Why do we still like to attend professional events in person?

In these days of webinars, virtual events and amplified events, there are still lots of reasons why attending a conference in person has its benefits. Here are some of the reasons we are looking forward to actually being there for Evidence, Value and Impact: the LIS Research Landscape in 2010

  • The opportunity to hear speakers of international repute in person: the event programme gives the full details.
  • The potential to engage in discussions, and to ask questions of experts.
  • The chance to hear about live research projects: our one minute madness session gives delegates the opportunity to take the stage.
  • The networking opportunities, including meeting new, like-minded people, as well as renewing established relationships. Based on the delegate list so far, we will be welcoming a great mix of really interesting people on the day. The full range of LIS sectors is represented with: practitioners attending from the academic, public, corporate and medical libraries; representation from members of the Coalition member bodies (British Library, CILIP, JISC, MLA, RIN and SHALL); LIS academics and researchers; PhD students; independent LIS consultants; and publishers. The majority of delegates already registered are UK-based, but we do have some who are travelling quite a distance to be with us on 28th June from the US, Africa and Asia. We are advising those registered to get to know some of the other delegates ahead of the conference by following our tips. Just make sure that you don’t miss out on a conversation with that person whose work is particularly interesting to you.
  • The chance to meet sponsors in person to get a better understanding of their products and services and what they could do for you and the service that you deliver.

In addition, all this stimulation comes without any work distractions. The best way to get all of this, is to be there with us at the British Library on Monday 28th June.

However, we do recognise that there are those who would really benefit from this event, but simply can’t get to us. One such person is Ruth Baxter, who was recently commenting on Jo Alcock’s blog post Librarians as researchers. Unfortunately, Ruth cannot join us at the conference as she is not within a commutable distance: she is based in Australia.

For people like Ruth, we will be amplifying the live event using online media such as Twitter (event hashtag #lisrc10) and this blog. It will be possible to actively participate remotely, as we will be monitoring online comments, and will pass on questions to the speakers, as appropriate. You can get involved in the online discussions whether you are at the British Library with us on the day, or many miles away. The time difference may prevent Ruth getting involved in real time, but she has said that she will definitely be watching the virtual feedback when she is awake, so the discussions could be carried on after the event.

Registration for participation in person closes today, so if you would like to make a booking, please click through to the registration page.

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One Response to Why do we still like to attend professional events in person?

  1. Ruth Baxter says:

    So feel free to express irreverent tweets or comments on the networking atmosphere as well as summaries of the important points. So we virtual people get the whole feeling of being there.

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