BIALL Conference 2013 - Part 2

With Thursday behind us delegates awoke fresh as the proverbial daisy to the sessions planned for Friday. The first of these was a session on Managing change, these probably had some good ideas and some interesting takeaways, unfortunately I was focusing on events later in the day at that moment in time so probably wasn't given the session my full attention.

The next session however was definitely more interesting. Called "Flipping the classroom" Nicola Sales looked at how she had turned training on its head at her academic establishment. This was achieved by essentially asking individuals to complete pre-training exercises so that during the training that followed the focus could be on interacting with the individuals rather the delivering a lecture style address. I thought this was a really concept and one that could be applied to all organisations, not just academic law libraries.

I then listened to how the lovely Maria Robertson was working outside the box in her role at the Society of Advocates - Aberdeen. What I took from this session is that Librarians working in any organisation should take any opportunity (within reason) that they can do, as it may lead on to even more bigger and better opportunities. The other thing I left feeling was that there was no way I could do Maria's job, but that it certainly sounded very exciting. This session was followed by the BIALL AGM, which I had eluded to earlier in this post. This was the session I had been most dreading as it's a very official affair and there are certain procedures that have to be undertaken in the correct manner. Fortunately the AGM went without too many issues and certainly no procedural issues, which was a relief.

I then attended a session delivered by Colin Frankland called "Building your online professional brand" this looked primarily at how Law Librarians could use LinkedIn to develop their online brand. There were definitely some interesting takeaways from this session. Although I would say that LinkedIn isn't the only way to develop an online brand. Blogging and Twitter certainly have there place. However what I would say is that LinkedIn is probably the safest way to develop a brand online and if you don't already have a LinkedIn account then you should definitely have one!

The final session of Friday was a session delivered by the editor of Legal Information Management (LIM) David Wills. In the session David looked at the history and future of LIM and encouraged those present to think about writing an article for LIM. I would definitely support this having written for LIM on a number of occassions in the past. Writing for a journal like LIM is a great opportunity to show what expertise you have in a particular field. It's also a great way to sell yourself to the rest of the profession and increase your brand, which followed on nicely from the last session.

With that the sessions on Friday finished and it was time to head for the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the Presidents Reception and the final flourish, which was 5 scottish drummers and bagpipe players. Highlight of the evening however had to be the conversations that followed the dinner and bagpipers whilst looking around the museum, these included, birds coming alive, barnacles, killer kangaroos, stag horns, the closet relatives to wolves, which animal you wouldn't want to be killed by and a discussion around some of the quirkier exhibits. 

Saturday went by in a bit of a blur, although I do have to share the following song, which was played to us during the session from Bruce Beveridge - Incoming President of the Law Society of Scotland. I think this is brilliant!

After Bruce's session it was pretty much downhill until the end of the conference and flights/trains home for conference attendees. In summary a fantastic conference as ever and the end of a very challenging, but ultimately very rewarding year.