#blogjune post 6: ‘You get out of a conference as much as you put in’

I’m in Scotland at CILIP(S) conference (#CILIPS17). It’s day two so lots more sessions lined up: copyright; Macmillan Cancer Support in libraries case study, and fake news/alternative facts.

My mind is already buzzing with lots of ideas & thoughts: building digital capacity for changing roles; opportunities to do innovative UX activities; trying out incremental changes to refine and improve services.

I’ve been using my networking tips to reconnect with people & to make new contacts. I’m impressed with how vibrant the library profession is in Scotland. A good mix of attendees from a variety of sectors. Impressively there seems to be quite a few people moving from public libraries into academic sector. That’s wonderful news as it highlights how transferable our skills.

I’m now planning for post conference activities; these are equally as important as pre-conference preparation.

My next steps are:

  • writing up notes of the conference and sharing as a post;
  • considering what things to try out at work & discussing with colleagues;
  • following up with everyone I spoke with, via email, social media & Linked-in.

Does anyone have any other advice on getting the best from conferences?


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