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This year for the SLA Conference (see my review of SLA Conference) I was conference planner on behalf of the SLA Leadership and Management Division, a voluntary role that I started at the conference last summer. My role was to plan educational and social sessions on behalf of the division, and coordinate our kiosk in the exhibition. Although there were some challenges along the way, I'm really proud of the programme we put together. The speakers were all excellent and great to work with. I received some lovely feedback from members who had attended the sessions and gained a lot...

It's been over two months since SLA (Special Libraries Association) Conference 2017 ended. I'd intended to blog a little sooner but I've been somewhat pre-occupied. During the time following the conference I travelled with my partner from Phoenix (where the conference was held) to Sedona (where we went off roading), then Grand Canyon (where I scared my partner by standing close to the edge), then Las Vegas (where my partner became my husband at the Tunnel of Love drive-thru wedding venue), then Orlando (where we 'Disneymoon'ed and saw a failed rocket launch). We've been back for a few weeks though...

I’m currently on my way back from the UKSG Conference 2017 and am busy reflecting on what a great few days I’ve had. The tiredness has hit me harder this time (I don’t know if it’s because I'm getting older, the fact I’m not sleeping well at the moment, or because I was presenting a workshop on a different topic to normal), but despite the exhaustion it’s been brilliant. I’ve vlogged reflections during the three days, and have posted these to my YouTube channel and embedded them at the end of this post, but I wanted to share a few key...

Last week I attended the CILIP West Midlands Member Network Members' Day (yes indeed; quite a title!). I haven't managed to make the last couple of years of these events due to clashes so was pleased to be able to attend this year (and even better to attend when you're not speaking or organising!). https://twitter.com/ayubkhan786/status/830048039125544961 The focus for this year's event was on learning technologies, and we had a series of presentations as well as some discussions on the topic. A few things I discovered or was reminded of during the day: I am rubbish at finding venues I haven't been to before It...

I was recently fortunate enough to attend the UX Libs II Conference in sunny Manchester (well, it was sunny one of the days!). For anyone not aware, the UX Libs events are for people interested in user experience (UX) research. The first UX Libs Conference was held in Cambridge last year, which sadly I wasn't able to attend but I followed the tweets from afar. The first conference focused predominantly on sharing different methods you can use to support UX research and was very practical in focus (attendees were assigned teams to work on a research project in one of Cambridge's...

Last week I attended the 39th UKSG Conference and Exhibition, held in Bournemouth. For those who don't know, UKSG is an organisation that brings together all stakeholders involved in provided resources to users; it was initially the UK Serials Group but has since expanded to incorporate all types of resources (largely electronic). The conferences include both librarians and publishers, as well as others such as consultants and researchers, and it's one of the most mixed conferences I've attended in terms of representation from publishers and suppliers as well as librarians. It also has a number of international attendees. I have...

I haven't blogged about a conference for a while, largely as I tend to tweet any highlights, and I prefer to write reflectively rather than descriptive as many of my previous conference blog posts were. However, this week I attended CILIP Conference 2015 and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to blog some of my highlights as I reflect now it's over. It's caused me to think about things differently, and really opened my mind to some things I hadn't previously fully appreciated.  The keynotes The keynote sessions I attended were varied in terms of background and topic, as well as...

Another year has flown past and it's time for my annual review - you can see previous ones for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2013 has been a funny old year; nothing particularly terrible has happened, but I haven't felt as positive as I usually do and this has been reflected by a decrease in blogging and use of social media. It's not all bad though, as another reason for this decrease is a continuation of what I mentioned last year as a major lesson - trying to achieve a more sustainable work-life balance. This year I've been doing a...

…here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC MOOC! That's what it seems like at the moment anyway - everyone seems to be talking about MOOCs at the moment. I was invited to give a presentation about MOOCs at Internet Librarian International 2013 Conference earlier this month. Since it might not be a familiar term to everyone, let's backtrack a bit and cover some of the basics. What on earth is a MOOC? A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. The name is fairly explanatory but it's useful to break that down a bit. In order to be classed as a...