I am going to be attending the Computers In Libraries conference next week and I’ve registered to be a conference blogger. It has been a while since I’ve actually attended the conference (versus just meet friends for lunch while they are in town for the conference) and I am really looking forward to it.
I packed my schedule with sessions, but I know from experience that I will probably not attend all of them. This is not meant as a slight to presenters, but sessions sometimes are not as interesting as network opportunities. If I get involved in a good conversation with someone, I am not likely to cut our discussion short to rush off to a session.
In the past when I’ve blogged at conference, I’ve usually taken a reporter’s approach: take notes, take pictures, write up a summary, and pray that the quotes are accurate. That’s not my plan for next week though. To be sure, I will be taking lots of notes as I am expected to report back to the office when Computers In Libraries is done. But I plan to take a more impressionistic approach to the conference, looking for themes and talking about the conversations I have while I’m there. I really just want to capture the vibe.
I have to admit that I’ve not been particularly enthusiastic about going to any conference for a while (PTPL Annual Meeting excepted). The expense and the planning had kind of worn me down. To be honest, I wasn’t planning to go to Computers In Libraries until just a few weeks ago. I knew that sales reps from two of the electronic resources providers we work with were going to be in town, so it made sense to attend.
But the more I thought about it, the more excited I was to go. Granted, daily access to Dolcezza had a lot to do with that excitement.
By coincidence, I happened upon an article by Abbie Digel on Syracuse’s Information Space blog called “Why you need to go to a library conference.” It’s addressing library school students, but it could also be targeted towards jaded old-timey librarian types like me. It helped me take a step back and remember why I liked going to conferences in the first place.
So if you happen to be at Computers In Libraries next week, I will see you there. Or at Bistrot Du Coin. I love that place too.