Wellington put on a beaut day for the first day of conference. As I wandered up Cuba St in search of a sandwich, it seemed like much of Wellington and not a few librarian-types were out enjoying the sunshine.
I got to the venue early because I had to put up my posters. The vendors were still setting up their stalls and there was an air of restrained bustle about the place. I worked out where the posters had to go only to discover there were no pins to attach them. After some back and forth with the organisers, someone found some velcro I could use. I get the feeling poster presentations are the poor cousins to other presentations, even though I can say they take just as much work to do as a spoken one. In fact, turning a spoken presentation into an appealing, informative visual poster is actually quite difficult.
The powhiri is always a lovely way to launch conference. So much so, that when I went to an overseas conference it just didn’t feel right not to have one. This one was no exception – a welcome, a grounding and providing a sense of anticipation for the conference to come.
It was a pity that the first keynote was anticlimatic, at least for me. Martin Molloy had an important message to bring but it was lost in the delivery. The situation in the UK is frightening and saddening. We’ve seen much in the media and blogosphere about the situation so I was looking forward to hearing a perspective to give me some hope, some insight. I fear it did not. At least for me – others may disagree. In my opinion, an opening keynote should be something to inspire, uplift and perhaps provoke. A Cassandric (is that a word?) message seems to be more appropriate for the second day. The slideshow of scenes from Derbyshire showing behind the speaker was interesting for the first few minutes but became more and more farcical as the presentation progressed as the disconnect between the visual media and audio became more and more apparent. Link to Deborah Fitchett’s excellent notes on this session.
Molly Raphael redeemed the first day by at least presenting a more engaging presentation about the essential nature of libraries and librarians. While her message wasn’t anything new or startling, it was good to be reminded again about the value libraries have and how to use this as leverage. She echoes other authors in promoting the use of testimonial stories to use as advocacy when looking for funding or to communicate our value. LIANZA recently launched an advocacy portal that may help in this area. Link to Deborah Fitchett’s excellent notes on this session.
So Day 1 over from Diligent Room.
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