• Wikimedia Australia Wikimedia Australia
  • Ryan Donahue Ryan Donahue
  • Sue Gardner Sue Gardner
  • Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale Ruth Kneale sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy Keynote Speaker, Dr Stuart Candy - Professional futurist
  • Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent Ingrid Parent
  • Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers Jenica Rogers sponsored by the State Library of Queensland
  • Marcus Foth Marcus Foth
  • NLS6 NLS6
Feb 252013
 

Hello library friends,

So, we’re back from NLS6, and I’ve managed to finally write this post. I could say it was the #NLS6plague that made me miss the 48 hour window of opportunity Garry Conroy-Cooper taught us about during the Librarians We Love panel, or the fact that I was busy creating a zombie horde for UTS Play Day  and teaching classes for the start of session… But those would just be excuses, and one of the things that I think we all learned from NLS6 was to stop talking, and start doing.

I’ve been asked to share how I “Do Different”. I’m going to be honest – this mostly involves doing sketchnotes while I’m at conferences.

Librarians We Love  [sketchnotes]

Ellen Forsyth, Garry Conroy-Cooper, Kathryn Greenhill, Kim Tairi, Mylee Joseph, Paul Brown & Sue Hutley panel

I do these for a couple of reasons. One is that when I used to type up my notes, I would never look at them again because they were boring, no matter how awesome the session was. Drawing my notes forces me to listen and makes me engage with the content more. Because there is such a limited space, I have to really listen to figure out what the key parts are, and how I’d like to represent them within one iPad screen. Ashley England, my partner in library crime helps when I’ve been distracted drawing a Delorean for 10 minutes and missed a really good point.

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Feb 212013
 

Wow, what a show! During the Symposium I tried to attend everything I could- if only I could defy space and time and attend everything.

I started off with the workshops. First with Show me the evidence! With Suzanne Lewis which was a great way to understand how libraries should be making decisions. I also attended the workshop Designing the future vision of librarians with Sarah Drummond and Zanna Howard- it was a laugh a minute.

The breakout sessions were so hard to choose ~ there were just so many sessions I was interested in. Some of my favourite sessions include Holger Amans session Inspiring the leap into law librarianship– sex, drugs and law reports and excellent presentations and workshops from Bonnie Heim, Freya Lucas and Erin Findlay.

The keynotes were also of particular excellence. I enjoyed Stuart Candy’s presentation on the future of the libraries looking 10,000 years into the future and Ruth Kneal‘s keynote on alternative librarian lifestyles that looked at exciting carers such as a beer or wine librarian.

One of the best things about attending the conference was meeting so many amazing people. It was great to meet new people from all different areas in the library world including people that has just started studying or looking into a library career. I’m so glad that I was able to attend the Symposium and learn how “to be different”.

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Feb 202013
 

Looking back over my notes from NLS6 I was overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of quality speakers I got to experience within such a short space of time. So many people presented each with so much to offer. As a student relatively new to library studies this experience was both intimidating and inspiring. I learnt so much. However, there were a few things that really stood out.

Mistakes should be turned into learning experiences. To hear this from a number of people who have been in the industry for quite some time was liberating. As a new student who is about to start job hunting within the industry, it’s nice to know that the pressure is off, I don’t have to be perfect and know the best way things should be done immediately, rather I need to strive to do the right thing and be willing to learn from any failures along the way.

Actively seek out opportunities. Opportunities won’t always fall into my lap, sometimes I’ll have to actively look for them in order to grow my skill set and challenge myself. There are so many opportunities out there and the more I become involved in them the more new opportunities will open up to me.

Network like crazy. Networking is important, super important, and as it turns out, it’s also rather fun! Networking isn’t just a way to find new job opportunities, but it opens up the possibility of learning from other peoples’ experiences. By choosing to network I’m opening myself up to a whole wealth of knowledge. People have a lot to offer and I need to seek out what they can teach me. This way, I’ll be a better librarian and a better person from it.

Everyone has their own path to follow.  My own individual journey will be different from everyone else’s. I can learn from them, but I shouldn’t let anyone else’s experiences dictate how my own path pans out. Instead I should relish that I’m different and let my own individual path be a reflection of who I am as a person.

I’m sad NLS6 is over, but I’m so very glad I impulsively chose to go. I learnt so much and met so many wonderful people who encouraged me and inspired me to keep moving forward. This really was the perfect start to the year, it inspired me to go forward into the job hunt and BE BOLD (with bananas)*.

*Note: Be bold with bananas is a reference to one of the conference sessions, for further information I would suggest twitter #beboldwithbananas…you’re welcome.

 

 

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Feb 192013
 

I didn’t just do my job….I did my job right       Jenica Rogers @ the final keynote of NLS6

Of all the fabulous speakers I listened to over NLS6, it is this statement by Jenica Rogers that has stayed with me in the time that has passed since the conference finished. While I am still an LIS student I also have a day job and the simplicity of this idea, of doing my job right, really struck a chord. Am I just doing my job at work and in my study? Or am I doing my work and study “right”? Upon reflection, I think there is always room for improvement. It’s a matter of being aware, of questioning the way I go about my decision making and problem solving, whether working or studying, and being honest as to whether I am doing a job I can be proud of or whether I am just going through the motions. This was definitely a consciousness raising moment for me and will continue to be so as I move forward in 2013.

There were plenty of other inspirational moments. Ellen Broad’s amazing workshop on copyright in our swiftly changing digital landscape was not just impressive because of her ability to impart gallons of relevant, thought-provoking information. It also meant I can no longer look at any image anywhere and wonder whether there is a copyright infringement happening. If that isn’t a consciousness-raising exercise then I don’t know what is. Similarly, Sue Gardner’s elegant keynote on Wikimedia and the responsibility we have as future LIS professionals to create the Wikipedia we deserve again made me reflect on how much responsibility I actually take for the circulation of information and the creation of knowledge. I returned to my day job and talked the ears off anyone who would listen about the value of Wikipedia and its underlying philosophy of social justice and access to information for all. Once again, something that hadn’t been on my radar was now front and centre. I resolved to explore the possibility of becoming a Wikipedian. Consciousness. Raised.

Apart from the speakers and their presentations there was one other aspect of NLS6 that struck me. Warmth. Now, those of you who attended will know I’m not talking about the temperature in the lecture theatres. That was icy and I was glad I took a cardigan. But the people – from the delegates, to the speakers, to the amazingly hard-working organizing committee – managed to create an atmosphere so welcoming it was almost overwhelming. Meeting and talking with people face to face, most of whom I had only interacted with online, was a privilege and a joy. And even though I’m not yet working in the LIS sector, I felt a sense of belonging that I haven’t experienced for some time. As a result I returned to my daily life resolved to work hard at my studies and to be braver in my personal and professional life. In short, at NLS6 I found the inspiration that I had been looking for to make a concerted effort to start doing things “right”.

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