.  We’ll be blogging about some of the content starting from next week so check back here for the skinny on what this year’s conference has in store.

This child is not a LIANZA member but probably wont enter the competition.  More chance for you to win then!

This child is not a LIANZA member but probably won't enter the competition. More chance for you to win then!

Librarians. We spend our working lives trying to make things as uncomplicated as possible but sometimes we’re rather gifted at making things confusing.  It seems our explanation of what you had to do to be in the draw for free conference registration wasn’t quite as clear as we thought it was.  To that end here’s a further explanation of who is eligible and what you have to do (hardly anything!).

The LIANZA 2009 Conference Committee is very excited to offer one FREE registration to a first time LIANZA member who joins and pays their LIANZA membership fees between 1st June and 31st July 2009. Each first time LIANZA member will be put in a prize draw, collated by LIANZA National Office. The winner will be contacted in first week of August 2009, and once prize has been accepted, the winner’s name will be announced on the Conference website and in other forums.

So we’re really looking for those new to the profession to get a chance to attend a conference so we can keep that fresh blood coming through (aging profession, blah dee blah).

Acknowledge the past
Embrace the present
Advance the future…and all that jazz.

So feel free to shoulder-tap that library assistant/MLIS student or freshly hatched librarian who’s not a LIANZA member…yet.  Maybe you could do a quick poll around your workplace to find out who is and who isn’t signed up?