Posted by: lilac2008 | March 16, 2008

“On a more personal note”

I’m all packed and ready!

Looking forward to a relaxing 4 hours in a train, then a bit of confusion as I navigate around Liverpool, a city I’ve never visited before, and then I can finally relax in the lovely (expensive) hotel I’ve booked.

 Yes, although I won the student award covering my fees and travel, I couldn’t find a cheap place to stay, so I decided to go for a nice hotel almost next to the conference venue. I figured after two terms of studying library and information management, I deserve and just plain need a little bit of R&R. It’s not going to be all lie-ins and sessions in the pool, what with so many sessions to visit and blog, but just the fact of staying in a nice hotel and having a room to myself will be fun 🙂

I’m looking forward to all the keynote speakers, but especially Tara Brabazon (and not just because of the media splash she made recently!) since I’ve checked out a few of her books and have started noticing some of the people and literature she references (e.g. Zygmunt Bauman in the THE… while searching for a link to illustrate this, I noticed she’s back in the press again already!)

Posted by: lilac2008 | March 13, 2008

Those parallel sessions…!

So, at last I have booked myself into the parallel sessions for the conference. There seem to be about 20 sessions per day – where will I find the time to blog?

Here’s the rundown of my picks. If you are attending, and I hope you are, perhaps we will run into each other at a few of them. Please let me know which ones you’d like me to comment on and why!

  1.   Assessing the effectiveness of information literacy teaching at the University of Bedfordshire‏I must admit I want to see this one because I’ll be looking for work near London next year and would like to find out about the University of Bedfordshire!

  2.   Researchers’ learning lives – symposium‏A symposium sounds quite exciting. Plus I am fascinated by the more complex issues tackled by researchers, and there’s a mention of e-science… I want to find out what it is! I have a physics degree so hopefully I’ll understand it somehow.

  3.   i-Skills in the Workplace: assessing and meeting staff development needs‏This is the first time I’ve seen anything along these lines – IL in the workplace? Is it possible?

  4.   Development and delivery of a Science and Engineering Information Literacy programme at NUI Maynooth‏This, again, because I might have a chance of following the science stuff!

  5.   Moodle at LSE Library: Bringing Information Literacy to the students’ desktop‏I must admit that I chose this one largely because I know a few people at LSE, and hope to be in London next year! But also because some of my LIS masters modules talk about VLEs and I’d like to know more about Moodle (we use Blackboard at my institution and it’ll be interesting to compare).

  6.   Power to the People: Exploring the development of the Informs software tool through community engagement‏Well, I have some basic understanding of Intute, which is now the host for Informs, so I think I can put this into context. Plus, again, Intute is based in the same town as my University, and we’ve had some lectures from them!

  7.   Academic Liaison Saves the World?The title seems too good to miss. Also, the role of academic subject librarians is a big question, and close to my heart as that would be the natural aim for someone with my qualifications – but will there still be any jobs to go into? Hopefully this will help me decide.‏

  8.   Information literacy in the workplace: a qualitative interview based study‏Again, it’s that “workplace” that’s so intriguing. Will IL make the leap out of academia as some proponents seem to think?

  9.   The LSE Training Portal: a really simple solution?‏Yes, this is because I want to know more about LSE. Again. But also to find out about RSS finally!

  10. The academic librarian as a supervisor: Intervening in the student’s research process‏

    This one will hopefully be interesting to those academic librarians who may want to hear from the conference even they can’t attend…

  11. Out-genning the net generation: Second Life as a learning environment‏

    …and this one sounds nice and general, plus it mentions 2L. Once I manage to get on there I’ll let you know what I think of all the hype.

Posted by: lilac2008 | March 6, 2008

LILAC 2008 Conference – Initial thoughts.

Hello and welcome to the official LILAC 2008 conference blog.

I’m honoured and quite excited to have been selected for the 2008 student award, and to be producing this blog as part of the deal.

In the next few days and weeks I hope to post a few initial thoughts and reflections on why I chose to apply for the LILAC sponsorship, what it’s like to be studying for the library and information qualification, and what I hope to get from the conference.

I think as the months have gone by, those three themes have developed from where they were when I wrote my award application and it will be interesting for me to see them up in pixels!

Thanks to all the conference organisers for making this possible. If you are reading this, please feel free to comment, especially if you are attending! Please say hello to me in a spare 30 seconds during the conference too.

I will also mention which parallel sessions I plan to attend – as I book them! – and I would especially welcome comments on which sessions you are attending and why.

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