The conference committee for the 2010 LIANZA conference have been busy setting up websites, calling for abstracts (which close tomorrow) and announcing keynote speakers. Looking at what they have been doing I have had some very mixed reactions.
So first up the positives. The conference committee get it. And by it I mean the web and social media. Their presence is vibrant, and well designed. In fact the conference website is so nice that I wish they had designed the LIANZA website. On the other hand though, seeing the 2010 Conference blog and website, I had to give a sad sigh. Why, or why are they not on the LIANZA site? That’s where they belong people. Yet again we are going to end up with individual sites, sitting out there on their own with no context, and becoming digital dead ends.
I have said it before, and I will say it again. The conference websites should all be on the LIANZA servers, and based on the LIANZA website. Then in coming years people will more easily be able to see what was said and done at each conference. It’s just so doubly frustrating considering what an excellent job the Conference team has done in setting up those sites.
Also announced today are the first keynote speakers.
The Conference Committee is pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:
Mr H.L. James (Assistant Librarian, General Assembly Library, Wellington) will argue for the “effective usefulness” of the Dewey Decimal system in NZ libraries, based on his experiences in the General Assembly Library and the Christchurch Public Library.
Mr J.P. Frengley (District Health Office, Wellington) to address the hot topic of infectious diseases and library books. Stop the contagion: ban the infectious library patron.
Mr M. Cohen (Newspaper editor, Evening Star, Dunedin) to elaborate on the benefits of a travelling library for New Zealand. He will drawing on his extensive Australian observations.
Mr H. Baillie (Wellington Public Library) will continue the debate on the hot topic: infectious diseases and library books. Formaldehyde gas and fumigation are not enough. Destroy infectious books before the contagion spreads.
I am torn in my reaction to the speakers and their topics.
On one hand it is pleasing to see New Zealand librarians as keynote speakers at our conference. On the other hand I don’t find the topics very inspiring, or particularly in keeping with the theme of being On The Edge. Since I am unlikely to get to conference this year, I suppose that is a good thing for me, as I am not thinking “but I wanted to hear that”. I am really hoping that there will be more keynote speakers announced that will make me wish I was there.
[Update: It seems I missed the obvious joke in the keynote speaker announcement. 😆 It’s not April the first so that’s my excuse]