Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thinking about the programme

We are receiving a lot of suggestions for conference content and formats. Suggestions emailed in have included:

  • research on learning: implications for libraries
  • presentation or panel involving authors
  • masterclass sessions from experts in fields connected to - but outside - libraries: like this idea? any thoughts as to what you and your colleagues could see such sessions covering? A waiata masterclass, for instance?
  • accessing and managing publicly available stats - how are these used to good effect? case studies?
  • strategies for employment retention - understanding who is working in libraries and what'll motivate a diverse range of people to stay
  • customers designing library services and spaces ... Where, how? first steps?

Any of these spark? Feel welcome to add to the list. And check out the comments left on the posts below.


Anonymous said...

I like the sound of the masterclasses. How about one on promotion of your library in the media?
Effective retail displays?
Or the benefits of a clean desk policy and other ways to better organise your work?

Julia said...

Update from the Programme committee on ideas received for sessions & workshops:
* promotion of resources/displays
* reference interview techniques
* ICT - blogs, wiki & webpage creation
* collaboration between eg. public/school libraries
* Library qualifications / Professional registrations

Keep those ideas rolling in!

Michael said...

How about streaming sessions over the net, or arranging venues in other centres where those who cannot attend in person can watch sessions live. I think it would be very outside the box to watch live from Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Palmerston North…..

Kathryn Kershaw: UC Education Library said...

I have just recently attended a workshop by Dr Kerry Howells that might be of interest. Her background is in education. Currently she is at the University of Tasmania in the faculty of Education. Her research interests at present are the role of gratitude in education and staff integrity.

The session I attended looked at student disengagement and staff integrity, but she could probably tailor a session to focus on staff disengagement and integrity that might have a broader appeal.

Timothy Greig said...

I left a comment on your flickr account some time ago, but I thought I'd repeat my suggestion here (in the interest of getting free stuff): I'd be keen to see some guest speakers like Michael Stephens, Meredith Farkas, or Jenny Levine. I also like Michael's suggestion (in the comments below) about streaming the sessions. I've just been watching the digital summit online - and it's so good!

Sharon King said...

I would like to see you invite Anthony Brewerton of Oxford Brookes University Library to be a guest speaker. He has written a book on marketing libraries [visit this site = http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/librarians/Marketing_your_library/mark_editors.jsp] for more information on Anthony.

Barbara said...

First you have to have a box!
What about learning how to fold an origami box, have the satisfaction of creating something, learn a stress relieving exercise, and discover your preferred learning style all at once!

Barbara said...

The juxtaposition in my brain of "My cat likes to hide in boxes" and cat-loving librarians produced this:
Attendes can submit a digital cat picture to a gallery which randomly displays dear pussy shots during breaks. The catch is that the photo has to be loaded at the venue, and have a helper on hand for those who havent done this before. Prizes for the most intelligent, cute and frightening moggie.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see longer and more indepth sessions. Having 30 minute sessions really only gives you an overview in 20 mins when you add in an introduction, question time and thank you.

Hour sessions seem more reasonable and adds more guts to a presentation and more worthwhile. Of course more work for the presenter, but it's up to them when they submit their papers.

Also can you make sure that the blurb on the sessions or the title matches the content. There have been many that have nothing to do with what has been advertised and this can be annoying to many delegates :(. I tried to get this on the conference here this year, but didn't quite get it :(

Good luck, it's not easy and I look forward to checking it all out next year!

Belle said...

I agree with Anonymous about the session lengths - half an hour is too short for many sessions, and often there is no time for questions.
Am very interested in web 2.0 stuff being rolled out in NZ libraries - and where we can go - simply, boldly and with limited budgets!
Heard from a colleague that Kerry Howells was very interesting - the whole topic of staff engagement/motivation is fascinating and may give some clues as to how to recruit new people to the profession.