By James Baker and Pixie Stardust
It’s amazing how much you can learn from visiting libraries and other GLAMR institutions, especially when given a tour by the staff of those institutions – from decisions about the layout of the space to how they organise workflow. For new librarians this is especially useful because it can sometimes be difficult to understand how the way your workplace deviates from the practices of others and if you don’t realise it does, you can’t begin to work out why.
By Ellen Coates
When it comes to delegate bags at conferences, it should be fairly straight forward. Have bags made with your logo on them, hopefully, get sponsorship so you don’t have to cover all the costs, make sure the bags have stuff in them for the delegates (pens, brochures, notepads etc) and away you go.
But what happens to most of these bags? I have been to two conferences in the last two years and both bags (with the remains of the goodies I couldn’t find an immediate use for but which might come in handy in the future) are currently rolled up on a shelf in the bottom of my desk. I’m sure others’ bags are in similar positions to mine. So for NLS9, we wanted to make sure that the delegate bags don’t suffer the same fate.
By Karla Fallon
While we are planning a conference to sustain the future of our sector, we also want an event that is sustainable for the environment for everyone’s future.
Though environmental sustainability is an increasing focus in industry and events, going the extra step to deviate from common methods and try out new practices can be challenging. Will it cost more? Will it work? Will it just be ‘too hard’?
By Emily Wilson and Jade Koekoe
The New Librarians’ Symposium is a time to show that librarians know how to step out of the box – by learning, trying new things and hearing from professionals in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) industry. We want students, new graduates and seasoned professionals who can tell NLS9 attendees about the skills, challenges and deviations it takes to achieve groundbreaking awesomeness.