BIALL Conference preview

This post should actually be called "What I'm looking forward to at the BIALL Conference" but that wasn't snappy enough for me to use! This post highlights some of the things I'm looking forward to doing at Conference as for me the Conference is not just about attending plenary and parallel sessions.

  • Catching up with old friends. Its been a while since I've seen a few people I know IRL but who I talk to regularly on Twitter so it will be great to catchup with them and find out what they're up to, possibly over a glass or two of wine. There are of course a number of people not attending this Conference who I'd loved to catchup with - maybe next year!
  • Seeing Newcastle. I've never been to Newcastle before although I was offered a place at Northumbria University to study Information & Library Management, but I decided not to accept it, so it will be great to see what the city has to offer. The Sage Centre certainly looks impressive and will no doubt provide a stunning backdrop to the first night entertainment.
  • Wearing my black tie suit. It doesn't come out of the suit carrier very often so I have to make the most of any opportunity to wear it!
  • Speaking at the last parallel session on Friday. I really enjoy presenting at Conferences and especially the BIALL Conference. I'm talking about Linkedin which is my second favourite social networking site and I hope I'll encourage anyone who turns up to this session to think about how they could be using Linkedin beyond just accepting connection requests. I'm also chairing a session which is a real honour and knowing the speaker quite well I know the session will go down well.
  • I'm also really looking forward to a numebr of other sessions include Jackie Fishleigh's on SharePoint, Fiona Fogden talking about Information Overload and of course everyone's favourite subject The Integreon outsourcing model.
Is there anything I'm not looking forward to? yep - the 3 hour train journey from Kings Cross to Newcastle :-(