Learn something #3 – Experience a conference

Going to conferences is difficult for students and new grads who live outside of cities (too far), or have work commitments or caring responsibilities (too busy). Student rates for conferences are usually reasonable, but travel + accommodation adds up (too much).

Thanks to my supportive family, I’m very fortunate to have attended three conferences in the past year (including two in Perth where I live).

Three things I love about conferences

  • Meeting new people and strengthening existing connections
  • Finding out about new ideas and new ways of doing things
  • Seeing the library and information world from different perspectives

We can’t do the first one due to no physical conferences during COVID-19 restrictions, but we can seek out new ideas and different perspectives.

Experience an Australian conference

Here are some recent Australian library and information sector conferences – thank you to the organisers for making the talks available freely online:

My top two picks

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts for library and information students and new grads. Even though we can’t meet in person due to the impact of COVID-19, there are lots of ways to feel connected, keep learning and figure out what you’re interested in. The blog posts are:

Feel connected #1 – Join Twitter

Feel connected #2 – Join a Twitter chat

Learn something #1 – Do a free online course

Learn something #2 – Keep up to date

Learn something #3 – Experience a conference (this post)

Take regular breaks from being online during intense news cycles (like now) – see here for lots of mental health support resources.

Southern Ocean and cliffs

Photo of the Southern Ocean, taken near Tookulup Lookout in Western Australia 


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