Learn something new every day.
Never say Never – Opportunity is everywhere and NLS is often a place to encourage creative thinking, and thinking big for our profession
Our Profession is Very Small. Form long-term friendships to get you though your career. Realise that senior people are really human, have feelings, and are not scary. Figure out what you can do for them, rather than criticizing and expecting them to do it all for you.
Take the lead – and the leadership. How can you lead from the position you are currently in. Volunteer for ALIA, volunteer for a special project, return to extra study (not necessarily in librarianship).
Learn where you get your ideas from. Ensure you have thinking space in your life on a regular basis to ensure time and space for ideas generation, planning and thinking about the exhicution strategies for your great ideas.
Take a risk, make a change, learn about how to ‘Be professional – In a Profession’.
Learn about the Business of Libraries – vendors, money, demonstrating value.
Understand that there will be disappointments but don’t sweat the small stuff.
I’ll be passing on a few more personal and professional insights a little closer to the 2013 event. In the meantime – start getting yourself organised to attend (don’t leave it ‘till the last minute), start saving, begin to put your case together to put forward to your employer to receive support, request leave from work in advance, submit your abstract and get ready to enjoy Brisbane in the Summer!